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March 22nd, 2014

Lady Techsters top Middle Tenn. in DH

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — After starting the season slow on the road, Louisiana Tech has found its mental toughness the last few days as the Lady Techsters swept a Conference USA doubleheader over Middle Tennessee by the scores of 7-5 and 1-0 Saturday afternoon.
Tech (11-19, 2-6 C-USA) has now won three straight road games after dropping its first nine road contests of the season. The Lady Techsters will look for the series sweep when they face the Blue Raiders in a single game that starts at 12 p.m today.

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Tigers sweep past Southern

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Grambling State swept Southern in a Southwestern Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday at Wilbert Ellis Field, winning the opener 9-7 in 11 innings and following that up with a 9-5 victory. Pictured is Johnathan Tineo (4) greeting Yariel Medina after Medina scored in game one. The final game of the series will be played at 1 p.m. today. The Lady Tiger softball team split the two games that they played on Saturday at the SWAC round up in Longview Texas, defeating Mississippi Valley State 6-5 in game one before falling by the score of 14-8 to Alabama A&M in game two.

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Tech tennis falls to N. Texas

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DENTON, Texas — All spring, Louisiana Tech has used its singles depth to wear down opponents.
For the second straight match though the Lady Techsters were without Joanna Nalborska, a first team all-conference and conference freshman of the year last season, and for the second straight match it proved difficult to overcome.
Conference USA foe North Texas took advantage, coming out strong to win 4-1 on Saturday evening at the Waranch Tennis Complex.

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Buddy's Blog: Bradshaw should be No. 1 on this list

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I love sports lists.
Well, not all of them, such as the one NFL Network featured recently on the Top 10 quarterbacks to wear jersey No. 12.
For the most part, I am in agreement with those who comprised this group, from Broadway Joe Namath to Aaron Rodgers, and from Randall Cunningham to John Brodie.
But it’s those top two rankings that bother me.
Tom Brady is ranked as the best QB ever to put on a jersey with “12” on it.
Terry Bradshaw is No. 2.
I would have switched those two spots.

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What a wonderful song

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A wonderful version of a Louis Armstrong classic Friday night led to Mark Faulker, of Ruston, being named the 2014 Dixie Enterainer of the Year.
Faulkner’s version of “What a Wonderful World” was deemed the best out of 18 total performances during this year’s talent search, which was held at the Dixie Center for the Arts.

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Dunkin’ ’Dogs win second-round NIT game

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This dunk by Michael Kyser accounted for the final points Saturday as Louisiana Tech defeated the University of Georgia 79-71 in second round action of the National Invitational Tournament in Athens, Ga. Tech jumped out to an 18-2 lead only five minutes into the contest and then held off a late rally attempt by Georgia. Tech will next face the winner of Monday’s Florida State-Georgetown matchup in quarterfinal action on Wednesday night in a game to be televised on ESPN. If Georgetown wins, the Bulldogs will host the Hoyas. If top-seeded Florida State wins, Tech will travel to Tallahassee.

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Common Core fight continues

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Louisiana legislators combating the implementation of Common Core may get their wish earlier than expected.
Originally, a national Common Core standardized test was supposed to have been implemented at the end of this school year (2013-14) but in November of 2013, the Louisiana Department of Education decided to postpone the new test called PARCC (developed by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers).

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Woodard: Striving to make a difference

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Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of stories about women fulfilling nontraditional roles in honor of Women’s History Month.
Third Judicial District Judge Cynthia Woodard stays on call around the clock — and says she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I love being a judge and feel very fortunate to be able to do what I do,” she said.
Woodard is one of three judges in the Third Judicial District court who preside over Lincoln and Union parishes. She said from a young age, she knew she wanted to be a lawyer.

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Library gets ready for spring break

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Teens who find themselves at home during spring break bored and looking for something to do can celebrate diversity and civil rights next week at the Lincoln Parish Library.
There will be an activity planned at 4 p.m. each day school is out during spring break, which is Monday through Friday.
Participants will kick things off at the Lincoln Parish Library Beach on Monday in the Ruston Room to play volleyball, sing karaoke, have photo ops and play several games such as beach blanket teen bingo.
There will also be some “beach reads” for teens to check out.

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ULRWSI takes a step closer to approval

The Union-Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative is one step closer to having a site for the water treatment plant that’s part of the group’s overall goal of reducing the drawdown on the Sparta Aquifer.
Last week, the state Senate Natural Resources Committee approved without objection a proposal by Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, that allows the water initiative to purchase 21.5 acres in the Old D’Arbonne State Park as the treatment plant site. The full Senate could act on the bill this week.

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