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April 29th, 2017

Cougars Div. IV champs

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Cedar Creek takes state with 5-3 win over Vermilion Catholic
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SULPHUR — Cedar Creek fought off a late Vermilion Catholic rally, as well as Mother Nature, and took a 5-3 win to capture the Division IV state softball championship Saturday at Frasch Park.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Vermilion Catholic scored two runs to make it 5-3. But with two outs, two balls and two strikes and runners at the corners, a lightning delay was called, causing a 30-minute wait to return to play.
After the long wait Cedar Creek’s Mary Terral truck out Kelly Frith to game.

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No wonder sports world ablaze now

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April: there’s no month quite like it for sports fans.
Name the sport and it’s been high-profile, in bold headlines, during these past 30 days.
Major League Baseball is in its beginning stages and, already, predictions fill the podcasts, airways and social media streams as to who will win the pennant races, reach the World Series and capture individual player awards.
And I can’t get enough of my favorite sport.
The MLB.tv network/app was made for longtime, loyal fans such as myself and former Louisiana Tech University athletic trainer/equipment commander Sam Wilkinson.

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Lady Techsters top North Texas

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After pushing the start time back six hours due to severe weather in the area, Louisiana Tech used five extra base hits and some key defensive plays to down North Texas 5-3 in Conference USA action Saturday night.
The two teams will meet for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. today. Senior Day ceremonies for the four Lady Techsters seniors will follow the conclusion of the second game of the doubleheader.

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Tech takes series over W. Kentucky

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Nate Harris tossed his third complete game of the season and Chase Lunceford drove in four runs as Louisiana Tech) clinched the series with a 7-1 victory over Western Kentucky on Sunday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
The win over the Hilltoppers (13-31, 4-16 C-USA) is the fourth consecutive series won by the Diamond ‘Dogs (29-14, 10-10 C-USA who now sit in a tie for fifth place in Conference USA.
Tech won Friday’s game 6-5.

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Tech’s Henderson goes 82nd overall to Broncos

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Louisiana Tech wide receiver Carlos Henderson realized a dream come true Friday night as the junior was selected in the third round as the 82nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
In his junior season, Henderson hauled in 82 receptions for 1,535 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns, while also rushing 14 times for 133 yards and two rushing touchdowns. In 2016, he was named one of 10 semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation’s top wide receiver. After three seasons, he ended his Bulldog career ranked fifth in school history in receiving yards.

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49ers take Taylor in fifth

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Louisiana Tech’s Trent Taylor turns 23 years old today, but the Bulldog receiver enjoyed an early birthday present Saturday as the San Francisco 49ers selected the playmaker as the 177th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
In his fourth and final season with the Bulldogs, Taylor led Louisiana Tech in receiving for the third straight season after catching 136 passes for 1,803 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Along with teammate Carlos Henderson, Taylor was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, which is awarded to the nation’s top wide receiver.

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Cardinals grab GSU’s Williams in third round

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It was no surprise when Grambling State University wide receiver Chad Williams was selected in this weekend’s NFL Draft.
But it was a bit stunning when the Arizona Cardinals made Williams the 98th pick overall as they selected him in the third round on Friday night.
It was Grambling’s highest draft pick since Jason Hatcher went No. 92 overall to he Dallas Cowboys in the 2006 draft.
The 6-1, 204-pounds Williams bolstered his draft stock during GSU’s Pro Day as he in the low 4.4-second range in the 40-yard dash while also doing 21 reps on the bench press.

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Bulldogs’ Woods now a Cowboy

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Louisiana Tech safety Xavier Woods got the phone call he has been waiting for Saturday afternoon as the senior was selected in the sixth round as the 191st overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
Woods becomes the third Bulldog to be selected in this year’s NFL Draft along with Carlos Henderson (Round 3, Pick 82) and Trent Taylor (Round 5, Pick 177), while this marks the second straight year Tech has had three players drafted into the NFL. Tech now has more NFL draft picks (10) since 2013 than any other team in Conference USA.

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Join springtime blitz for RHS football tickets

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Ruston High School football season tickets will go on sale for a special price during this two week presale period running Monday through May 12.
The cost of a packet of tickets during this time is $40 per packet now.
They will cost $45 when the sales resume in August.
Go to the Ruston High School office between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-May 12 to reclaim season tickets or to purchase new ones.
Ticket packets include the jamboree at The Bayou Jamb and five home games.
For more information call Virginia Rainwater at 255-0807.

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Locals rally for environment

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About 150 people, chanting and carrying signs expressing concern for the Earth, marched from the Lincoln Parish Courthouse to Railroad Park and back Saturday as part of a local rally protesting an anticipated move by the federal government to weaken existing environmental protection regulations.

“I’m a grandfather who’s concerned about the future of the planet my grandchildren are going to inherit,” Johnny Armstrong, of Ruston, told the citizen-organized People’s Climate Rally.

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