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April 22nd, 2017

Bearcats’ McWain earns Class 5A honorable mention

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Ruston High School junior Amani McWain helped the Lady Bearcats earn their first home basketball playoff game in more than a decade.
McWain (5-8) averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game, and those efforts earned her honorable mention on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State basketball team.
Destrehan’s Cara Ursin and Scotlandville’s Ja’Vonte Smart, each winners of their respective LHSAA title games last month and each named Outstanding Player of said title games fittingly earned Class 5A Outstanding Player of the Year accolades.

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Choudrant falls in extra innings

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ZWOLLE — Twelfth-seeded Choudrant High School pushed No. 5 Zwolle to the brink Friday evening before an error in the bottom of the 10th allowed the Lady Hawks to escape with a 5-4 win in Class B softball regional action.
Choudrant jumped in front early, with Olivia Hennen doubling in the first inning to drive in the first run of the game.
The Lady Aggies moved out in front in the top of the eighth inning, but Zwolle evened things up in the bottom half of the stanza, also because of an error by the Lady Aggies.
Raegan Pilgreen and Hennen drove in two runs each to lead Choudrant.

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Bearcats beat Chiefs

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Kasten Furr pitched all seven innings as Ruston High School won its regular-season finale in District 2-5A action at Natchitoches Central High School.

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No hitter lifts Aggies over Castor

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CASTOR — Logan Valley tossed a no-hitter Thursday as Choudrant High School blanked Castor 16-0.
Vallery threw all four innings, recording six strikeouts in the process.
The Aggies took an early leader when Clayton Allen tripled on the first pitch of the contest before opening the scoring barrage on a Logan Smith RBI triple.
Brandon Russell, Allen, Tanner Martin and TJ Craig had had multiple hts for CHS.
while Ruston, Martin and Allen drove in three runs each.

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Alabama State tops G-Men

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NEW ORLEANS — Alabama State rallied with a run in the bottom of the ninth Saturday to defeat Grambling State 4-3 in Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball action at Barrow Stadium.
Grambling (15-24, 10-8 SWAC) had tied things up in the top of the ninth when third baseman Wesley Drain scored on a fielder’s choice hit by Johan Mojica.
Issac O’Bear worked the first seven innings on the mound for GSU giving up two runs. Anthony Hernandez picked up the loss for the Tigers.
Drain led GSU offensive, batting two-for-four with one RBI while Travarus Bell went two-for-five with one RBI.

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Techsters ties record for straight conference wins

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Louisiana Tech tied the program record with its seventh consecutive regular season conference win with an 8-5 victory over Texas-San Antonio in the first game of a C-USA doubleheader at Roadrunner Field Saturday.
UTSA (18-28, 8-12) snapped the Tech (30-17, 13-4 C-USA) streak in game two, shutting out the Lady Techsters 3-0.
The two teams will play the rubber game of the three-game series at 1 p.m. today at.
Game 1: LA Tech 8, UTSA 5

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Diamond ’Dogs even series with UAB

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Nate Harris allowed only one run while striking out five Blazers as he helped Louisiana Tech even its Conference USA baseball series Saturday with a 10-2 win over Alabama-Birmingham.
A late rally attempt by the Diamond ’Dogs on Friday wasn’t enough as Tech fell 14-9 to UAB in the series opener.
The rubber game of the series will start at 1 p.m. today at J.C. Love Field and will will be streamed on CUSA.TV and broadcast on ESPN 97.7 FM.
Offensively, Tech (26-14, 7-10 C-USA) was led by Colby Hamilton, who has become the catcher of choice for the Bulldogs when Harris is on the mound.

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Bearcats fall to Live Oak

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The springtime air was rather hot, but Ruston High School’s bats were anything but as the Bearcats took on Live Oak Friday in Class 5A softball regional playoff action at the RHS field.
Live Oak pitcher Lindsey Rizzo limited Ruston to only three hits on the day and the Eagles held off a late rally attempt by the Bearcats for a 3-1 win to move on to the quarterfinals of the 5A playoffs next week at Frasch Park in Sulphur.

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Kentrell Brice due for boost in playing time

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This time last year, Kentrell Brice was just another largely unknown player attempting to make an NFL roster.
He was a free agent defensive back wannabe intent on proving he was worthy of being on a team’s 45-member roster.
Now, the former Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech University star is not only on one of those rosters, he’s in the talk for being a potential impact contributor.
Brice is due to be one of the leading candidates to either replace or log major minutes for departed Green Bay Packers’ DB standout Micah Hyde, who has signed with the Buffalo Bills.

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A new adventure: Special request for birthday

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For her 95th birthday, Sue Davis wanted to do something daring — take a motorcycle ride with her son Harvey on his Harley Davidson.
Sue Davis said she, as well as most of the residents and staff at Princeton Place where she lives, was excited about the ride.
“I went outside and the nurse helped me on the (bike),” she said. “I used my daughter-in-law’s helmet and jacket.”
As her son started up the motorcycle, Sue Davis said she realized how much of an adventure she was about to undertake.

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