Liberty vs. Saint Francis (First game)

A late rally fell just short for the Lady Flames softball team (13-15, 2-1 Big South) as they dropped the first game of a double-header in the Liberty Softball Classic, losing to Saint Francis, 5-4, Friday, March 20 at Liberty Softball Stadium. Liberty scored two runs in the bottom of …

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Flames Serving Lynchburg

The Liberty University Department of Athletics is committed to raising up talented, well-rounded athletes who serve Christ in all areas of life. The Athletics Department’s community service initiative is one example of this commitment. Within the past few years, the Athletics Department made a concerted effort to establish and build …

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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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Streak extended

NO. 1 —  The Lady Flames celebrate another regular season championship. Photo credit: Leah Seavers

Lady Flames enter conference tourney as No. 1 seed Earlier in the season, Winthrop did something that no other women’s basketball team in the Big South has been able to do this year — beat Liberty. A little more than a month later, the Lady Flames (23-6, 19-1 Big South) …

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Flames first-in-class

STUDENTS FIRST — All Flames have access to a variety of academic assistance.  Photo credit: Hannah Lipscomb

Student-athletes continue to be successful on and off the field and court Liberty University athletes are known to dominate on the field, but a little known fact is that they do the same in the classroom. With an overall GPA of 3.10, Liberty student-athletes fare even better than the rest …

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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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Back in action

close call — Sophomore outfielder Will Shephard (34) dives for home plate just as the ball arives. Photo credit: Leah Seavers

Flames sweep Bulldogs in a three-game series The Liberty Flames won the game 3-2 over the Bryant Bulldogs after gaining two runs in an unorthodox way on Friday, Feb. 27 at Liberty Baseball stadium. With a freshman pinch hitter at the plate, runners on the corners and two outs, Liberty …

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Feeling at home

Follow the leader — Theo Johnson (14) leads the Flames in scoring. Photo credit: Leah Seavers

Theo Johnson is red-hot going into Big South tourney Sacramento, California. Charleston, South Carolina. And now, Lynchburg, Virginia. This was the journey taken by Theo Johnson, the Flames men’s basketball team’s active leading scorer. And this was no short journey. The transfer student out of College of Charleston is having …

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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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Slow start for Flames

HIT — James Johnson has struggled with fouls, averaging 5.4 per 40 minutes of play. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

2014-15 men’s basketball team trudges through the first half of the season Singer Barbara Cook once told us in her legendary voice, “It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.” Unfortunately for Liberty, she may have been onto something. After an 85-71 defeat against conference opponent Longwood Lancers (6-13, …

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Flames host annual Open

High Flying — Jumping events were some of the many that the Flames dominated. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Track and field teams leave competitors in the dust in first meet of 2015 In the 10th annual Liberty Open Friday and Saturday, Jan. 16-17, the host Flames and Lady Flames track and field teams racked up 17 event victories in addition to a number of Intercollegiate Association of Amateur …

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Time to bounce back

Veteran — Junior Kelly Grant is one of many Lady Flames returning for the upcomming 2015 season. Photo credit: Leah Seavers

Lady Flames lacrosse hopes to surpass its 2-16 mark from last season After a disappointing 2014 season, the Liberty women’s lacrosse team looks to rebound in the upcoming 2015 campaign. The Lady Flames finished the 2014 regular season with an overall record of 2-16, while going 1-6 in conference play. …

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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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