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Illinois softball’s season ends in 4-2 loss

Illinois softball’s season ends in 4-2 loss

James Boyd, Staff writer
May 23, 2017
Filed under Showcase, Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

After being bounced out of the NCAA Tournament, seniors Nicole Evans, Breanna Wonderly, Alyssa Gunther and Ruby Rivera will no longer suit up for the Illinois softball team. “They have definitely set the tone and set the pace for the future,” Perry said. “It was an awesome privilege to go to...

Illinois softball wins on Evans’ walk-off

Illinois softball wins on Evans’ walk-off

James Boyd, Staff writer
May 19, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Senior Nicole Evans continued to show that all of the accolades she has earned this season are not a fluke. With the game on the line against Marshall, Illinois softball’s all-time RBI leader brought in the game’s winning run. It took 12 innings, but the Illini gutted out a 3-2 victory over the...

Illinois softball wins on Evans’ walk-off

James Boyd, Staff writer
May 19, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Senior Nicole Evans continues to show that all of the accolades she has earned this season are not a fluke. With the game on the line against Marshall, Illinois softball’s all-time RBI leader brought in the game’s winning run. It took 12 innings, but the Illini gutted out a 3-2 victory over the...

Illinois’ Big Ten tournament hopes slim after loss to Iowa

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
May 18, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Time is running out for Illinois to make a move if it hopes to qualify for the Big Ten tournament, and its 6-5 loss to Iowa Thursday night did not do them any favors. Illinois (22-27, 8-14 Big Ten) must sweep Iowa (33-18, 14-8) during a Friday doubleheader and hope Purdue (three games) and Michigan State (two games) lose ou...

Jeremiah Tilmon commits to Mizzou

Jeremiah Tilmon commits to Mizzou

Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor
May 15, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Former Illini basketball signee Jeremiah Tilmon committed to Mizzou earlier today. Tilmon requested a release from his contract in early April after head coach John Groce was replaced by Brad Underwood. The East St. Louis native had seemed indecisive about the Illini from the beginning as he verbally...

Nine Illini on scholarship entering final days of recruiting

Nine Illini on scholarship entering final days of recruiting

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
May 15, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Before new Illinois men’s basketball head coach Brad Underwood hits the hardwood for a game in his first season with his team, he needs to finish putting together his roster. The Illini currently have nine players on scholarship for the 2017-18 season. With no seniors on the current roster, four...

Three Illini football players arrested for armed robbery

Three Illini football players arrested for armed robbery

Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor
May 10, 2017
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Three Illinois football players were arrested this morning and are set to be formally charged tomorrow. Darta Lee, 18, Zarrian Holcombe, 19, and Howard Watkins, 18, are in custody with preliminary charges of home invasion and armed robbery. Champaign police Lt. Dave Shaffer told The News-Gazette...

D.J. Williams transferring from Illinois

D.J. Williams transferring from Illinois

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
May 8, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

D.J. Williams is transferring from Illinois. The Illini granted Williams a full release Monday. Head coach Brad Underwood made a statement Monday evening on Williams’ departure. “After meeting with D.J., we came to the decision that a fresh start is in his best interest,” Underwood said. ...

Illinois softball seeded fourth in conference tournament

Illinois softball seeded fourth in conference tournament

James Boyd, Staff writer
May 8, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

After finishing the regular season 14-8 in conference play, the Illinois softball team has earned the No. 4 seed in the 2017 Big Ten tournament. By securing a spot in the top-four, the Illini have earned a first-round bye and will be back in action Friday afternoon. The team will square off against the wi...

Illinois softball looks toward postseason

Illinois softball looks toward postseason

James Boyd, Staff writer
May 8, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

In her second year as head coach, Tyra Perry has led the Illinois softball team to 36 overall wins and 14 victories in the Big Ten. The Illini kicked off the 18th season in program history at the Puerto Rico DI Tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico, against Georgia Tech and sophomore Kiana Sherlund’s...

Illinois men’s track taking right steps forward

Illinois men’s track taking right steps forward

Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor
May 8, 2017
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field

Illinois men's track has a young team, but to some, that is the biggest appeal of the team. Head coach Mike Turk said that having young guys means more room for growth and improvement on an already successful team. Coming off of last season's Big Ten championship, the Illini had to live up to...

Illinois swim and dive team has season filled with mixed results

Illinois swim and dive team has season filled with mixed results

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
May 8, 2017
Filed under Sports, Swim & Dive, Women's Sports

Coming into the 2016-17 season, the Illinois swim and dive team had 12 newcomers on the roster and only three seniors. However, this did not seem to hold back the team this season. Illinois got off to a quick 4-0 start to its season when it had home meets on back-to-back days in October. The Illini’s ...

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