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May 17th, 2014

Cougars kings of Class 1A

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Cedar Creek captures state baseball championship
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SULPHUR — Cedar Creek broke open close game with a four-run fourth inning Saturday as the Cougars defeated Sacred Heart 5-1 in the Class 1A state championship game at McMurry Park.
The seventh-seeded Cougars, who finished their season with a record of 31-5, had eight players bat in the fourth, collecting four hits and taking advantage of a pair of Trojans errors.
Jacob Brown, Cole Frasier and Wes Gresham singled in the inning, and Huff McIntosh followed with a sacrifice fly to center to make it 4-1.

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’Cats struggle in spring scrimmage

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After his Bearcats struggled in their spring scrimmage against Calvary Baptist on Friday at Louisiana Tech’s Joe Aillet Stadium, you might think Ruston High School head coach Brad Laird would be unhappy with what he saw.
Think again.
“I liked what I saw — I didn’t see any injuries,” Laird said with a gleam in his eye. “We stayed healthy. Calvary is a good football team. Did we make some mistakes — yeah. But we did some good things, too. The most important time for us starts June 2 with offseason conditioning.

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Lange records Top 25 NCAA Regional finish

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Briggs Ranch Golf Course played home to the San Antonio Region this week as 75 of the top collegiate golfers competed over 54 holes.
By all indications, the course played fair. However, during Saturday’s final round, the winds did not.
Louisiana Tech sophomore Victor Lange joined the other competitors who all battled steady 25-35 mile per hour winds for the vast majority of the final 18 holes of action.

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Cedar Creek takes Class 1A title

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Cedar Creek ignited in the bottom of the fourth inning Saturday to break open a tie game and surge to a 5-1 Class 1A Championship game win over Sacred Heart at McMurray Park in Sulphur. Pictured are the Cougars showing off their championship trophy.

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Creative learning

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Cypress Springs STEM students building robots
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Cypress Springs Elementary teacher Sarah Wages is starting to realize what a good decision it was to introduce a robotics program as an after-school option for her elementary students.
Third, fourth and fifth graders at the school have embarked on a journey to delve into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math research and although robotics may seem advanced for 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds, Wages said her students’ accomplishments have exceeded all of her expectations.
“These projects are so vital to students’ ability for critical thinking,” Wages said.

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Throttling up for armed forces

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Bikers hit roads to help military vets, raise awareness
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The roar of Harley Davidsons and other motocycles surged across Ruston Saturday morning.
It happened as members of the North Central Louisiana chapter of American Bikers Active Toward Education and others celebrated Armed Forces Day by holding a Dice Run to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Bikers started their runs from 3 Docs Brewhouse, located at 2550 W. Alabama Ave. The cost was $25 per rider and $10 per passenger.

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Area residents preparing to ‘Carry the Load’

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Event set to honor both active duty and fallen service members and first-responders

Mallory Hilton had never heard of Carry The Load until her husband’s National Guard company was preparing to deploy to Kuwait during spring of last year.
But when she learned of the Memorial Day walk, she loaded up her then 3-week-old son and joined members of the Ruston-based 844th engineering company, their families and other area residents who walked or ran in the city’s first Carry The Load event.
“The idea is to bring back the true meaning of Memorial Day,” said Hilton, who already has about 25 people signed up for her walk team this year.

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Leg. supports Sparta solution

Legislation allowing the state to sell 21.5 acres in the old D’Arbonne State Park in Farmerville for a project that will help lessen the drawdown on the ailing Sparta Aquifer has one more small hurdle to jump before it lands on Gov. Bobby Jindal’s desk for his signature.
Senate Bill 430, authored by Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, has received resounding backing from lawmakers, passing 35-0 in the Senate and, last week, 92-0 in the House.

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Every bit counts for pups in need

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Nearly four years ago, I convinced my husband — who was my fiance at the time — that our lives would be better with a furry loved one.

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NLWS beating odds despite controversy

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I have known Rev. Jerry Baldwin, headmaster of New Living Word School in Ruston, for over 20 years and believe him to be a man of extraordinary character, vision, courage, oratory, influence and industry. He possesses an indefatigable work ethic which I have rarely seen matched. He is a wonderful husband and father, an excellent coach and mentor of young people and he is ministering to and educating some of Ruston’s most needy.

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