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Illinois hockey bounced in first round of conference tournament

Illinois hockey bounced in first round of conference tournament

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 25
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

Joey Caprio did not want to wake up last Saturday morning in his Bolingbrook, Illinois, home and not have a hockey game to go to. Instead, after being eliminated by Robert Morris in the first round of the Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL) tournament for the second straight year, the...

Men’s Golf dreaming of national title ahead of spring season

Men’s Golf dreaming of national title ahead of spring season

Gavin Good, Staff writer
February 25
Filed under Golf, Men's Sports, Sports, Uncategorized

The No. 3 Illinois men’s golf team knows what it wants this spring season — winning it all. After capturing four of the five tournaments they competed in during the fall, the Illini have their sights set on their first-ever NCAA Championship. Despite making their ninth consecutive appearance...

Illinois women’s basketball prepares for Senior Night

Illinois women’s basketball prepares for Senior Night

James Boyd, Staff writer
February 24
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Ashley McConnell is the only senior on the Illinois women's basketball team. She has played in 80 games in her four-year career – starting in eight – and Saturday marks the last time she will play at the State Farm Center. Illinois will take on Indiana to close out the regular season, but bef...

Illinois baseball hopes to rebound from last weekend’s losses

Illinois baseball hopes to rebound from last weekend’s losses

Mike Gasick, Assistant sports editor
February 24
Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Senior Pat McInerney drilled a home run over the left center field fence to score the first run of the Illinois baseball team's second game of the season. McInerney was one of just two upperclassmen to start the game against Milwaukee last weekend in Beaumont, Texas. The senior went 2-for-4 in...

Illinois men’s tennis ready for matches with NIU and UK

Illinois men’s tennis ready for matches with NIU and UK

Meghan Rest, Staff writer
February 24
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

After a week off, the No. 19 Illini are ready to face off against Northern Illinois and Kentucky in a double header at the Atkins Tennis Center on Friday. Illinois is 5-2 so far this season, with its most recent loss coming against No. 1 Virginia. The squad also boasts two top-30 ranked players, No....

Seymour, Bloch-Jones lead women’s track to indoor Big Tens

Seymour, Bloch-Jones lead women’s track to indoor Big Tens

Christopher Kennedy, Staff writer
February 24
Filed under Sports, Track & Field, Women's Sports

Hurdler Pedrya Seymour and high jumper Kandie Bloch-Jones have dominated the No. 24 Illinois women’s track and field team this winter. Seymour is coming off a top-10 finish at the Olympics and owns the nation’s second-fastest time in the 60-meter hurdles. Bloch-Jones has won all but one high jump...

Illinois’ women’s basketball takes advantage of free throws

Illinois’ women’s basketball takes advantage of free throws

James Boyd, Staff writer
February 23
Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Scoring has been an issue for the Illinois women’s basketball team all season. The Illini are averaging just over 62 points per game, and are ranked No. 12 in the Big Ten in scoring offense. Illinois is also ranked No. 13 in three-point field goal percentage and last in assists. But when it...

Illinois announces inaugural Illini Hall of Fame class

Illinois announces inaugural Illini Hall of Fame class

Charlotte Carroll, Sports editor
February 23
Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Uncategorized

In October, the University announced plans for an Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame, honoring the greatest student-athletes, coaches and administrators. Now, the first class of 28 people has been announced, which was selected by a confidential committee. “As you would expect, with more t...

Breaking down the Big Ten’s chances at the NCAA tournament

Breaking down the Big Ten’s chances at the NCAA tournament

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
February 23
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Selection Sunday is a little over two weeks away, and it’s absolutely one of my favorite days of the year. I can sense a palpable buzz as I scroll through Twitter, watch the live feed of teams finding out they have gotten a seed and hear the soothing voice of Greg Gumbel. As a Power Five conference...

Evans, Fleming look to help Illini bounce back at I-75 Challenge

Evans, Fleming look to help Illini bounce back at I-75 Challenge

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
February 23
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Illinois head softball coach Tyra Perry and her team will look to end a two-game losing streak this weekend at the I-75 Challenge in Atlanta, starting Friday. The Illini were in Cathedral City, California, last weekend, playing only three of five scheduled games due to rain cancellations. Illinois w...

Illinois men’s gymnastics hosts Iowa following Winter Cup Challenge

Illinois men’s gymnastics hosts Iowa following Winter Cup Challenge

Will Gerard, Staff writer
February 23
Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois men's gymnastics team ranked No. 3 in the College Gymnastics Association Poll released Monday. The Illini are gearing up for a Saturday meet against No. 10 Iowa after a grueling three weeks of training after the team’s most recent Feb. 3 meet. Head coach Justin Spring said picking the line...

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