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May 3rd, 2014

Cougars explode for first-round win

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Cedar Creek made fast work of its first-round Class 1A playoff game against Crescent City on Friday at Cougars Field.
The Cougars jumped out to an early lead on Crescent City and never looked back, capturing a 12-0 victory in the four-inning contest.
“It was a great way to start the playoffs,” Cedar Creek coach Ben Haddox said. “We started strong and put it away early. That’s the kind of confidence and momentum you need heading deeper into the playoffs.”
With 11 runs in the first three innings, the Cougars left no doubt about the eventual outcome.

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Simsboro falls in opener

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Simsboro High School’s playoff run was a short one as the Tigers fell 12-2 Friday to Avoyelles Charter in a first-round Class B playoff game.

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Tech’s men’s track team ranked 28th

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The Louisiana Tech men’s track and field program made history this week as the Bulldogs were ranked a program-best 28th in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings.
The No. 28 spot marks the highest ranking in program history and the first time any Louisiana Tech program — men’s or women’s — has broken into the top 30.

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Helping bag hunter’s first gobbler rewarding

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Spring turkey season 2014 is in the books and unless you hunt states further north, you’ll have to wait until next spring to chase gobblers again.
Although Louisiana gobblers thumbed their beaks at me this season, a couple in Texas made my season sweet.
As much as I love turkey hunting and relish the thrill of calling a gobbler to my gun, I have discovered an even greater thrill, and that’s helping other hunters bag their first birds.

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Buddy's Blog: Mike Green still Bulldogs’ best ever

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Mike Green was ahead of his time.
Oh, he perfectly fit into the era (1969-73) in which he played at Louisiana Tech University.
It was just that he was one of those rare athletes who comes along maybe once in the lifetime of a fan, coach, teammate or sports scribe who was fortunate enough to be in his presence.
After witnessing Green working his craft, anyone included in the above group likely might have thought the good Lord had created the closest thing to the perfect basketball player.

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Marshall rallies to top Diamond ’Dogs, 7-3

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A case of déjà vu struck the baseball field this afternoon after Marshall mounted a late-inning comeback from a 3-0 deficit for the second straight day to complete a 7-3 victory on Saturday at Power Park.

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Tech softball gets swept in road doubleheader

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. —Marshall made a living with two outs Saturday as the Thundering Herd scored all 14 of its runs in its doubleheader sweep of Louisiana Tech with two outs as the Lady Techsters saw their postseason hopes come to an end.
Marshall (25-30, 12-11 C-USA) defeated Tech 5-2 and 9-0, eliminating the Lady Techsters (19-32, 7-15 C-USA) from the Conference USA Tournament scenario. Tech will wrap up its season at 11 a.m. today with the third and final game of the series.
Marshall 5, LA Tech 2 (Game 1)

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Lady Cougars queens of 1A

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Cedar Creek defeated Ascension Catholic 6-0 Saturday to win the Class 1A state softball title. Pictured above are team members. First row (left to right): Gabbie Turner, Halie Robinson, Harlie Robinson, Kateline Cooper, Elizabeth Kate Pardue, Lauren Wade and Hallie Rambin. Top row: Haley Gray, Caley Payles, Nicole Brasher, Anna Larr Roberson, Marry Terral, Sydney Moore, Cecilia Akin, Christin Moore, Mary Julia Klug and Logan Brown. Pictured above is head coach Julie Riser. For more on Cedar Creek’s chase for the 1A championship, see page 9A.

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City Council to discuss overlay plan

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Robert Street residents and leaders of the University Hills Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District Committee have come to terms on the street’s request to opt out of a proposed overlay district.
“We’re both in concurrence. Everything seems to be resolved,” Mike Hilton, spokesman for the Robert Street residents said Friday.
The ordinance creating the proposed district encompassing much of southwest Ruston will be introduced during Monday night’s board of alderman meeting. The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.

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Drug Court helps teach game of life

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Trey “Catfish” Trichell steps into the batter’s box, takes his stance and makes a powerful swing at the neon-green softball sailing toward him.
He tips it. The ball pops straight up, then drops onto the dirt with a thud.
“Be patient, Trey, be patient,” Charles Cobb yells from the outfield.
Trichell lines up again. The pitch is almost over the plate. He swings, his forearm muscles taunt and bulging.

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