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Stewart’s homer propels Blazers past Barry in extra innings

The VSU Blazers (15-3, 7-2 Gulf South Conference) avoided an upset bid from the Barry University Buccaneers (14-11, 5-4 Sunshine State Conference) in extra innings and came back to win in dramatic fashion, 5-4. It was a warm afternoon in Valdosta, Georgia, and the occasional breeze blew over Steel’s Diamond as the Blazers looked to notch their 15th win on ...

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VSU desegregation history started in 1960s

February is Black History Month, and VSU is acknowledging the celebration with multiple events. VSU’s own integration history dates to the early 1960s. On Sept. 8, 1963, Valdosta State College, as it was called at the time, admitted its first two Black students. Drewnell Thomas, 17, and Robert Pierce, 18, were Valdosta residents, who had previously attended segregated schools and ...

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Ryan Black’s 8 triples propel Blazers past West Florida

With a chance to clinch a spot in the Gulf South Conference tournament, graduate guard Ryan Black made sure the Blazers would get the job done. Black came off the bench and made eight threes, rallying the Blazers (17-9, 13-7 GSC) from an early deficit to an 83-72 win over the West Florida Argonauts (12-12, 8-12 GSC). “Coming off the ...

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Blazers blast Statesmen as Owens joins 1,000-point club

It just seemed nothing could go wrong for the Blazers against Delta State. With the latest Hall of Fame class and stars such as Kenny Moore in attendance, the Blazers (14-8, 10-6 Gulf South Conference) put on a show. VSU led wire-to-wire as they blasted the Statesmen (6-13, 5-11 GSC) 93-44 to snap a two-game losing skid. However, perhaps the ...

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VSU’s comeback halted late in loss to West Florida

The Blazers (8-6, 4-4 Gulf South Conference) had a costly turnover late in their 82-78 loss to the West Florida Argonauts (7-5, 3-5 GSC). VSU, now 2-4 in their last six games, made their best attempt at a comeback despite trailing most of the game Sunday night. Senior guard Jacolby Owens helped fuel that comeback and took over the offense ...

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Scorching hot shooting leads Blazers past Shorter

The Blazers just couldn’t seem to miss against Shorter. Led by senior guard Mohamed Fofana’s 26 points, five assists and three steals, the Blazers (4-2, 2-0 Gulf South Conference) blew past the Hawks (2-3, 1-1 GSC) 101-62. Head coach Mike Helfer noted Fofana’s growth as a player, saying how he’s blossomed in his final season. “Last year, I felt like ...

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Double Dip: Blazers look to end season with second win over Shorter

In college football, it is rare for two teams to face each other twice in a season, let alone twice in the regular season. When the Blazers (4-6, 2-5 Gulf South Conference) take on the Shorter Hawks (3-7, 1-6 GSC) on Saturday, however, there will be an extra level of familiarity. The game, which is part of the GSC Playoff ...

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Blazers’ upset bid of West Florida falls short in overtime

The Blazers (4-6, 2-5 Gulf South Conference) pushed the game into overtime when the Blazers intercepted No. 8 West Florida Argos (8-1, 6-1 GSC) in the red zone. However, the Argos still prevailed on a two-point conversion to win 32-31. Head coach Tremaine Jackson sees the loss as a tough pill to swallow. “It’s tough for me because I go ...

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