The Valdosta Daily Times
The Valdosta State University Blazers were outstanding Saturday as they eclipsed the Mavericks of Minnesota State-Mankato to earn another berth in the NCAA Division II National Championship Game.
The Blazers are returning to the big game for the fourth time in their history, earning the National Championship title twice in three tries. With the team’s strong momentum, they’re looking to take that third championship trophy on Saturday.
The Blazers have stepped up to the challenge this year and are playing well on both sides of the ball. Head Coach David Dean and the coaching staff deserve a lot of credit for putting the right players at the right positions and working with the team to make them one cohesive unit.
To their credit, Blazer fans are already buying up tickets for the big game, with nearly two thirds of the 1,000 tickets available through the VSU Ticket Office sold as soon as they went on sale Monday. The remainder of the tickets are expected to sell out this week, but those wanting to make the trip to Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Ala. can also purchase tickets through their website, www.d2championship.com.
Those who cannot attend the game in person can watch on ESPN2 Saturday, with kickoff slated for 1:04 Eastern time. The Times will announce the venues around Valdosta hosting special game-day events and viewing parties.
Good luck to the Blazers on a terrific season and for going the distance, all the way to Florence!