FLAMES PLAY ON

Photo credit: Joel Coleman

Matchup with No. 6 Villanova awaits As the Flames walked off the field following a loss to Charleston Southern in the last home game of the season two weeks ago, making the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs seemed to be an improbable dream more than a legitimate possibility. With Liberty’s postseason …

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Standing (and shining) out

Paint up — One of the “Glitter Guys” prepares for the game. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

There might not be many students who know the names of Abby Ponder, Daniel LaLonde, Josh Rich, and Margo Kollman, but those who have been to a Liberty football game have probably seen them. Since the fall of 2012, these four students have brought creativity to the atmosphere of Flames football […]

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Vines hosts tourney

front line — Lady Flames middle blocker Jade Vorster (24) tallied 33 kills in four games during the Liberty Invitational, the first tournament hosted by Liberty since 2011.  Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Lady Flames win two of four games as the Vines Center reopens for action In front of a home crowd at a newly renovated Vines Center for the first time in the 2014 season, the Lady Flames split four matches at the Liberty Invitational Tournament. The Lady Flames took down …

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Thrill of Gillville returns

Schools across the nation have plenty of traditions revolving around their sports teams, and Liberty is no exception. In recent years, Gillville has become a mainstay of the Liberty athletics culture. In 2012, Turner Gill debuted as the new head coach Flames football team and Roccotown, which was named for …

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Safe(ty) Hagen

PICK — Jacob Hagen has one interception in 2014. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Captain leads tough defense Liberty Defensive Coordinator Robert Wimberley has coached many players throughout his career. Of all the players that have come in and out of Lynchburg, there have not been many who have impressed Wimberley quite like Flames senior safety Jacob Hagen. Hagen’s senior season picked up where …

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Flames strike

Full speed — Senior captain and defenseman Matt Sherry leads the Flames to the first victory of the 2014-15 season. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

While the Liberty Flames men’s division I (DI) hockey team began a new season with nine new players and a new playbook Friday night, they posted a 7-2 win over the Potomac Patriots Junior A team in decidedly old fashion. It was captain Matt Sherry and alternate captain Lindsay LeBlanc, both […]

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Early season struggle

Field hockey has seen everything go wrong after a NorPac championship last year After winning the NorPac Championship last season and returning nearly every player, Lady Flames field hockey would never have imagined starting the year 1-3. But a mixture of a challenging schedule, an injured star and uneven play …

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Defense stymies

The Liberty Flames football team improved to 1-1 on the season as they shutout the Norfolk State Spartans (1-1) 17-0. This was the first time the Flames had seen the Spartans since Liberty fell short 31-24 in 2012. Spartan quarterback Terrance Ervin drove the offense all the way down to …

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Sweating it out

fight — A Lady Flames defender fights for the ball during a very close battle against the Charlotte 49ers. Photo credit: Leah Seavers

Lady Flames score in final minutes to defeat the Charlotte 49ers With only one minute to go in the final overtime period, freshman forward Jennifer Knoebel drove to the right side of the goal and placed a hard shot into the bottom left corner to give the Lady Flames soccer …

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Major league intern

FINISH LINE — Mark Bowman will graduate in May 2015. Photo credit: Ash Brownd

Student Mark Bowman spends his summer with MLS team Liberty student Mark Bowman is entering his senior year and is two semesters away from graduating with a sports management degree. As he prepares to graduate, he had the opportunity to get valuable experience in his preferred job field. Bowman spent …

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Swinging in summer

Swing— Senior first baseman Alex Close up to bat against High Point University. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Baseball team thrives in summer leagues around U.S. While most students look forward to summer for a break, the Liberty Flames baseball players all went into the three-month hiatus from school knowing it would be anything but a break. As the players dispersed to collegiate summer leagues across the country, …

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National attention hits Flames

Celebrate — Lady Flames soccer celebrate their victory. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

The recent growth and success of athletics warrants big time media attention USA Today reporter Dan Wolken wrote an article Aug. 19 headlined “At Liberty, FBS dreams and a high-resource reality.” Within the article, Wolken explained the overall state of Liberty athletics. He wrote about Liberty’s financial preparedness, state-of-the-art facilities …

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Running down another title

CHAMPIONS — Redshirt sophomore captain Will Templeton leads the pack as the Flames race to their ninth straight championship. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Men’s and women’s cross country look to continue Big South dominance For years it has been the goal of the men’s and women’s cross country teams to qualify for Nationals, and 2014 is no exception. Past teams have come close to reaching this goal, but none have been successful thus …

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Puck-drop preparation

Breakaway — Flames forwards Lindsay LeBlanc and Ryley Egan race down the ice last season against the West Virginia Mountaineers. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

24 players make the final cut for the men’s Division 1 Flames hockey team Approximately 100 hockey players laced up their skates at the Lahaye Ice Center this fall in hopes of making one of the three Liberty University men’s club hockey teams. Two weeks of skates, scrimmages, coach evaluations …

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Kick start

Liberty’s men’s soccer team (1-0) defeated Bluefield College (0-1) 2-1 in its season-opener Friday night in front of a home crowd of over 400 fans. Khalil Karl, a transfer from St. Louis, was playing in his first game as a Flame. In the 47th minute, Bluefield’s Nick Rivadeneira was ejected …

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