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VSU baseball opens the season winning two of three

Written by Aldean Starr, Staff Writer The Valdosta State baseball team has started the season winning two of three heading into this Saturday’s match-up with Wingate. The Blazers started the season on the road last Saturday afternoon against the #15 North Georgia Nighthawks at Bob Stein Stadium in Dahlonega, Georgia. The two teams played a double-header and split the match-ups. ...

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EJ Hilliard prepares for NFL opportunities

EJ Hilliard (2)

Written by Gabe Burns, Sports Editor As the great Walt Disney once said, “All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.” For Valdosta State quarterback EJ Hilliard, that dream in pursuit is an opportunity in the NFL. He got his first taste of such when the signal caller competed in the Dream Bowl in ...

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Super Bowl features clash of new school vs. old school

The walls of the Carolina Panthers' entrance to the field are decorated during a tour on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, of Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., site of Super Bowl 50 on Sunday. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

Written by Austin Wells, Staff Writer With the calendar turning to February and winter starting to walk out the door, it can only be time for one event: the Super Bowl. This year is Super Bowl 50, and with it comes two teams that traveled different paths to the greatest game of the year. The first team is a team ...

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Blazers hoop shoots to rebound at The Complex

Photo Illustration: Kayla Stroud/THE SPECTATOR

Written by LaMarcus Wilkerson, Staff Writer After dropping two games on the road in Alabama, the Valdosta State Blazers men’s basketball team (11-7, 7-6) looks to improve its record against the Shorter Hawks (9-10, 4-9) and the Lee (Tenn.) Flames (5-13, 3-10) during this week’s home stand. According to Blazers head coach Mike Helfer, it is tough to defeat an ...

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Kerwin Bell hopes to win in style

JU head football coach Kerwin Bell watches the quarterbacks. The Jacksonville University Dolphin football team held their first practice of the season on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 on campus in Jacksonville, FL. (Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky)

Written by Gabe Burns, Sports Editor Kerwin Bell is trading oranges for peaches. A legend in the state of Florida, Bell is crossing the border to make his mark in Georgia as the new coach of Valdosta State football. “It was a privilege just the other day to meet Kerwin Bell and his wife,” said VSU president Cecil Staton at ...

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Flag football takes home second title in as many years

Photo Illustration: Kayla Stroud/THE SPECTATOR

Written by Tiarra Bell, Staff Writer Winning a national championship is hard, but winning back-to-back national championships is historic; yet, the Nikes pulled it off with a cool demeanor. The Valdosta State University Nikes won the 2015-2016 National Intramural Recreational Sports Association Men’s National Flag Football Championship for the second year in a row. The Nikes and P-Rex traveled to ...

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Mitchell lighting it up for the red-hot Lady Blazers

Madi Mitchel (15) attempts a free throw in the Blazers' 61-55 win over West Florida last Saturday at  the Complex.

Written by Aldean Starr, Staff Writer The Valdosta State Lady Blazers basketball team needed to fill a significant scoring voide to have any chance at a title. It did just that and more by finding found a gem this past offseason in forward Madi Mitchell. Mitchell is a 6’1” sophomore from Warwick, Georgia who transferred to VSU from Mercer University. ...

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The search continues: Valdosta State is turning over every stone in its effort to find the right head football coach

JU head football coach Kerwin Bell watches the quarterbacks. The Jacksonville University Dolphin football team held their first practice of the season on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 on campus in Jacksonville, FL. (Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky)

Written by Gabe Burns, Sports Editor David Dean, the winningest coach in Valdosta State history, will not be winning any games for the Blazers in the foreseeable future. Dean’s departure to Georgia Southern came as a surprise to not just VSU, but to the entire community. As a result, Blazer fans wait with anticipation as the school continues its search ...

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Dean departs for Georgia Southern

Photo courtesy of Kristin Whitman, former Sports Editor/THE SPECTATOR

Written by Gabe Burns, Sports Editor  Last Tuesday, the landscape of Valdosta State’s sports scene changed.  Head football coach David Dean accepted a job offer at Georgia Southern University. Dean accepted a position as co-offensive coordinator for Tyson Summers’ new Golden Eagles staff. “I’ve been coaching for 28 years, and 20 of those were spent at Valdosta State,” Dean said. ...

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VSU’s historic season comes to a close

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Written by Gabe Burns, Asst. Sports Editor A season that will forever be entrenched in the school record books came to a close on Saturday, as the Valdosta State Blazers (9-3) were eliminated by the West Georgia Wolves, 27-20, in the second round of the playoffs. VSU was unable to overcome UWG’s 292 rushing yards and six sacks while falling victim ...

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