Running back’s journey defies odds

RUNNING DOWN A DREAM — Rice has run for a team-leading 12 touchdowns and 881 yards this season. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Desmond Rice has cemented himself as the top running back in the crowded backfield for the Liberty Flames It is 68 degrees on a Saturday night in the first days of fall. A cool breeze wisps in and out of the concrete valley joined together by freshly branded green turf. …

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Seniors savor final home-court match

SPIKE — The Lady Flames took full advantage of senior night, defeating the Fighting Camels 3-0. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

In its last home game of the regular season, the Liberty University women’s volleyball team (8-17, 7-5 Big South) secured a 3-0 win (25-15, 25-15, 25-9) over the Campbell Fighting Camels (13-16, 3-9 Big South). Seniors Jade Craycraft, Lillie Happel, Becca Haraf and Kendle Rollins were all a part of …

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Flames roll to third-straight win

BIG EFFORT — Liberty’s Jacob Hagen (27) dives to tackle Presbyterian’s Tobi Antigha during the 35-14 Flames victory. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Liberty’s defense continued its dominant play with a 35-14 victory over conference opponent Presbyterian The Liberty Flames (6-4, 3-1 Big South) running game demoralized the Presbyterian Blue Hose (3-6, 1-2 Big South) Saturday, Nov. 9, as the Blue Hose allowed 231 yards on the ground in a 35-14 Flames victory. …

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Women’s B-ball falls in season opener

KEY CONTRIBUTOR - Sadalia Ellis had a career night in her first start at Liberty

Poor shooting and turnovers were too much for Liberty to overcome on the road against the Charlotte 49ers A night of offensive woes and turnovers was too much for the Lady Flames (0-1) to overcome as they fell in their season opener to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte …

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Five-star title victory

champions — Liberty celebrates its fourth Big South title. Photo provided

The second-seeded Liberty Lady Flames soccer team (16-5-1) defeated the two-time defending champions and first-seeded Radford Highlanders (15-3-2) 5-0 Sunday, Nov. 10 to win their fourth Big South Championship and their first title since 2005. As the final whistle blew, the Lady Flames stormed the field in an exuberant group …

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Clean sweep

HIP CHEcK — The Flames handed out big hits against Delaware. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Hockey derails No. 4 Delaware Liberty’s Division I men’s hockey team played host to the No. 4 Delaware Blue Hens Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9 at the LaHaye Ice Center. Last year, the Blue Hens swept the Flames, but this year, the Flames made sure that would not …

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BARR RAISED — Natalie Barr (19) scored the game-winning goal in the conference championship game against Stanford to give the Lady Flames their first NorPac title. Photo credit: Steven Abbott

Liberty’s field hockey team wins its first conference championship Natalie Barr scored her second goal of the game with 3:49 remaining to give the Liberty women’s field hockey team a conference championship Saturday, Nov. 9 in only its third year of competing on the NCAA Division I level. The Lady …

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Quest reborn

Recovery — Burrus returned for the Flames. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

B-ball opens season with win Redshirt senior Antwan Burrus scored on the opening possession for the reigning Big South champion Liberty Flames (1-0) in his first game since the 2011-12 season, leading the Flames to a 74-53 victory over the Randolph College Wildcats Nov. 7. According to senior point guard …

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Souls ‘Awaken’

All female ministry leads people to Christ Awaken is a Liberty University ministry team that encourages fellow believers both at home and across the country. But what sets this group apart from other teams at Liberty is the fact that it is comprised solely of young women. According to, …

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Looking back on JFK

Dallas — Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly assassinated John F. Kennedy Nov. 22, 1963 as he rode through Dealey Plaza. Google Images

James Siddons recalls seeing John F. Kennedy the day he was assassinated James Siddons, an adjunct professor in the Liberty University School of Music, came within 10 feet of history Nov. 22, 1963. Just hours before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in downtown Dallas, Siddons, then 15 years old, …

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‘Forever families’ congregate

Family — The Jordans are a foster care
 adoption family. Photo provided

Blue Ridge Community Church holds an informal meeting about foster-to-adopt It was standing room only at Blue Ridge Community Church Saturday, Nov. 9 as families met to learn about the process of becoming a forever family to a child in need. The Foster Hope Foundation hosted “Foster Forever Families Rally” …

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Online program honored

Master’s degree in sports management named in top 20 of American programs Liberty University Online’s Master of Science in Sport Management has been named one of the top 20 programs in the country by The Best Schools. The Best Schools, found online at, is an online portal that serves …

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Teaching business

Alumna educates locals Rebecca Sturm-Clauser, alumna of Liberty University, started Business eXpress in 2008, coaching businesses and individuals on everything from goal setting to employee development and team building. “Business eXpress was a vision of mine after asking what I could do to help business grow in 2013,” Sturm-Clauser said. …

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Veterans educate teachers

The Liberty University Office of Military Affairs (OMA) hosted a discussion panel for education students in an effort to raise awareness about the sacrifice of active duty families Tuesday, Nov. 5 Students had the opportunity to hear directly from military representatives, veterans and dependents about the need for military family …

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‘LU’ trademarked

Lipscomb relinquishes their ‘LU’ logo The interlocking L and U logo was the center of a legal issue between Liberty University and Lipscomb University when Lipscomb started using the “LU” combination in their logo in 2011. “The issue was not only about the closeness of the logo, but about the …

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