CHARLESTON — The numbers are in from when the Eastern Illinois men's basketball team hosted Illinois on Nov. 3. All proceeds from the exhibition at Lantz Arena will be donated to hurricane relief effort.

The total raised from that game was right around $30,000. When the game was announced, the American Red Cross was listed as the organization that the money will be donated toward. 

EIU baseball to host Kid's Night Out

The EIU baseball program will host its second annual “Kids Night Out” Friday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Lantz Fieldhouse. "This is a great opportunity for your kids to hang out with our baseball players here while you can enjoy a night on the town, a nice night to yourself, or even get some shopping done," assistant baseball coach Blake Beemer said.

The event will be a fun night for kids ages 4-14. Boys and girls are both welcome.

Activities will include four square, kickball, relay races, whiffle ball, arts and crafts, dodgeball, movies and more with the players and CPR/First Aid certified staff. Pizza and drinks will also be included.

Those who want to register can contact Beemer at or his cell phone at 217-549-0510. He'll take names and ages and send back a health and consent form to bring on Friday. The form will also be available to be filled out on-site.

Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted, with checks payable to EIU Baseball. The cost to attend is $50 per child to register in advance, and additional siblings are $20 for advanced registration. For same-day registration, the price will be $55 per child and $25 for each additional sibling. There will also be group pricing of $30 per child for groups of five or more.

Sosnowski named to Summit League All-Academic team

ELMHURST — Christian Sosnowski was the lone Panther to earn Summit League All-Academic honors as the league released its 2017 All-League Team following the conclusion of the men's soccer season. Fourteen student-athletes from across the league were named to the team in honor of their academic and athletic performances this season.

Sosnowski is a redshirt sophomore from Franklin Park studying finance in EIU's business department. During his time at EIU, Sosnowski has maintained a 3.67 GPA and is dedicated both on and off the field.

Sosnowski started in 18 of EIU's 19 matches this season bringing a strong presence to the field. He logged 1,141 minutes, playing a season-high 94 minutes vs. Western Michigan. Sosnowski also scored the Panthers' lone goal in their 3-1 loss at Valparaiso. He took 17 shots total on the season with four on goal. He had a season-high two shots on goal when the Panthers took on Wright State. Sosnowski tallied an assist in EIU's 1-1 draw at Milwaukee in the second match of the season.

This is Sosnowski's first All-Academic Team honor. Sosnowski is joined by five players from Denver, four players from Western Illinois, two players from Omaha, one from Fort Wayne, and one from Oral Roberts.

To be eligible for the Academic All-League Team, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale), completed at least one full academic year at the current institution and participated in 50 percent of their team's competitions. The men's soccer all-league team is made up of the student-athletes receiving the most votes with all ties standing.


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