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Coaches and players respond to first scrimmage of 2019

The Blazers capped off their first two weeks of practicing by holding their first scrimmage game on April 13. Gearing up for the regular season, with five new coaches on the coaching staff, the Blazers will face an adjustment period to newly hired Head Coach and VSU alum, Gary Goff. Saturday was the first chapter, implementing the new system. “We’ve ...

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Franklin leaves VSU with opportunities

Focused on the future, VSU has presented senior Sonya Franklin a lot of options. The third leading scorer on the Lady Blazers team, Franklin averaged 10 points and 4.3 rebounds a game during her senior year. Now, she is prepared to finish her degree with a Health Science Bachelor’s. “It was a life-changing experience here at VSU,” Franklin said. “While ...

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‘Like a Dream’: Aaron and softball

As the softball season continues, all eyes are on Dream Aaron. The 5’ll power-hitter hails from Chicago, Illinois and has kicked off her first semester at VSU as a stellar softball player. Apart from her statuesque frame, the first thing that stands out about Aaron is her unique name. “It was always my mom’s dream to have a girl as ...

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Takeaways from the Blazers’ first scrimmage

The 2018 national champion Valdosta State Blazers took the practice field this morning for their first team scrimmage and after a hot hour and a half of playing, three things stood out to me from the defending champs. The Air Raid The air raid offense is a scheme Head Coach Gary Goff is very fond of and is implementing it ...

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Blazers’ first scrimmage set for April 13

The Blazers will hold its first scrimmage on April 13 at the VSU practice fields at 8 a.m. With seven practices finished, the scrimmage will allow students and the public to see the new-look Blazers. Gary Goff, newly hired head coach, will have all eyes on him. Goff replaced Kerwin Bell after the Blazers won their fourth national championship. Below ...

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Blazers fight back to defeat Auburn-Montgomery 4-3

The wheels continue to turn for VSU men’s tennis. After a 4-3 comeback win at No. 30 Auburn Montgomery on April 11, the Blazers (9-3) pushed their win streak to nine matches. The Blazers are 7-0 in Gulf South Conference play with three matches left. VSU holds a one-game lead over the West Florida Argonauts (6-1). The Warhawks used Jose ...

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Denmark continues to rise on NFL Draft boards

It has been six years since the VSU namesake was called at the NFL Draft, thanks to Edmund Kugbila. Kugbila, former offensive guard for the Blazers, is the highest drafted player to ever play for VSU. The Carolina Panthers took a chance on the Ghana native in the fourth round. This offseason, Stephen Denmark has made a lot of noise ...

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Column: The interest will be high for Helfer

Bent down, usually at the end of the Blazers’ bench, is an observant. Observing the screens, cuts and movements of his team, head coach Mike Helfer is a student of the game. For 14 years, Helfer has coached the Blazers, averaging 20 wins a season. Since 2017, the Blazers have made an appearance in the NCAA tournament. In the Gulf ...

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Preview: Blazers heads to Magnolia Grove for conference championship

Robert Trent Jones has designed or lent a hand in the layout of over 500 golf courses worldwide. On April 15-16,  none will play a more prominent role than Crossings at Magnolia Grove, where the VSU Blazers hope to win the Gulf South Conference Tournament. The first architect inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, Jones studied landscape architecture, ...

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Done deal: Kuhns accepts head coaching spot at Samford

It’s official: The Carley Kuhns era is over at VSU. VSU Athletic Director Herb Reinhard announced on April 10, Kuhns will not return as the VSU Lady Blazers basketball head coach. Kuhns has accepted the head coaching position at Samford University, coaching the Lady Bulldogs. Samford is a NCAA Division I member of the Southern Conference. The Lady Bulldogs had ...

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