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The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

The student news site of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

The Daily Eastern News

Eastern redshirt senior Dustin Hatfield (24) competes in the men’s 5,000-meter run at the EIU Big Blue Classic on April 1 and O’Brien Field. Hatfield did not finish the event, but set a school record in the 5,000 meters the previous week at the Raleigh Relays with a time of 13:53.21.

Naming DEN’s 2021-22 Athletes of the Year

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor April 20, 2022

1. Dustin Hatfield The name Dustin Hatfield can be found all over the Eastern track and field and cross country record books.  Hatfield had several school records in his crosshairs during the 2021 cross...

The Eastern men’s basketball head coach Marty Simmons (seated left) instructs players on what to do during a timeout during the Panthers’ game against Murray State on Jan. 17 at Lantz Arena. The Panthers lost 72-46 to the Racers.

How life, basketball brought Simmons to EIU

Ryan Meyer, Men's Basketball Reporter April 20, 2022

Marty Simmons has had an illustrious basketball career, from his days as Mr. Basketball in Lawrenceville, Ill. to an overall record of 287-272 as a college head coach. About a year ago, he was named the...

The EIU womens basketball teams, from left, guard Kira Arthofer, head coach Matt Bollant, guard Jordyn Hughes and Abby Wahl, answer questions at the press conference after the Panthers 72-61 loss to Tennessee State in OVC Tournament in Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, on Wednesday. It was the last game for the three players, who are all seniors.

Panther seniors reflect on time at Eastern following season-ending loss

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor March 2, 2022

EVANSVILLE, IND. -- The Eastern women’s basketball team’s 72-61 loss in the first round of the OVC Tournament to Tennessee State was the last time that its three seniors stepped on the court sporting...

The EIU womens basketball team members, from left, senior Abby Wahl and sophomore Parker Stafford sit on the bench in the last 30 seconds of the Panthers 72-61 loss to Tennessee State in the OVC Tournament in Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, on Wednesday.

Panthers’ season comes to an end with 72-61 loss to Tennessee State

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor March 2, 2022

EVANSVILLE- For the second-straight season, the Eastern women’s basketball team’s season has come to an end in the opening round of the OVC Tournament in Evansville. The fifth-seeded Panthers were...

Eastern guard Lariah Washington attempts a shot in the Panthers game against Tennessee Tech on Feb. 10 in Lantz Arena. Washington had 14 points in the game, which Eastern lost 65-56.

Washington given 1st team All-OVC honors

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor March 1, 2022

The OVC announced its postseason men's and women's basketball awards Tuesday on the eve of the OVC Tournament. Eastern junior guard Lariah Washington was the only Panther honored by the conference,...

Austin Peay guard Karle Pace waits to check in to the womens basketball game between Austin Peay and Eastern at Lantz Arena Saturday. Pace returned to Lantz Arena for the first time since last year when she was a senior for the Panthers. She ranks 11th in Eastern history with 1,387 points.

Former Panther Pace returns to Lantz Arena with Governors

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor February 27, 2022

Saturday was the regular season finale for the Eastern women's basketball team. It was also a homecoming for former Eastern star Karle Pace, who came back to Lantz Arena as a member of Austin Peay's...

Eastern forward Abby Wahl waves to her family in the crowd after the womens basketball teams 68-56 win over Austin Peay on Saturday in Lantz Arena. Wahl scored a season-high 20 points in the game. It was also Senior Day for the Panthers, as Wahl and her teammates Jordyn Hughes and Kira Arthofer were honored before the game.

Panthers beat Austin Peay 68-56 on Senior Day

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor February 26, 2022

Evansville and the OVC Tournament looming for the Eastern women’s basketball, which closed out the regular season at home Saturday afternoon with a 68-56 win over Austin Peay. The Panthers clinched...

Eastern guard Kashawn Charles (left) and forward Sammy Friday IV (second from right) pose with head coach Marty Simmons (right) and Fridays parents prior to the mens basketball game on Feb. 26 in Lantz Arena. It was Senior Day for the Panthers, and Charles and Friday were honored with a ceremony on the court. Friday scored 13 points and Charles scored eigth points in the game, which the Panthers lost 64-52.

Charles, Friday honored at Senior Day for men’s basketball team

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor February 26, 2022

The Eastern men’s basketball team said goodbye to two seniors Saturday evening during the team’s annual Senior Day at Lantz Arena.   Kashawn Charles and Sammy Friday IV played their last game...

Eastern forward Sammy Friday IV drives toward the basket in the mens basketball game against Austin Peay on Saturday in Lantz Arena. Friday led the team with 13 points in the game, which Eastern lost 64-52.

Panthers close out regular season with 64-52 loss to Austin Peay

Ryan Meyer, Men's Basketball Reporter February 26, 2022

The first season of the Marty Simmons era of Eastern men’s basketball is in the books. It ended without a bang as the Panthers fell 64-52 to the Austin Peay Governors, finishing the season with a...

Forward Sammy Friday IV goes for a shot in the paint at the Thursday game against the Morehead State Eagles at Lantz Arena. Friday IV scored four points and had four rebounds. The Panthers lost 82-46 to the Eagles.

Panthers eliminated from OVC Tournament with loss to Morehead State

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor February 25, 2022

The Eastern men’s basketball team have been mathematically eliminated from postseason play after losing to Morehead State 82-46 Thursday evening in Lantz Arena.  The Panthers competed with the Eagles...

Junior guard Lariah Washington drives toward the basket while Jazmyn Gaines-Burns, a freshman guard for the Morehead State Eagles, tries to guard Washington. The Panthers won 68-56 against the Eagles Thursday night at Lantz Arena. Washington scored 22 points in the game.

Women’s basketball team pulls away late to beat Eagles 68-56

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor February 25, 2022

A strong start and strong finish helped the Eastern women's basketball team secure a 68-56 home win against Morehead State on Thursday. The Panthers went up 16-4 to start the game and outscored the...

Sophomore guard Dan Luers controls the ball while being guarded at the men’s basketball game against Tennessee Martin on Feb. 12 at Lantz Arena. The Panthers won 82-70 against the Skyhawks.

Panthers lose 66-52 in road game against Cougars

Ryan Meyer, Men's Basketball Reporter February 21, 2022

The Eastern men’s basketball team lost their fourth game in a row, falling to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 66-52 in a game in which the deficit grew to as much as 29. With the loss, the Panthers...

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