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White’s Bulldogs starting another exciting season

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Cleaning off a post-Thanksgiving Day notepad:
• As long as Michael White is head coach for the men’s basketball team at Louisiana Tech University, fans can expect plenty of exciting moments and victories.
After a super debut at the helm last year (reaching finals of Western Athletic Conference postseason tournament), the Bulldogs took a 4-1 record and four-game win streak into Saturday night’s home battle against Interstate Highway 20 rival Louisiana-Monroe.
Of course, the operative words surrounding White are “as long as” he is the head coach of Tech.

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Bulldogs upend ULM

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Maybe it wasn’t the $300 million-plus Powerball jackpot, but Louisiana Tech University’s basketball Bulldogs punched another winning ticket of their own on Saturday night.
For the fifth consecutive game, the last year’s Western Athletic Conference postseason tournament runner-ups left a winner and this time against their rival down Interstate Highway 20.
The Bulldogs (5-1) got a 23-point effort out of guard Cordarius Johnson and 18 points from “Young Reliable” sophomore guard Raheem Appleby to pin a 68-52 defeat on the winless Warhawks (0-2).

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Tech ahead at halftime

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(Editor’s note: Due to a late kickoff time, the full game story on Louisiana Tech-San State Joe will be included in Monday’s sports).
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Louisiana Tech University rallied back from early deficits of 10-0 and 17-6 to take a 27-24 halftime lead against San Jose State on Saturday night.

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G-Men edged by Southern

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NEW ORLEANS — Too much Joseph Dray.
That wound up being the problem for Grambling State University in the annual Bayou Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday.
Dray threw for five touchdowns, as Southern University overcame an early deficit and held on late to get past longtime rival Grambling State 38-33.
Grambling had an 18-point defict (38-20) early in the fourth quarter, but trimmed Southern’s lead down with two touchdowns. The Tigers reached Southern’s 41-yard line in the final seconds, but quarterback Frank Rivers was sacked and fumbled to end the game.

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Bush’s Bearcats capture two wins

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Ruston High School’s boys went 2-1 in basketball action held at the Paul Millsap Classic which was hosted recently by Grambling High School.
The Bearcats of Head Coach Chris Bush won over New Living Word 60-36 and Grambling High 53-37 while losing to Monroe Carroll High 67-58.
Pacing the way in the win against Grambling High were Jerry Melton (16 points, five rebounds), Jamaya Burr (14 points, three rebounds, five assists), Deterrial Samuel (nine points, five rebounds) and Raheem Regis (five points, five rebounds).

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Parading through ‘Candy Land’

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The Ruston Jaycees Christmas Parade sponsored by Volvo Rents will have a “playful” theme this year.
Those who enter the parade, set to roll out at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Thomas Assembly Center, are asked to decorate their floats with a “Candy Land” board game theme.

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Stores have mixed results

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For many merchants around the parish, the Thanksgiving shopping event brought an early Christmas present.
“We did over 72 percent better than last year,” Stage Store Manager Tia Culpepper said. “However this was our fist year to open on Thanksgiving. We were handing out coupons at the door and ran out.
“I would say we had nearly 70 people on Thursday night. We did a lot better than expected with such short hours, between 8 p.m. and midnight. Friday did really well also, but we were opened for a much longer time, between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.”

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Wellness benefits OK’d by LPSB

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Lincoln Parish School employees might notice some changes in coming months as benefits discussions were on the table during the Nov. 13 regular school board meeting.
School board members unanimously — with the exception of Bobby Dowling and Debbie Abrahm who were both absent — approved a proposal to include several wellness benefits free of charge to school system employees at the meeting earlier this month.

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GSU examines anti-hazing policy

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NEW ORLEANS — All university students would sign an anti-hazing commitment if a proactive hazing solution idea is implemented.
During a two-hour, afternoon 2012 Empowerment Exchange: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Institute session, the president of Grambling State University and the President of Southern University System discussed a variety of issues involving student hazing rituals with nationally known analyst and commentator Roland Martin. Both universities have marching bands mandating that members sign such pledges.

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Passing for Tigers

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Quarterback D.J. Williams gets ready to follow through on a pass for Grambling State University in Saturday afternoon’s 38-33 Bayou Classic loss to rival Southern University in New Orleans. The loss ended the G-Men’s season with records of 1-10 overall and 0-9 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

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