Reporter for 44News
Joe Downs joins 44News with more than two decades of experience in broadcast journalism. He has spent the past eight years in Evansville, working as a sportscaster, as well as media relations director for both the University of Evansville and the Evansville Thunderbolts hockey team. Joe was born and raised in Maine, and has worked in television in Grand Junction, CO, Pittsburgh, PA, Harrisonburg, VA, Lima, OH and Lake Charles, LA before arriving in Evansville.
A season that saw the University of Evansville men’s basketball team make one of the top turnarounds in Missouri Valley Conference history came to an end on Friday as Indiana State finished on a 7-0 run to defeat the Purple Aces by a 53-43 final in their Arch Madness meeting inside the Enterprise Center.
Joe Downs chats with former Harrison star forward Rilee Epley as he rehabs his hip in hopes of returning next season to play for Belmont University.
Joe Downs interviews Boonville AD Kevin Davis on protecting fans during boys high school sectional basketball.
University of Southern Indiana Women's Basketball is ranked sixth in the final NCAA II Midwest Region rankings. The Screaming Eagles had been under consideration for the NCAA II Midwest Region Tournament throughout the last two weeks.
The University of Southern men's basketball team is ranked third in the first NCAA Division II Midwest Region poll of 2020-21.
Earning an early lead, the University of Evansville baseball team fell on the road at Kentucky, 8-5, on a late Wildcats rally in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday evening at Kentucky Proud Park in Lexington, Ky.
Trailing 3-0 in game one, the University of Evansville softball team scored six runs in the seventh inning before going on to sweep Bellarmine in a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon.
Two more awards have been received by the University of Evansville men’s basketball team with Shamar Givance earning a spot on the Most Improved Team and Samari Curtis receiving a nod on the All-Bench squad.
University of Southern Indiana senior guard Emma DeHart and sophomore forward Hannah Haithcock have been named to the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Women's Basketball teams in a vote by the league's 15 head coaches.
University of Southern Indiana Men's Basketball senior forward Josh Price and senior guard Mateo Rivera were honored with All-Great Lakes Valley Conference post-season honors today. Price was named first-team All-GLVC and to the All-Defensive Team, while Rivera was selected for the league's second team.