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Award-winning season for Tech

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It’s been an award-winning summer for former Louisiana Tech athletes, something of which both the university and the Ruston Daily Leader are proud.

Already this summer former Lady Techsters basketball standout and head coach Teresa Weatherspoon was named one of the WNBA’s 20 Greatest Players of All Time and former Dunkin ’Dogs standout P.J. Brown, who won an NBA championship with the Boston Celtics, was inducted in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

And on July 8, former Bulldog infielder Nick Grunenwald was one of three individuals inducted into the Merrill Baseball Hall of Fame in Merrill, Wisconsin.

In his three seasons with Merrill High School, Grunenwald gained a reputation for his unstoppable combination of speed and power. The talented prep standout became a household name in the state of Wisconsin and was named the 2005 Gatorade Player of the Year and 2005 Louisville Slugger Player of the Year before coming to Tech.

But the summer is still early and there are more inductions to come for former Louisiana Tech standouts.

Tech legends Mickey Slaughter and Ray Germany will be among this year’s inductees enshrined into the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Shreveport Convention Center.

Slaughter starred for the Bulldogs’ football team under Coach Joe Aillet from 1959 through 1962 and was the top quarterback in the Gulf States Conference during that time. The three-time first team all-league honoree was named to the Williamson All-American team as a senior. Following his collegiate career, he played four years with the Denver Broncos of the AFL before returning to Ruston to join the Tech coaching staff. Slaughter served on the staff for 12 years during which Tech produced the golden era of Bulldog football.

Germany played for the Bulldog basketball team in the last 1950s and is one of only three players in program history to earn all-conference honors all four years (All-Gulf States). He helped guide the Bulldogs to the 1959 Gulf States Conference title with a 21-4 record while earning AP and UPI honorable mention all-American honors in 1958-59 and NAIA second team all-American honors in 1959-60. He is one of nine former Tech men’s basketball players to earn all-American honors. He finished his career with 1,393 points, which ranks 22nd all-time.

The Daily Leader commends Tech and all these former athletes for being recognized for their Halls of Fame-worthy accomplishments.

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