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Watson staying humble after securing all-time win record

Watson staying humble after securing all-time win record

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

November 19, 2019

Rodney Watson said that one day he might be able to look back and be proud of his accomplishment but Tuesday wasn’t that day. The Men’s basketball head coach, is now USI’s winningest coach in the school’s history at 232 wins and only 74 losses, passing former coach Bruce Pearl who held that honor since 2001. Watson has been th...

Eagles defeat rival Kentucky Wesleyan in first home game in new Arena

Eagles defeat rival Kentucky Wesleyan in first home game in new Arena

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

November 19, 2019

The stands in the arena filled in a matter of minutes once the doors opened. The student section was filled to the brim as Archie the Eagle was running around and giving high fives. It was more than just a game, it was the Battle of the Bridge.  The announcer was barely audible over the roar of the...

Eagles look to keep rivalry alive in ‘Battle of the Bridge’ matchup with Kentucky Wesleyan

Eagles look to keep rivalry alive in ‘Battle of the Bridge’ matchup with Kentucky Wesleyan

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

November 12, 2019

With the annual Battle of the Bridge game coming up on Nov. 18th, the rivalry game against Kentucky Wesleyan College (KWC) is thicker than ever. The historical basketball game has kicked off every basketball season since 1975.  “There are very few rivalries in college basketball and this is one of the be...

New arena open for first full season

New arena open for first full season

Susanna Fravell, Staff Writer

November 5, 2019

Screaming Eagles fans are excited for the new basketball season because this is the first season that all the home games will be held at the new arena. The Screaming Eagles arena will host its first basketball game Nov. 13 after opening in the spring of 2019.  “From a basketball coach’s viewpoint, th...

Midnight Madness kicks off the season

Midnight Madness kicks off the season

October 22, 2019

Midnight Madness kicked off the men’s and women’s basketball seasons. The Athletics Department faced the two teams off against each other in increasingly hilarious games and challenges. The stands were packed like sardines. Everyone walking between the seats and trying to find a place to sit had to c...

No superstitions in basketball

No superstitions in basketball

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

October 1, 2019

Rodney Watson, head coach of the men’s basketball team,  believes everyone has a superstition, although he doesn’t always have one. “Superstitions are kinda like throwing salt over your shoulder,” Rodney Watson, head coach for the men’s basketball team, said, “...I think it’s personal p...

PAC Comeback

PAC Comeback

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

March 12, 2019

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 ...

High hopes for men’s basketball season

High hopes for men’s basketball season

Rachel Lowhorn, Sports Editor

September 17, 2018

As the Men’s Basketball team is preparing for the season, Rodney Watson begins his 9th year as head basketball coach. Coach Watson is 203-65 overall in his eight years with the team. Watson and the team constructed a 20 game winning streak making them 20-11 in the 2017 season. The Shield sits down ...

After tribulation comes triumph

After tribulation comes triumph

Taylor O'Neil Hall, Sports Editor

December 6, 2017

Before Aaron Nelson started donning the uniforms of professional basketball teams, he had much to overcome. The 26-year-old Chicago Heights native was blessed with his on-the-court skills, but parts of his life off the court have been far from blessed. Aside from personal issues he’s had to overc...

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