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Helping Hands: Helfer’s experience extends beyond the court

Mike Helfer’s fiery passion and cool confidence make him one of the most respected coaches in the country but his success never came overnight. Helfer was born in Newark, Ohio, where he attended Newark Catholic High School. During his teenage years, Helfer was heavily involved with athletics. He was a tri-sport star, receiving All-State honors in basketball and football, while ...

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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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Decker on Deck: Softball can’t stop hitting

Ten games in and the offensive juggernaut, VSU Softball, is on the move and mercilessly looking for new victims to leave in their destructive wake. The softball team’s overall record is currently 9-1, and they are playing very well for the start of the season. In softball, the game always starts the same. The umpire says, “Play ball.” Then the ...

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What’s Your Take: NBA All-Replacement Game?

The NBA All-Star Game is highly anticipated every season, and the new format, which lets the Eastern and Western Conference hand-pick their team from the other starters, is causing quite a buzz. Because of this format, LeBron James put together maybe the greatest all-star team ever assembled, but some of his teammates have received injuries since being chosen. His teammates, ...

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Kuhns is in for the long haul

In the two seasons that she has been coaching at VSU, Carley Kuhns has been a firecracker of success and shows no signs of burning out. Women’s Basketball Head Coach Carley Kuhns produced VSU’s first 20-plus win season since 2011 and the first NCAA South Regional Tournament appearance since 2010 in her first season with the team. This season she ...

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Softball swinging ahead of double header

It’s early but the hits keep coming. Blazer Softball blazed through their first week of games with a record of 3-1. “I think it was a decent start,” Taylor Hartenbach said. “There are always room to improve, we need to be sharper on defense, we also didn’t hit like Valdosta is known to do. Compared to others it’s still good, ...

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Baseball takes on Golden Rams

Blazer Baseball debuted opened their season on the right swing after winning the first series of the season against Embry-Riddle. The baseball team finished their weekend 2-1, but only hit a .219 batting average in the three games. “I think it was nice to win, and win the first series,” head coach Greg Guilliams said. “I think when it’s all ...

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Preview: Blazers set to test streak against Hawks

This season the VSU Men’s Basketball team has seen a huge amount of success with just minimum failure. The Blazers currently hold the No.1 spot in the Gulf South Conference standings with a 19-2 record. This past week, the Blazers went on the road to face Alabama-Huntsville University and North Alabama University. In the first road game of last week, ...

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Softball set to ‘tee’ off season

Softball season is striding to the plate, and the Lady Blazers are strapping up their cleats for a chance to win championships. Since the start of the semester, the team will be laying down the foundation for their road to the conference and national titles. The team finished fourth in the Gulf South Conference standings last season with a 39-19 ...

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What’s Your Take: Patriot’s Champs or Cheaters?

As the Super Bowl LII nears, so does the conspiracy theories that surround America’s most controversial sport. Theories circulating the NFL is nothing new. Year-round there are chirps of how the referees are rigged and the Patriots are cheaters. Ever since the “Deflate Gate” scandal, people have questioned if the Patriots are actually the great team they seem to be ...

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