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Eagles season ends

I've just returned to my hotel after filing my story on Eastern Washington's season-ending loss to Montana in the Big Sky conference baksetball semifinals. In the end, the script played out the same as two previous Eagle losses to the Griz, who kept pounding the…

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Eagles prepare for Griz

I caught up with the Eastern Washington men's basketball team at their practice Sunday evening, and they feel tournament-tested after their big win Saturday afternoon over Idaho State. Look for a preview of the gam in Tuesday's paper. The team left for Missoula this morning…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29, 2012

A win-win for Eagles, fans

Eastern Washington's rousing Senior Night win last night over Idaho State (check out Dan Pelle's great photo essay here) was not only a big win for the program and first-year head coach Jim Hayford, it means that fans will get one more chance to see…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2012

Huge night for Eagles

If the Eastern men's basketball team wants to stay at home, it needs to win tonight against Idaho State in order to stay there tonight for an even bigger game Saturday - the Big Sky Conference quarterfinals. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. at Reese Court.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2012

Eagles are in, and hope for more

With a huge road win last night, Eastern Washington clinched a spot in the Big Sky Conference tournament. We told you that much in this morning's paper, but not the reason, which are losses the same night by Northern Colorado and Sacramento State.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2012

EWU hits the road, and then some

As I write this, the Eastern men's basketball team is at the Spokane airport for its trip to Pocatello, Idaho, and Thursday night's game at Idaho State. The Eagles will fly first to Las Vegas, then catch another flight to Salt Lake City, then take…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2012

Big week for Eagles... 

...and almost everyone else in the Big Sky Conference (sorry, NAU). The Eagles get three games in six days, including two against Idaho State and one at Portland State. So where will the Eags wind up in the postseason? It's way too complicated, but if…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2012

Eagles, the morning after a big win

Thanks to a stirring win last night over Northern Colorado, the Eastern Washington men's basketball team will be in a nice frame of mind for Saturday's Bracket Buster game at UC Irvine. They also got some help Wednesday from Weber State, which defeated reeling Montana…

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MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012

Around the Big Sky

For the stat geeks out there, here's a look at Northern Colorado, which visits Eastern Washington for an important Big Sky game Wednesday night. The Bears are coming off a 77-64 overtime win over Montana State, and boast the 27th best field-goal percentage in the…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2012

Opportunity awaits for Eagles

After a tough loss at Weber State, it's time for Eastern Washington to move on. Just one look at the Big Sky Conference men's basketball standings (below) underscores the importance of Eastern's home game Wednesday night against Northern Colorado. A win would put the Eagles…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012

Big Sky = Big Two 

Montana clinched a playoff spot last night with a dominating win over Idaho State, joining Weber at the top of the men's basketball standings. Barring some upsets, those two will get the first-round byes in the Big Sky tournament which begins on March 3. The…

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MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2012

Eagles' next home game looms large

Following a tough home loss to Sacramento State, Eastern Washington is still in playoff position, but you can't help but look ahead to next Wednesday's (Feb. 15) home game against Northern Colorado as a defining moment for the Eagles. There are five conference games to…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2012

Big opportunity for Eags

After a tough first half, things couldn't have gone better Thursday night for the Eastern Washington men's basketball team, which rallied to beat the Lumberjacks 74-68. The Eagles evened their conference record to 5-5, and got a great opportunity to improve their postseason situation

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EWU signs 20 to letters of intent

Eastern Washington announced its recruiting class Wednesday morning, which includes seven defensive backs, 12 defensive players total - and a quarterback named Bowe. “Every position required a hole or two to be filled, and we did a good job of that,” said EWU head coach…

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Out goes Bo, in comes Bowe

As in Bowe Merin, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback from Stockton, Calif., who signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to play at Eastern Washington. Here are some video highlights of Merin from last year. For the season in his only year as a starter at…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2012

Around the Big Sky

When the Bracketbuster pairings were revealed Monday afternoon, you had to feel happy for the Eagles, who get a nice winter trip to Los Angeles when the play at Cal Irvine on Feb. 18. Two seniors, Laron Griffin and Tremayne Johnson, are getting something special…

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MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2012

The Axe may fall on Lumberjacks

It was a busy weekend in the Big Sky, on and off the court, highlighted in Cheney by a nice 69-52 win for EWU over Montana State. Here's my story on the game. The Eagles travel to Northern Arizona for a Thursday game against an…

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My letter of good intent

We always seek the truth here, and my story yesterday on EWU football recruiting didn't quite hit the mark. In that story, I mentioned four quarterbacks who were considering Eastern. One of them, Andrew Berg of Kamiak (Mukilteo), rates EWU as one of four favorites,…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012

It's the Big Sky halftime show

I had plenty of time to ponder last night's Eastern loss to Montana, because the EWU coaches and players wouldn't come out for interviews for almost 30 minutes. (The interval is usually about 10 minutes while players "cool down" and the media wait to get…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012

Montana leads EWU at halftime

Derek Selvig hit a trio of 3-pointers to led the visiting Montana Grizzlies to a 40-27 halftime lead over Eastern Washington Thursday night in Cheney. Collin Chiverton scored 12 to pace EWU, which missed 12 of its first 13 shots from the field. Spokane's Shawn…

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Shawn Stockton ready to roll

The Montana Grizzlies, including Spokane product Shawn Stockton, are in Cheney tonight to take on Eastern. Stockton, a member of Ferris High School's back-to-back unbeaten state title teams in 2007-8, isn't a starter, but might be the toughest, grittiest player on the Grizzlies' roster. The…

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EWU football champs honored

The 2010 Eastern Washington University football team received a big honor on the west side of the state Wednesday night. The Eagles were named “Sports Story of the Year” for 2011 at the 77th Annual Sports Star of the Year awards show at Benaroya Hall…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012

EWU football - a busy week awaits

Seats are still available for the Eastern Washington Eagle Football Awards Banquet Sunday at EWU's Pence Union Building. The fun starts at 5 p.m. Here are the details Payton Award winner Bo Levi Mitchell will be there of course. In fact,

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MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2012

EWU and the Big Sky

It was a frustrating ending to regulation play for EWU last Saturday at Reese Court. Eastern had just gone ahead by three points with 16 seconds left against Portland State. But PSU's Lateef McMullan raced down the court hit a three to force overtime, and…

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