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Blazer football prepares for spring game

The second week of spring practice for the Valdosta State Blazers showcased their depth throughout the roster. It’s not hard to realize that coach Kerwin Bell has another talented group of athletes on his hands. However, it’s only spring so it’s hard to gauge just how good they’ll be in the fall. The Blazers are still hindered from injuries to ...

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Inaugural ‘Helfer’s Heroes’ camp touches community

Tuesday night, the VSU Men’s basketball team won their Gulf South Conference Quarterfinal matchup against West Georgia, putting on a sharpshooting performance on the hardwood. Off the court, they seem to have had higher success. On Feb. 24 at, head coach Mike Helfer and his team hosted boys and girls with special needs from grades 3-12 at the Complex. The ...

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What’s Your Take: NCAA scandals push conversation over compensation

In the wake of the FBI discovering agents and universities illegally paying NCAA basketball players, a question has been raised if the student-athletes should be paid. A lot of former prominent college athletes showed displeasure for the NCAA not allowing their players to not be paid. Former University of Michigan Guard, Jalen Rose compared the NCAA to indentured servitude and ...

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Johnson’s no hitter lifts Lady Blazers over DSU

Kasie Johnson’s stunning 3-0 no-hitter was the highlight of a Blazers series victory over Delta State University, and enough to earn the junior from Patterson, Georgia, Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week. Johnson lowered her ERA to 1.12 in the Blazers’ first no-hitter of the season on Feb. 24. The no-no was the middle game of a 2-1 series ...

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Blazers better equipped for postseason this go round

Despite the departure of star guard Jeremiah Hill, the Blazers are better equipped to make a tourney run this time around. At 26-3, the Valdosta State Blazers are currently ranked No. 14 in the NABC Coaches Poll and find themselves ranked No. 3 in the South region.  The ranking, as well as the national perception of the team, seems to ...

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Opinion: James’ comments spark ‘words war’

In an already divided country, race became a topic of discussion during NBA All-Star weekend. LeBron James had an interview with ESPN’s Cari Champion where he expressed his displeasure for Donald Trump and gave his take on experiences of being a black man in America. Those comments were met with, comments by someone who is unaffected by the hardships of ...

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Blazers claim regular season crown, top seed going into playoffs

With one game left in the regular season for the Blazers, no time was wasted when it came to be declared the Gulf South Conference regular season champions for the second straight year. Junior guard Beau Justice reflected on the feeling after realizing the achievement. “It does not hit you until you’re cutting down the net and putting it in ...

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NBA All-Star Weekend Recap

New is always a good thing because it shows change over time. This year, new and strange mixed together to form an All-Star weekend like no other. Since 1951, the NBA All-star weekend has become a very eventful time for the league’s best players, celebrities and even fans all over the world. The NBA kicks off this special weekend during ...

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Blazers gear up for Statesmen showdown

Delta State may be the powerful, well-coached, Gulf South Conference champs from last season, but they still couldn’t conquer the Blazers. VSU bested the Statesman, 2-1, on Delta State’s home field in 2017, and the two teams will meet again this weekend. DSU is off to a hot start. They lost their first game of the season, but followed with ...

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Bonilla budding for Lady Blazers

Being a freshman starter for the conference champions might be intimidating for some but not Kayla Bonilla. Bonilla is from Columbus, Georgia and has two brothers and a sister. She is a first-year student working towards a degree in biology to become a nurse anesthetist. Bonilla graduated from Shaw High School, where she played point guard for the Raiders. She ...

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