The Shield

Junior captain relies on teamwork to succeed

Emma DeHart, junior guard, drives to the basket against Missouri S&T in 2017

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...

‘Give me the ball, I want to be out there’

'Give me the ball, I want to be out there'

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 Jennifer Leonhardt, a senior pitcher, about softball and what it’s like to be a student and an athlete. Jennifer Leonhardt has broken several school re...

Cheer team places fifth at nationals

The USI Cheerleading team looks up at the jumbo Tron during a media time out.

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

January 21, 2020

The USI Cheer team finished 5 out of 18 teams in nationals on Jan.18 in Orlando, Florida. The Cheer team was competing in the Division II Small Coed Division for the first time since 2016. “When we made it down there, our first goal was to make it to finals,” Megan Murphy, the first-year head coach fo...

Column: parking lot continues to close

The back row of parking lot C will not be available for public use until completion of phase II of the PAC renovation, which is expected to be done in October of 2020

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

January 21, 2020

A section of parking lot C, in front of the Orr Center, will be closed all day on a few Thursdays and Saturdays because of home basketball games. Despite the lack of parking on campus, the athletics department thinks this is a good idea, meanwhile students are having a hard time finding a place t...

What we’ve missed while on break

Kobe Caldwell, senior guard, celebrates during a timeout Saturday night at the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

January 14, 2020

Dec. 15 The men’s basketball team defeated the Lincoln Lynxes by 20 points, 81-61. Junior Forward Emmanuel Little compiled a double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Senior Guard Darnell Butleradded another 18 points, shooting 5-8 on three-pointers.  Little was named the GLVC Player of the We...

Basketball player arrested for drunk driving

Basketball player arrested for drunk driving

Nik Cunningham and Riley Guerzini

December 4, 2019

Junior Forward Justin Carpenter was arrested and booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail Sunday morning and is facing DUI charges according to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department. He has since been released on a $250 bond.  "University of Southern Indiana and USI Athletics take thes...

A different side of sports

A different side of sports

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

December 3, 2019

There are all sports at USI and only two people manage all of them, Ray Simmons and Dan McDonnell.  Together, they make graphics, write press releases, attend travel games, manage the USI athletics website and much more. “There's a lot of 15 hour days,” Simmons said. “The average workweek right no...

Versatility guides Eagles to 5-0 start

Braden Fitzjerrells. junior guard, shoots the ball Monday night at the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

November 26, 2019

The Men’s basketball team is currently undefeated at 5-0. The Screaming Eagles offense has been firing on all cylinders, scoring a total of 459 points in those five games, an average of 92 points per game. Junior Forward Emmanuel Little leads the Eagles in scoring with 21 points per game. Little has...

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