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March 23rd, 2013

Tech, USM: A rematch

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’Dogs, Golden Eagles hook up in NIT game Monday
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Since a 10-point home win against the University of Southern Mississippi in early December, Louisiana Tech University has become a better basketball team.
Of course, so have the Golden Eagles.
All of which should make for an intriguing matchup Monday night (9 p.m.) when the two teams square off at Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg, Miss., for a second-round National Invitational Tournament game.

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Bulldogs win WAC opener

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“Bre’shon popped one and Sam had one later, and it was huge to get Phil an early lead,” Head coach Wade Simoneaux said. “We are in a dogfight every day in this conference and we have to play nine innings to win. We have our hands full (with Seattle), and we have to be ready to go tomorrow.”

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RHS’ Melton: All-State pick

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Ruston High School’s Jerry Melton has been named to the second unit of the annual Class 5A All-State basketball squad chosen by members of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
The 6-3 senior averaged 25 points and eight rebounds a game.

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Phillips swings away for RHS

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Sam Phillips follows through on a swing for Ruston High School, which faced Monroe Ouachita High School in a three-game District 2-5A series at both the Bearcats’ and Lions’ diamonds this week. The ’Cats were a 10-0 winner Friday night to improve their overall record to 14-4 and league mark to 2-0.

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Jimmerson bunts for Creek

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Lilla Jimmerson has been one of the team’s top technicians for executing a bunt during her Cedar Creek career and has been one of the key players in the Lady Cougars’ march to an early season overall record of 18-2 and are unbeaten in five District 2-1A appearances.

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Brice making impact for Bulldogs

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Ex-Ruston High star excelling in spring workouts
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Louisiana Tech University’s mostly young and inexperienced defense, anchored by a veteran defensive line, began to show marked signs of improvement as the Bulldogs practiced for two hours in shells at Joe Aillet Stadium Friday afternoon.
The offense and defense battled back and forth in the pass skell periods, with former Ruston High School star Kentrell Brice repeatedly knocking down passes and making plays.
Brice leads a young secondary trying to improve on the 2012 season.

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RHS boys’ tennis off to good start

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Ruston High School’s boys are off to an outstanding starts to their 2013 tennis season.
Heading into an April 4 challenge at Shreveport Caddo Magnet, the Bearcats have a 5-0-1 record. Victories have been registered against Cedar Creek (twice), Neville, Ouachita and West Monroe, while there has been a tie against the Rebels.

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RJHS tracksters add on another meet title

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Ruston Junior High’s girls won their second track and field meet in as many attempts recently with a 175-point total at the West Ridge Junior High Invitational held in West Monroe.
The Lady Bearkittens of Head Coach Kathy Steed and assistant coach Chris Skinner almost doubled the number of points (90) registered by Good Hope Junior High. Other teams and their points included Ouachita, 49; Ouachita Chritian, 48; West Ridge, 41; and Riser Junior High, 40.
Featured in the Lady Bearkittens’ title-winning performance were a sweep of the relays and individual first places from Tiara Hester in the javelin, Crystal Melton in the shot put, Sylvia Smith in the discus, Aislyn Coyne in the 800-meter run and Kourtni Goldsmith in the 100-m dash.

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Tech ranks high in combined football, hoops’ win percentage

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After a pair of remarkable seasons recorded by the school’s football and men’s basketball teams, Louisiana Tech enters the weekend currently ranked eighth in the nation in combined football/men’s basketball record.
Entering men’s basketball postseason play this week, Tech had a 9-3 football record and a 26-6 men’s basketball record for a .781 winning percentage average, a mark that ranks eighth in the nation and the best mark among all non-automatic qualifying schools on the Football Bowl Subdivision level.

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Understanding the resurrection of Christ

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‘One Day’
Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried My sins far away;
Rising He justified freely forever:
One day He's coming — O glorious day!
— By J. Wilbur
Chapman

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