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Anthony Hill Jr. poured in a game-high 31 points and fellow freshman Chance Jamison added 20 to lead BLC to a 118-64 preseason win over U-nique All Stars Academy Saturday afternoon in Knightdale. The Thoroughbreds opened up an early margin and kept the Wolves at bay with a stifling defense in the first test of the season for the young squad. "It's alright," contemplated head coach Mario Pharr after the game. "Got a lot to tweak, but overall pretty good." Pharr was more pleased with the attitude his players displayed, saying the team has grown tight knit since the first day of practice. "We're definitely honing in on togetherness. We're family now." Hill stuffed the stats with five rebounds, six assists, seven steals and a block. Kenny Anderson, Jr. added 14 points in the effort. Terrence "TJ" Johnson scored 13, and Yak Yak chipped in 10. The Thoroughbreds' next preseason scrimmage is next Saturday against Carolina Basketball Academy in Elizabeth City. ...

10/12/2019

The 2019-20 Blue Lights College sports teams will debut at the annual Media Day event on Thursday October 3, and you're invited! The Thoroughbreds' men's basketball and wrestling teams will be there to meet the public, and the new women's basketball team will make their first appearance as well. It all begins at 2:00 pm in the Activities Center at Hope Community Church, 2080 East Williams Street in Apex. Hope also serves as the Thoroughbreds' primary home court for basketball. Have your picture taken with a Thoroughbred on Thursday...we'll see you there!...

10/2/2019

Madison Jordan has been named the head coach of the Blue Lights College women’s basketball team which will launch this fall. Jordan starred for Holly Springs High School before playing collegiately at Central Carolina Community College. “Madison hit the ground running when she arrived at Blue Lights,” said athletic director Mike Davis. “She has been working tirelessly to build the program. Her enthusiasm is contagious. We’re very excited to have her on board.” Jordan is also continuing her studies in criminal justice while at BLC. The Lady Thoroughbreds open their season with a scrimmage at Belmont Abbey on October 19 and play their first home game on October 29 against Guilford Tech at Hope Community Church Apex....

9/29/2019

It's not often that a first-year program in any sport is expected to excel. Rather, the best that is hoped for is a few victories here and there, establish key relationships, lay a foundation for the seasons to come. So for the inaugural wrestling squad at tiny Blue Lights College to qualify two athletes for a national tournament and come within a match of claiming an All-American sets a high bar for the teams to come. "I'm very proud of the inaugural wrestling season we had at Blue Lights College," said head coach Blake Risk. "As a first year program we definitely had our ups and downs through out the season. But we had two extremely dedicated student-athletes rise up and make school history as the school's first national qualifiers. Logan Perentis and Khalic Everett both defied all odds as true freshman." That's an understatement. Perentis, wrestling in the 133 lb. class, finished third in the Mid-Atlantic Conference, universally regarded as the toughest NCWA wrestling conference in America. Wrestling at 285, Everett finished 6th in the conference, then came within one fall of moving into the nationals medal round and claiming All-American honors. "Not only did they qualify for the NCWA National Wrestling Tournament but were able to win a lot of matches and almost place as All-Americans," added Risk. "As a coach, I'm very proud of their efforts and willingness not to give up." The schedule was not peppered with patsies, either. BLC consistently faced the best athletes from schools like NC State, East Carolina, Florida A&M, and conference powerhouses Liberty and Apprentice. That rogues' gallery of opponents isn't likely to get any easier moving forward, but Risk isn't worried. He's fired up. "I'm very excited for the future of the Blue Lights College wrestling team. With the experience of this year's team, we will look to reload and qualify even more wrestlers next season!" A high bar indeed, but one which followers of BLC wrestling are confident future Thoroughbreds will exceed, and soon....

3/18/2019

ALLEN, Texas – The 22nd NCWA Championships are a day away with one of the association’s largest national tournament fields in its history. The NCWA is back in Texas at the Allen Event Center for the sixth time with almost 500 wrestlers in the men’s and women’s divisions representing 78 teams from 30 states. Blue Lights wrestlers Logan Perentis (133 lbs) and Khalic Everett (285 lbs) qualified for the nationals and will begin action on Thursday. Defending national champion Liberty appears to be in position to repeat, which would be its third title overall. Right next to them, however, is The Apprentice School, which already took Liberty on in the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships two weeks ago with the Flames taking the conference title again. Both teams are ranked 1-2 in the latest NCWA power poll, and it may take until the last matches of the tournament to decide a winner as it did last season when Liberty won by half a point. Wrestling follows the teams' march-in at 9:50 a.m. Central time Thursday with Session I at 10 a.m. Session II follows at 6 p.m. There will be two separate sessions on Friday and Saturday as well. Liberty and Apprentice each have a tournament-high 16 qualifiers competing. Liberty won the 2015 NCWA title as well, and Apprentice earned the 2009 title in the last season before the association split into two divisions for national championship scoring. NCWA legacy members Central Florida and Grand Valley State are 3-4 in the latest poll and have enough qualifiers (UCF 14, GVSU 13) to challenge the top two. Grays Harbor College is also among the leaders with 14 qualifiers and is looking to make its best tournament run in three NCWA seasons. NCWA newcomer Schreiner may make a top-10 splash from its 13 qualifiers coming from its Southwest Conference Championship last month. Springfield Tech CC, in its second men’s season in the NCWA, has 12 qualifiers followed by 11 by NCWA rookie member Big Bend CC (Wash.) and Mott CC. All of the above teams will compete in the Division I field. Washington State, which won the Division II title in 2015, should also be considered among the contenders with its 10 qualifiers. In the Division II race, Connecticut and East Carolina appear to be in the best positions with 10 qualifiers each. The Penn State Wrestling Club, the defending champion, is also among the Division II leaders with seven qualifiers. The NCWA will crown a new champion in its women’s division for the first time in eight years. Southwestern Oregon Community College, which holds the NCWA record for most consecutive national titles with seven, elected not to attend this year’s championships, leaving the field wide open. Grays Harbor College (Wash.) is the favorite to win its first women’s title and its first NCWA title. That would keep the NCWA title trophy in the Pacific Northwest. Only Yakima Valley Community College (three times) and Southwestern Oregon CC (seven) have won the NCWA women’s national title....

3/14/2019

Congratulations to BLC wrestlers Logan Perentis (133 lbs) for placing 3rd and Khalic Everett (285 lbs) for placing 6th at the Mid-Atlantic Conference tournament this weekend in Lynchburg, Virginia. Both wrestlers have qualified for the NCWA National Tournament in Allen, Texas! "I’m proud that Blue Lights College of Apex was able to qualify two quality freshman our first year as a wrestling program!" exclaimed head coach Blake Risk. "The future is bright for BLC Wrestling!" The NCWA Nationals get underway March 14. ...

3/4/2019

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