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EWU sophomore guard/forward Kim Aiken Jr. feeds the post. Aiken had 16 points and six rebounds in EWU's 77-76 win over Sac State Thursday.

EWU tops Sac State despite tumultuous second half

By Drew Lawson, Sports Editor February 21, 2020

When the EWU men’s basketball team (11-4, 18-8) built a 17-point first half lead against the Sacramento State Hornets (6-10, 13-12) Thursday, it appeared the Eagles might get a blowout home win for just...

EWU and Northern Arizona players at the line of scrimmage during a play on Nov. 2, 2019.

Discussing CTE with an EWU expert

By Drew Lawson, Sports Editor February 21, 2020

A CTE Q&A with a psychology professor    Would you let your child play football? This is a question many parents are attempting to answer with the constantly evolving research surrounding...

Jacob and Tanner Groves cheer after a made basket. The Groves are key members off EWU’s bench.

Getting to know the Groves Bros

By Drew Lawson, Sports Editor February 19, 2020

The first time Tanner Groves drilled a contested three on one of his current teammates, he was just a kid playing in his driveway at home. The teammate was his younger brother, Jacob Groves. The first...

EWU Women’s rugby team posing for a photo after a long night of practice. Photo Credit: Alisha Trevaskis.

Womens Rugby defies stereotypes

By Ryan Hatten, Contributor February 18, 2020

With National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) having recently passed, EWU’s women’s rugby team trains as hard as ever for their next match. Rugby, like many other contact sports, is often...

Head football coach Aaron Best leads the football team out after halftime against Weber State last season. Best has been a part of the Eagles' last eight Big Sky Championships - one as a player and seven on the coaching staff | Bailey Monteith for The Easterner

National Signing Day produces 12 new Eagles

By Drew Lawson, Sports Editor February 15, 2020

  Feb. 5 was National Signing Day across the college football world, and EWU announced the signing of nine players who signed national letters of intent and three walk-ons. These 12 players join...

EWU sophomore point guard Jessica McDowell-White in control against Northern Arizona on Feb. 3. McDowell-White had a double-double in EWU's win over PSU Saturday.

EWU snuffs losing streak with win over Portland State

By Isaiah Gessner, Social Media Editor February 15, 2020

After a 12 game losing streak, the Eagles finally found a way to get back on track. The EWU women’s basketball team (2-12, 3-20) defeated the Portland State Vikings (6-8, 12-12) 79-75 in a nail-biting...

EWU junior guard/forward Kim Aiken Jr.

The Eagles could surprise people in March, but they have to beat Montana first…

The mildly hot takes of The Easterner’s Sports Editor
By Drew Lawson, Sports Editor February 14, 2020

Drew Lawson is the Sports Editor for The Easterner. The overtly hyperbolic opinion expressed in this article is his own, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Easterner’s editorial board. With...

EWU junior guard Jacob Davison attempts a free throw that would give him 1,000 points for his career. Davison scored 21 points in EWU's 74-71 loss to Idaho Thursday.

EWU digs large hole, can’t come back against last-place Idaho

By Drew Lawson, Sports Editor February 14, 2020

EWU (9-4, 16-8) has faced double-digit deficits in five of its six Big Sky Conference home games. EWU came back to win three times previously, but Thursday the Eagles dug a 24-point hole against the Idaho...

EWU sophomore point guard Jessica McDowell-White rises up for a midrange jumper against Idaho. EWU lost to Idaho 75-46 Thursday.

EWU falls to Idaho for 12th straight defeat

By Randle Kinswa, News Editor February 14, 2020

The EWU women’s basketball team (1-12, 2-20) lost 75-46 to the Idaho Vandals for its 12th straight defeat Thursday. EWU was led in scoring by sophomore center Bella Cravens, who had 12 points. Cravens...

EWU sophomore forward Tanner Groves boxes out for a rebound. Groves scored 16 points in EWU's 74-45 win over MSU Saturday.

EWU bounces back with win over Montana State

By Drew Lawson, Sports Editor February 8, 2020

Two nights ago EWU took the L, but today they bounced back. The EWU men’s basketball team (9-3, 16-7) beat the Montana State Bobcats in convincing fashion Saturday by a score of 74-49. The win came...

EWU sophomore center Bella Cravens looks to make a move on Feb. 3 versus NAU. Cravens had 11 points and 10 rebounds in EWU's 77-56 loss to UM Thursday.

Eagles fall to Lady Griz as losing streak hits 10

By Drew Lawson, Sports Editor February 6, 2020

The EWU women’s basketball team (1-10, 2-18) is in the midst of a skid that it can’t seem to self-correct. EWU lost its 10th straight game  to the Montana Lady Griz (7-5, 12-9) 77-56 Thursday. Points...

Left: EWU sophomore guard/forward Kim Aiken Jr. wears No. 24, one of Kobe Bryant's numbers. Photo by Mckenzie Ford for the Easterner. Right: Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

EWU men’s and women’s basketball players and coaches reflect on the life and legacy of Kobe Bryant

By Drew Lawson and Randle Kinswa February 5, 2020

On January 26, the world was stunned when news broke that Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant had died in a helicopter crash, along with his daughter Gianna and seven other victims. The Easterner talked...

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