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Former UK assistant Spradlin introduced as Morehead State’s new head men’s basketball coach

Preston Spradlin was formally introduced as the Morehead State men’s basketball head coach on Tuesday afternoon, becoming the 14th person to ever hold the position. “For the first time, I feel like the head coach,” Spradlin said. “I’m so thankful for that.” Spradlin was named the interim head coach of the program last Dec. 15. Inheriting a 2-7 record nine games into...

Morehead State women topple Tennessee Tech for 20th win of the season, No. 2 seed in OVC tourney

Riding double-digit scoring outputs from five different players, Morehead State cruised to an 81-52 win at Tennessee Tech on Monday evening. Morehead State jumped out to a 23-5 lead after one quarter, holding a 42-12 advantage at halftime. The Eagles led by as many as 37 in the wire-to-wire victory. Recently minted 1,000-point scorer Eriel McKee anchored the offensive attack with a game-high 14 points...

Good Luck Charm: Morehead State women haven’t lost since newcomer Seward joined the lineup

By Mark Maloney Special to KyForward Head coach Greg Todd figured he had a winner when he recruited Darianne Seward to play for the women’s basketball team at Morehead State. But this is ridiculous. Since gaining eligibility at the semester break, Seward has played in seven games, including six starts. MSU has yet to lose. The Eagles, who went 10-20 last season, are off to a 14-3 start and have...

Jamie Vaught: Former Cat Sean Woods says talent is there for Morehead State to have big season

After a remarkable 2015-16 campaign, which saw Morehead State finish with a 23-14 mark, including 11-5 in Ohio Valley Conference and a trip to a national postseason title showdown in College Basketball Invitational, coach Sean Woods’ Eagles are hoping to do even better this winter. Woods, a former UK standout who is beginning his fifth season at MSU, said his Eagles have the potential to do very...

Former UK All-American, Morehead State head coach Macy joins basketball staff at Transy

Kentucky basketball legend Kyle Macy has joined the Transylvania University men’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach, Transylvania head coach Brian Lane announced on Monday. Macy joins Lane’s four-man coaching staff as the Pioneers prepare for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Kyle Macy (Transy Athletics Photo) “I am thrilled that Kyle is joining my staff,” said Lane....

High Spirits: Morehead’s Lawrence Jones has big goals following return from knee injury

By Mark Maloney Special to KyForward Lawrence Jones was trying to hone his skills during Morehead State’s 2015 spring football drills. With one outside zone play, though, everything changed in an instant for the running back. He twisted his right knee, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament. “I knew it right away. I knew something was wrong,” Jones said. “I was praying it wasn’t...

Four Eagles earn recognition on preseason All-Pioneer League football squad

Four Morehead State football athletes have been tabbed to the official preseason All-Pioneer Football League team. Senior quarterback Austin Gahafer, senior linebacker Ryan Bennett, junior defensive lineman Colt Briggs and junior offensive lineman Liam Maloney are on the team. The Eagles open the season on Sept. 3 at James Madison with the home opener set for Sept. 10 versus VMI. Gahafer, from Louisville,...

Morehead State voted fourth choice by coaches in Pioneer Football League preseason poll

Following the program’s best conference finish in the previous 10 seasons, the Morehead State football program continues to be favored as one of the Pioneer Football League’s upper echelon teams. In a poll of the league’s head coaches, the Eagles have been tabbed for fourth in 2016. The Eagles finished 7-4 and 6-2 in the league in 2015, narrowly missing first place and a berth in...

Voice of the Eagles: Morehead State play-by-play man Chuck Mraz begins 28th season behind the mic

By Mark Maloney Special to KyForward He is Morehead State’s Man With the Golden Voice. Actually, a Blue and Golden Voice. When the 2016-17 school year begins, Chuck Mraz will start his 28th season of play-by-play calls for the MSU football and men’s basketball teams. His work is widely respected in the profession. When the 2016-17 school year begins, Chuck Mraz will start his 28th season...

Starting pitching a key as Morehead State opens defense of Ohio Valley tourney championship

By Mark Maloney MSUEagles.com Often it is said it’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish. When the Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Tournament rolls around, though, it may be about how you start that will get you to the finish. Fourth-seeded Morehead State (31-25, 17-13 OVC) opens defense of its tourney title Wednesday in the Ballpark at Jackson (Tenn.). The Eagles will take on fifth-seeded...

