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‘Treat them like it’s Division I’: Soccer coach discusses coaching philosophy, start to season

‘Treat them like it’s Division I’: Soccer coach discusses coaching philosophy, start to season

Megan Thorne, Opinion Editor
September 1
Filed under Sports

After graduation Taylor Stevens knew she wanted soccer to be a part of her life. Stevens graduated in the spring from Murray State University and is now the assistant coach of the women’s soccer team. “Coaching was pretty much the closest thing I could do (to playing the game),” she said. S...

Coaching gold medalists: Local coach discusses time with olympian

Megan Thorne, Opinion Editor
August 24
Filed under Sports

The Shield talked to USI alum Dave Baumeyer, the Reitz High School swim team coach and gold medalist Olympian Lilly King’s former coach about what it was like to coach an olympian and his time at the USI. The Shield: What have these last few weeks been like since the Olympics? Dave Baumeyer: It’s...

‘He wasn’t just a coach’: Golf scramble to honor Bisesi, raise money for women’s golf

‘He wasn’t just a coach’: Golf scramble to honor Bisesi, raise money for women’s golf

Sarah Loesch, Editor-in-chief
August 24
Filed under Sports

The golf teams host a scramble each year to raise funds for the team, but it has been renamed in honor of Bisesi. The cost will be $100 per person on each four-person team and registration is due today. Teams will participate in an 18-hole scramble and have a meal afterward that is included in their fee.

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Introducing intramural: RFWC brings new programs for fall

Sarah Loesch, Editor-in-chief
August 18
Filed under Sports

The Recreation Fitness and Wellness Center is introducing multiple new programs to start out the new semester, as well as returning annual events with new twists.

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Court to coach: Former USI player joins staff full time

Megan Thorne, Opinion Editor
August 18
Filed under Sports

Basketball became the main sport in Stephanie Carpenter’s life during second grade. Carpenter graduated in 2014 with a criminal justice major and accounting minor, the USI alumna is now back on the court as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team.

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Enjoy the stroll

Enjoy the stroll

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
April 26
Filed under Sports

A blank document has been open on my computer all day. I’m not sure how to start, or I guess how to end. This is my last column as sports editor at The Shield. Anything I write in the future will be from a different seat in the newsroom. I’m ready for that new seat. I owe my experience and a lot of confiden...

‘A very short memory’: Junior softballer discusses success, need to stay confident

‘A very short memory’: Junior softballer discusses success, need to stay confident

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
April 20
Filed under Sports

Junior computer science major Haley Hodges now holds the single-season home run record for the university. The pitcher/infielder sat down with The Shield to talk about when she discovered softball and this year’s season. The Shield: What got you started playing softball? Hodges: It was a little town...

Branching out

Branching out

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
April 19
Filed under Sports

The upperclassmen on a team are like the roots of a tree. They keep the team grounded and they provide a base for growth. While it may seem odd to put the upperclassmen at the bottom of a metaphor, the base should be the strongest part. While talking to Haley Hodges, an upperclassman on the softball team, she...

Triumph together

Triumph together

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
April 12
Filed under Sports

During interviews with members of the dance team, I found myself thinking about how amazing teams are. Teams might be one of the foundational aspects of a sport, but it’s also an extremely complex part of the activity. Teams are complex because you’re dealing with more than wins and losses. You are d...

‘Teamwork, dedication and discipline’: rugby face DI team, heads to nationals

‘Teamwork, dedication and discipline’: rugby face DI team, heads to nationals

Caitlin Golden, Staff Writer
April 12
Filed under Sports

Despite a loss to Indiana University Saturday, the rugby team is thankful. USI’s rugby team is Division III, but head forward coach Patrick Oyodo said he appreciated the chance to compete against a skillful team like IU. The DI school has more players than USI, Oyodo said, which gives IU an adv...

Quidditch travels to first national tournament

Quidditch travels to first national tournament

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
April 12
Filed under Sports

The USI Quidditch team spent 14 hours in a car together on the way to its first national tournament. “We were sort of forced to have an incredibly late start (driving) on Friday,” coach Keller Stevens said. “But we didn’t want to have anyone miss class.” The team left Evansville around 4 ...

Track and field opens outdoor season

Track and field opens outdoor season

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor
April 5
Filed under Sports

Emily Roberts didn’t expect a record-breaking finish at the Washington College Invitational. She had been sick earlier that week and her only goal was to have a good race. “I was thinking I could (earn a personal record),” she said. “But it wasn't in my mind that I would be getting the reco...

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