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May 22nd, 2017

Gallot bringing GSU back to prosperity

Almost a year ago, Grambling State University Senate Faculty President Herb Simmons defined the university’s situation then as “their backs against the wall with only one strike remaining.”
Simmons made that statement following the resignation from first-year president Willie Larkin in June 2016.
Simmons was right. GSU did not have many more options left and the school was in desperate times.
But GSU’s answers were found in one of its own.

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Allow me to have five minutes

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At a recent charity event in Ruston benefitting the Pine Hills Advocacy Center, as the father of a victim of child sexual abuse; I was asked to give my testimony. Here are my remarks:
For the next five minutes, I’d like to speak to you about what it’s like to be the parent of a victim of child abuse and how the Child Advocacy Centers helped me get through it.
I can still remember the counselor’s words: “Mr. Rogers, we have reason to believe that your son has been sexually abused by an out-of- family member.” Those were the words that forever changed my life.

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Run For The Wall events draws crowd

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Run For The Wall biker Judy Atkins of Tuscon, Arizona, who was ahead of the main group of participants, stopped under the Tarbutton Overpass Sunday to greet supporters and hand out 2017 Run For The Wall pins to local onlookers showing their support.
The 10-day ride will end at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Memorial Day. At right, a close-up of the commemorative pin for this year’s ride.

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Lady Techsters fall in extra innings

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. —Louisiana Tech took No. 1 ranked Minnesota into extra innings before the Gophers (56-4) scored three runs in the top of the ninth to defeat the Lady Techsters (38-24) 5-2 at Rhoads Stadium Sunday afternoon in the Tuscaloosa Regional.
Two days after playing out-of-character in an 11-3 loss to Minnesota, Louisiana Tech stood tall Sunday, playing cleat-to-cleat with the Gophers in the elimination game.

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Buddy's Blog: Plenty of subjects can quell writer’s block as Tech great

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Sometimes, a writer hits Ye Olde Block and the words just don’t want to appear on an iPhone, iPad or computer screen.
This is one of those times.
Maybe it’s a case of simply having too many subjects I want to cover and I’m in a quandary as to which one I care to devote the space to in this blog:
More post-NFL Draft observations on Louisiana Tech University’s Carlos Henderson, Trent Taylor and Xavier Woods and Grambling State University’s Chad Williams.
Derek Jeter’s retirement ceremony.
The NBA playoffs.

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May 20th

Techsters stay alive at Regional

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‘TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Marilyn Rizzato and Morgan Turkoly drove in three runs each and Preslee Gallaway recorded eight strikeouts to lead Louisiana Tech to an 8-1 win over Albany at Rhoads Stadium in the Tuscaloosa Regional Saturday night.
With the win, Louisiana Tech (38-23) eliminates Albany (27-18) and advances to face No. 1 ranked Minnesota at 1:30 p.m. today in a rematch of Friday’s opening game — an 11-3 Golden Gophers win. The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on 97.7 FM with the pregame show starting at 1:15 p.m.

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Tech’s super year keeps adding laurels

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The fun began in September and is still going strong in May.
It’s been great being a fan of the Louisiana Tech University athletics’ program for the past nine months.
As we noted in an earlier column not that long ago, this school year can be placed alongside of others when the words of “best ever” are used.
They are certainly entitled to such a lofty label in 2016-17.
Football?
Nine wins for a third consecutive season, plus a third straight bowl vicfory.
A West Division crown and berth in Conference USA championship game.

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MTSU rallies to down Bulldogs, 9-8

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Louisiana Tech dropped the series finale in Murfreesboro on Saturday afternoon, 9-8, as Middle Tennessee rallied late to get the win.
Dalton Skelton drove in four runs and collected three hits, while Jordan Washam drove in three runs on two hits.
Louisiana Tech struck first in the series finale, as Jonathan Washam reached first on an infield single. An errant throw by the Blue Raiders shortstop allowed him to advance to second. A wild pitch allowed him to scoot into third and come around to score on an RBI-infield single from Dalton Skelton.

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Bearcats take walk-off win over Wossman

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There’s nothing like a walk-off win in football.
And that’s exactly what the Ruston High School Bearcats did Friday night in the game portion of a controlled practice/scrimmage with Wossman as Jalen Garrison’s 85-yard interception return on the game’s final play lifted RHS to a 12-7 win over the Wildcats.

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Tech’s Turkoly, De La Cruz earn All-NFCA Honors

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A pair of Louisiana Tech sophomores earned 2017 NFCA Division I All-Region honors Thursday as outfielder Morgan Turkoly and pitcher Krystal De La Cruz were named to the Mideast Region third team.
Turkoly, a Sanger, Texas, native, earned her spot on the team after batting .367 with 47 hits, 11 doubles, two triples and two home runs while scoring 34 runs and driving in 36 more. She drew 25 walks (only 10 strikeouts) while stealing nine bases. Defensively, Turkoly did not commit an error in left field while recording 70 putouts and three assists.

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