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Softball senior day wins double header

Softball senior day wins double header

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

April 16, 2019


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The USI softball team had their senior night Saturday along with a doubleheader against Missouri University of Science & Technology. In the bottom of the first inning, sophomore infielder and outfielder Alicia Webb got an RBI scoring the first run in the game. “It’s a good feeling,” Webb said...

USI Screaming Eagles fall to Indianapolis Greyhounds

USI Screaming Eagles fall to Indianapolis Greyhounds

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

April 9, 2019


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The USI Screaming Eagles baseball team lost in a doubleheader against the University of Indianapolis Saturday. During the first game, the Screaming Eagles came out swinging and gained a 1-0 lead against the Greyhounds. At the top of the second inning, the Screaming Eagles were at 3-0. In the bott...

USI falls short of title game

USI falls short of title game

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

April 9, 2019


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Elite Eight The atmosphere of USI men’s basketball NCAA Division II Elite Eight game against West Texas A&M was electric with over 7,000 people in attendance at the Ford Center March 27. The attendance hit the new record for the most in an Elite Eight game. The number included thousands...

“We’re not done yet.”

“We’re not done yet.”

Nik Cunningham

March 26, 2019


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Nate Hanson describes the feeling of winning that game like he was seeing it on TV. “First half, we started out really well, and they ended up going on a run. They went up about 18. Second half, Coach Gant, gotta give credit to him, came up and it really got us motivated to play and we have a r...

Hopes for the future

Hopes for the future

Nik Cunningham

March 26, 2019


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The women’s soccer team will play in the NCAA Division 1 for the second year in a row. Head Coach Eric Schoenstein is very excited. “We’re in the best shape we’ve ever been in as a program, right now. We’re just trying to improve each year, and take the next step to the NCAA Tournament ne...

‘It doesn’t matter how we started, just how we end’

‘It doesn’t matter how we started, just how we end’

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

March 12, 2019


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Caitlyn Bradley and Haylee Smith agree: having multiple softball games, one after the other, over spring break, is tiring, but it is too much fun to complain. The USI Softball team played twelve games over spring break. They started in Clermont, Florida, March 2 and ended in Leesburg, Florida, March 9. ...

PAC Comeback

PAC Comeback

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

March 12, 2019


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Rodney Watson said the Senior Night game was something no one would be able to ever forget. “To win a game dramatically like that... no one will ever be able to forget, whether it was the players, the coaches, the fans,” the head men’s basketball coach said. “That kind of took place of the ...

Lessons on mental toughness

Lessons on mental toughness

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

January 22, 2019


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Alex Davidson spent her first two seasons on the basketball team sitting the bench. The senior elementary education major’s family would crowd the bleachers each game, only to see Davidson play the last minute of every game. “My family was proud that I was even on the team,” Davidson said. “But to me, it was e...

Dancing through the pain

Dancing through the pain

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

January 15, 2019


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Miranda Brooks was told she would never make it as a dancer. When the senior psychology major told her high school coach she planned to try out for the USI dance team, her coach told her she didn’t think Brooks would ever make it. “I wanted to prove her wrong,” Brooks said. “I wanted to take it to the next step ...

USI’s new arena won’t open until spring semester

USI’s new arena won’t open until spring semester

Noah Alatza and Jessica Schiffhauer

November 27, 2018


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After a series of pushbacks, the university’s newly upgraded arena has an anticipated completion of spring 2019, construction project manager Gary Burgdorf said. “As with all construction projects, timelines are subject to many shifting variables, including weather,” Burgdorf said. “It is al...

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