Joe Downs

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.

Recent Posts by Joe Downs

Jasper Baseball Heading Back to State After Mauling Mount Vernon-Fortville

The Jasper baseball team, a perennial power in the Hoosier State, ended a four year state championship game drought, mauling the Marauders of Mount Vernon-Fortville in five innings, 17-2 at Ruxer Field in Jasper Saturday afternoon.

Southridge Baseball Makes it a 3-Peat, Beating Brebeuf Jesuit

The Southridge baseball team made it three straight semi-state championships, doubling up Brebeuf Jesuit, 4-2, Saturday afternoon at Ruxer Field in Jasper.

Boonville Softball Takes Home 3-A State Crown

The Boonville softball team survived thunderstorms, a two and a half hour lightning delay and Guerin Catholic to bring the state championship home.

UE Women's Basketball Rounds Out New Coaching Staff

Rounding-out its staff for the 2021-22 season, the University of Evansville women's basketball team has announced the addition of Tori Jarosz as assistant coach.

"Underrated" Jasper Squad Looks for a Return to Indy this Weekend

Jasper baseball is synonymous with title contending teams. However, somehow this year's edition of the Wildcats has flown under the radar, right into semi-states.

Pacers Axe Head Coach Bjorkgren

Kevin Pritchard hired Nate Bjorkgren to take the Indiana Pacers in a new direction. They went the wrong way.

Southridge Baseball Goes for a Third Straight Trip to Victory Field

Throwing out last year's lost season of COVID, the Southridge baseball team is searching for a semi-state 3-peat this weekend, as well as redemption.

Talented UE Trio earn MVC Honors

Three University of Evansville student-athletes were recognized on Tuesday when the Missouri Valley Conference announced the recipients of the State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Awards for the 2020-21 season.

SIAC Announces All-Conference Boys Golf Team

The Southern Indiana Athletic Conference has announced it's All-Conference teams for the 2021 Spring Season.

Boonville Softball Restores the Program's Roar

For three decades, hall of fame coach Mike Wilson's Boonville softball teams were perennial contenders for state crowns. Three years after Wilson's retirement, one of his disciples has brought the program back to Indiana high school softball's ultimate game.

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