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Historic day for Women’s Lacrosse arrives with Play Day

Historic day for Women’s Lacrosse arrives with Play Day

Ernest Merriweather III, Staff Writer October 15, 2023

On Oct. 8 history was made in the women’s lacrosse world as an all HBCU showcase was hosted at Virginia State University. There were six teams in total two from the Division I level Howard University...

Midfielder Rish Gist looks to pass the ball up the field in a home match.

Women’s Soccer endures verbal abuse from spectators at Guilford College away match

Sheridan Phillips, Features Editor October 5, 2023

Updated - Thursday, October 5, 1:30 PM On Thursday, Sept. 26, the Virginia State University Women’s Soccer team faced “racial slurs and inappropriate sounds” from spectators who attended their...

Graduate student Rayquan Smith breaks a tackle against Livingstone 
on Saturday, Sept. 23. Photo contributed by Rayquan Smith.

‘King of NIL’ spreads wealth for HBCU athletes

Charnese Small, Sports Editor October 2, 2023

Name, Image and Likeness (NIL), in its most basic form, refers to the procedures by which college athletes are permitted to obtain monetary rewards. Use of an athlete’s name, likeness, and image for...

Play-by-Play  announcer John Emmett has called it all

Play-by-Play announcer John Emmett has called it all

Charnese Small, Sports Editor October 1, 2023

An astounding radio/television play-by-play broadcaster since 1983,  John Emmett has reached his calling with perfecting his craft. Beginning 40 years ago, Emmett has traveled around the world involving...

Quarterback Steve Williams breaks out for a long run against Norfolk State on the way to a 33-24 win. Photo by Charnese Small.

Fans React to Big Rivalry Win

Ashlee Porter September 14, 2023

After Virginia State’s win against Norfolk State University on September 2, students and fans are more ready than ever to hear about the upcoming games. With Homecoming right around the corner and...

Coach Dr. Henry Frazier III looks on from the sideline at Norfolk State. The Trojans won their road opener 33-24.  Photo by Charnese Small.

Coach Frazier Focused on Championship Football

Charnese Small September 14, 2023

Virginia State University’s head football coach, Dr. Henry Frazier lll discussed his plans for the Trojans recently. Frazier believes that losing is not an option. Despite his team’s winning 6-4 record...

Virginia State University President Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D. stands next to Head Football Coach Henry Frazier at the Spring Game 2023. Photo by Statesman staff.

Spring ball brings new beginnings to VSU football

Lyric Nason, Contributing Writer May 4, 2023

Discipline, professionalism plus focus equals winning combination PETERSBURG, Va. -- In the past, Virginia State University football has had issues with reaching its full potential--from talent with no...

Intramural Championship ends in stunning fashion

Intramural Championship ends in stunning fashion

Darius R. Price, Contributing Writer April 22, 2023

On April 20, 2023, Virginia State University held its annual Intramural Basketball Championship hosted by the students of Foundation of Sports Management. The spectacular night began with two separate...

Pitcher Christian Henderson obtained the win on Sunday in the second game of the double-header against Bluefield State 2-1. Photo by Statesman staff.

Baseball takes three wins from weekend series

Ashlee Porter, Staff Writer April 6, 2023

This past Sunday the baseball team took home a close 2-1 win, beating Bluefield State at home. The Trojans scored in each the 2nd and 4th innings, with Bluefield scoring in the 6th. Ricky Jones (#23) scored...

Trojans baseball player Alex Dayle has overcome a traumatic brain injury to return to play the sport he loves.
Photo by Virginia Statesman staff.

Trojan overcomes traumatic injury

Terry Jackson, PhD, Features Editor March 23, 2023

Freshman Alex Dayle continues to play sport he loves despite emergency brain surgery Imagine you are 16 and you are in the height of the pandemic. You live in the Big Apple, Harlem, Manhattan, New York...

Coach Shaun Church returned to his alma mater, Onondaga Community College, to help coach them to the 2017 National Championship. Church is the first men’s lacrosse coach at Virginia State University.

Coach Church to take men’s lacrosse by storm

Anjel-Ali Ormond, Executive Editor February 24, 2023

In April 2022, Virginia State University announced four new, never-before-seen athletic programs to the Virginia State campus: women’s soccer, men’s soccer, men’s lacrosse, and women’s lacrosse....

The ‘Rebirth’ of Trojan’s women’s basketball

The ‘Rebirth’ of Trojan’s women’s basketball

Charnese Small, Photo Editor & Staff Writer November 15, 2022

Coach Nadine Domond recently left her coaching position at Rutgers University as an assistant coach after six years on the sideline. She is now the new head coach of the Lady Trojans and is ready for the...

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