The second semester is underway, and with that second semester comes plenty of action for the winter sports teams at Eastern. This winter, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will be in action along with the men’s and women’s track and field teams.
During the first part of the men’s basketball season, they have gone 7-6 with a 2-0 record in the MAC Freedom Conference. This 7-6 record comes after the EU Eagles struggled out the gate with three straight losses. Since the slow start though, the Eagles have played competitive basketball with a series of close and big wins.
In the second half of the year, the Eagles have 14 games, with half of them being home at Eastern University. In the first part of the season, junior Victor Pena averaged 14 points a game to lead the team, while senior Antonio Chapman had 154 points which led the team and averaged 12.8 points a game. Junior Darius Washington has 127 points and freshmen William Blet has 94 points averaging 10.4 points a game.
The women’s team thus far has struggled with a 3-9 record and 0-2 record in the conference. Although the Eagles have struggled, they have played some competitive games. The Eagles have lost some very close games including an overtime versus Kean University and a one point 57-56 loss to Elizabethtown. The point leaders for the Eagles this season are senior Taylor Price, junior Reggie Robinson, and senior Amanda Riff with 162, 118 and 127 points.
The men’s track and field team comes into the winter with a full schedule ahead of them as they have only competed in one event so far, which was at Haverford College. After the event, Coach Mike Wilson stated that “It was a great start for the men.” Many of the athletes on the track and field team also competed on the cross country team in the fall, which finished third in the MAC Conference Championship. The Eagles have eight meets remaining this season, along with the conference championship.
The women’s track and field team has also competed in just one event this year which was also at Haverford College. After the meet at Haverford, Coach Mike Williams said, “Overall, this was a decent start. We made a lot of mental mistakes today that we will have to clean up, but I am happy that we were able to get our young group out for a competition.”
It is a busy schedule ahead for the teams at Eastern and all students are encouraged to come out and support the Eagles!