Eagles get defensive, force 25 EKU turnovers to complete season sweep over rivals

Morehead State men’s basketball forced 25 turnovers in its 61-50 win over Eastern Kentucky on Thursday night at Johnson Arena. Morehead State moved their record to 13-11 overall and 7-5 in OVC play. The win against the Colonels concludes a season sweep of its rival for the first time since 2011-12. EKU fell to 14-13 and 5-7 in the conference. “You can’t play defense on Eastern Kentucky...

Playing to Win: Four knee surgeries not enough to derail Morehead State senior Greenwell

Nothing like a sibling rivalry to bring out the best in a little whipper-snapper. Natalie Greenwell, the lone senior on the Morehead State women’s basketball team, figures she was 4 years old when big brother Chase – a former Eagles baseball player – got her competitive juices in flow. “He’s 18 months older than me, and I always wanted to beat him in everything,” Natalie...

Morehead State senior Cornwall selected to preseason All-Pioneer League squad

Morehead State senior slot receiver Justin Cornwall has been selected to the Preseason All-Pioneer Football League squad as a return specialist. The Cincinnati native is coming off a 2014 campaign in which he was tabbed First-Team All-PFL.   Cornwall ranked second in the conference in kick-return average (22.9) while recording a career-long of 47 yards against Jacksonville. He also averaged 12.9...

Cornwall, Gahafer among Eagles selected to preseason USA College All-America team

Senior Justin Cornwall was named to the USA College Football All-America first team (MSU Athletics Photo)   Seven members of the Morehead State football program have been named preseason All-Americans by USA College Football.   Senior slot receiver Justin Cornwall was named to the first team as a return specialist, while six others earned honorable mention status.   Cornwall, along with...

Unfinished Business: NCAA program helps former MSU pitcher Mabee finish his degree

After a six-year professional career, former Morehead star Henry Mabee returned to school this spring using a special NCAA scholarship program to complete work on his degree (MSU Athletics Photo)   Picture this: A talented right-handed pitcher is selected in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He has a bright future ahead of him. After seven seasons in the minors, though, he manages...

Second-seeded Bradley ends Morehead State's record run in NCAA Tournament

Senior Kane Sweeney was one of nine seniors who played his final game in a Morehead uniform as the Eagles lost to Bradley in the NCAA Regional Tournament (MSU Athletics Photo)   Second-seeded Bradley recorded 14 hits and scored in five different innings on its way to a 9-4 win over fourth-seeded Morehead State, eliminating the Eagles from the NCAA Tournament before a crowd of 1,870 on Saturday...

Eagles sweep Norse in softball twinbill, surpass last year's victory total with 19th

Freshman Lindsay Ward (far right) clobbered two homers on Tuesday afternoon against NKU (MSU Athletics Photo)   The Morehead State softball team posted a doubleheader sweep of non-conference opponent Northern Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon at University Field, rallying for a 6-5 walk-off win in game one and rolling to a 9-1 five-inning victory in game two.   The Ohio Valley Conference Eagles,...

Rawe runs hit streak to 16, Morehead State tops West Virginia Tech for 11th straight win

Junior Matt Anderson picked up his first safe with four innings of relief, helping Morehead to its 11th win in a row (MSU Athletics Photo)   Junior pitcher Matt Anderson shut out West Virginia Tech in the final four innings for his first career save, and four Morehead State batters had multi-hit outings as the Eagle baseball team knocked off the Golden Bears 7-4 Tuesday at Allen Field for a nation-leading...

Morehead State uses power surge to post program-record 10th consecutive victory

Senior first baseman Kane Sweeney was 3-for-4 with a team-high four RBI as Morehead won its 10th straight game (MSU Athletics Photo)   On the strength of four home runs Sunday, the Morehead State baseball team established a program-record with its 10th straight win while handing host UT Martin a 17-7 defeat at Skyhawk Park.   Morehead State, which has scored double-digit runs in eight of...

Morehead's Robinson named to Johnny Bench Award List; Eagles knock off Vols

Morehead State’s Chris Robinson, who earlier was named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List, had three RBI as the Eagles knocked off Tennessee in Knoxville (MSU Athletics Photo)   Morehead State senior baseball student-athlete Chris Robinson has been named to the 2015 Johnny Bench Award Watch List, honoring the nation’s top catcher.   The award, presented by BaseballSavings.com...