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A blog dedicated to news on Valdosta State athletics and other sports, brought to you by Eric Jackson.

Kugbila becomes first Blazer drafted since 1997

Valdosta State former offensive guard Edmund Kugbila was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round (108th overall pick) of the 2013 NFL Draft on Saturday. Kugbila becomes the first Blazer drafted since 1997 and the highest drafted player in VSU history. “It feels amazing,” Kugbila said. “I’m just so blessed right now, God just working magic. I can’t ...

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Blazers get regular-season sweep against West Florida

Valdosta- The No.4 Valdosta State softball team completes the regular-season sweep against West Florida after winning both games (5-3,4-1) in a doubleheader matchup Saturday afternoon at Steel’s Diamond at Blazer Park. Senior outfielder Morgan Johnson’s two-run, walkoff home run lifted the Blazers in a come back victory in Game 1 and pitcher Brianna Hancock’s career-high 12 strikeouts performance pushed them ...

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Public ring sale angers players

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Written by Eric Jackson   A business partnership between the VSU athletic department and Jostens Inc. has left many members of the recently crowned national champion football team feeling bitter. VSU Athletics and Jostens Inc. are offering the public the opportunity to purchase several different memorabilia jewelry items, including an authentic Division II national championship ring. The ring available to ...

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Mike Swan named VSU head volleyball coach

After spending ten seasons rebuilding Division I Evansville University’s volleyball program into contenders, Mike Swan now has the same opportunity to do so for the Blazers.   The veteran colligate head coach was announced Monday as the new helm of Valdosta State volleyball.   “I would like to thank President McKinney, Herb Reinhard (Athletic Director) and the rest of the ...

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Blazers ready for Las Vegas trip

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. The VSU golf team hopes this won’t be the case after they compete in the first Las Vegas Desert Classic on Sunday and Monday. The Revere Golf Club, where the event is held, has a par-72 layout enclosed by mountainous Nevada gorges complete with an overlooking view of the Las Vegas skyline. “It’s ...

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Senior Day

Today Valdosta State basketball’s five seniors walked off the court victorious in their last game playing in front of the Blazer fans in the P.E. Complex. Both teams managed to beat Gulf South Conference rival West Florida in games that came down to the wire Saturday afternoon. These exiting players consist of James Anacreon, Jarroid Johnson, Shaquille Harris, Josh Sparks ...

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Chambers may move to Statesboro

Written by Eric Jackson   VSU co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach, Earl Chambers, could be leaving Valdosta for Georgia Southern University after interviewing for the same position Tuesday afternoon in Statesboro.   According to footballscoop.com Twitter feed, “Georgia Southern, sources close tell us [them] Earl Chambers is strong candidate; but decision is not final.”   GSU is looking to ...

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When dreams finally turn to realities

Written by Eric Jackson   Growing up in the tropical climate of Ghana in West Africa, he always was fond of soccer; his eventual love for football seemed unfathomable at the time. This adoration for the game now is only obvious as his lifelong dream is finally becoming a reality. Edmund Kugbila everyday receives praise from his supporters all over ...

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Football team welcomes 25 signees

The first Wednesday of February isn’t like any other hump day in the world of college football. National Signing Day always is exciting at the Division I level as the most-sought after recruits in the nation make their public announcement where they’ll be playing collegially next year. Division II may not have as much anticipation or thrill but Valdosta State ...

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