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Outgunned: Blazers fall in conference semifinals

Imitation is the highest form of flattery. On Saturday, that imitation turned into a loss for the third straight season in the conference tournament. Delta State simply outgunned the Blazers in their semifinal matchup. VSU shot 22.2% from deep to Delta’s 46.7% in their 70-69 loss in Birmingham, Ala. The game went wire to wire but it came down to ...

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Smith, second-half run boosts Blazers to semifinals

After igniting for 20 points in the final seven minutes the VSU Blazers survived their quarterfinal battle at home against the Union Bulldogs in a 92-76 victory on Tuesday, March 6. That win advanced the Blazers to the Gulf South Conference tournament semifinals, where they’ll face Delta State in Birmingham, Alabama. As soon as the game tipped off VSU was ...

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Union’s late woes, advantage for VSU

The Bulldogs could find themselves in a dog fight. On March 5, the Blazers will host No. 8-seed Union at The Complex in the quarterfinal round. The Blazers won a share of its third-straight Gulf South Conference regular season title and the top-seed in the 2019 GSC tourney. With a 23-5 overall record, the Blazers went 16-4 in conference play ...

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The Blazers’ changes could help versus Bulldogs

VSU baseball has another Gulf South Conference obstacle ahead of them, as they face Union on March 3. The Blazer’s hold a season record of 10-6, while the Bulldogs  have a record of 6-7 coming into the matchup. NCBWA’s National Pitcher of the Week Cooper Cain, a right-handed pitcher, said the team will use the differing records to their advantage ...

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Column: Underestimating the Blazers

I was wrong. Coming into 2019 season, I had the Blazers ranked in the top-three of teams in the Gulf South Conference. My No. 1 was not the Blazers. Jimmy Kodet, Justin McBride and KJ James were lost to graduation. Also, the Blazers had just suffered one of the most disappointing loses I had ever witnessed at the hands of ...

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Blazers’ senior night ends with cutting down the net

Bring out the scissors. The Blazers ended their night cutting down the nets after clinching a share of the Gulf South Conference regular season championship with Thursday’s 101-84 win over the Warhawks of Auburn Montgomery. The Blazers came out the gate stagnant, falling behind 12-2 early in the first half. Head Coach Helfer then substituted four of the five starters ...

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‘Lift up’: Franklin, Lady Blazers win on senior night

In their last regular season game, the Lady Blazers’ seniors were all smiles versus Auburn Montgomery. The 64-50 win on Thursday evening was as emotional as any game this season. Senior Sonya Franklin tried her best to keep the rest of the seniors from folding. “We have a saying called ‘lift up’, where we just try to keep everyone lifted ...

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Lady Blazers set to face Union in home opener

VSU Lady Blazers are getting the national attention they deserve. Now, they’re finally going to show out at home. After having multiple tournaments and road trips to begin the season, VSU will welcome Union University for a three-game home series. But the grueling schedule hasn’t deterred the Blazers. They have an 11-3 record and were ranked fourth in the country ...

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No quit: Anderson, Blazers beat No. 8 Saint Leo

The Blazers weren’t in contention Tuesday, but they didn’t quit, either, coming in fourth place at St. Leo Invitational at Lake Jovita, passing the host in the process. In particular, one player who didn’t quit was Senior Matt Anderson, who tied for second in the tournament, which took place in Dade City, Florida. He played the “toughest starting hole” in ...

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Van Auken making a name at VSU

Caylie Van Auken has never liked finishing second. Whether it’s the two mile jog the pitchers make at the beginning of each practice or taking the mound against the lead-off hitter, she has maintained one goal: domination. “I’m a competitive person,” Van Auken, a sophomore, said. “I always want to win and be the best no matter what I’m doing. ...

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