March 10, 2005
Valdosta - Valdosta State begins their quest for a Division II national championship when they play Florida Tech in the first round of the south regionals Friday afternoon in Conway, Arkansas.
The Lady Blazers would love to match the football team who won Valdosta State's second national title back in December.
If the VSU women bring home that title, it will be the second national championship for one Valdosta family.
Valdosta State senior forward Courtney Parker knows what it takes to win a national title.
Her younger brother Zach is a receiver on the Blazer football team and caught a touchdown pass in the Valdosta State's 36-31 victory over Pittsburgh State in the Division II national championship game.
Courtney Parker said "He is such a special person in my life of course and they worked extremely hard for what they got and they went through a lot of adversity as well- losing to Albany State early in the year and that was a heartbreaking loss for them."
Courtney Parker has had to deal with her share of adversity in her final two seasons at Valdosta State.
The former Lowndes High star missed most of junior season when she tore the ligaments in one of her ankles.
Her senior season looked like it was over in late January when she broke her left pinky finger.
But Courtney was not ready to end her college career.
Parker said "When I got hurt last year, I did not know what to do with myself. I think I sat around for a couple days thinking oh my goodness what am I going to do know. This year was not even a question. They gave me an option of whether If I wanted to play or not and told me you could hurt it worse and I just said wrap it up lets go."
Courtney says the injuries she has sustained the last two seasons have given her a deeper appreciation for the game she loves to play so much.
In a couple of weeks, she hopes she can experience the same joy her brother did when Valdosta State won the division two national football championship.
Parker said "I want to feel what he felt and if it is good as he says it is then that is the point I want to get too."
Valdosta State plays Florida Tech at two eastern on Friday.