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March 29th, 2014

‘Big Dance’ always ripe for upsets

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What do Mercer, North Dakota State and Dayton have in common?
Answer: they all pulled off upset victories in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Those three teams were given about as much of a chance of defeating their opponents as the Jacksonville Jaguars were of reaching the Super Bowl last year.
All were double digit seeded entries in the “Big Dance” against the single digit seeds owned by Duke, Oklahoma and Ohio State.
But as is always the case, upsets are synonymous with the NCAA tournament.

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Tigers conclude workouts

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New GSU coach Broderick Fobbs deems spring football a success
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GRAMBLING — First year Grambling State head football coach Broderick Fobbs brought a new wrinkle to hit team’s workouts this spring.
And following the end of spring practice on Saturday, Fobbs said he feels the move will pay off for the Tigers next season.
Grambling held its spring Black and Gold football game last weekend, with the Black team, consisting of the Tigers’ second-team offense and first-team defense, taking a 9--0 win over the Gold squad at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium.

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Tech offense starts finding a rhythm

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Louisiana Tech practiced for two hours at Joe Aillet Stadium as the team held its eighth practice of the spring in a session Friday night that was highlighted by the offense building some rhythm and moving the ball.
Friday’s practice session focused mainly on team drills and game-like situations with the practice capping off with the two-minute drill.
At the end, the first team offense was able to move the ball down the field and kick a field goal in under two minutes while the second team offense moved 60 yards downfield to the red zone but gave up an interception.

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Georgetown tops Grambling

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Georgetown rallied to top starting pitcher Zach Moreau (above) and the Grambling State Tigers 6-1 on Saturday. Moreau worked 7.1 innings, giving up four earned runs while striking out four batters. The teams will play a doubleheader starting at noon today at Wilbert Ellis Field.

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Tech teams shine at Texas Relays

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AUSTIN, Texas — Louisiana Tech had three of its four relay teams advance through Friday’s preliminary rounds at the 87th Annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin.
Both the men’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays advanced with both teams led by senior Trey Hadnot of Ruston while the women’s 4x400m relay also moved on to the finals round.
Hadnot ran the second leg of the 4x100m relay along with Devin Henderson, Jermey Hicks and Dennis Richardson as the quartet finished fifth overall in the prelims with a time of 39.95.

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Diamond ’Dogs fall 10-1 on road at UTSA

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A five-run fifth inning helped give UTSA a 2-0 series lead Saturday afternoon as the Roadrunners defeated Louisiana Tech, 10-1, in the second game of the weekend series at Roadrunner Field.
Tech (9-16, 3-8 Conference USA) trailed by just one heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, but UTSA (18-9, 5-3 C-USA) had three consecutive singles to lead off the fifth and load the bases. The Roadrunners then took advantage of a fielding error by Bulldog second baseman Thomas Simoneaux, which set up UTSA to score three unearned runs in the inning for a 6-0 lead over Tech.

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Tech softball splits with FAU

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Bianca Duran supplied the power and Pauline Tufi kept Florida Atlantic in check as Louisiana Tech defeated the Owls 3-1 in game two of Saturday’s Conference USA doubleheader at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
The win salvaged a split after the Owls (23-16, 6-5 C-USA) won the first game of the day 7-2
In the second game of the contest, Duran hit a three-run home run off FAU starter Kylee Hanson in the bottom of the first inning and Tufi and the Lady Techster defense did the rest as Tech won 3-1.

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Hatcher, Williams reteam with Redskins

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Jason Hatcher now has the best of several worlds.
The former Grambling State University star added some lucrative digits to his paycheck by signing as a free agent with the Washington Redskins.
Not only did the Jena native bag the biggest contract of any NFL free agent landed by the franchise this year, but he is reuniting with his college head coach. Doug Williams, who recruited Hatcher out of Jena High School, was recently hired as a member of the Redskins’ front office.

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Tech tennis to host NSU

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Much of this spring season has been spent on the road for Louisiana Tech so it’s no surprise the Lady Techsters are enjoying a stretch of three of four matches at home.
Today at 1 p.m. they return to the Tech Tennis Complex to take on in-state foe Northwestern State.
If last year is any indication, this could be another marathon battle between the two schools.
“NSU has improved as have we since last season when we won 4-3 at their place,” said head coach Chad Camper. “We have new players and they have new players so it will be a different challenge.”

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It takes teamwork to tag a turkey

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As I’m sure you’ve surmised by now, I’m a turkey hunter.
Nothing gets me quite so worked up as to be standing on a hill in the gathering light of a spring morning and hearing the rattling, throaty sound of a boss gobbler announcing to all female turkeys within earshot that he’s awake — he has his mojo on and he’s ready to play.
Once you experience going one-on-one with a wild turkey gobbler, you won’t look at spring mornings the same ever again.

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