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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

Sophomore wide receiver Justin Bowick jr. (1) attempts to catch the football being thrown at O‘Brien Field Saturday afternoon.

COLUMN: Why people have such a deep connection with sports

Patrick Schmitz, Sports Reporter November 3, 2023

When I talk to some of my friends that do not follow sports, they look at me like I am crazy when I tell them that how I feel for an entire week is dependent on how my favorite team does in a single...

Head Coach Sara Thomas, instructs volleyball players during practice on Wednesday afternoon at Lantz Arena. The team will play in the EIU Panther Classic against University of Louisiana Monroe, Akron University and Valparaiso University.

Sara Thomas keeps improving

Cameron Thomas, Sports Reporter October 18, 2023

In Head Coach Sara Thomas’ career at Eastern she has improved every year. Thomas took over as Eastern’s Volleyball coach in 2019. Thomas’ first season came during the shortened pandemic in...

Forward Casey Welage (8) and midfielder Jesse da Costa (35) battle for the ball at mens soccer practice Lakeside Field on Thursday.

The Panthers hope to turn things around against Southern Indiana

Luther Yoder, Assistant Sports Editor October 18, 2023

Since the Panther’s last win on Sept. 28 against Lindenwood, they have allowed 13 goals and scored three in that five-game stretch. During this they have a record of 0-4-1. This has been their worst...

Eastern cheer team cheers for the Eastern womens basketball team at the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Friday afternoon. The Panthers lost 61-66 to the Golden Eagles.

COLUMN: The cheer team deserves more support from Eastern

Aidan Cusack, Sports Reporter October 18, 2023

Imagine our football team taking the field with sewn-together jerseys and pads held together by threads. Imagine one of our basketball players stitching their numbers back onto their jersey because...

Katja Benz is a senior English major and can be reached at 581-2912 or

COLUMN: The stages of life can cause anxiety

Katja Benz, Columnist April 6, 2023

There are four and a half weeks until the end of the school year. Crazy I know. I personally have been super stressed, between five classes, averaging twenty hours of work a week, and doing homework.   I...

The best worst decision I ever made

The best worst decision I ever made

Katja Benz, Columnist May 24, 2022

I started college in May 2018, even before I graduated high school. College was amazing (don’t worry, I still like it).  Prior to March 2020, I was on track to graduate in May 2022. I was excited...

The Panthers will play their first home game of the season against the University of Illinois Chicago on Wed. 22, 2023 at Williams Field at 1 p.m.

Weekend matchups set to shake up OVC softball standings

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor April 28, 2022

The OVC softball regular season is in its final 10 days. Five weekend conference series are set to be played this weekend, with teams looking to solidifying their seeding for the postseason. First-place...

Pitcher Olivia Price attempts to catch a line drive up the middle during the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon against SIUE. The Panthers won the game 6-5 in 11 innings, with Price picking up the win after pitching 8.1 shutout innings in relief.

Panthers sweep Wednesday doubleheader against SIUE, including 11-inning thriller

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor April 27, 2022

It took 11 innings, but the Eastern softball team snapped a nine-game losing streak against SIUE at home Wednesday. The 6-5 extra-inning win snapped the streak in the first game of a doubleheader against...

Eastern shortstop Megan Burton throws to first after fielding a ground ball in game two of a doubleheader against Austin Peay April 23 at Williams Field. Eastern lost the game 4-3 to the Governors.

Softball team swept in 3rd-consecutive weekend series

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor April 27, 2022

The losing streak has hit nine for the Eastern softball team, as the Panthers were swept at home by Austin Peay over the weekend. Luckily for the Panthers, two of the three teams below them in the standings...

Cole Hoover (right), a graduate assistant for the Eastern football team, talks to Jack Valente (66), a sophomore offensive lineman, before the start of the Alumni Social Spring Game on April 23 at OBrien Field.

Hoover continuing family legacy with EIU football

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor April 27, 2022

Filling the stands at O’Brien field each fall to see the Eastern football team take on its opponents each fall is a seemingly ordinary act for many. But, for Cole Hoover, O’Brien Field represents a...

Eastern pitcher Hayden Birdsong releases a pitch against Murray State on April 22 at Laker Baseball Field in Mattoon. Birdsong pitched five innings of relief, allowing just one run while striking out a season-high nine batters. Eastern lost the game 17-10.

Panthers swept by Racers in homer-heavy series

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor April 26, 2022

The Eastern baseball team was swept in a three-game weekend series by Murray State dropping them to 7-5 in conference play and third place in the OVC.   It was a perfect weekend for some homeruns for...

Bouemboue steps down as Eastern mens soccer coach

Bouemboue steps down as Eastern men’s soccer coach

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor April 26, 2022

Eastern Athletics has announced that men's soccer head coach Ronnie Bouemboue has stepped down as head coach. Bouemboue served as coach for the last two seasons and is leaving to take an assistant coaching...

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