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December 22nd

Rattay returns to Tech

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Ex-Bulldogs’ quarterback hired as assistant
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In mid-November, Tim Rattay was introduced as a Louisiana Tech University legend when the Bulldogs met up with Utah State University in a showdown for first place in the Western Athletic Conference at Joe Aillet Stadium.
At that time, he had no idea that he might return to the Tech campus on a permanent basis.
Well, now he has.
On Friday, in an announcement made by new Tech Head Coach Skip Holtz Jr., Rattay was hired as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs. He’s slated to coach the wide receivers.

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Scelfo, Gibbs due as Tech hires?

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Ex-Bulldogs’ assistant, former NFL coach may be joining staff
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One name is familiar to Louisiana Tech University football fans, another maybe not so much.
But both Frank Scelfo and David Gibbs could possibly be upcoming hires to the staff being formed by new Head Coach Skip Holtz Jr., according to sources close to the Bulldogs’ program.
Scelfo is reportedly the leading candidate to be chosen as the offensive coordinator and Gibbs is scheduled to be added on to the defensive side of the Conference USA-bound team’s staff.

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Grambling women lose to Tulsa, 75-62

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University’s second home appearance in women’s basketball didn’t turn out as well Saturday afternoon as it had the first time.
The Lady Tigers (1-9), who had opened their 2012-13 home slate on Dec. 1 with a thrilling 64-63 win over Stephen F. Austin, suffered a 75-62 loss to Tulsa (4-7) at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center of front of 257 fans.
It marked a third straight defeat for Grambling State, which returns to action on Saturday at the University of Nebraska.

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Parish duel at RHS gym

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De Samuel (left) of Ruston High goes up against Davauhnte’ Turner of Grambling High during action held recently at the Bearcats’ gymnasium. Samuel and his teammates came away with a 73-42 victory. On Friday, at its own holiday tournament, Ruston was a 57-35 winner over Monroe Neville.

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Skyward for Cougars’ player

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Guard Shilo Perry (5) goes airborne for Ruston Cedar Creek High during recent action at the Cougars’ gymnasium. Perry, who was among the key members of this season’s Creek football squad, will help guide the Cougars into a Thursday contest at Jonesboro-Hodge High School.

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Tech’s Sherry is state winner

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State sportswriters name veteran leader tops in soccer circles
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Louisiana Tech head soccer coach Kevin Sherry was honored as the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year after leading his young Lady Techster team to a 12-5-4 record that included an 11-game unbeaten streak and a tie with No. 19 ranked Denver.

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Russos help lead team to success

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Former Louisiana Tech University head men’s basketball coach Andy Russo and daughter Allie are helping Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, Fla., enjoy another successful season. The Class 4A school consists of K-12 and an estimated 500 students at the high school level. Russo, who directed the Bulldogs into the NCAA playoffs during the mid-1980’s, serves as the Saint Andrew’s School head coach. His daughter is a senior and four-year starter who is averaging 19 points, eight steals and seven rebounds a game.

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Melton-led RHS defeats Neville

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Ruston High’s Bearcats put the finishing touches to a perfect performance in their own holiday basketball tournament on Friday night.
The Chris Bush-guided Bearcats won their third game in as many tournament appearances with a 57-35 win over Monroe Neville.
Jerry Melton led the way for Ruston with 21 points and eight rebounds.
Also making key contributions in the win were Jamaya Burr with 10 points, Raheem Regis with six points and Darren Crawford and Jakevin Carter with four points each.
Overall, Ruston improved to a 10-4 record and has now capture five straight wins.

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Jim Casada book: Another winner

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This writer has been blessed over the past four decades of sharing news and views of the great outdoors with readers and listeners across not only Louisiana but on occasion, the nation. During these 40-plus years on the outdoors beat, my paths have crossed and I’ve become friends with some of the greats in the outdoors media field.

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First deer for Sheldon Pylant

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Sheldon Pylant, 10, recently killed his first deer — a doe — while hunting with his father, Brad Walker. Pylant, who is a fourth grade student at Garden Ridge Elementary School in New Braunfels, Texas, got the kill with one shot from his .243 rifle. He is the grandson of Reagan and Delaine Pylant of Ruston and Steve and Robin Walker of Tyler, Texas.

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