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Sblendorio Ready to Step Into New Role as Dean of Wide Recievers

Sblendorio Ready to Step Into New Role as Dean of Wide Recievers

By Chris Valdez, For The Easterner
April 20, 2017
Filed under Football, Sports

Nic Sblendorio, a name not many EWU football fans may know. Nonetheless, he’s out to prove he has what it takes to lead the Eagles offense and the EWU program to a place they haven’t been since 2010 — the FCS national title game. “We gotta get a national title,” said Sblendorio. “We’re...

Out With the Old, In With the New

Out With the Old, In With the New

By Riley Baker, Staff Reporter
April 13, 2017
Filed under Carousel, Sports

While many students at EWU had a relaxing spring break away from school, athletic director Bill Chaves was hard at work. On March 29, EWU’s men’s basketball head coach of six years, Jim Hayford, took the vacant head coaching position at Seattle University. Less than three hours following that...

EWU Football Springs Into Action as Practices for 2017 Season Begin

EWU Football Springs Into Action as Practices for 2017 Season Begin

By Riley Baker, Staff Reporter
April 13, 2017
Filed under Football, Sports

Spring is in the air, and now, so are footballs as they fly across The Inferno at Roos Field. EWU spring football practices began on April 4, and there is a lot of excitement surrounding the team. Much has changed from a year ago. There are new coaches on the staff, most notably new head coach Aaron...

EWU Women Lead the Way at 45th Annual Pelluer Invitational

By Logan Stanley, Copy Editor
April 13, 2017
Filed under Sports

Over the weekend in winter-like conditions, the EWU track and field competed in the 45th Annual Pelluer Invitational. The three-day invitational was comprised of regional opponents in the University of Idaho (UI) and the University of Montana (UM) and is the only home meet on the season for EWU. In to...

Jim Hayford leaves EWU to become head basketball coach at Seattle University

Jim Hayford leaves EWU to become head basketball coach at Seattle University

By Logan Stanley, Copy Editor
March 29, 2017
Filed under Carousel, Sports

After a six-year stint as EWU men’s basketball head coach, Jim Hayford is heading to the west side of the state. Hayford, 49, has been hired as the men’s basketball head coach at Seattle University. The hire was first reported by CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish around noon today. Hayford later confirme...

EWU promotes longtime assistant Shantay Legans as next head basketball coach

EWU promotes longtime assistant Shantay Legans as next head basketball coach

By Brad Brown, Managing Editor
March 29, 2017
Filed under Carousel, Sports

Just a few hours after the announcement of former EWU basketball coach Jim Hayford leaving to take over as head coach at Seattle University, EWU has announced that long-time assistant coach Shantay Legans will take over as the new head men’s basketball coach. With this hiring, Legans becomes EWU’s eig...

EWU Hosts Annual Pro Day

EWU Hosts Annual Pro Day

By Logan Stanley, Copy Editor
March 29, 2017
Filed under Carousel, Sports

On a chilly and breezy afternoon with temperatures hovering in the high 30s, a handful of former EWU football players worked out in front of a number of NFL teams at EWU’s annual Pro Day. Wide receivers Cooper Kupp, Kendrick Bourne and Shaq Hill, linebacker Miquiyah Zamora, defensive end Samson...

Gallery: EWU Pro Day (March. 28)

Gallery: EWU Pro Day (March. 28)

By Brad Brown, Managing Editor
March 28, 2017
Filed under Carousel, Multimedia, Sports

  EWU's annual Pro Day featured six EWU players, headlined by wide receiver Cooper Kupp, and a bevy of NFL scouts. Cooper Kupp improved on his 40 time from 4.62 at the NFL combine to 4.56. Kendrick Bourn also dramatically improved his 40 time from 4.68 to 4.53. Defensive end Samson Ebukam tu...

Jacob Wiley selected to play in Portsmouth Invitational

Jacob Wiley selected to play in Portsmouth Invitational

By Brandon Cline, Sports Editor
March 28, 2017
Filed under Sports

EWU senior and the Big Sky Conference’s Most Valuable Player Jacob Wiley has been selected to participate in the 2017 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. The tournament, which is in its 65th year, takes course over a four-day, 12-game span in front of scouts and other front office representatives...

Gallery: EWU women’s basketball falls to Idaho in WBI quarterfinals 74-67

Gallery: EWU women’s basketball falls to Idaho in WBI quarterfinals 74-67

By Brad Brown, Managing Editor
March 20, 2017
Filed under Carousel, Multimedia, Sports

  The Eagles hosted the Idaho Vandals on Monday night at Reese Court for a quarterfinal matchup in WBI. This home game marked the first-ever national postseason tournament game for the women's basketball team. EWU was defeated by Idaho 74-67, ending their season. ...

A Ticket to the Game

A Ticket to the Game

By Brandon Cline, Sports Editor
March 10, 2017
Filed under Sports

Five months, 31 games and 1,290 minutes of playing time later, the EWU men’s basketball team have finally arrived in Reno, Nevada for the Big Sky Conference Tournament. They arrive holding the tournament’s second seed after coaches and media alike expected the Eagles to finish in the middle of...

His Blood Is Worth Bottling

His Blood Is Worth Bottling

By Riley Baker, Staff Reporter
March 9, 2017
Filed under Carousel, Sports

In his final year with the team, senior Felix Von Hofe has become the winningest player in EWU’s NCAA Division I history, earning 80 wins during his time with EWU. Not only that, the 6-foot-5-inch forward is currently sitting on 255 career 3-pointers. That is good for eighth in Big Sky Conferenc...

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