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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

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...

Eastern softball coach Tara Archibald talks to the team during the eighth inning during the first game of a doubleheader against SIUE Wednesday afternoon. The Panthers won the game 6-5 in 11 innings.

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...

Eastern Head Football Coach Chris Wilkerson talks to the team after the Alumni Social Spring Game Saturday afternoon at OBrien Field. Wilkerson said he was impressed with the teams energy and enthusiasm, feeling the whole effort put forth as a team.

Panthers wrap up seasonal workouts with spring game

Autumn Schulz, Assistant Sports Editor April 23, 2022

After a month of preparation, the Eastern football team hosted their annual Alumni Social Spring Game Saturday afternoon where spectators got a taste of what the 2022 season could hold for the Panthers.   Head...

Eastern catcher Lindy Milkowski looks to the dugout and smiles during game two of a doubleheader against Purdue Fort Wayne April 6 at Williams Field. The Panthers won both of the games, 13-8 and 3-2.

Murray State leading OVC softball standings, Eastern slips to seventh

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor April 21, 2022

With three weekend series and a few midweek doubleheaders remaining for each team, the OVC softball season is coming down to the wire. Murray State is still holding on to the top spot in the standings...

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...

Eastern Athletic Director Tom Michael offers Jason Aguilar’s father a framed track uniform in honor of his son. The memorial service for Aguilar took place at the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union Grand Ballroom on Nov. 18, 2021.

How Eastern supports athletes’ mental health

Corryn Brock, Editor-in-Chief April 13, 2022

In a year where Eastern athletes have gone through the effects of a pandemic, the loss of a member of the athletic community and all of the regular stressors of college, Eastern Athletic Director Tom Michael...

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