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Blazers’ senior night ends with cutting down the net

Bring out the scissors. The Blazers ended their night cutting down the nets after clinching a share of the Gulf South Conference regular season championship with Thursday’s 101-84 win over the Warhawks of Auburn Montgomery. The Blazers came out the gate stagnant, falling behind 12-2 early in the first half. Head Coach Helfer then substituted four of the five starters ...

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Blazers football announce 2019 schedule

It’s time to hit the reset button for the Blazers football team. In 2018, the Blazers capped off an undefeated 15-0 season by winning the NCAA Division II Football National Championship. The Blazers defeated Ferris State 49-47 to win their fourth title. VSU hired former Blazer Gary Goff as football coach No. 10 in program history on Jan. 29. Goff ...

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‘Lift up’: Franklin, Lady Blazers win on senior night

In their last regular season game, the Lady Blazers’ seniors were all smiles versus Auburn Montgomery. The 64-50 win on Thursday evening was as emotional as any game this season. Senior Sonya Franklin tried her best to keep the rest of the seniors from folding. “We have a saying called ‘lift up’, where we just try to keep everyone lifted ...

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Lady Blazers set to face Union in home opener

VSU Lady Blazers are getting the national attention they deserve. Now, they’re finally going to show out at home. After having multiple tournaments and road trips to begin the season, VSU will welcome Union University for a three-game home series. But the grueling schedule hasn’t deterred the Blazers. They have an 11-3 record and were ranked fourth in the country ...

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No quit: Anderson, Blazers beat No. 8 Saint Leo

The Blazers weren’t in contention Tuesday, but they didn’t quit, either, coming in fourth place at St. Leo Invitational at Lake Jovita, passing the host in the process. In particular, one player who didn’t quit was Senior Matt Anderson, who tied for second in the tournament, which took place in Dade City, Florida. He played the “toughest starting hole” in ...

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Van Auken making a name at VSU

Caylie Van Auken has never liked finishing second. Whether it’s the two mile jog the pitchers make at the beginning of each practice or taking the mound against the lead-off hitter, she has maintained one goal: domination. “I’m a competitive person,” Van Auken, a sophomore, said. “I always want to win and be the best no matter what I’m doing. ...

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Jones gave ‘maximum effort’ on the court

The only way out was death. Through 1983-1987, forward Leon Jones was the heart and soul of Blazers basketball. At six feet and six inches tall, the Watkinsville, Georgia, native was a football player before finding his love in hoops. A love that made him an unstoppable force, as he holds the record for the best career field goal percentage ...

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Salt N’ Pepper: Two Blazers building massive chemistry

Two-thirds of the way through the season, 22 teams have been served a meal of defeat, seasoned with salt and pepper. “Salt and pepper” refers to the backcourt tandem of Beau Justice and Winston Morgan, who began terrorizing opposing defenses during the 2017-2018 season. Justice and Morgan have become a recognizable duo that now works better together than as single ...

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Lady Blazers will have to wait for the Hurricanes

The VSU Lady Blazers will play the Georgia Southwestern Hurricanes in a doubleheader on March 28. The game was moved from Feb. 19 due to overnight rain in Americus, Georgia. The change was announced Tuesday morning, leaving the Lady Blazers with sights set to play a doubleheader versus Flager on Feb. 27. Coming into the series 10-2, the Lady Blazers ...

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Blazers have opportunity to climb region rankings at Lake Jovita

With trees left, right and a marsh in-between, angst enters the mind far faster than any feeling of comfort when one steps onto the 1st tee at Lake Jovita’s South Course. For the Blazers, that tiny gap of air may be all they need to secure a good place in the South Region rankings. “We are in a good spot ...

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