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It’s Been a Long and Winding Road

It’s Been a Long and Winding Road

By Riley Baker, Staff Reporter
February 2, 2017
Filed under Carousel, Sports

“I had a great support system around me with my fiancée, and her parents took me in, along with my grandpa. They made sure I was taken care of, had food to eat and had rides to school.” -Jake Wiley

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FCS Playoffs a ‘Break Even’ Proposition for EWU

By Riley Baker, Staff Reporter
January 26, 2017
Filed under Football, Sports

EWU football finished with an overall record of 12-2 on the year they advanced to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs and had two finalists for the Walter Payton award, along with six All-Americans. With the accolades and three extra home games in the playoffs, one would think that the athletic de...

Eagles of a Feather Stick Together

Eagles of a Feather Stick Together

By John Corley, Contributing Writer
January 26, 2017
Filed under Features, Football, Sports

EWU football ended last season in the playoffs with a heartbreaking, last-second loss. Yet, with a new coach and returning starters, the mood surrounding the Eagles is optimistic that they can contend for a national championship in 2017. With just a few seconds left in the playoff semifinals, the Eagle...

Women’s Basketball Clawing Their Way Through Big Sky Road Games

By Brandon Cline, Sports Editor
January 26, 2017
Filed under Sports

No matter the opposing team’s record, schools in the Big Sky Conference (BSC) know that only a fool takes conference road games lightly. Through the team’s first four road games, EWU women’s basketball has navigated itself to a respectful 2-2 record, splitting their latest road trip against the No...

Defense Trending Upwards as Eagles Sweep Home Stand

Defense Trending Upwards as Eagles Sweep Home Stand

By Riley Baker, Staff Reporter
January 26, 2017
Filed under Sports

After a home sweep of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah this weekend, EWU improved to a 5-2 record in the Big Sky Conference (BSC), the third-best record of the 12 teams in the conference. While both opposing teams have now combined for only three wins in conference play, the Eagles took advantage of t...

Long-time assistant coach Aaron Best tapped as next EWU head football coach

Long-time assistant coach Aaron Best tapped as next EWU head football coach

By Brandon Cline, Sports Editor
January 21, 2017
Filed under Carousel, Sports

EWU Athletic Director Bill Chaves announced via Twitter on Jan. 21 that EWU alum and offensive line coach Aaron Best had been named the school’s next head football coach. Best is replacing Beau Baldwin as head coach, who accepted the offensive coordinator position at the University of California, Be...

Women’s Basketball Winning Games on Both theOffensive and Defensive Side of the Ball

By Riley Baker, Staff Reporter
January 20, 2017
Filed under Carousel, Sports

Over the weekend, EWU women’s basketball went 2-0 in a pair of home games against Idaho State University and Weber State University to improve to 4-1 in Big Sky Conference play. In the pair of games, the team showed that they have the ability to excel on all sides of the ball. In the first ga...

EWU’s Beau Wooed by Cal

EWU’s Beau Wooed by Cal

By Riley Baker, Staff Reporter
January 20, 2017
Filed under Carousel, Sports

In a press conference on Jan. 16, EWU football head coach Beau Baldwin announced that he had accepted the offensive coordinator job at the University of California, Berkeley. “Given this situation, it was right,” said Baldwin on his decision to accept the job. “I’m not going to get into deta...

Beau Baldwin leaving EWU for offensive coordinator position at Cal

Beau Baldwin leaving EWU for offensive coordinator position at Cal

By Brandon Cline, Sports Editor
January 16, 2017
Filed under Carousel, Sports

In a press conference this afternoon, EWU football head coach Beau Baldwin announced that he has accepted the offensive coordinator job at the University of California, Berkeley. The position has been vacant since Jan. 8, when Cal fired former head coach Sonny Dykes and his staff. On Jan. 14, Cal...

EWU Women’s Basketball shows promising results in early season play

EWU Women’s Basketball shows promising results in early season play

By Brandon Cline, Sports Editor
January 12, 2017
Filed under Carousel, Sports, Uncategorized

The EWU women’s basketball team has only just begun Big Sky Conference play, but they are quickly proving that they are legitimate contenders for a conference championship and a berth to the NCAA Tournament come March. The Eagles opened conference play on Dec. 31, decisively knocking off an Idaho Va...

EWU Men’s basketball defeats Montana State but falls to Montana in weekend play

EWU Men’s basketball defeats Montana State but falls to Montana in weekend play

By Riley Baker, Staff Reporter
January 12, 2017
Filed under Sports, Uncategorized

The Eagles matched up against both Montana and Montana State over the weekend, going 1-1 in the two games while putting up an impressive showing on defense. EWU allowed 64 points to MSU and 65 to UM while totaling 57 defensive rebounds and seven blocked shots between the two games. The defense al...

EWU Offensive Coordinator Accepts Job at Utah

EWU Offensive Coordinator Accepts Job at Utah

By Riley Baker, Staff Reporter
January 12, 2017
Filed under Football, Sports, Uncategorized

After spending his first year in a collegiate coaching position as EWU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Troy Taylor is headed to the Pac-12. One year removed from being a head coach at the high school level for Folsom High School in Sacramento, California, Taylor has accepted the ...

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