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October 13th, 2014

Applauding education efforts

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It’s something that parents of area school children have talked about over the last month or so.
And as the Nov. 4 elections draw nearer, it’s something that some of our candidates are talking about well.
Common Core state standards is what the talk is all about, and it’s become a platform in the race for U.S. senator, where Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu and her two Republican challengers, Rep. Bill Cassidy and retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, are squaring off on the controversial subject.

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Sloan powers Tech past ODU

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NORFOLK, Virginia. — Sophomore forward Kathryn Sloan delivered two second-half goals and goalkeeper Kylee Seto recorded six saves as Louisiana Tech blanked Old Dominion, 2-0, on Sunday evening at the ODU Soccer Complex.
The victory was No. 10 on the season for Tech (10-5-1, 2-4 Conference USA) and it was the second straight weekend the Lady Techsters rebounded from a Friday loss to come back with a strong performance on Sunday.

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FIU nets victory over Techsters

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The Louisiana Tech volleyball team (7-13, 0-7 C-USA) struggled with a .122 hitting percentage as the Lady Techsters fell to league foe FIU, 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-20), on Sunday afternoon in the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech totaled more kills in the match than the Panthers, but FIU made nine less errors than the Lady Techsters to hold a slight advantage in each of the three sets played on the day.
FIU combined to hit .208 with 41 kills in the match, while the Lady Techsters totaled 42 kills, but committed 25 errors in the loss.

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GSU introduces hoops coaches

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Grambling State University officially introduced its new men’s and women’s basketball coaches during a press conference last week. Women’s basketball Coach Nadine Domond (left) and men’s basketball Coach Shawn Walker were named as the new leaders of GSU’s hoops programs. Dormand previously served as an assistant coach (2002-03) at Hampton University when that team was coached by current GSU Interim Athletics Director Patricia Cage-Bibbs.

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Tech impressive at ITA Regionals

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Louisiana Tech may have gone into the ITA Southern Regional Championships as a sleeper team, but they left having made a big impression on the other top regional programs.
With seven Lady Techsters competing in the biggest fall tournament of the season, Tech notched 10 total singles wins over players from Mississippi State, Auburn, LSU, Tulane and South Alabama.

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October 11th

A-Rod, Ali lead all-time interviews

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Over the span of 50 years, a sportswriter can deal with a variety of interviews from a myriad of subjects.
Such has been our good fortune with the Ruston Daily Leader.
No telling who might be the next athlete or coach on our question-and-answer list.
Two of the more interesting subjects have been Alex Rodriquez and Muhammed Ali.
Read on about them and others we’ve queried in this second installment of “What’s he like?”

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GSU holds off Alcorn St.

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GRAMBLING — It was an “Odyssey” that lasted nearly a year for the Grambling State Tigers.
And just as Odysseus did following his long journey, the Tigers came home as heroes.
Before Saturday, the Tigers’ last home game came in a 47-40 win over Mississippi Valley on Nov. 2 of last year, the only win GSU recorded during the 2013 season.
Make it two straight home wins for the Tigers and four straight this season as Grambling held off a tough Alcorn State squad 28-21 Saturday afternoon at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium.

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Louisiana Tech Sports Briefs

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Techsters drop volleyball match
Louisiana Tech (7-12, 0-6 C-USA) let an early lead slip away as UTSA (10-7, 6-0 C-USA) came from behind to notch a 3-1 Conference USA victory over the Lady Techsters on Friday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Despite an early lead in the match and a plus-.300 attacking percentage, Tech could not withstand the powerful offensive attack of UTSA over the course of four sets. The Roadrunners hit .299 as a team with 61 kills, while the Lady Techsters combined to hit .128 with 44 kills and 25 errors in the match.

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RHS upends NCHS

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NATCHITOCHES — Facing a tough Natchitoches Central squad Friday night on the road at M.L. Turpin Stadium, the Ruston High School Bearcats looked to their biggest offensive weapon.
Senior running back Qayshon Thurman came out firing, accounting for three of Ruston’s four scores to lead the Bearcats to a 27-13 win in the District 2-1A opener for both teams.
The win pushed RHS to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in district play while Natchitoches Central is now 2-3 and 0-1.

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Deer hunting season underway

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When we get to this time of year, things start happening fast. Better football teams like Louisiana Tech are moving up the charts with dreams of reaching postseason play growing more real by the day, and diminishing for those like LSU that stubbed their toes along the way.

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