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UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 8:33 p.m.

Area roundup: Whitworth’s Kyle Roach snags D-III’s top honor in West Region

Whitworth Pirates junior Kyle Roach was named the 2018 Division III West Region Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, it was announced on Monday.


UPDATED: Mon., March 12, 2018, 7:19 p.m.

Vandals won’t seek invitation to secondary postseason tournament

With five seniors who had a hand in Idaho winning 62 games over the past three seasons, but who were not of one mind that they had anything left to …


UPDATED: Sun., March 11, 2018, 7:48 a.m.

Eastern Washington looks to postseason, beyond after tough setback against Montana

While stepping through the wreckage, Eastern Washington was already picking up the pieces Saturday night.


UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

Eastern Washington fades in second half as Montana wins Big Sky Tournament championship

The Big Sky Conference’s automatic bid belongs to Montana. The Grizzlies rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Eastern Washington 82-65 on Saturday night in the championship game of …


Northern Colorado lights up Idaho, wins Big Sky women’s title

After a game like this, the Idaho women can’t wait to get back on the court. And the sooner the better, Vandals coach Jon Newlee said after his team lost …


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 11:21 p.m.

Bogdan Bliznyuk becomes Big Sky’s all-time leading scorer while leading Eastern Washington to title game

By the end of the night, every basketball fan in the Big Sky Conference had to wonder: How much more history can Bogdan Bliznyuk and Eastern Washington make in one …


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

Bogdan Bliznyuk powers Eastern Washington into Big Sky Tournament semifinals

On a day when the favorites played down to the level of the competition, the Eastern Washington Eagles elevated their game to new heights Thursday night.


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 11:03 p.m.

Hot-shooting Southern Utah surprises Idaho in Big Sky Tournament quarterfinal

After two narrow wins against the 10th-place team in the Big Sky Conference, surely the Idaho Vandals would take care of business when it mattered most.


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

Eastern Washington’s Bogdan Bliznyuk named Big Sky Conference MVP

Eastern Washington forward Bogdan Bliznyuk was honored Monday as the Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player, joining former Eagles Alvin Snow, Rodney Stuckey and Jacob Wiley as conference MVPs.


UPDATED: Sun., March 4, 2018, 9:11 p.m.

EWU’s Hodgins, Idaho’s Ferenz are again All-Big Sky first-teamers

Eastern Washington senior forward Delaney Hodgins and Idaho junior guard Mikayla Ferenz were named to the All-Big Sky women’s basketball first team for the second straight season, it was announced …


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 11:04 p.m.

Eastern Washington defeats Southern Utah, clinches first-round bye

Besides the obvious ones – the Eagles routed Southern Utah 74-51 in front of an appreciative crowd at Reese Court – they reinforced what coach Shantay Legans already knew: This …


Eastern Washington basketball has plenty to play for in final week of regular season

Besides the chance to build on a four-game winning streak, the Eagles have a chance to earn a first-round bye in next week’s Big Sky Conference tournament and send three …


Area roundup: Eastern Washington’s Delaney Hodgins eclipses 2,000 points in women’s basketball win

Delaney Hodgins scored 30 points and surpassed 2,000 for her career Thursday to power Eastern Washington to a 77-68 win over visiting Weber State in Big Sky Conference women’s basketball.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 7:33 p.m.

Eastern Washington defeats Montana State behind Bogdan Bliznyuk’s near triple-double

Eastern Washington was coming off its biggest win over the season, Thursday night over Big Sky Conference leader Montana. But if this were a trap game, the Eagles barely noticed. …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 4:58 p.m.

Sir Washington has made huge strides on, off the court for Eastern Washington basketball

Eastern Washington basketball coach Shantay Legans couldn’t believe his ears. The telephone call came last November from a proud mother who needed some tickets for a special event.


Victor Sanders a virtuoso in his own right for Vandals

In late February, the University of Idaho’s Cowan Spectrum will be transformed for a few days into the performance hall for the annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Up and coming …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 6:23 p.m.

Eastern Washington football signing class looking better with each day

With a little hindsight, this year’s Eastern Washington football recruiting class looks even better than it did on signing day.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

Eastern Washington recruiting haul bigger than expected

For the Eastern Washington football fans gathered Wednesday morning at Northern Quest, it was Christmas all over again.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Meridian High quarterback Simon Burkett among dynamic offensive recruiting class for Eastern Washington football

After 44 years of coaching, Bob Ames isn’t given to gushing about his players at Bellingham’s Meridian High School. Unless that player is quarterback Simon Burkett.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, 5:43 p.m.

Eastern Washington initiates the search for a new athletic director

The help-wanted ad went up last week on the Eastern Washington University web site. Two-thirds of the way down the list – just below ads for a custodian and food …


Brayon Blake, Victor Sanders combine for 50 points in Idaho men’s victory

Brayon Blake scored 28 points with eight rebounds, Victor Sanders added 22 points with seven assists and Idaho turned back Portland State 97-88 on Thursday night.


Bogdan Bliznyuk’s near-perfect night leads to 40 points, Eastern Washington victory

Bogdan Bliznyuk continued his climb up the Big Sky scoring ladder, pouring in 40 points on 15-of-18 shooting and Eastern Washington turned back Sacramento State in the second half for …


Idaho’s Mikayla Ferenz named mid-major player of the week

Idaho junior guard Mikayla Ferenz has been named the College Sports Madness National Mid-Major Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the website announced on Monday.


Eastern Washington’s Bogdan Bliznyuk named Big Sky Player of the Week

Records and honors are going hand-in-hand this week for Bogdan Bliznyuk


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 4:39 p.m.

Eastern Washington gets commit from explosive two-way star Tre Weed

For Sumner High School football coach Keith Ross, the toughest part of National Signing Day will be saying goodbye to Tre Weed.


Vandals’ Brayon Blake named Big Sky Player of the Week

Senior forward Brayon Blake has been recognized as the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week in men’s basketball.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018, 8:16 p.m.

Vandals make it three in a row as Brayon Blake leads with 25

Brayon Blake scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Idaho held on to beat Northern Arizona 84-80 on Saturday night.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 9:17 p.m.

Eastern Washington defeats Northern Arizona as Bogdan Bliznyuk perfect on 16 free throws

Bogdan Bliznyuk hit four free throws in the final six seconds to cement Eastern Washington’s 81-76 victory over Northern Arizona in a Big Sky Conference battle Thursday night.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018, 8:17 p.m.

Area women’s basketball: Delany Hodgins, Violet Kapri Morrow lead Eastern Washington to rout

Delaney Hodgins and Violet Kapri Morrow combined for 57 points and nine of Eastern Washington’s 13 3-pointers Thursday during an 82-62 Big Sky Conference women’s basketball win over visiting Northern …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 9:34 p.m.

Brayon Blake, hot 3-point shooting lift Idaho Vandals to win over Southern Utah

Brayon Blake had game-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds and the Idaho Vandals buried 12 3-pointers to defeat Southern Utah 80-76 on Thursday night in a Big Sky men’s …