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Athletes may not be getting eligibility this year

Senior guard Mateo Rivera celebrates after a made basket February 24, 2020 afternoon at the Screaming Eagles Arena.

Nik Cunningham, Publications Editor

September 14, 2020

Athletes were still able to get eligibility this semester, but only if they were able to come back next year. Now next semester is here and even more, athletes can’t play. Right now the plan is for the students who can’t play this semester is to play next year, which won’t be possible for stud...

Volleyball and Soccer are postponed

Photo courtesy of USI Sports Information

Stewart Brooking, Sports Editor

August 26, 2020

On July 27 2020 the GLVC made the decision to postpone high-risk contact sports such as Volleyball and Men’s and Women’s soccer. Men’s Soccer Men’s Soccer is one of the fall sports that are to be postponed to the spring. Head coach Matt Santoro says they will rely on the players to do ...

Family rivalry leaves big shoes to fill

Titus Winder and Austin Nolan lead the pack of runners during a meet. The team will compete at

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

November 13, 2018

Austin Nolan is working to outrun his father. The junior accounting and finance major has a goal to beat the school record of 23 minutes 43 seconds for the 5-mile race. The record was set in 1983 by Nolan’s dad, James. “I was pretty close to running under 24 minutes for 8K this year, and I woul...

Former USI runner heads to Olympic Trials

Former USI runner Dustin Emerick leads the pack during the Division II National Championship. The assistant track and field and cross country coach at USI is set to run the Olympic Trials Marathon in California Feb. 22.

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor

January 12, 2016

“Anything you do, your world can change in a second,” Platt said. “Even though it was my worst fear come true, it’s something you just have to cope with and deal with and you have to move on.”

‘No-brainer inductee’ enters Hall of Fame

‘No-brainer inductee’ enters Hall of Fame

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor

January 12, 2016

Heather Platt spent three years as a runner at USI before she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. “As amazing as my running career was, it ended very abruptly and really quickly,” she said. “Yes, I accomplished a lot, but I never got a degree.” Now, she will be inducted into the USI Athletic Hall of Fam...

Cross country closes: Roberts says teams focus on ‘keeping positive’

Junior business major Alyssa Moore runs during the Stegemoller Classic at Angel Mounds in Evansville, Sept. 4. The team finished the NCAA Division II Championship in 10th place this season.

Sarah Loesch, Sports Editor

December 1, 2015

Johnnie Guy isn’t pleased with how the men’s cross country season ended. “I think it went pretty awful for pretty much everyone,” the senior engineering major said. “Everything went wrong that could have.” In the second to last race of the season Guy came down with flu-like sy...

Stay the course: Hillyard named coach of the year, teams move to NCAA Championships

Johnnie Guy, a senior engineering major, leads the pack during the Stegemoller Classic in which the men’s cross country team finished first at the beginning of the season. Their success this year led to coach Hillyard being named coach of the year

Mackenzie Drew

November 4, 2015

Mike Hillyard was named cross-country coach of the year after the teams won the GLVC Championships. “To be honest it’s pretty much a given most years that if your team wins you’re given that honor,” Hillyard said. “It’s a reflection of our kids more than anything.” Hillyard ran cross-...

Roberts sets pace for strong season

Sophomore Emily Roberts runs during the Stegemoller Classic held at the Angel Mounds State Park in Evansville. Roberts won the classic by five seconds and the women’s cross country team finished second overall.

Mackenzie Drew

September 29, 2015

Sophomore cross country runner, Emily Roberts won the Little State Championship at the Indiana Intercollegiate Sept. 18. Roberts helped lead the university’s  women’s cross country team to second place. The team was one of 19 teams competing in this division. Roberts crossed the finish line with a...

Men’s cross country excels at Stegemoller Classic

Alyssa Smith

September 14, 2015

  Men’s Cross Country won the Stegemoller Classic by 21 points Friday. The meet took place at Angel Mounds and senior Johnnie Guy finished first with 6k times of 18:44.4, a pace of 5:02. Junior Josh guy crossed the finish line third overall in a 19:08.4 while junior Noah Lutz was fifth overa...

Five USI runners make top 10

Five USI runners make top 10

Alyssa Smith

September 7, 2015

Sophomore Emily Roberts wins the Stegemoller Classic by five seconds Friday. The Eagles had five runners in the top 10 but fell short by one point, 27-28, to Bellarmine University, which had three runners in the top five individual spots. The classic was held at Angel Mounds State Park. ...

Cross country sets pace for season

Members of the 2014 men's cross country team run during the Stegemoller Classic.

Sarah Loesch

September 1, 2015

The first cross country meet of the season comes with no real expectations for head coach Mike Hillyard, but it does not mean there are no expectations as the season continues. As the head coach for both men and women’s cross country, Hillyard has a lot of student athletes on his radar. For many o...

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