Senior-day stand

Tower — The taller junior forward Ashley Rininger (55) skies above Lady Buccaneers forward Brianna Lakes (24) as she reaches for an offensive rebound. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Lady Flames continue conference dominance against Lady Bucs Behind a second-half turnaround, the Liberty women’s basketball team came from behind to defeat the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern, 64-53, earning a 17th Big South Conference victory of the season Saturday afternoon, Feb. 21. With another conference victory over Charleston Southern (5-22, …

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Flames burn Beavers

FINALE — Freshman Luke Hannon weaves through defenders. Photo credit: Leah Seavers

Men’s DI hockey sweeps Minot State in final home stand of ’14-’15 season Liberty University men’s Division I (DI) hockey team seniors went out with a bang as they swept their final home series against the No. 3 Minot State University Beavers, Feb. 20-21. The 11th-ranked Flames — who, until …

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Trials and triumphs of training

Examine — Trainer Aaron Schreiner works to rehabilitate injured players. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Aaron Schreiner works behind the scenes to ensure student-athletes’ safety When athletes go crashing to the floor, audiences are silenced, doing the only thing they know how to do — wait. But in those moments, while everyone else is frozen in fear, athletic trainers, including Liberty’s men’s basketball trainer Aaron …

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Lancers clip Flames

Fight — The Flames lost a tough battle against in-state foe Longwood Feb. 17. Photo credit: Kevin Manguiob

Longwood completes season sweep with close win The Liberty Flames men’s basketball team (7-22, 1-15 Big South) continued its regular-season struggles after falling to the Longwood Lancers (8-21, 4-12 Big South), 78-72, Feb. 17. In the second matchup between these two teams this season, Longwood wasted little time getting on …

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Tich’s Take

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In 49 states, college basketball is just something that comes on television. People may even go to the games and everything. But in North Carolina, college basketball is a religion. Duke and North Carolina (UNC) met for the first time in 2015 on Feb. 18, and the game did not …

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Lady Flames fall to Navy

Women’s lacrosse picks up second loss of the season On a cold and windy afternoon Friday, Feb. 13, the Liberty Flames women’s lacrosse team (0-3) could not get anything going, dropping its second game of the season, 21-6 to the Navy Midshipmen. Navy scored its first goal within two minutes …

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Flames find success on frigid Friday

Men’s lacrosse defeats ACC enemy Clemson Sparked by a seven-goal, second-half, the Liberty men’s lacrosse team overcame an early halftime deficit to defeat the Clemson Tigers 10-5 in the Flames season opener on a blustery Friday night, Feb. 20. With temperatures reaching single digits, the Flames (1-0) found themselves down …

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Flames gain 14

Gill announces new signing class It has been nearly three months since Head Coach Turner Gill and the Liberty Flames football team reclaimed the Big South title and defeated James Madison in the first round of the FCS playoffs. Since then, Gill has procured the signatures of 14 young men …

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Tich’s Take

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Revenge of the nerds — this is what NBA legend Charles Barkley thinks is happening to the NBA. On “Inside the NBA,” the studio pregame and postgame show that accompanies TNT’s NBA broadcasts, Barkley had some interesting things to say about the use of statistics and analytics in basketball. “I’ve …

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Flame train rolling

LOCKED IN — The Flames went a school-best 23-3 in the Big South in 2014.  Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Baseball squad is ready to improve upon last season’s unprecedented success With another 40-plus win season, a Big South regular-seaso title and the first at-large bid to an NCAA Regional in the books, the Liberty baseball team is aiming to accomplish even more during the 2015 season. Head Coach Jim …

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Win like a girl

Women’s athletics sponsors campaign When the Always #LikeAGirl campaign aired during Superbowl XLIX, many were inspired by the message it sent, including Kristie Beitz, Liberty University’s senior associate athletics director for academic affairs. “Our female student athletes have won in every area,” Beitz said. “When you look to see what …

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Flames ink 14

Signing day goes well for Flames Following a historic year for the Flames, Liberty Head Coach Turner Gill announced the addition of 14 new players to the 2015 football roster as a part of National Signing Day Wednesday, Feb. 4. At the afternoon press conference held in Liberty’s football operations …

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Right on track

hiGH flyer — Senior Kyle Wheeler clears the bar on his way to victory in the men’s high jump.  Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Flames continue to rack up indoor season victories The men’s and women’s track and field teams’ success extended beyond state borders this weekend, Feb. 13-14, as four men and two women brought home event victories at meets in Virginia and Alabama. In the two-day Liberty Quad, a home meet, both …

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Big South streak halts

Power — Freshman forward Evan Maxwell raises up for a layup. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Men’s basketball wins first conference game of the season over Campbell The drought is over. Liberty men’s basketball finally tacked a conference victory onto its record with a 73-60 home victory over Campbell Tuesday, Feb. 10. Redshirt freshman guard Ryan Kemrite’s onslaught of three pointers early in the second half …

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Quite a racquet

FOCUS — A student duels with Thomas Road Baptist Church worship pastor Charles Billingsley in racquetball.  Photo credit; Courtney Russo

Charles Billingsly takes on students at LaHaye The Liberty University racquetball team started the semester with a bang as it held a student tournament to celebrate the opening of the new courts at the LaHaye Student Union. The event was held Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. with special guest Charles …

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