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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...

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...

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...

The first home game ends with a bang

The first home game ends with a bang

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

November 20, 2019

The first home game of the basketball season was Wednesday, Nov. 13 and the energy from both of the women’s basketball teams: the Eagles and the Jennies, were tangible. Several times the ball was just a blur and the crowd roared their approval with every shot scored. Within the first five min...

Watson staying humble after securing all-time win record

Coach Rodney Watson celebrates his 232 career win at USI after defeating Kentucky Wesleyan 82-63 at the Screaming Eagles Arena. Watson announced his retirement Monday.

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...

Stein one step closer to NBA dream after making G-League roster

Running around a member of the opposing team, senior guard Alex Stein looks for an open teammate.

Nik Cunningham, Sports Editor

November 12, 2019

Alex Stein, a former USI basketball player, never thought he would get to the NBA, despite it being his dream. Stein was drafted No. 12 overall by the Canton Charge in the NBA G-League draft. “I’ve always dreamed of playing professional basketball but I didn’t know at what level,” Ste...

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