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Valdosta honors Madeline Pitts with “Maddie Day”

June 9 will officially be known as “Maddie Day” in honor of Valdosta native, 13-year-old Madeline Pitts who is fighting two forms of terminal cancer. The event will take place in Veterans Park. Maddie has been an advocate in the pediatric cancer fight for 13 years as she supported her sister Elizabeth who had the same form of cancer she ...

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VSU waves goodbye to three hoop stars

On May 5, VSU’s Madi Mitchell, Kenya Samone’ Dixon and Taylor Buie will be walking across the stage as their final days as a student athletes wind down. Their accomplishments in the classroom and on the hardwood will not be forgotten as they become alumnae of VSU. “It is a great place, and I will walk around bragging to anybody ...

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Helfer’s cardinal criteria

Mike Helfer’s success as Valdosta State’s head coach is predicated on more than just talented athletes and what plays he draws up on a white board. Coach Helfer has lead the Blazers to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances and has turned Valdosta into a basketball powerhouse in the Gulf South Conference Helfer’s style of play is fast and to constantly apply ...

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VSU Spec’ Sports Spring Update

VSU athletics has had a strong spring semester on the courts and the diamonds, but as the end nears, the foundation is set for the future in several sports. Here’s a round-up of VSU’s spring teams to this point in the season: MEN’S BASKETBALL The men’s basketball team had its best season in recent memory. The team finished their season ...

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What’s Your Take: Can’t miss picks for the draft

The idea that the Cleveland Browns have to draft a quarterback as the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft seems irrational. The first overall pick comes with a lot of hype, especially at the quarterback position. That title comes with the glorifying hype of being number one, and the pressure of being an instant impact is inevitable. Cleveland ...

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Column: Consistency can give Blazers advantage in post-season

In sports, some teams are one dimensional, lacking the ability to produce in a variety of areas. This season, the Blazers, ranked atop the Gulf South Conference, have proven to be multi-dimensional. The first dimension is the most evident: scoring. The Blazers have done an excellent job of putting the ball through the net at a high volume. The Blazers ...

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Decker On Deck: Baseball isn’t booming

VSU’s baseball team had some severe setbacks this season and have been trying to save the ship before it sinks to the briny deep. The Blazers have an overall record of 7-11. They have played six conference games and have won once. VSU had a 6-5 record leading up to the start of conference play, though. During their contest against ...

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The Kinderlou Preview: What you need to know about before the Blazers tee it up in home tournament

Beginning Sunday, the VSU Blazer’s golf team will host what is undoubtedly Division II’s strongest regular season field at the treacherous track that is Kinderlou Forest. The annual Southeastern Collegiate will take place over three days and will have major postseason implications. VSU, currently ranked No. 24 in the Golf State rankings, will likely need to perform well in order ...

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Remember Why: Murray plays with purpose to serve

VSU Blazer outfielder Dalton Murray has a pre-game ritual that he never misses. Before every game, he writes the words “Remember Why” somewhere on his body. It has a meaning that is truly important to him. “I always write ‘Remember Why’ on my tape or anywhere I can write it,” Murray said. “For me, that means ‘remember why you play’ ...

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Justice duo make impact on Blazer Basketball

Being four years apart, Beau and Blake Justice never got a chance to play on the same team, but they got the next best thing when Blake decided to return to VSU to become the assistant coach for the Blazer’s basketball team. The brothers are from Peebles, Ohio. Both are a part of the 1,000-point club for the Blazers, and ...

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