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March 16th, 2013

Ex-Tech hoops’ players make mark as coaches

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March means madness in the world of basketball and, for several former Louisiana Tech University players, the month also spells S-U-C-C-E-S-S.
And in a big way.
We’re talking about Ambert Obaze Ford, Dee Jackson, Mike McConathy and Kim Mulkey.
At the recent Louisiana High School Athletic Association tournament held at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Monroe, the first two names listed above guided their teams to state championships.

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Holtz happy on day No. 1

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First-year head coach likes Tech’s kickoff for spring
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Finally, on Friday afternoon, Louis Leo “Skip” Holtz, Jr., was at the place where he had been wanting to be ever since he was named the head football coach at Louisiana Tech University in early December.

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Cox: Huge day at Mize meet

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Ex-Cedar Creek star sets Tech javelin record
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By becoming the new record-holder in the javelin for Louisiana Tech University, Joshua Cox kept it in the Ruston “family” at the Jim Mize Invitational Saturday afternoon.
The sophomore grew up in Ruston and starred in track and football at Cedar Creek High.
His throw of 220-8 at the annual Mize meet erased the previous mark of 219-4, set by — who else? — but another Ruston native: former Ruston High standout Larry Jones.
Cox erased Jones’ mark that had stood since 2008.

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RHS wins twice, improves to 12-4

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Ruston High School closed out play in the annual Ouachita High-hosted Marucci Classic Saturday with a 10-2 victory over Tioga that featured a barrage of doubles by the Bearcats’ offense.
Two-base hits by Garrett Patterson, Caden Doga, Ivan Wilson, Jr., Ben LeBlanc and Sam Phillips helped power the Toby White-directed Bearcats to the win.

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Techsters end hoops’ season

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LAS VEGAS — Seattle built a 24-point halftime lead en route to its 80-61 victory over Louisiana Tech Friday in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament at the Orleans Arena.
With the loss, Louisiana Tech’s season comes to an end as the Lady Techsters finished the year 14-17 overall. Seattle advances to the championship game to face Idaho, who was an 84-82 winner of Utah State earlier in the day.

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Ogunyemi is All-State again

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Simsboro senior goes back-to-back with ‘B’ honors
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Daniel Ogunyemi has gone back-to-back for All-State recognition.
The 6-3 forward closed out his career at Simsboro High School Saturday by being named to the first unit of the Class B Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State team for the second straight season.
And on both occasions, “O” played a big role in helping send the Tigers to the classification’s state championship game both times.

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Second amendment to be cut?

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(Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a two-part series on gun ownership.)
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the right to bear arms, is a right enjoyed by U.S. citizens since its inception. However, recent mass shootings around the country have caused increased attention to fall on gun ownership and efforts escalated to ban certain firearms by the anti-gun element in Congress.

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RJHS tracksters win opener

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Lady Bearkittens total 194 points to take OCS title
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Ruston Junior High School’s girls have started off their annual outdoor track and field season like they usually do: with a championship performance.
The Lady Bearkittens did just that recently with a 194-point total that dominated the Ouachita Christian invitational held in Monroe.
Featured in the team’s title were a sweep of the three relay events and two individual first places from Kourtni Goldsmith.

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Ledet, McCann win Fishers of Men title

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Anglers from the North Central Louisiana Division of Fishers of Men gathered at Lake Claiborne in Homer recently for its March tournament.
It marked the second of five tournaments in the 2013 season for the organization.
With overcast skies and a wind chill below freezing, the field of 33 teams who launched from Key’s Cove had an eight-hour test of endurance, as they vied for a share of the $4,825 to be distributed at the end of the day.

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Golf tourney to benefit ‘Buddy Ball’

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An invitational golf tournament benefitting Buddy Ball of Ruston will be held April 20 at the Trail’s End golf course located in Arcadia.
The tournament is limited to the first 32 paid teams.
Cost of the two-man scramble event is $100 per team.
The deadline for teams to sign up for the tournament is set for April 13.
Three flights are scheduled for the tourney and prizes will be provided in each of those divisions.
Individuals or businesses wishing to serve as hole sponsors are also available for $100.

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