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Watson retires as men’s head basketball coach

Watson retires as men’s head basketball coach

Riley Guerzini, Editor-in-Chief

March 23, 2020

Men’s head basketball coach Rodney Watson is retiring, the university announced Monday. Watson, USI’s all time winningest head coach, said via video message the timing was perfect for “a new voice, new style and new energy.” The university will begin a national search to fill the position. ...

All sports cancelled until April 6

All sports cancelled until April 6

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

March 17, 2020

The NCAA, GLVC and USI Athletics have cancelled all athletic season games and practices until April 6.  After April sixth the Athletics department will review the situation brought by COVID-19. They will either extend the cancellation or slowly start practicing again based on how the virus develops. ...

Outfielder leads by example

Outfielder leads by example

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

March 3, 2020

Aaron Euler has played baseball since he was little. He said that baseball turned into his passion when his father introduced it to him. “My dad got me into baseball at a really young age,” Euler said. “When I was five, I started playing baseball and I just fell in love with the game. It's like my passion. I'm glad I can continue to play in colleg...

Turnovers Cost Eagles game vs Bellarmine

Stewart Brooking, Staff Writer

March 2, 2020

The women's basketball team got off to a slow start Thursday when they traveled to Louisville to play Bellarmine.  The Eagles were in a hole early as USI went 0-9 in their first nine shots. Bellarmine managed to shoot 87% from the field and it was that hot shooting from the Knights that gave them...

Little humbled by college success

Little humbled by college success

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

February 25, 2020

Emmanuel Little’s family encouraged him to play basketball after growing three or four inches in the summer of his eighth-grade year.    Despite his height increase, Little wasn’t considered the best player on his team.   “I'm getting defended differently than I was in t...

Transfer fills vital role for men’s team

Transfer fills vital role for men’s team

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

February 21, 2020

Clayton Hughes started playing basketball seriously in high school and in one summer gained 17 inches in his vertical jump. “I was born athletic,” Hughes said. “One summer I just put in a lot of work and gained like 17 inches on my vertical in like eight weeks and became known as the bounciest w...

Homecoming game ends in narrow victory

Homecoming game ends in narrow victory

February 16, 2020

The men's basketball team fought hard against the Missouri - St. Louis, narrowly edging out the Tritons on their way to a 67-66 victory. The Eagles struggled to keep up the Tritons for much of the game, falling behind to open the third quarter. “This is the best team we’ve beaten so far and w...

Junior captain relies on teamwork to succeed

Junior captain relies on teamwork to succeed

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

February 11, 2020

Emma DeHart said she had challenges playing basketball in high school. The coaches didn’t trust her to play well and she had to change coaches three times, but she loved the consistency of playing and the teamwork associated with the game. Now she’s one of three captains of the women’s basketball te...

Junior forward follows new path to field

Junior forward follows new path to field

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

February 4, 2020

Maggie Winter grew up in a family that didn’t play sports, she started playing soccer simply because she wanted to. “I originally started playing when I went to kindergarten,” Winter said. “I think I just wanted to try something different. I have two older siblings and neither of them pla...

Freshman sprints past records

Freshman sprints past records

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

January 28, 2020

Every week The Shield will interview an athlete or coach about their life and the sport(s) they participate in. This week The Shield interviewed Kaylee Lane, a freshman sprinter, about track and what it’s like to be a student and an athlete. Kaylee Lane is an undecided freshman, and while she hasn...

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