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Cushing asserts strong expectations for football program in first press conference

Cushing asserts strong expectations for football program in first press conference

JJ Bullock, Sports Editor

December 10, 2018


Filed under Football, Showcase, Sports

Eastern’s new head football coach Adam Cushing stamped his name on a declaration stating that not only was Eastern (3-8 last season) going to start winning games again, but that during his time as coach the Panthers would hold up a conference championship and a national championship trophy.   ...

Panthers’ 2nd half run sinks Western Illinois

Dillan Schorfheide, Assistant Sports Editor

December 9, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Saturday was Western Illinois’ chance to avenge a close 68-66 overtime loss to Eastern in Lantz Arena on Nov. 17. Eastern (5-5) won in a not-so-convincingly way, having to fight its way to a tie score during regulation time and narrowly escaping with the victory over the Leathernecks (4-6). Ben...

Eastern splits weekend games

Eastern splits weekend games

JJ Bullock, Sports Editor

December 9, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Eastern senior point guard Grace Lennox made a go-ahead free throw with nine seconds remaining in what would be a 64-62 win for the women’s basketball team over Western Illinois on Friday that gave the team its first road win since Feb. 18, 2017.  Eastern and Western exchanged leads and ties throu...

Cushing to lead football program

Cushing to lead football program

JJ Bullock, Sports Editor

December 9, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

Northwestern’s offensive line coach Adam Cushing will be the next head football coach at Eastern.  The athletic department made the announcement Sunday night that Cushing will be the program’s 25th head coach.  Cushing comes to Eastern after spending 15 seasons as a part of the staff at Northwestern.  ...

Notebook: OVC teams nearing conference play

Notebook: OVC teams nearing conference play

Adam Tumino, Women's Basketball Reporter

December 9, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

It is finals week at Eastern and at campuses around the country, and the all-important conference season is around the corner for OVC women’s basketball teams. Eight of the 12 teams in the OVC are .500 or better, but only two teams are worse than 4-5. Leading the way is still Morehead State at...

Eastern to play Western, Southern in Compass Tourney

Eastern to play Western, Southern in Compass Tourney

JJ Bullock, Sports Editor

December 6, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Last season when the Eastern women’s basketball program scheduled Western Illinois and Southern Illinois in the Compass tournament, a tournament that pits Western, Southern, Eastern and Northern Illinois against each other, head coach Matt Bollant felt that the other programs were ahead of his.  ...

Brown honored to play 2 sports at Eastern

Brown honored to play 2 sports at Eastern

Dillan Schorfheide, Assistant Sports Editor

December 6, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Football, Sports

Fort Wayne dominated Eastern’s men’s basketball team on Nov. 28 and held Eastern to just 60 points in a 104-60 blowout victory for the Mastodons. Edwyn Brown only logged one minute in the game, which was the first minute he played this season. And he only scored one point. In the grand scheme...

Jansen sticks with tennis program, thrives

Jansen sticks with tennis program, thrives

Vince Lovergine, Men's Tennis Reporter

December 6, 2018


Filed under Sports

Coming into the school year, the Eastern men’s tennis team was without a coach.  Previous Interim Director of Tennis Sam Kercheval had accepted a job at Notre Dame, so the Panthers had four returning players and four new recruits.  One of those recruits is sophomore Mike Jansen. Jansen is a native of Sint-Oedenrode, Net...

Both swim teams compete before long winter break

Eric Hendrix, Swim Reporter

December 5, 2018


Filed under Sports, Swimming

The Eastern swim teams traveled to Indiana State this past Saturday to compete in a relay meet, which will be the teams’ last action until Jan. 9. Sophomore Ivan Escott competed in multiple relays on Saturday. Escott reflected on the meet and the overall team energy entering it. “Our last meet w...

Column: Fontbonne exposed to exhilaration of D-I hoops

Column: Fontbonne exposed to exhilaration of D-I hoops

Tom O'Connor, Columnist

December 5, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Sports

If there was one game that Fontbonne circled, underlined and highlighted on its schedule, it had to have been the one they played at Lantz Arena this past Tuesday. The matchup was more or less a litmus test for the 3-3 Griffins, one of 10 teams in the Division III St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic C...

Column: Zone defense could be helpful for Panthers

Column: Zone defense could be helpful for Panthers

Dillan Schorfheide, Assistant Sports Editor

December 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Sports

Eastern’s men’s basketball team has almost exclusively run man-to-man defense so far this season, and head coach Jay Spoonhour, along with some players, have identified two key problems defensively. Ever since Eastern’s scrimmage against the University of Missouri-St. Louis, before the preseason game ...

Eastern track teams ready for indoor season

Eastern track teams ready for indoor season

Blake Faith, Track and Field Reporter

December 5, 2018


Filed under Sports

The Eastern men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams are eager to open their season this Friday at their annual pre-holiday Early Bird Meet hosted inside the Lantz Fieldhouse. This year’s teams will look a little different from the year’s past. Tom Akers retired after leading the program fo...

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