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Remember Why: Murray plays with purpose to serve

VSU Blazer outfielder Dalton Murray has a pre-game ritual that he never misses. Before every game, he writes the words “Remember Why” somewhere on his body. It has a meaning that is truly important to him. “I always write ‘Remember Why’ on my tape or anywhere I can write it,” Murray said. “For me, that means ‘remember why you play’ ...

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Column: Is the NBA MVP the new Heisman Trophy?

From the start of any season, media members, players, and the public generate their picks for who they feel will take home the big individual award at the seasons conclusion. Some take in to account stats, while others factor in team success or just pure greatness. This year, the NBA MVP race seems to be a close one, but should ...

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VSU waves goodbye to three hoop stars

On May 5, VSU’s Madi Mitchell, Kenya Samone’ Dixon and Taylor Buie will be walking across the stage as their final days as a student athletes wind down. Their accomplishments in the classroom and on the hardwood will not be forgotten as they become alumnae of VSU. “It is a great place, and I will walk around bragging to anybody ...

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Helfer’s cardinal criteria

Mike Helfer’s success as Valdosta State’s head coach is predicated on more than just talented athletes and what plays he draws up on a white board. Coach Helfer has lead the Blazers to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances and has turned Valdosta into a basketball powerhouse in the Gulf South Conference Helfer’s style of play is fast and to constantly apply ...

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VSU Spec’ Sports Spring Update

VSU athletics has had a strong spring semester on the courts and the diamonds, but as the end nears, the foundation is set for the future in several sports. Here’s a round-up of VSU’s spring teams to this point in the season: MEN’S BASKETBALL The men’s basketball team had its best season in recent memory. The team finished their season ...

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What’s Your Take: Can’t miss picks for the draft

The idea that the Cleveland Browns have to draft a quarterback as the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft seems irrational. The first overall pick comes with a lot of hype, especially at the quarterback position. That title comes with the glorifying hype of being number one, and the pressure of being an instant impact is inevitable. Cleveland ...

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What the NCAA tournament taught us about ourselves

Villanova won it all, top-seeded Virginia got clobbered by a 16 seed team and a small school from Chicago gave sports fans something to cheer about. For college basketball fans, the headlines were obvious, but the event of March Madness gives us more than a champion. Whether it’s the teams we root for or the characters we identify as heroes ...

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Zoucha announced as new Volleyball Head Coach

VSU Volleyball will go into the 2018 season with a new face, as Kaleigh Zoucha has been named the new head coach for the Lady Blazers. Zoucha will take over for recently retired head coach, Mike Swan. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Zoucha brings a winning spirit and philosophy to the program. She played libero and held an assistant coaching ...

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What’s Your Take?: The Slipper Continues to Break Brackets

The underdog is perfect for any story and in the sports world, they just keep destroying basketball powerhouses during March Madness. Coming into round one of the NCAA Tournament, favorites were always picked out to make it to the Final Four. Virginia, Arizona, and other top-ranked schools were deemed ticket holders to the big game. Those schools suffered a huge ...

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Column: Consistency can give Blazers advantage in post-season

In sports, some teams are one dimensional, lacking the ability to produce in a variety of areas. This season, the Blazers, ranked atop the Gulf South Conference, have proven to be multi-dimensional. The first dimension is the most evident: scoring. The Blazers have done an excellent job of putting the ball through the net at a high volume. The Blazers ...

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Decker On Deck: Baseball isn’t booming

VSU’s baseball team had some severe setbacks this season and have been trying to save the ship before it sinks to the briny deep. The Blazers have an overall record of 7-11. They have played six conference games and have won once. VSU had a 6-5 record leading up to the start of conference play, though. During their contest against ...

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