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May 25th, 2013

Butch Smart epitomized human spirit

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Thin as a javelin and weighing no more than a paperweight, Brian Lee “Butch” Smart would have been the last person you would have thought would give cancer a run for its money.
When he discovered that he had the unwavering disease a dozen years ago, I can picture him looking the “Big C” squarely in the eyes and in that slow-as-dripping-honey Southern drawl of his saying something such as, “Well ........... here I am, give me your best shot.”

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Dykes: Fan of 49ers

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Sonny Dykes has two good reasons to follow the San Francisco 49ers closely during the 2013 season.
Two of the wide receivers on the Super Bowl runner-ups were coached by Dykes as collegians.
There’s veteran Michael Crabtree, who came under Dykes’ tutelage while on the Texas Tech University staff.

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Bearcats’ Wilson at All-Star game

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Ruston High School’s Ivan Wilson, Jr., was one of the participants in the annual Louisiana High School Athletic Association All-Star baseball game in Denham Springs this weekend. The first-unit All-District 2-5A outfielder who has signed with Grambling State University was a member of the East team that faced the West in a two-game series at North Park. Wilson was instrumental in helping the Bearcats win a 2-5A title and compile a record of 30-6 this spring.

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Cox finishes javelin season for Tech

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Joshua Cox put the wraps on his outstanding 2013 track and field season at Louisiana Tech University at the NCAA East preliminary championship meet held in Greensboro,N.C.
The sophomore who earned Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State honors while at Cedar Creek High finished No. 22 in the javelin with a throw of 213-4.

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RUSTON HIGH SPRING GAME PHOTO GALLERY

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Bulldogs’ commitment boosts game for Nike Team Louisiana

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FRISCO, Texas — When Huntington forward and Louisiana Tech commitment Branden Sheppard got to Session No. 3 of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, he found out that he was going to be the only traditional post player that Nike Team Louisiana was going to have.
Istrouma forward Marquise Kaigler was unable to make the session, so Sheppard knew the bulk of the post work was going to have to go through him.

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Tech’s Maton named for WAC honor

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Louisiana Tech University sophomore right hander Phil Maton has been named as a first team all-Western Athletic Conference by the CollegeSportsMadness.com website.
The honor is the second all-WAC honor this week for the Chatham, Ill. native, who was named first team all-WAC earlier this week by the league’s head coaches.

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Spider bites can be serious

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A couple of hours after working in her flower bed at her home near Dodson, Lori Boyett, noticed a small red spot on her finger, an area that was somewhat painful to touch.
“I went to bed and woke up two hours later with lots of pain, and some swelling. I took some Ibuprofen, went back to bed and woke up at three in the morning with extreme pain and a huge raised blister that appeared black,” Boyett explained.

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Tech in USA national wakeboarding finals

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Louisiana Tech University is among the schools participating in the 2013 USA Wakeboard Collegiate National Finals that began Friday in Shreveport -Bossier City.
The event has returned to the Red River and is being held at Riverview Park through today.
The finals will feature 12 teams with seven riders each working their way through seven different heats. Competing universities include. Wisconsin

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Drosts celebrate 65th anniversary

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A.J. and Dorothy Drost Sr. will be celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on May 25. The couple have three children — Andrew J. Drost Jr. and wife Kay, Jackie Miller and Karen Humphrey and husband John. They have eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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