Coach McKay is ready to play

Returning for his second stint at LU, McKay explains his transition from UVA Some did not believe it. Others would not. A couple professors chalked it up as some ill-advised April Fools’ Day prank. There was simply no way Ritchie Lawrence McKay was bolting the University of Virginia Cavaliers to fill the Liberty Flames men’s basketball team’s head coach vacancy. […]

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You got to Lovell it

True freshman point guard Lovell Cabbil poised for bright future with the Flames The process of recruiting is vital to building any quality collegiate athletic program. Coaches all across the country go head-to-head for the best high school players they can find for their respective teams. When Ritchie McKay was named the new head coach of the Liberty Flames men’s […]

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The evolution of the NBA

Tichenor reflects on the ways the NBA has progressed through the years Nostalgia is a powerful thing. Prior generations love to get all poetic about how their era was better than today’s. Beside maybe eating oatmeal and reading the newspaper, telling “kids” how things used to be so much better is 40-somethings’ and 50-somethings’ favorite thing to do. Specifically, basketball […]

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Prodigy-like potential

Homeschooler Logan Smith sets himself up for success on and off the court At 6 feet 3 inches, Logan Smith, now 19, grew up playing the sport that was the common choice among young athletes with his kind of height: basketball. He excelled during his years of competing in the Lynchburg Home School Athletic Association, but at age 16, a […]

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NBA Playoffs Wild, Wild West

Ranking the contenders in the NBA’s best conference T-8. Oklahoma City Thunder/New Orleans Pelicans It is a shame only one of these teams can make the playoffs (editor’s note: neither team had clinched a spot at the time of publication) because Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis are two of the best tickets in the NBA. It is a testament to […]

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From the Desk

In the month of March, apparently there is more to life than basketball — although this is news to me. For years, I have been enamored with the NCAA Tournament and March Madness, and this year is no different. I am one of those crazies who will have three different games open at the same time during the first few […]

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Two- sport star

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 been created. Junior Sadalia Ellis is one of those select […]

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For the love of the game

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 for Liberty men’s basketball graduate assistants Griffin Williams, Reggie Chambers […]

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Tich’s Take

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 year. And football gave an MVP to a kicker one […]

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Big South tourney nears

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 their routine post-game prayer. This time, their faces were riddled […]

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Unleashing the McCracken

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 top of his lungs — just like the legendary sea […]

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Rebounding in fashion

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 in Big South Conference (BSC) play this season, but suffered […]

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Flames still searching

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 time since the 1998-99 season when the Flames started 0-9 […]

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New Flame shines

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. In a season full of ups and downs, the 6-foot-7-inch […]

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Tich’s Take

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 Michael Anderson was promptly suspended for two games and lambasted […]

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