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A good throw comes from below

A good throw comes from below

By Drew Lawson, Reporter

January 25, 2019

Many track and field athletes participate in a multitude of events that test all physical abilities, including running long distances, sprinting and jumping. While it’s obvious that the strength to succeed in those disciplines would come from the legs, it may not be as clear that the legs are also...

Swapping her kicks for spikes

Swapping her kicks for spikes

By Drew Lawson, Reporter

January 25, 2019

In spring 2018, Mariah Cunningham had a decision to make. The senior forward from Central Valley High School in Spokane had exhausted her four years of NCAA eligibility for basketball, but had the option to play one more season. The catch? She’d have to switch to track and field, a sport she hadn’t...

Vikings top Eagles on Kids Day

Vikings top Eagles on Kids Day

By Drew Lawson, Reporter

January 24, 2019

Big Sky frontrunner Portland State outscored EWU by 15 points in the third quarter on Thursday in front of a record crowd of elementary students on Kids Day. The Eagles (3-4, 4-12) fell to the Vikings (6-1, 14-2) 76-64 to drop EWU back below .500 in conference play. “I don’t know what happened...

Eagles promote Eti Ena to defensive coordinator

Eagles promote Eti Ena to defensive coordinator

By Taylor Newquist, Sports Editor

January 23, 2019

The Eagles’ filled their defensive coordinator position by promoting associate head football coach Eti Ena, head coach Aaron Best announced on Jan. 22. Ena will retain his title as associate head coach in his new role and will continue to coach defensive ends, as he has since 2016. "I am so excited...

Eagles sweep state of Montana

Eagles sweep state of Montana

By Taylor Newquist, Sports Editor

January 19, 2019

Sometimes the smallest player on the court can make the biggest difference. Five-foot-nine-inch junior guard Tyler Kidd scored a career-high 17 points on way to the Eagles’ (5-12, 3-3) 85-81 win over Montana State (7-10, 4-3) on Saturday. Kidd opened the game shooting six-of-six from the fiel...

Aussies dominate down under the hoop

Aussies dominate down under the hoop

By Taylor Newquist, Sports Editor

January 17, 2019

EWU’s all-time leading scorer Bogdan Bliznyuk dominated the ball and the scoring for the Eagles last year, leaving a 21.2 point per game hole begging to be filled by an emerging star at the start of the 2018 campaign. Instead, two Australian natives—senior forward Jesse Hunt and junior forward...

Track looks to find its stride during start of indoor season

Track looks to find its stride during start of indoor season

By Taylor Newquist, Sports Editor

January 16, 2019

Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams were ranked No. 6 in the Big Sky Conference preseason coaches' poll announced on Dec. 20.   Despite the poll, men's head coach Stan Kerr expects a top three Big Sky finish from the men’s squad during the indoor season. “We have really good ...

Kirscher carves out scoring role

Kirscher carves out scoring role

By Drew Lawson, Reporter

January 16, 2019

In Grace Kirscher’s early career, she played post. Around middle school, when other players began to catch up to her in size, she made the transition to guard. “I was so big, but then everybody else got big too,” the now 6-foot freshman said. Basketball has long been in Kirscher’s bloo...

Eagles sweep Bruins, lock in No. 2 seed for PAC-8 tournament

Eagles sweep Bruins, lock in No. 2 seed for PAC-8 tournament

By Drew Lawson, Reporter

January 12, 2019

EWU's inaugural season in the PAC-8 Conference has featured plenty of highs, most recently with a weekend sweep of UCLA, bringing the Eagles to a 9-2 conference record and 17-4 overall. “We want to set a pace and tone for regionals and the PAC-8 Tournament,” sophomore forward Greg Lind said after th...

Eagles defend home court against rival Grizzlies

Eagles defend home court against rival Grizzlies

By Michael Brock, Editor in Chief

January 10, 2019

Sometimes all it takes is a rivalry game to get back on track. After opening the Big Sky Conference slate 1-3, the EWU men’s basketball team took down Montana 78-71 on Thursday night at Reese Court. The Grizzlies (10-6, 3-2) went on an early run and led by as many as 11 in the first half, however the ...

Best signs extension through 2024

Best signs extension through 2024

By Taylor Newquist, Sports Editor

January 10, 2019

Fresh off the second best finish in EWU football history, that saw the Eagles lose 38-24 in the FCS National Championship game, second-year head coach Aaron Best has signed a two-year contract extension that will go through 2024, EWU Athletic Director Lynn Hickey announced on Jan. 10. “I am certainly...

Some Eagles hear the ski slopes calling

Some Eagles hear the ski slopes calling

By Drew Lawson, Reporter

January 9, 2019

Walking to class in frigid temperatures, while the wind blows and snow falls, is common place during winter quarter at EWU. While this may be an ominous sign to students who prefer warm weather, others see the cold weather as an opportunity for recreation. Many students head to Mount Spokane, Schweit...

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