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Johnson’s no hitter lifts Lady Blazers over DSU

Kasie Johnson’s stunning 3-0 no-hitter was the highlight of a Blazers series victory over Delta State University, and enough to earn the junior from Patterson, Georgia, Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week. Johnson lowered her ERA to 1.12 in the Blazers’ first no-hitter of the season on Feb. 24. The no-no was the middle game of a 2-1 series ...

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Blazers better equipped for postseason this go round

Despite the departure of star guard Jeremiah Hill, the Blazers are better equipped to make a tourney run this time around. At 26-3, the Valdosta State Blazers are currently ranked No. 14 in the NABC Coaches Poll and find themselves ranked No. 3 in the South region.  The ranking, as well as the national perception of the team, seems to ...

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Opinion: James’ comments spark ‘words war’

In an already divided country, race became a topic of discussion during NBA All-Star weekend. LeBron James had an interview with ESPN’s Cari Champion where he expressed his displeasure for Donald Trump and gave his take on experiences of being a black man in America. Those comments were met with, comments by someone who is unaffected by the hardships of ...

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Blazers claim regular season crown, top seed going into playoffs

With one game left in the regular season for the Blazers, no time was wasted when it came to be declared the Gulf South Conference regular season champions for the second straight year. Junior guard Beau Justice reflected on the feeling after realizing the achievement. “It does not hit you until you’re cutting down the net and putting it in ...

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NBA All-Star Weekend Recap

New is always a good thing because it shows change over time. This year, new and strange mixed together to form an All-Star weekend like no other. Since 1951, the NBA All-star weekend has become a very eventful time for the league’s best players, celebrities and even fans all over the world. The NBA kicks off this special weekend during ...

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Blazers gear up for Statesmen showdown

Delta State may be the powerful, well-coached, Gulf South Conference champs from last season, but they still couldn’t conquer the Blazers. VSU bested the Statesman, 2-1, on Delta State’s home field in 2017, and the two teams will meet again this weekend. DSU is off to a hot start. They lost their first game of the season, but followed with ...

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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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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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