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May 19th, 2018

Tigers championship bound

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NEW ORLEANS — The Grambling State University baseball team took the road less travelled at the 2018 Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament on Saturday at Wesley Barrow Stadium.
The Tigers opened the day with a 5-1 loss to Alabama State in a Winner’s Bracket final and then fought off elimination with a 5-1 victory over the Hornets, sending the Tigers into the championship game.

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Saints’ young guns could impress

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Heading toward mandatory team workouts and preseason training camp, the big question for the New Orleans Saints is who will be No. 2 behind quarterback Drew Brees in 2018 and is that player the heir apparent when Brees decides to call it a career?
I know the Saints brought in former Texans’ starter Tom Savage to be the back-up at least for now. But I’m hoping strong preseason from two of New Orleans’ young guns has the coaching staff rethinking that position before the 2018 season begins.

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Skelton’s heroics lift Tech to walk-off win

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Trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Louisiana Tech baseball team saw a two-out, two-run game-tying single from Hunter Wells followed by a walk-off single off the wall in left from senior Dalton Skelton, pushing Tech to a 3-2 win over Old Dominion on Saturday afternoon from J.C. Love Field.
With the win, Tech (38-18, 21-9 Conference USA) clinched the no. 2 seed in the C-USA Tournament and will take on the no. 7 seed Rice Owls in the first round at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and through the Watch ESPN app.

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Bearcats outscore North Webster

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Ruston High School head football coach Jerrod Baugh doesn’t know what the final score of Friday night’s spring football game was against North Webster on James Field at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
All he knows is what he feels counts most — that his Bearcats outscored North Webster and showed they had completed a productive session of spring workouts.

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GSU alum officiates 10th title contest

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While Lincoln Parish didn’t have a diamond team playing in a Louisiana High School Athletics Association championship game this season, the parish was still represented.
That’s thanks to 1992 Grambling State University graduate James Taylor, who was umpire for the Class 1A title game in which 11th seed Merryville defeated sixth seed Delta Charter 6-3 at Frasch Park in Sulphur.
While the rest of the Class 1A title game umpiring crew were rookies to the experience, it was Taylor’s 10th time overseeing a state championship contest.

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Lawmakers look to craft budget — again

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Rep. Rob Shadoin said Saturday he’s willing to renew a portion of an existing temporary penny state sales tax in effort to avoid the full blow of the roughly $643 million shortfall Louisiana faces when the tax expires June 30.
Higher education, rural health care and the bulk of state government hangs in the balance of what lawmakers do with the temporary tax during the special legislative session that starts Tuesday.

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Mason’s Mission: Tech student will attempt to circumnavigate world

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On July 15, Mason Andrews, an 18-year-old Louisiana Tech University Aviation major, from Monroe, will board “The Spirit of Louisiane” — his 1976 Piper Lance PA32R-300 aircraft — and say goodbye to Louisiana for an estimated 40 days as he prepares to circumnavigate the world.
He will be flying solo in a single engine aircraft specially modified to carry 160 gallons of extra fuel, giving him a range of over 2,205 nautical miles without refueling with an additional reserve of 2.92 hours of flight time.
The idea, he said, came from talking with his friends.

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Tech graduates record class in two ceremonies

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Louisiana Tech University graduated its largest class in University history during two commencement ceremonies Saturday.
A total of 1061 graduates walked across the stage at the Thomas Assembly Center — 909 undergraduates received associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and 152 earned master’s and doctoral degrees.
During his commencement address, Jim Henderson, president of the University of Louisiana System, advised graduates to remember that they leave Louisiana Tech prepared for any challenges because they have degrees from one of the finest institutions in the world.

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Dixie Center board closer to hiring full-time director

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A decision on a fulltime director for Ruston’s Dixie Center for the Arts could come as early as Monday.
The center’s board is expected to discuss the ongoing personnel search when it meets Monday night.
“We may or may not take action,” Dixie Board President Larry Jarrell said.
Fifteen people applied for the job that will be funded by an appropriation from the city of Ruston.
In March, the city’s Board of Aldermen approved a cooperative endeavor agreement with the theater board whereby the city will give the Dixie $100,000 annually to pay utilities and other operational costs.

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Legislature, don’t blow it

We’re having trouble grasping the Louisiana Legislature’s take on the budget it sent to Gov. John Bel Edwards — and that Edwards has now vetoed.
Lawmakers in both chambers and on both side of the political aisle have all but admitted the fiscal debates that went on for almost two months were nothing more than a big ploy to show Louisiana’s budget has holes in it that needs to be fixed.

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