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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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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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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Ready for redemption

DRIVE — Redshirt senior point guard Emily Frazier will lead a stingy Lady Flames defensive unit this year.  Photo credit: Courtney Russo

By Dalton Britt Lady Flames eye a Big South title after being ousted from the 2013 tourney The Liberty women’s basketball team is used to winning. Cutting down the nets is nothing new for them. So last year, when they were knocked out of the Big South Tournament in the …

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Survive and advance

Touch — Alanna Dunkle (24) notched an assist against Radford.  Photo credit: Leah Seavers

By Nate Haywood Lady Flames keep their title hopes alive as they win in first playoff game The Liberty Lady Flames soccer team (13-4-1, 8-1-1 Big South) kept its Big South title hopes alive as they defeated the No. 8 seed Radford Highlanders (7-10-2, 4-5-1 Big South) 2-0 in the …

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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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Striking success

BLOCK — The Lady Flames have dominated Big South foes, losing only nine sets. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

By Sarah Rodriguez Lady Flames are proving to be the best in the Big South With a less than satisfactory 11-18 2013 season in the books, the Liberty women’s volleyball team was looking for a turnaround in 2014. Through 28 games so far, the Lady Flames have done exactly that. …

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Hoffman arrives

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By Nate Haywood Alaskan guard sees his dream become reality “Ever since I have been playing basketball, Liberty is where I have wanted to be.” These are the words of the Calvin Hoffman, the recruit who dreamed of playing for the Liberty Flames men’s basketball team. Hoffman, a 6-foot guard …

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Conference tourney awaits

Focus — Junior Ashlee Kurlock is currently second in scoring for the Lady Flames. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

By Cierra Carter Lady Flames look to win back-to-back NorPac championships The Lady Flames field hockey team will head to Stockton, California, Nov. 6 for the Northern Pacific (NorPac) Conference Tournament, where they look to repeat as conference champions. Last season, Liberty started out just above .500 at 5-4 before …

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