Flames keep rolling

Celebrate — Javan Shashaty (18) and John Lunsford (49) had plenty of reasons to be happy, each playing key roles in the Flames 26-21 playoff victory over James Madison.  Photo credit: Joel coleman

Playoff run will continue after toppling JMU for the first time in 22 years The last time Liberty beat in-state foe James Madison (JMU), most of the players on both teams had not been born. Victory could not have come at a better time for the Flames, defeating the Dukes …

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Track team pays tribute

Family — The Lady Flames will honor fallen sprinter Darius Dixon when they begin their indoor season Dec. 3. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Women begin season with Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational When Liberty’s women’s track and field team begins its season Dec. 3, the women will be competing with heavy hearts. The Lady Flames will host the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational in honor of freshman sprinter Darius Dixon, who was killed in a …

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Tich’s Take

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All it took was a blocked kick. And a backup quarterback. And a clutch field goal. And beating an undefeated team on the road. OK, so maybe it took a lot. Either way, Liberty football is finally playoff-bound for the first time in school history. Since joining the Football Championship …

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Flames set for upgrade

Progress — Liberty’s new softball stadium nears completion months before the upcoming season begins. Photo credit: Olivia Miorelli

Improvements to athletic facilities are just the start of Jeff Barber’s plans For those who have been at Liberty University for any amount of time, it is obvious that the school is growing. This growth has helped the school burst into the national scene not only for its outstanding academics, …

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Preview: No. 6 Villanova Wildcats

Flames stay alive, head to Pennsylvania for second round in FCS Playoffs The Villanova Wildcats finished second in the Colonial Athletic Association Conference, which produced four of the 24 teams in this year’s Football Championship Subdvision (FCS) playoffs. They entered the tournament as the No. 6 ranked team after a …

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Hockey hunts Hens

THE CHASE — Forward Luke Simon hawks down opponent. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Flames split home series against University of Delaware Hens It was a tale of two games as Liberty University’s men’s Division I (DI) hockey team split their Nov. 7-8 weekend series against the University of Delaware 1-1. After dropping the first game 6-4 despite an early three-goal lead, neither players …

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Flames win late

Big Save — Senior goaltender Scott Sutarik elevates for one of his three saves, which led to his sixth shutout of the 2014 season. Photo credit: Leah Seavers

Wilson’s score in the 100th minute gives Flames the victory In its final regular-season match of the season Saturday, Nov. 8, it seemed as if the Liberty men’s soccer team (11-5-1, 6-3 Big South) would head into the Big South Tournament with a tie against the visiting High Point Panthers …

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Lady Flames fall short

Control — Senior midfielder Rebeccah Smith maintains control of the ball in her final game as a Lady Flame. Photo credit: Leah Seavers

Women’s soccer runs through Big South playoffs, lose in the championship The Liberty Lady Flames soccer team — the No. 1 seed in the tournament and regular-season conference champion — ended its season in disappointing fashion when it failed to defend its Big South Conference (BSC) Championship. The Lady Flames …

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Tich’s Take

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Rings, rings, rings. When discussing the greatness of sports legends, everything comes back to the simple question of “how many championships have they won?” This is a silly devolution of years of progress in the fields of reasoning and logic. In other words — rings do not really matter. At …

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Big South preview

A look at this year’s crop of men’s basketball squads 1. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers The reigning Big South tournament champions return virtually every key player from last year’s squad, setting themselves up nicely for a repeat bid. Big-time schools will envy the Chants three-man backcourt of Warren Gillis, Josh Cameron …

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Golf swings

2014 team experience a year of success The 2014 Flames fall season served as a teaching tool for a young Liberty golf team. After losing five seniors from the team last year, the Flames were paced much of the year by underclassmen and newcomers to college golf. Led by its …

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Flames clip Hawks

Big Night— Running back D.J. Abnar powers past the Monmouth defense for his first of two touchdowns against the Hawks. Photo credit: Leah Seavers

D.J. Abnar carries the Flames to their fourth-straight victory Two games. That is all the Liberty Flames football team (7-3, 3-0 Big South) currently needs to win in order to reclaim the Big South Championship after defeating the Monmouth Hawks (5-4, 0-3 Big South), 34-24, Nov. 8. After Monmouth deferred …

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NorPac champs

Lady Flames win back-to-back titles For the second straight year, a top-10-ranked Stanford team stood between Liberty field hockey and an NCAA Tournament berth, and for the second straight year, the Lady Flames emerged victorious. Sarah Gipe scored the lone goal of the Northern Pacific (NorPac) Championship final just under …

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Tich’s Take

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By Alex Tichenor Baseball was my favorite sport growing up. I ate up anything related to baseball. I read anything related to baseball. I went out in the yard to throw whenever I could. As a 9-year-old, there might not have been anything I loved more. Now, as a 22-year-old, …

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Holiday helpers

NO TRICKS — Trick Or Treat So Others Can Eat is one of many community service projects in which Liberty athletics volunteer.

By Ryley Rush Student athletes spend Halloween doing charity work Each year on Oct. 31 as kids all over the Lynchburg area don costumes and head out the door to trick-or-treat, so do Liberty University student athletes. Instead of asking for candy, however, all 20 NCAA teams, including coaches and …

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