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May 16th, 2014

Boy Scout trail ride set for Saturday

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The Louisiana Purchase Council, Boy Scouts of America is hosting the Kay Shipp Invitational Trail Ride at 1 p.m. Saturday at Camp T. L. James. Dinner will be served at about 5 p.m.
The ride is to honor Shipp for all she’s done for the Boy Scouts while providing a fun afternoon of horse riding through a scenic 1,142-acre camp. Shipp, who served as the council’s first female board president in the council’s 84-year history, has a passion for horses, trail rides and scouting, yet she’s never had the chance to combine the three.

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Louisiana Tech human ecology instructor elected to national board

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Anita Pumphrey, instructor of human ecology in Louisiana Tech University’s College of Applied and Natural Sciences, has been elected to a two-year term as secretary on the Child Life Council’s Board of Directors.
An active member of the Child Life Council since 1987, Pumphrey has served in a number of roles including a two-year stint as a member-at-large on the CLC’s Board of Directors, chairperson for the CLC’s Education and Training Committee and a member of the Exam Assembly Committee, which reviews and assembles the national Child Life Professional Certifying Examination.

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RHS to battle Calvary Baptist

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Ruston High School’s Spring Football Game against Calvary Baptist is set for 6 p.m. today at Joe Aillet Staium. Fans will be able to enter on the east side of the stadium only. There will be a $5 admission with all proceeds being donated to the Rodney Guin Hospital Fund. Guin, the head football coach at Haughton High School, suffered a severe heart attack several weeks ago and is currently hospitalized at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

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Grambling rallies to remain alive

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NEW ORLEANS — Grambling State rallied late in a back and forth game to avoid being eliminated from the Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament.
The Tigers exploded for seven runs in the seventh inning to pull off a 14-8 win over Texas Southern.
A seven-run seventh inning helped Grambling stave off elimination Thursday in a 14-8 win over Texas Southern at the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament in New Orleans.
GSU will next take on Alcorn State at noon today in an elimination game.

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Tech’s Lange struggles in NCAA opening round

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SAN ANTONIO — After striking the ball well during Wednesday’s practice round, Louisiana Tech sophomore Victor Lange struggled to find that same rhythm during the opening day of the 2014 NCAA Regionals at Briggs Ranch Golf Club on Thursday.
While Lange made history on Thursday, becoming the first LA Tech golfer to ever qualify for the NCAA Division I Golf Regionals, the opening 18 holes didn’t provide the success he had hoped for heading into the three-day event.

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Cougars to play semifinal today

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Austin McNeil (trying to make the tag) and the seventh-seeded Cedar Creek Cougars will take on third-seeded Central Catholic in Class 1A semifinal baseball tournament action at 5 p.m. today at McMurray Park in Sulphur.

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No. 14 Rice heats up to beat Bulldogs 11-2

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HOUSTON — Louisiana Tech fought back from a four-run deficit to make it a 4-2 ball game, but John Clay Reeves’ grand slam in the seventh inning helped lead No. 14 Rice to an 11-2 victory over the Bulldogs in the series opener on Thursday night at Reckling Park.
Rice (35-17, 21-7 Confrence USA) scored six runs from the third inning to the sixth, but it was five runs the Owls put up in the seventh that extended the lead and gave the Conference USA leads a series-opening victory over Tech (15-33, 5-23 C-USA).

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Downsville Charter defeated in semifinal

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SULPHUR — Downsville Charter School watched an early lead evaporate Thursday as the Demons fell 9-2 to Claiborne Christian in Class C baseball semifinal action at McMurray Park.
Corey Antley’s RBI single and Matthew Thomas’ RBI double put DCS up 2-0 in the first inning, but it was all Crusaders from there as CC reliever Wesley Drake entered the game during the second inning and threw a shutout the rest of the way, allowing only five hits one walk while fanning nine Demons.
Drake provided much of his own offense, batting two-for three with a double and two RBIs.

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Safety is a top summer concern

Although the past few days have not been ideal for a great summer outing, the season for fun is just around the corner.
In less than a week, school will be out and children will be enjoying the benefits of fresh air and the outdoors.
Many local organizations have already begun their summer fun and have hosted events on the weekends for parents and children alike to enjoy.
But with the enjoyment of summertime also comes the need for raising awareness of summer safety.

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Going for your dreams

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I remember seven years ago contemplating what my future would hold. It hadn’t been very long since I made the ultimate decision to not attend The Citadel.
For those of you not familiar with the school, it is a public military college located in Charleston, S.C., that is equivalent to attending Annapolis or West Point — the way it was put to me back then was Annapolis was for the Navy, West Point was for the Army and The Citadel was for those wanting to join the U.S. Marine Corps after graduation.

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