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How Final Four will be matched up, played out

No.1 Florida Billy Donavan and his Gators look poised to take home Florida’s third NCAA Championship in Donavan’s tenure. Florida has unquestionably been the most consistent team in college basketball this season, going undefeated in their last 29 contests. Ironically, however, UConn was the last team to beat Florida, a 65-64 game that ended on a Shabazz Napier buzzer beater. ...

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Heinz explains decision to leave: It’s time to be with family, friends

Valdosta State women’s soccer coach Mel Heinz wouldn’t leave her Blazer family−except to be with her own family. Last week, Heinz announced she was leaving after three years with the team. The coach that built the program in 2011 is leaving for a position in her brother’s business where she will be the sales and account manager. On March 19, ...

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Softball streaking

No. 18 Valdosta State makes its second trip to Fesmire Field this weekend as Union tries to extinguish the hottest team in the Gulf South Conference. The Lady Blazers, fueled on a 10-game winning streak, travel to Jackson, Tenn., for a doubleheader Saturday afternoon, then a finale on Sunday. VSU beat UU 4-1 last season in its first-ever meeting against ...

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Tennis triple-teamed

Valdosta State tennis will travel to Pensacola, Fla., on Friday for a weekend filled with competitive matches. After winning their eighth match in a row, VSU’s men’s tennis team will take an eight-match winning streak to the line against No. 3 West Florida. In the past two seasons, the Blazers have suffered losses to the Argonauts, losing 8-1 in 2012 ...

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Heinz says bye to VSU

Mel Heinz announced Tuesday that she will be leaving her position as women’s soccer head coach at Valdosta State. Heinz will be changing careers to work with her self-employed brother at his business in the Atlanta area. Heinz said in a VSU press release that she spent much time mulling over the decision and is at peace with it. She ...

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NCAA upsets support two-year NBA age limit

College basketball took advantage of the opportunity to flex its muscles in the first weekend of March Madness. Twelve upsets headlined the weekend, reminding the world that despite the sport taking a distant backseat to college football, college basketball still has a postseason that no other sport can compete with. Whether you were rooting for your team or the underdogs ...

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Intramurals in full-swing

Approaching their second month, Valdosta State intramural teams are having a positive turnout. Teams were made for various sports: 5v5 basketball, 4v4 flag football, soccer, softball, Relay for Life flag football, billiards, extreme dodgeball, 4-person team bowling and 4v4 sand volleyball. Co-rec softball team Hopper Dynasty is on a winning streak. The team won their third game with a score ...

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VSU aims to build on so-so season

Written by: Shane Thomas A 16-12 season certainly will not be remembered as one of head coach Mike Helfer’s greatest seasons. Following another season of roster renovations, this season represents a transition period for the veteran head coach that may propel the Blazers back to prominence next season. On the surface, the Blazers were a Jekyll-and-Hyde bunch much of the ...

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Rugby looks to tourney

Written by: Victoria Johnson Having only been a club sport at Valdosta State for four years, the rugby team is in full force this semester. They won their previous game against North Georgia College on Feb. 22, beating their opponents by a landslide with a score of 93-0. The team is 4-0 on the season. “We make sure to get ...

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Spikeball sweeps campus, nation

Written by: Jordan Hill VSU students have formed teams for a new, up-and-coming sport: Spikeball. The game takes two teams of two players. One team serves the ball onto a small, bouncy net, and the opposing team then has three chances to hit the ball back onto the net. The players can move 360 degrees around the net after the ...

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