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Students have to come back for eligibility

Students have to come back for eligibility

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

April 20, 2020

The NCAA announced that spring athletes are able to get their eligibility for the next year back next year, if the athletes decide they want to. “Right now, we're just trying to make sure we get clarification on all the ins and outs of the NCAA stuff and in just gauging the interest of some of tho...

All sports cancelled until April 6

Coach Rodney Watson talks to the team during a timeout against Kentucky Wesleyan College at the Screaming Eagles Arena.

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

Aaron Euler, a junior outfielder, bating against William Jewell on March 3.

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...

The transition of a basketball player

Clayton Hughes, junior forward, drives to the basket against Bellarmine University Jan. 11 at the Screaming Eagles Arena. The Eagles lost 65-79.

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

February 18, 2020

Clayton Hughes started playing basketball seriously in high school and in one summer was able to gain 17 inches in his jump as a result. “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 ...

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

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...

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