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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019, 9:22 p.m.

Former Spokesman-Review sportswriter Steve Bergum found his calling as Eastern Washington fan

Why not Eastern? In retrospect, that seems like the logical question my wife, Chris, and I should have asked ourselves at the onset of our search for a college athletic …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019, 11:07 p.m.

EWU assistants, U-Hi grads Jeff Schmedding and Heath Pulver share many common threads

Twenty years after meeting as assistant coach and player at University High School, Jeff Schmedding and Heath Pulver are key assistants in EWU’s run at a second FCS national title.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 7:57 p.m.

Gage Gubrud, other injured Eastern Washington players played important roles in run to national title game

The first time Gage Gubrud made the trip to Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, he pledged to return.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 4:03 p.m.

First look: No. 3 Eastern Washington vs. No. 1 North Dakota State, FCS national championship

Eastern Washington (12-2) of the Big Sky Conference meets North Dakota State (14-0) of the Missouri Valley Conference in the FCS national championship game.


Year in review: 2018 a tough year to beat when it comes to success of local sports teams

From ESPN GameDay finally visiting Pullman to the success of Central Valley’s Lexie and Lacie Hull, here’s our top sports stories of 2018.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Deep receiving corps has come up big during Eastern Washington’s run to FCS title game

If Eastern Washington receiver Jayson Williams is dropping anything, it’s a defender.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 7:22 p.m.

Aaron Best is best: Eastern Washington football coach named Hero Sports FCS Coach of the Year

Best earned 2,078 fan votes, nearly 40 percent of the total. North Dakota State’s Chris Klieman finished second with 1,127 votes.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 9:34 p.m.

Eastern Washington embracing rare underdog role against FCS juggernaut North Dakota State

Over the span of three seasons, Vegas oddmakers have pegged the Eagles to lose four FCS games. Each was against North Dakota State, a program that’s captured six of the …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 20, 2018, 6:38 p.m.

Status of Eastern Washington football standout Jay-Tee Tiuli uncertain following felony arrest

The playing status of Eastern Washington star defensive tackle Jay-Tee Tiuli remains in question following his arrest earlier this month for felony assault after a police officer said he witnessed …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

Eastern Washington keeps its faith in injured recruits, signs nine on national letter of intent day

Pittsburg (California) High quarterback Trey Turner’s recruiting took a hit when the talented dual-threat suffered a season-ending knee injury as a junior.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Roldan Alcobendas leads trio of Eastern Washington players named to STATS FCS All-American team

Honors continue to roll in for Eastern Washington kicker Roldan Alcobendas, nose tackle Jay-Tee Tiuli and center Spencer Blackburn.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 7:35 p.m.

Eastern Washington hopes to keep pace with North Dakota State on the field, in the stands

Eastern Washington wants to make sure the 4,100 tickets it’s been allotted stay out of green and gold hands.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 11:10 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Eagles’ offensive line has its way with Maine’s ‘Black Hole’ defense

Eastern Washington’s veteran offensive front wasn’t fazed in Saturday’s semifinal by Maine, which came to Cheney leading the country in run defense and was second in sacks.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 11:09 p.m.

Dan Thompson: Eastern Washington likely in this position with healthy Gage Gubrud, but Eagles are happy with Eric Barriere under center

But in the long run, the progression of Eric Barriere – still just a redshirt sophomore – is going to pay off big time for the Eastern Washington football team.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 15, 2018, 11:08 p.m.

Eric Barriere’s record-tying performance leads Eastern Washington to rout of Maine, spot in FCS national championship game

Barriere completed 21 of 30 passes for 352 yards and a seven touchdowns for the Eagles (12-2), who will face top-ranked North Dakota State (14-0) on January 5, 2019 at …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 9:17 p.m.

5 keys to an Eastern Washington victory: Limiting mistakes, strong finish are points of emphasis for Eagles

Here are 5 keys to Eastern Washington’s success against Maine in the FCS semifinals.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

Run-heavy Eastern Washington faces run-stopping Maine for a trip to the FCS national title game

All Eastern Washington center Spencer Blackburn could do was watch the from the freezing sidelines as Youngstown State marched down Roos Field in the closing seconds of the 2016 FCS …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 10:24 p.m.

Spokane products Jack Hunter, Beau Byus have helped boost Eastern Washington’s stout offensive line

They’re paired on the left side of Eastern Washington’s offensive line, but Beau Byus and Jack Hunter spent their teenage years separated by a Greater Spokane League rivalry.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Ralph Walter: With Frisco at stake, there’s no better time to catch Eastern Washington football at the Inferno

For the fourth time since the National Championship run of 2010, Eastern Washington University is just a win away from a return trip to the FCS title game in Frisco, …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 12, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

Seeking ‘Red’emption: Eastern Washington focused on snapping home losing streak in FCS semifinals

Since the installation of “The Inferno,” as the red turf at Roos Field in Cheney is called, Eastern Washington has been one of the best FCS teams in the country.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 10:22 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Maine reminds Eagles of Big Sky Conference rival Weber State

The third-seeded Eagles, playing in their fifth FCS semifinal since 2010, have to get past a staunch Maine defensive unit that upset second-seeded Weber State 23-18 on the road last …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 8:23 p.m.

Eastern Washington kicker Roldan Alcobendas wins Fred Mitchell Award

Alcobendas was named the winner of the 2018 Fred Mitchell Award on Monday, an honor given to the top collegiate kicker at the NCAA Division I FCS, NCAA II, NCAA …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 11:46 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Eagles show they can win close games, too

Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere said he often dreams of orchestrating game-winning drives, but he’s rarely had the opportunity.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 10:21 p.m.

Dan Thompson: Eastern Washington passes on the pass, runs through UC Davis and into FCS semifinals

When Eastern Washington promoted Aaron Best to head coach 22 months ago, he said at the time that he had no intention of changing the team’s pass-first identity.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 11:44 p.m.

Eastern Washington scores 20 points in the fourth quarter to top UC Davis, earn spot in FCS semifinals

Sam McPherson’s 35-yard touchdown run with 26 seconds left lifted the Eagles to 34-29 win over UC Davis in a wild FCS quarterfinal Saturday at Roos Field.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 10:22 p.m.

Round 2: Big Sky foes Eastern Washington and UC Davis meet again for a trip to the FCS semifinals

Moments after UC Davis quarterback Jake Maier had one of the worst performances of his college career last month in 59-20 thumping at Eastern Washington, he made a premonition of …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 10:21 p.m.

Tragedy helped sharpen Eastern Washington cornerback Josh Lewis’ focus

Earning a criminal justice degree is often a joyous occasion, but Josh Lewis, EWU’s trusty defensive back, had yet to shake the grief that consumed him the night before.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Same-season rematches have favored Eastern Washington in FCS playoffs

Twenty-eight days separate Eastern Washington’s 59-20 throttling of UC Davis at Roos Field and their rematch at the same chilly venue.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Defensive touchdowns have sparked Eagles’ recent routs

When Eastern Washington linebacker Ketner Kupp ran back a 95-yard interception return in the closing minutes of the Eagles’ 42-21 dispatching of Nicholls State on Saturday, it was a familiar …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 10:31 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Eagles defense getting better each game in march toward FCS title

Consider Eastern Washington’s defense the Timex watch of the FCS.