• April 20: Three Big Things

    School Another weekend, another comeback win on the diamond Entering the eighth inning on Sunday against the Troy Trojans, the Panthers trailed 15-9. As Head Coach Brad Stromdahl put it, “[It] was an unbelievably resilient win for our team.” Georgia State put up five runs in the eighth to send the game into extras before Kyle Riesselmann walked off with a two-run home run in the 10th. They won the weekend series, taking two games [...]
  • Bella & Angel Ferary are taking Georgia State by storm

    Getting to play the sport you love competitively with a brother or sister is something very few people get to experience in life. For identical twin sisters, Angel and Bella Ferary, that’s all they know.  From a young age, the two have been side-by-side, playing sports with one another. These two have never left each other’s side from track and field for Mount Paran Christian School to club beach volleyball.  “We played together on every [...]
  • Previewing what the NFL Draft’s first three rounds could bring for the Falcons

    As April 29 and the 2021 NFL Draft draws closer, the Atlanta Falcons find themselves at a difficult crossroad. The team is talented but aging, with longtime veterans in Matt Ryan and Julio Jones at the end of their careers. The new regime could set themselves up for the future or draft for a final run with the current core. Could the new regime of general manager Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith build [...]
  • The lasting legacy of AAU basketball and the dynasty that Phil Knight and Sonny Vaccaro created

    Undoubtedly, the college basketball recruiting landscape has changed with the emergence of AAU and its heavy influence on the game’s young prospects. Founded by Nike co-founder Phil Knight and Sonny Vaccaro, the man who signed Michael Jordan to the global brand in 1984, AAU gained traction in the 1980s.  AAU reached unprecedented heights in the late 2000s and early 2010s through marketing. Today, young players nationwide compete, allowing this style of hoops to become a [...]
  • Charlie Cobb’s hard work and determination gets him a seat on the CFP Selection committee

    Thirteen high-integrity football experts make up the College Football Playoff selection committee, which votes on the top-four teams in the College Football Playoff each season. This committee comprises high integrity football experts with multiple experiences in journalism, head coaching position, directors in athletics. For the first time in the committee’s eight years, Georgia State will have a voice in the voting with Athletics Director Charlie Cobb.   Cobb will serve a one-year term on the College [...]
  • Recruiting 101: The role parents play in the recruiting process

    Rob Lanier, head coach for Georgia State’s men’s basketball team, always looks for three unique things within recruits to ensure a proper fit.  “We talk a lot in our program about our core values,” Lanier said. “And those three things are humility, respect and responsibility. So, we look for those things in the young people that we recruit.” But coaches also tend to look deeper. Many recruits don’t realize how issues away from the court [...]
  • Three things we learned about the Hawks

    The Atlanta Hawks only played two games last week, splitting with a win over the Toronto Raptors and a loss at home to the Milwaukee Bucks. They still sit at the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, but wins are becoming more crucial, with the eighth-seeded Charlotte Hornets only trailing them by two and a half games.  From individual spectacles to surprising team spurts, here are three things we learned about Nate McMillan’s team this [...]
  • Panthers finish spring game with smiles and style in front of fans

    Among the most important questions heading into Georgia State’s spring football game was who head coach Shawn Elliott would lean towards at the backup quarterback position.  Darren Grainger, a transfer out of Furman, played well for Team White and battled with Team Blue quarterback Mikele Colasurdo for attention from the coaching staff.  Team White and Grainger made a big comeback in the fourth quarter, and it all came down to a game-winning play that sealed [...]
  • Acuna, Braves seeking wins following early struggles to open up the 2021 season

    Week two of the season saw a lot of twos for the Atlanta Braves. However, the season has only just begun, and with that, a few notes from the first few games. Doubling Up in Week Two Not much went right in the first week for the Braves up in Philadelphia, and it appeared that things would stabilize as the bats woke up versus Max Scherzer and the COVID-19-stricken Washington Nationals. Unfortunately for the Braves, [...]
  • For Antavious Lane to thrive in 2021, he must make his voice heard

    In Georgia State’s short 11-year football history, the Panthers have put five players in the NFL, including wide receiver Albert Wilson and All-Pro kicker Will Lutz. The Panthers may send more to the NFL soon, which could include 2020 All-Sun Belt Conference safety Antavious Lane.  A 5-foot, 9-inch safety out of West Palm Beach, the junior was one of the Sun Belt Conference’s top defensive players this past season. But, his journey starting was not [...]
  • Newcomers, vets and more could shine before the 2021 football season

    Georgia State will hit the field for their first spring practice on April 16 at Center Parc Stadium. While many of Shawn Elliott’s men deserve a spotlight, here are five Panthers to watch. No. 1 Mikele Colasurudo, Quarterback 2020 was an eventful year for the redshirt freshman, but not in the best way. Colasurdo went down with COVID-19 and suffered from its lingering effects. He wasn’t able to participate in many workouts due to lockdown [...]
  • Georgia State men’s tennis team scorching ahead of Sun Belt tourney

    Building a well-organized, winning culture is essential for any sports team to function. The Georgia State men’s tennis team established one before the season began, beginning with personnel.   “We have a couple of new faces on the team, one transfer and one player just joined us from Romania this semester,” Jonathan Wolff said. “I think COVID has brought us closer together. Our guys do a great job of having a great culture like a family, [...]
  • Introducing the newest member of the Georgia State football family, Eman Naghavi

    Georgia State has a new Panther in town. On March 25, Georgia State head football coach Shawn Elliott announced the newest edition to his staff, Eman Naghavi. A former offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at the University of Louisiana, Naghavi will serve as the Panthers’ new offensive line coach.  He will replace Thomas Austin, who is now the offensive assistant coach at Clemson. Naghavi played college football at McNeese State University from 2005-08. Seven [...]
  • Three things we learned about the Hawks

    The Atlanta Hawks still sit atop the Southeast Division. They picked up wins over the New Pelicans, Chicago Bulls, and Charlotte Hornets, with the lone loss coming to the Memphis Grizzlies. It was another excellent week for the Atlanta Hawks, who finished 3-1 and won their pivotal matchup against the Hornets on Sunday. Here are three things I saw this week.  Trae Young and Bogdan Bogdanovic’s simultaneous success From Trae Young continuing to shine bright [...]
  • The Braves are looking to start 2021 strong but need key players to step up

    Wow. It has been a week full of highs and lows for Atlanta Braves players and fans after just a few games. Without further ado, let’s go to the board. Mike Soroka’s story back to an MLB mound Mike Soroka has taken another significant step towards returning from a torn right Achilles he suffered on Aug. 3.  The Canadian ace saw two innings of work in the final Grapefruit League game, his first action since [...]