Two- sport star

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College students are required to budget their time wisely in order to balance assignments and a social life. Add in the responsibilities of being an athlete, and living by a highly structured schedule becomes even more necessary. Throw in a second sport and a new, rare breed of student-athlete has …

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For the love of the game

TEACHER — Women’s basketball graduate assistant Joyous Tharrington has made an impact this year by leading the team in Bible studies and assisting in games and practices.  Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Basketball graduate assistants go mostly unnoticed but make a big impact Thankless jobs are never easy to do. Washing uniforms, carrying bags, breaking down film — doing all the tasks players and coaches would rather not do is not a glamorous life. But it involves basketball, and that is enough …

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Tich’s Take

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The Most Valuable Player (MVP) award has always meant more in the NBA than in all other American professional sports. Baseball essentially has four MVPs per season (American League and National MVP and Cy Young awards). Wayne Gretzky might still be getting the Hart Trophy (the NHL’s MVP award) every …

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Big South tourney nears

POSTERIZE — Forward Andrew Smith played one of his best games of the season against Radford, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds to go along with two blocked shots.  Photo credit: Leah Seavers

Flames split final two games of 2014-2015 year against Radford and UNC-A Liberty 80, Radford 69 The clock showed zeros across the board. The officials blew their whistles and raised their hands, indicating the game was over. The Flames men’s basketball team quickly made its way to center court for …

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Unleashing the McCracken

FANATIC — Josh McCracken goes all out for Flames basketball. Photo provided

Enthusiastic basketball fan stays faithful to the Flames and Lady Flames It was a tradition in Winchester, Virginia, at Millbrook High School basketball games. Someone would scream the phrase, “Unleash the McCracken.” When the call came, out of a painted cardboard box popped Josh “J.J.” McCracken, who screeched at the …

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Rebounding in fashion

SURVEY — Guard Sadalia Ellis looks for an open teammate.  Photo credit: Leah Seavers

Lady Flames return to Big South mastery with dominant win over Campbell The Lady Flames basketball team (13-6, 8-1) bounced back from its first conference loss of the season with an impressive 64-40 win over the Campbell Camels (11-7, 6-3) Jan. 24, making history in the process. Liberty has dominated …

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Flames still searching

effort — Center Evan Maxwell attempts to finish at the rim against Winthrop.  Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Men’s basketball tries to find a way to break out of its conference drought The Liberty men’s basketball team lost its seventh straight conference game and seventh straight overall last Thursday night, Jan. 22, falling to Winthrop, 71-56. Liberty (6-15) is now 0-8 in Big South play for the first …

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New Flame shines

BOARDS — David Andoh (left) elevates for the rebound. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Transfer student David Andoh makes an instant impact for men’s basketball Versatile. Coachable. Mentally tough. Athletic. Hard working. These are but a few of the words Liberty men’s basketball Head Coach Dale Layer and Assistant Coach Vinson Walden used to describe junior forward David Andoh, transfer student from Merritt College. …

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Tich’s Take

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The final score: 161-2. Yes, you read that right. That was the score of a varsity girls’ basketball game in California between Arroyo Valley High School and Bloomington High School earlier this month. Predictably, it did not take long for the outrage to bubble to the surface. Arroyo Valley coach …

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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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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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Tich’s Take

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Since LeBron James appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated at age 17, he has been compared to Michael Jordan. When he did things nobody had ever seen before, he was the next MJ. When he failed in big moments, he would never be the next MJ. It might finally …

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March Sadness

NCAA tournament brings misery to 67 teams The NCAA tournament may be the most exciting event in all of sports. Until the March Sadness sets in. Every year, 68 teams enter the tournament, but only one is left standing. Second place counts for nothing. So while one team and its …

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Against the odds

OVERCOME — Carley Cottingham is chasing her goals. Photo credit: Leah Stauffer

Basketball manager pursues dreams It started in the fifth grade for Carley Cottingham. She picked up a basketball and never put it down. Ever since that time, basketball has been a monumental part of her life. According to the Detriot Free Press, Cottingham earned all-conference honors her sophomore and junior …

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Intramural players showcase talent

Former NCAA Division I athletes John Brown and Solomon Tat continue playing basketball after graduation Not too long ago, John Brown and Solomon Tat’s college basketball seasons would be in full swing around this time of year — Brown at Liberty University and Tat at the University of Virginia. In …

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