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Big Sky and EWU suspend all spring sports activities

Big Sky and EWU suspend all spring sports activities

By Aaron Hutchinson, Reporter

April 8, 2020

With social distancing practices changing the way students live their lives in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Big Sky Conference has taken the unprecedented decision to cancel the spring sports season and suspend practices and workouts for the remainder of the year. On March 18 the Presid...

EWU clubs and organizations face uncertainty as COVID-19 cancellations grow

Groups like SAIL and the Club Sports Federation have had to make adjustments in this uncertain time.

By Ben Blakney, Reporter

April 6, 2020

The coronavirus (or COVID-19) has impacted the world in an unforgettable way. One of the ways it has affected the EWU student body is the closure of campus and all in-person clubs and organizations. This umbrella includes intramural sports, student-lead organizations and facilities such as EPIC Adventu...

Competitive gaming at EWU

Luke Sturgis (foreground) and Alexis Mendoza (background) in their first battle.

By Ben Blakney, Reporter

April 6, 2020

The EWU Gaming Club performed its final matchup of the season on March 8. This is the first official, functional year of the club at EWU, and club president Connor Stark heads the responsibility in full. “I see it as the next version of sports,” said Stark. “Sports have evolved over time …...

Laying the Law: Rudy Gobert, The Cabana Inn and my brief, school-funded trip to Boise

EWU head coach Shantay Legans walks to the bench in the Eagles' first meeting with Montana on Jan. 10. EWU lost to the Grizzlies 68-62 in the Big Sky Conference Tournament championship game for the second straight year in 2019.

By Drew Lawson, Sports Editor

March 23, 2020

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Easterner, its staff or Eastern Washington University. This letter has not been edited except for AP style. I was walking down the pleasantly clean streets of Boise, Idaho, toward CenturyLink Arena o...

Fish on: Largemouth bass fishing around EWU

Largemouth bass fishing is a popular outdoor activity in the Inland Northwest.

By Aaron Hutchinson, Reporter

March 14, 2020

While trout and salmon will always be favorites of anglers in the Inland Northwest, largemouth bass, an aggressive, predatory fish that strike bait ferociously, will always hold a special place in the hearts of many fishermen. Largemouth bass anglers at EWU are blessed with lakes and fishing opportunities...

EWU football player charged with identity theft, making false statement to police

EWU freshman long snapper James Durr.

By Drew Lawson, Sports Editor

March 9, 2020

EWU freshman long snapper James David Durr, 18, of Vancouver, Washington, is scheduled for an arraignment in Spokane County Superior Court March 18. According to court records acquired by The Easterner, Durr has been charged with four counts of identity theft, one count of making a false statement...

Women’s basketball bounced in first round of Big Sky Tournament

EWU freshman wing Kennedy Dickie led the Eagles with 20 points and seven rebounds in EWU's first round loss to Portland State Monday.

By Isaiah Gessner, Social Media Editor

March 9, 2020

Although the Eagles put up a good fight in the second half, they came up just short against the Portland State Vikings. The No. 10 seed Eagles lost their Big Sky tournament first round matchup against the No. 7 seeded Vikings 83-70. The Eagles end their season with a 3-18 conference and  4-26 ov...

EWU wins outright regular season Big Sky Championship for second time in school history

The EWU men's basketball team celebrates its Big Sky regular season title. EWU clinched the title with a 78-69 victory over Weber State Saturday.

By Drew Lawson, Sports Editor

March 7, 2020

Jubilation flooded Reese Court Saturday as the EWU men’s basketball team lifted the Big Sky Conference regular season champions trophy and cut down the Reese Court nets as Queen’s “We Are the Champions” blared throughout the arena. For the first time since 2004, EWU (16-4, 23-8) won the Big Sky...

EWU clinches share of Big Sky title with win over Idaho State

EWU junior guard Jacob Davison launches a three. Davison led EWU with 23 points Thursday.

By Drew Lawson, Sports Editor

March 5, 2020

On Dec. 30, 2019, the EWU men’s basketball team lost to the Idaho State Bengals on the road 75-69. Tonight was a much different story. EWU (15-4, 22-8) dominated offensively and pulled away in the second half to route ISU (4-15, 7-21) 100-75 Thursday in front of a passionate home crowd. EWU clinched...

Board decides against independent review

Dr. David Syphers, author of the recent ad hoc faculty report concerning athletics, presents his findings at the Feb. 27 board of trustees meeting.

By Aaron Hutchinson, Reporter

March 3, 2020

EWU’s board of trustees decided against an independent review of Athletic Department funding Feb. 28, despite a faculty committee report highly critical of the amount of money the university spends on athletics. Dr. David Syphers chaired the faculty committee and presented their report about Athl...

Four Eagles get top-three finishes at Big Sky Indoor Championships

EWU senior Keshun McGee won the triple jump at this year’s Big Sky Indoor Championships.

By Ben Blakney, Sports Reporter

March 3, 2020

EWU track and field athletes put their best feet forward last weekend as they traveled to compete in the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships in Pocatello, Idaho. The environment of the indoor track fieldhouse was thick with friendly competition and nerves, as many athletes realized the stakes of...

Spotlighting the men’s volleyball club

Bowe Rojas of the men’s volleyball club.

By Sulamita Martynenko, Contributor

February 29, 2020

Members of the EWU men’s volleyball club described their group as fun, exciting and even stress-relieving. “I cannot picture where my life would be if I hadn’t found this club,” said club member Alex Wasilewski. Some of the players came to EWU with considerable experience and some with...

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