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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Editorial: Teams challenge Heat’s three-peat

ready — After a year rehabbing his torn ACL, Derrick Rose has improved his game.  Photo credit: Keith Allison

Everyone has heard the chatter — the 2013-2014 NBA season is supposed to be all about losing. The 2014 draft class featuring Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Jabari Parker and others is supposed to be the best one in more than 10 years. Teams with little hope of making noise in …

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Flames fall in ‘First 4’

Liberty loses to N.C. A&T, 73-72 When the buzzer sealed Liberty’s win over Charleston Southern University in the Big South Conference Championship March 10, it launched a week-long media frenzy during which the Flames fetched headlines across the nation on the airwaves and in the papers. The New York Times, …

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Boiling Point

Purdue beats Lady Flames at the boards, ends tourney hopes Since the 71-63 loss to High Point, Jan. 17, the Liberty Lady Flames basketball team went on to win 14 straight. In their third consecutive NCAA appearance (14th all-time), the No. 13 seed Lady Flames fell to the No. 4 …

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March madness is a slam dunk

Brackets — No matter how frustrated basketball fans get year after year, filling out the March Madness brackets is a tradition for almost everyone. Photo credit: Andrew Woolfolk

I am a man of tradition. Every year around the middle of March, my daily routine is always the same. To some, the terms “Selection Sunday,” “The Big Dance” and “bracketology” sound like alien vernacular.
But to me, all of the madness — March Madness, that is —makes sense. To […]

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The fantastic five

All on the court — In her last home game at Vines, Devon Brown finishes with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Lady Flames seniors are recognized as they defeat Charleston Southern 88-62 Parents and family gathered with senior players and managers to celebrate their last home game before the Liberty Lady Flames (24-6, 16-2 Big South) trounced the Charleston Southern Lady Buccaneers (8-19, 3-15 Big South), 88-62. Something that has never …

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LU recalls Governors

Aerial assault — John Caleb Sanders splits two defenders to attempt a lay-up. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Flames outlast Austin Peay State University, win in overtime The Liberty Flames basketball team faced off against the Austin Peay State University Governors in the Ramada Worldwide BracketBuster series, Saturday, Feb. 23. The Flames prevailed 79-73 in overtime. Travis Betran of Austin Peay made two late three pointers in the …

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Lady Flames keep on winning

Struggle —  Redshirt senior Brittany Campbell looks to pass out of a trap. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Liberty earns its seventh straight win and sixth straight 20-win season with a 69-60 victory over Radford Dominant post play and solid contributions from the bench propelled the Liberty University women’s basketball team to a 69-60 win over in-state rival Radford University, Saturday, Feb. 16. Liberty, which is now 20-6 …

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Flames unable to win two straight

Onslaught — John Caleb Sanders attempts a lay-up. He finished with 23 points. Photo credit: Ruth Bibby

Liberty men fall to visiting High Point University Panthers, 73-68, Sanders scores 23 in losing effort The High Point Panthers men’s basketball team (15-10, 10-3 Big South) held off the Liberty Flames (9-18, 5-8 Big South) 73-68 Saturday, Feb. 16. The Flames, junior guard John Caleb Sanders scored a game-high …

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Panther’s Den

After the Lady Flames defeated Radford 69-60 (see B2), the “Vines Furnace Center” turned into a “Panther Den” in the second game of the double-header as Liberty fell to the High Point Panthers 73-68. The Panthers came into the game with the type swagger that the No. 1 team in …

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