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April 22nd, 2017

Techsters ties record for straight conference wins

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Louisiana Tech tied the program record with its seventh consecutive regular season conference win with an 8-5 victory over Texas-San Antonio in the first game of a C-USA doubleheader at Roadrunner Field Saturday.
UTSA (18-28, 8-12) snapped the Tech (30-17, 13-4 C-USA) streak in game two, shutting out the Lady Techsters 3-0.
The two teams will play the rubber game of the three-game series at 1 p.m. today at.
Game 1: LA Tech 8, UTSA 5

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Diamond ’Dogs even series with UAB

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Nate Harris allowed only one run while striking out five Blazers as he helped Louisiana Tech even its Conference USA baseball series Saturday with a 10-2 win over Alabama-Birmingham.
A late rally attempt by the Diamond ’Dogs on Friday wasn’t enough as Tech fell 14-9 to UAB in the series opener.
The rubber game of the series will start at 1 p.m. today at J.C. Love Field and will will be streamed on CUSA.TV and broadcast on ESPN 97.7 FM.
Offensively, Tech (26-14, 7-10 C-USA) was led by Colby Hamilton, who has become the catcher of choice for the Bulldogs when Harris is on the mound.

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Bearcats fall to Live Oak

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The springtime air was rather hot, but Ruston High School’s bats were anything but as the Bearcats took on Live Oak Friday in Class 5A softball regional playoff action at the RHS field.
Live Oak pitcher Lindsey Rizzo limited Ruston to only three hits on the day and the Eagles held off a late rally attempt by the Bearcats for a 3-1 win to move on to the quarterfinals of the 5A playoffs next week at Frasch Park in Sulphur.

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Kentrell Brice due for boost in playing time

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This time last year, Kentrell Brice was just another largely unknown player attempting to make an NFL roster.
He was a free agent defensive back wannabe intent on proving he was worthy of being on a team’s 45-member roster.
Now, the former Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech University star is not only on one of those rosters, he’s in the talk for being a potential impact contributor.
Brice is due to be one of the leading candidates to either replace or log major minutes for departed Green Bay Packers’ DB standout Micah Hyde, who has signed with the Buffalo Bills.

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A new adventure: Special request for birthday

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For her 95th birthday, Sue Davis wanted to do something daring — take a motorcycle ride with her son Harvey on his Harley Davidson.
Sue Davis said she, as well as most of the residents and staff at Princeton Place where she lives, was excited about the ride.
“I went outside and the nurse helped me on the (bike),” she said. “I used my daughter-in-law’s helmet and jacket.”
As her son started up the motorcycle, Sue Davis said she realized how much of an adventure she was about to undertake.

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Staying fortunate in the parish

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The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association recently held its Annual Conference in Dallas. One of the highlights was the science, technology, engineering, mathematics showcase — two hours where the expo hall was filled with selected exhibits it felt represented models of best practice for STEM integration and implementation. Incredibly, I found myself manning one of those exhibits and welcoming a global audience to view and discuss the acclaimed eco-car program housed on the Ruston High School campus.

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Contributing to budget issues

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It never seems to change.
Year after year of the same thing — asking our state higher education and health systems to take budget cut after budget cut. But you know who won’t accept suffering the same fate? You guessed it — the ones doing the asking.

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Tree could grow future for peaches

Think Ruston. Think peaches. Artistic likenesses of the succulent summer fruit mark city street signs and are part of Ruston’s official logo.
The Ruston peach and its impact on the local economy is the reason city leaders founded the Louisiana Peach Festival over six decades ago. But sadly, the days of peach as king of the local fruit crop have waned.
Even for Mitcham Farms, the parish’s largest surviving orchard, times have changed. Blame the weather. Blame the transformation of the wholesale market. Blame Armillaria root rot.

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Arkansas trip features bit of everything

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I’ve made this trip at least half a dozen times over the years and each time, my senses receive a fresh charge. This year’s venture to Gaston’s Resort on the White River in north Arkansas was no exception.
Fishing? If you want to fish a body of water where you’re practically guaranteed to catch fish, the White River is a slam dunk. The river is teeming with rainbow trout with the supply of fish replenished regularly from the hatchery located in the area and they’re just waiting for a morsel to float by. Should that morsel be impaled on a hook, a spirited fight ensues.

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April 21st

LPL hosts Money Smart Week

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If there’s one thing everyone needs to know and learn more about, it’s definitely money and how to take care of it.
The Lincoln Parish Library hopes to provide the community with some of those tips through its upcoming Money Smart Week — a national initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank.

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