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Late Tech Dean left many fond memories

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Students and colleagues remember Hal Barker, who passed away last week at the age of 85, as being stern, but fair in his work as a professor then dean of the College of Life Sciences at Louisiana Tech University.
Barker was dean of Life Sciences from 1962 – 1987. During this time, he was a key member of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.
He also established the North Louisiana Dairy Herder Improvement Association record system. He would hire students to visit herds around the area to take samples that would then be tested in the laboratories at Tech.

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’Dogs trip Vandals, 48-35

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Okay, Louisiana Tech University football fans, you can go ahead and start calling the Bulldogs’ offense “high octane.”
It became official on Saturday afternoon.
For a while there earlier this season, the jury was still out on using such a description, but judging from the numbers and success the spread attack displayed at Joe Aillet Stadium, no longer.

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G-Men scalp Braves, 38-28

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Grambling State made a great escape Saturday, thanks to the sweet feet of Frank Warren.
The GSU running back battered and bruised an Alcorn State defense with five touchdowns as he led the Tigers to a 38-28 Southwestern Athletic Conference win over the Braves before a crowd of 6,900 at Robinson Stadium.
Leading 35-14 early in the fourth quarter, Grambling looked like it put Alcorn away early. But the Braves had other things in mind, scoring a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to cut GSU’s lead to 35-28.

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Tech soccer team upsets SJSU

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Down 2-0 at the half, the Louisiana Tech soccer team made an amazing comeback in dramatic fashion to beat defending conference champions San Jose State 5-4 in overtime on Friday at the Lady Techster Soccer Field.
Tech (13-4, 3-2-0 Western Athletic Conference) will be at home again today for a “Senior Day” noon meeting with Fresno State.
Senior Kiva Gresham recorded her first-career hat trick with her final goal being the game-winner in the fifth minute of overtime. She received the pass from junior Scotti Culton, her second assist of the match.

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Cougars lose to Oak Grove

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Cedar Creek was its own worst enemy Friday night.
And against an opponent that usually doesn’t need any help from the other team.
The Cougars (4-3,1-1) had two passes intercepted, committed four fumbles, went through a series of faulty snap exchanges and had several costly penalties that helped lead to a 27-7 home and District 2-1A loss against Oak Grove (5-2, 2-0).

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Creek, Choudrant runners in top four

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Parish teams among leaders in cross country meet

Cedar Creek High and Choudrant High both finished among the top four teams in the boys and girls varsity divisions of the annual Cedar Creek cross country invitational meet.
The Lady Cougars totaled 78 points for third place and the Lady Aggies had 112 points fourth place in their division, while Choudrant came in third with 102 points and Cedar Creek had 128 points for tourth place in the boys’ division.
Cedar Creek won championships for the third-fourth grade boys’ and girls’ divisions and both K-2 categories, Ruston Junior High swept to titles in the seventh-eighth grade girls’ and boys’ divisions, Ruston I.A. Lewis had a first place finish for the fifth-sixth grade boys’ division and Sarepta was the champion for the fifth-sixth grade girls’ division.

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‘Rupp’s Pups’ formed by Bulldogs’ program

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A dribbling clinic, called “Rupp’s Pups,” will be offered during the 2010-11 season by the men’s basketball staff to all members of the Louisiana Tech University Kids Club.
The clinic, open to kids in sixth grade and under, will run for one hour each week starting on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. with the men’s basketball staff at the Thomas Assembly Center.
They will show off their skills at halftime of Louisiana Tech’s game against UT-Arlington on Dec. 18, as well as the March 3 contest against Nevada.

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Bow hunting: Instinctive way to shoot

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Confession time: I have never bow hunted in my life. October has always been special for me to be in the woods with my shotgun after squirrels and I never took up bow hunting.
Actually, I’ve shot bows before, but each time something disastrous happened. Once at a writer’s conference, I was offered the opportunity to shoot a fancy new compound bow, so I decided to give it a try. I didn’t know you were supposed to keep your finger off the release trigger until the bow was drawn and you were ready to fire. As I pulled back the bow with the arrow pointing skyward, my finger touched the trigger and I think I may have skewered a migrating goose flying overhead.
On another occasion, I was visiting instinctive bow shooter, the late Sterling Harrell, in his Ruston backyard when he wanted me to try the bow he used. He strapped the protective guard to my arm, I drew back and released an arrow and in so doing, peeled all the hide from my left arm, elbow to wrist. Sterling, who shot left handed, had inadvertently put the guard on the wrong arm for a right handed shooter. Ouch.

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Couple celebrates 55th wedding anniversary

Richard M. and Lucy B. Sapp of Arcadia celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Sept. 11 at First National Bank’s First Room in Ruston. Immediate family and friends attended. The Sapps have five children and 11 grandchildren. Their children are Dexter Sapp, Garnetta Pruitt, Kenneth Sapp, Douglas Sapp and Carlyl Roberson. The Sapps were married on Sept. 11, 1955.

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It’s a good week to think about retirement savings

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You may not see it posted on your calendar, but this is National Save for Retirement Week.
This annual event, endorsed by Congress, is designed to raise awareness about the importance of saving for retirement — so why not take some time this week to review your own strategy for achieving the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned?
Of course, you may wonder why we even need a National Save for Retirement Week. Unfortunately, it seems many Americans are not doing a good job of saving and planning for their retirement years.

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