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August 17th, 2015

Wonderful year ahead for students

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Yes, I’m probably old school — pun intended.
And school is a little bit later this year, but I still can’t get used to it.
It just doesn’t seem quite right. We’re still in the middle of August, but by Friday parish students will start the new school year.
Cedar Creek School actually started its school year today.
Whatever happened to school starting after Labor Day? Remember when school always started after Labor Day and ended just after Memorial Day?
It just feels too early. Summer is summer and you’re only a kid once. But I guess times have changed.

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Southerners among the finest people

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I was born and raised in Western Massachusetts.  I n the South, I am know as a Yankee.  My life in the South started in 1955 as a missile-radar instructor in Huntsville, Alabama.  Except for three years in Germany and two years in Vietnam, I have lived in the southern states.  I still love the New England states but I do not like five months of bitter cold weather.  However, anyone would enjoy seeing the beautiful color of the leave change in September and October.  There are not words available that can describe the beauty of nature’s splendor during this time each year.

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Bulldogs begin 2-a-days

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Louisiana Tech began two-a-days Saturday — or at least attempted to — as the Bulldogs held a full session in the morning but the evening session was cut short by lightning in the North Louisiana area.
Tech completed 13 periods Saturday evening under the lights at Joe Aillet Stadium before lightning forced the team to halt activities and seek shelter inside. After a 30-minute delay and more lightning headed toward Ruston, the practice was officially cut short.

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Tech adds hoops strength coach

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Casey Cathrall has been named the director of basketball strength and conditioning for the Bulldog and Lady Techster basketball teams.
Most recently, he was the director of strength and conditioning at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In that role, he oversaw all of the strength and conditioning for 15 Division I varsity sports, including men’s and women’s basketball.
Prior to spending this past year at UMBC, Cathrall’s experience includes working as a professional intern, graduate assistant and assistant strength and conditioning coach.

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August 15th

Countdown on for Tech soccer

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With the 2015 season opener a week away, the Louisiana Tech soccer team held a Blue versus Red intrasquad scrimmage on Friday night at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
Twenty-three players saw action on the pitch for three 20-minute periods in what was an intense affair under the lights.
“Overall, it went well,” said Kevin Sherry, who enters his ninth season as head coach. “It was probably the most intense scrimmage we have ever had which is good. In every game, you have pluses and minuses.

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Malone legacy isn’t tarnished minus a title

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Some Sunday morning thoughts on all things sports:
KARL STILL DELIVERED: Former Louisiana Tech University star Karl Malone is one of several prominent, former professional athletes who was never on a world championship team.
Among other greats who are in the same group include Dan Marino, Ted Williams, Barry Sanders and Charles Barkley.
As iconic as these players were, ones whose portfolios spill over with rare feats and sparkling statistics, each would probably swap such achievements for a title.
But take away from their legacy?
I think not.

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Bulldogs don full pads for Friday practice

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Louisiana Tech wore full pads for the first time in camp this fall as the Bulldogs practiced for over two hours on the Tech Practice Field Friday afternoon.
The players, already eager to get in any kind of game situation, took advantage of the team periods in full pads and even had to be reined in by the coaches in order to keep the focus on practice and not just playing.
Overall, Friday’s session did not have a clear advantage for either side as the offense and defense battled back and forth throughout the practice session.

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Tech announces watch party locations

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Louisiana Tech Athletics and LA Tech Sports Properties have announced that the Dawg House Sports Grill in Ruston and Twisted Root Burger Company in Shreveport-Bossier City both signed a three-year contract to be the official game-day watch party location for Bulldog football road games.
Both establishments will also be the official away game watch party locations for Louisiana Tech basketball.
The watch parties will begin at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10 when the Bulldogs travel to face Western Kentucky.
All six away games will be shown on HD televisions with specials throughout the season.

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RHS football tickets remain on sale

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Ruston High School 2015 season football tickets are on at the RHS main office.
Sale hours are from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The cost per packet is $50, which includes the home jamboree game against West Ouachita.
Ruston’s regular season home game slate includes East Feliciana (Sept. 11), Airline (Sept. 18), Jonesboro-Hodge (Sept. 25), West Monroe (Oct. 9), Pineville (Oct. 16) and Natchitoches Central (Nov. 6).
For more information, call Virginia Rainwater at 255-0807.

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Bearcat Madness photo gallery

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Top left photo: Ruston High School football supporter Lisa McMurray and two-year-old Tyson Talbert checked out treats for sale during Saturday’s Bearcat Madness event held at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium. McMurray’s son Donterrion McMurray is a sophomore receiver for the Bearcats.
Top right photo: The RHS Marching Band is pictured entering the stadium during Saturday’s Bearcat Madness event held at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Bottom left photo: The RHS varsity cheerleaders performed during Saturday’s Bearcat Madness event held at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.

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