Shea Thomas prepares for curtain call

backhand — Shea Thomas is one of the most successful tennis players in Flames singles history and hopes to continue his career professionally after graduation. Photo credit: Leah Stauffer

Liberty University senior Shea Thomas’ parents plunked him onto a tennis court for the first time at three years old. With a racket roughly as large as his pint-sized body, it was hard to tell whether he was swinging the racket or the other way around — but he seemed to have a natural […]

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Pursuing dreams professionally

Sky’s the limit — Avery Warley will suit up for the Chicago Sky during the 2014 WNBA season. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Avery Warley continues her basketball career at the highest level, whether it is playing in the WNBA or overseas Not many women have an opportunity to play professionally in the WNBA. In fact, only a few more than 100 players have the opportunity to suit up for one of the …

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Flame Train rolls over Lancers

Sprint — Nick Lacik runs to first base. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Ryan Seiz stays hot, going 7-12 with two home runs in Liberty’s three-game sweep against Longwood Liberty 10, Longwood 4 The Liberty Flames (29-8, 14-1 Big South) baseball team found itself in unfamiliar territory in a series-opening matchup with the Longwood University Lancers (14-23, 4-11 Big South) Friday, April 11. …

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Offense triumphs

tag —Liberty’s football team gave fans a sample of next season in its first public scrimmage. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Defense falls short in football’s annual red vs. white spring game Fans took in their first glimpse of 2014 Liberty football at the annual spring game Saturday, April 12, in which the white team prevailed over the red squad 70-52. Yes, 70-52. The final score was a result of an …

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National recognition

Dot Richardson to coach Central Virginia All-Stars Liberty’s Lady Flames softball Head Coach Dot Richardson has represented USA softball as a player often, from her first time making a national team at 17 years old to five world championships and the Pan American Games, but she has never gone against …

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Quiz Bowl ranks 20th at nationals

Success — With a 20th place finish, the Quiz Bowl team had its best season in school history. Photo provided

Team defeats six universities, scores 190 points against tournament champion Harvard in first trip to ICT Liberty University’s Quiz Bowl team ranked 20th in the national Intercollegiate Championship Tournament (ICT) March 29, according to Jim Nutter, Quiz Bowl coach. The tournament took place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosemont, …

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Degree Completion Plans change

Transition — Incoming students will register under the new DCPs. Photo credit: Ana Campbell

Majors undergo revision to allow for students to have greater opportunities in classrooms and careers After months of contemplation and strategizing, many departments within Liberty University have decided to alter their Degree Completion Plans (DCP) in an effort to accommodate the growing needs of the student body. According to Center …

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Legend’s daughter ‘Kelly tough’

bills pride — Erin Kelly watches television with her father, Bills QB Jim Kelly. Photo provided

Freshman Erin Kelly, daughter of NFL Hall-of-Famer Jim Kelly, relies on faith as family faces medical troubles For the past four weekends, Liberty University freshman Erin Kelly has boarded a plane bound for New York City. Each Thursday night, she packs some homework and anything else she might need for …

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Michigan Makes Move to Initiate Constitutional Convention

In a move that sent a constitutional conundrum to the front pages of Congress, Michigan signed the Balanced Budget Amendment Petition, forcing lawmakers to ask the question: Should a constitutional convention be initiated to discuss a balanced budget amendment for the United States? According to Article V of the Constitution, …

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Finishing Strong

The Women’s Tennis team regular season is officially over as of April 11, 2014. Our lady flames lead by seniors Annisha Domenech, Rebekah Jenkins, and Cameron Richard defeated the Richmond Spiders 6-1 on senior day, giving the flames a win in their sixth straight match. “Our seniors inspired us. This …

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Alluvion premieres play

Classic — The audience enjoyed a night of family-centered entertainment. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

With the success of the recent film “Saving Mr. Banks,” the beloved character of Mary Poppins is making a comeback, and it is fitting that Liberty’s Tower Theater will end this season with a theatrical version of the well-known story.

“‘Mary Poppins’ is a fun-loving, family […]

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‘Most delightful,’ Mary Poppins takes stage

laugh — The audience enjoyed a Disney classic brought to life on the Tower Theater stage. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Mary Poppins walked, umbrella in hand, onto the Tower Theater stage April 11 and lit up the room with song and dance in Alluvion Stage Company’s first Disney production since Tarzan. According to Liberty’s website, the show based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film …

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Snowboarding for speed

race — Students competed in the first official Quiksilver Quikrun at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Snowflex closed out the school year by hosting the Quiksilver Quikrun competition Liberty student skiers and snowboarders were invited to participate in the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre’s first official Quiksilver Quikrun Saturday, April 12. According to Ryan Leeds, a Snowflex employee who helped with the Quiksilver Quikrun race, the event …

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New book launches

Towns writes study Bible Author and Liberty University Co-founder Elmer Towns has completed his newest work since the announcement of his sabbatical during the fall of 2013 – “The Prayer Bible,” which will be released April 27. According to the book’s press release, Towns co-wrote this prayer Bible with the …

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Giving back to the community

Honor students reach out to the Lynchburg youth by volunteering at the Jubilee Center Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) officers went to the Jubilee Center Wednesday, April 9 to host an Easter Outreach event for nearly 30 elementary-age students. According to its web page on, ALD is an honor society …

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