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VSU hoops faces Lions, Chargers

This story was written by Shane Thomas.  The Blazers (5-1) begin Gulf South Conference play on the road tonight against the North Alabama Lions (3-3). The Lions, led by head coach Bobby Champagne, are the defending GSC champions. The Lions ended the Blazers season last year in the GSC tournament semifinals 88-79. The Blazers have lost eight straight against the ... Read More »

VSU endures Southeastern, moves to 3-0

This story was written by Shane Thomas.  The Valdosta State Blazers (3-0) took Southeastern University’s best shot and rallied to win 95-89 in overtime Friday night. Trailing by as many as 12 points in the game, the Blazers needed to scratch and claw to recover against an aggressive Southeastern attack. SEU kept the Blazers at bay throughout, withstanding numerous Blazer ... Read More »

VSU hosts back-to-back this weekend

Written By: Shane Thomas The Valdosta State Blazers (2-0) return to the floor Friday night when NAIA Sun Conference power Southeastern University (2-1) visits the P.E. Complex. Blazers senior big man Colin Cook emphasizes defense must continue to be a top priority against the Fire. “They’re athletic—a team kind of built like us with runners, good athletes, point guard play,” ... Read More »

Blazers beat Albany State at home

This story was written by Shane Thomas. The Valdosta State Blazers’ stifling defense forced 21 turnovers and defeated the Albany State Golden Rams (0-2) 90-77 Saturday night. Leading by as many as 23 points in the game, the Blazers (2-0) turned their defense into transition offense as the Blazers earned 24 free throws in the second half. The Blazers used ... Read More »

Justice, VSU ready for new season

Blazer basketball begins its 60th season Friday night against the Lane College Dragons. With the preseason coming to a close, the Blazers are eager to see a different opponent than themselves. “It’s gotten to the point now where you’re tired of going against each other over and over again,” junior guard Blake Justice said. “It’s nice to see new guys ... Read More »

Ich bin ein Blazer: Dejworek brings Euro-style to VSU

Written By: Shane Thomas This season, Blazer basketball has the keys to a German import. His name is Nils Dejworek, a 6-foot-10 freshman forward from Ulm, Germany. Dejworek spent last season at Furtah Prep in Acworth, Georgia, where he helped lead the Falcons to a Georgia Independent School Association Class AA state championship. With that success under his belt, Dejworek ... Read More »

VSU basketball holds first official practice

Written By: Shane Thomas  The late Rodney Dangerfield said it best: “No respect, no respect at all.” On Monday, the Valdosta State Blazers men’s basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the Gulf South Conference in the league coaches’ poll, a spot lower than last season. The Blazers went 16-12 last season but finished strong, advancing to Gulf South ... Read More »

NFL suspends Rice due to scandal

Written by: Shane Thomas Video of former Baltimore Raven running back Ray Rice dragging his unconscious wife out of an Atlantic City, New Jersey elevator was good for a two-game suspension. The knockdown leading to the drag-out got him banned indefinitely. On Monday, the now-infamous video surfaced showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in an elevator. In addition to ... Read More »

Do D-1 Athletes Deserve Wages? You decide

PRO- Written by: Austin Wells Paying student-athletes is difficult to argue, but we must hear the different opinions. However, money talks and when you look at the revenue that schools make from athletics, it’s hard to say that the student-athletes competing and helping to bring that money in shouldn’t be a part of that revenue. According to Forbes, the University of ... Read More »

‘Meet the Blazers’ draws crowd despite heat

Written By: Shane Thomas Despite stifling heat and weather dangers, fans braved the conditions to “Meet the Blazers” on Sunday at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium. The VSU Blazers football team, the Red Hots dance team and cheerleading squad conducted clinics and signed autographs for fans. “Meet the Blazers goes back a long way—way before I got here,” Ric Sisler, VSU director of ... Read More »