To those who fearlessly stand for us in our communities and beyond, we at Blue Lights College say "Thank you" this Thanksgiving....


In light of the uncertainty surrounding the 2020-21 basketball season, the New South Athletic Conference (NSAC) will grant an additional year of eligibility to all men's basketball players. This will ensure the continuation of local decision-making in the best interest of each institution and its student-athletes. "The NCAA announced a similar rule on October 14," said conference director and BLC AD Mike Davis. "As most of our member teams are not part of a national governing body, I believe our conference needed to make this decision independently." Under the rule, any player on a member team's roster and participates in game play during the 2020-21 season will be eligible to return for the 2021-22 season with the same remaining eligibility that each player has now. The Thoroughbreds' first game is set for Tuesday, January 12, 2021 hosting Mid-Atlantic Christian. BLC will open NSAC play January 26 at home against Thomas Nelson....


Out of an abundance of caution, Blue Lights College has rescheduled the beginning of its men's basketball season to begin in January, and the school is still awaiting guidance from its national governing body on the wrestling season. "The fluid situation resulting from the ever-changing COVID-19 landscape made it necessary to delay the beginning of our sports schedules," said athletic director Mike Davis. "We have also been closely following the developments of national governing bodies, including the National Junior College Athletic Association. When they made the decision to delay basketball until January, it made sense for us to follow suit." The change has been in the works for several weeks, and other New South Athletic Conference schools have been busy creating new schedules. That work is continuing. The new basketball schedule, essentially delaying the start of competition for two months, also meant rescheduling the season-ending tournament, which is now slated for April 9 and 10, 2021 in Durham, N.C. "As we get closer to the start of the season, I am becoming more confident that we will be able to compete within the guidelines of best COVID-19 practices," said Davis. "It is our hope that by April we will be able to have full fan attendance once again, but we will have to wait and see on that." Meanwhile the wrestling program is still awaiting guidance from the National Collegiate Wrestling Association. "Wrestling is a different matter altogether," Davis said. "You can't very well social distance when you are bringing your opponent to the mat. So we are still taking a wait-and-see approach."...


Blue Lights College is pleased to announce the appointment of Brandon Rosas as its new wrestling coach starting immediately. Rosas comes to the Thoroughbreds with more than 10 years of experience as a middle school and high school coach and referee. Brandon received his USA Wrestling bronze-level coach and referee certifications in 2014. Most recently, from 2014 - 2017, he served as an assistant coach in California with the Los Gatos High School Wrestling and club teams. During his time there the team improved their conference and sectional placements each year, moving up from 6th in conference to 2nd and from 35th in their section to 6th. Additionally, he helped coach six conference champions, one sectional champion, two California state qualifiers, and a Fargo Greco All-American. "I am very pleased to have someone of Brandon's stature and character as part of the Blue Lights' family," said athletic director Mike Davis. "His passion for coaching and mentoring young people shines through." BLC is rebooting its wrestling program after a year off. The Herd competes as a member of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association and the very competitive Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Conference....


BLC President Jacques Gilbert told WNCN TV how Blue Lights is a beacon of hope in a dark time. View the story by copying and pasting this address in your browser:


On Thursday night, Blue Lights men's basketball players gathered in the best way they could during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, via a webcast, to encourage each other and be recognized for their accomplishments during the 2019-20 season. Coach Mario Pharr had polled his players to see who stood out in a variety of categories and offered congratulations: --Most Outstanding Teammate: Chris Dickey --Most Outstanding Leader: Kenny Anderson --Best Sportsmanship: Tye Howard --Outstanding Defense Award: JB Ezzell-Upchurch --Outstanding Offense Award: Kenny Anderson --Most Valuable Player: Chris Dickey --Most Improved Player (tie): Victor Ngong and Devon Allicott --Best Swag: Terence "TJ" Johnson Coach Mario Pharr wasn't going to let some virus shut down the post-season festivities. "Due to this pandemic, a lot of adjustments had to be made," said Pharr, "but I still wanted to give some closure to this season and what better way than a Zoom Banquet." "I felt it was a pretty good success despite of the circumstances," added the head coach. "Many accolades were given. It was great to see everyone and show our appreciation of such a tremendously successful season. I'm glad we were able to have it." BLC President Jacques Gilbert also expressed his gratitude for the past season. "The season may have ended, but the race continues," said Gilbert. "I’m grateful for Coach Mario, Coach Pulley, and Coach Rod for their faithfulness and contribution to our school mission and vision. This program has now elevated to another level thanks to the commitment and dedication of AD Mike Davis, coaches, and players. The award program facilitated by Coach Mario is yet another example of his heart for our students. I continue to be excited about the future. The best is yet to come." With the accolades for past glories done, Pharr summed it up best: "Now on to next season!"...