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Illini of the Week Feb. 22: Jack Yalowitz

Illini of the Week Feb. 22: Jack Yalowitz

Thomas Polcyn, Assistant sports editor
February 23
Filed under Baseball, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports

It's rare for a freshman to make a large contribution to a team. Though it is more common in baseball than many other collegiate sports, Illinois sophomore Jack Yalowitz was quick to make an impact, playing in 47 games for the Illini last year. He had over 30 hits while scoring 20 runs and posting...

Illini of the Week Feb. 16: Nicole Evans

Illini of the Week Feb. 16: Nicole Evans

Tatiania Perry, Staff writer
February 16
Filed under Illini of the Week, Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

In her four years as an Illinois softball outfielder, Nicole Evans has made quite the name for herself: leader, teammate, friend, and sometimes even “Nickel” — because her mom's name is Penny. Evans played in 41 games as a freshman, starting in 32 of them primarily in the right field. In her ...

Illini of the week Feb. 9: Lizzy LeDuc

Illini of the week Feb. 9: Lizzy LeDuc

Danielle Williams, Staff writer
February 9
Filed under Gymnastics, Illini of the Week, Showcase, Sports, Women's Sports

Many college gymnasts often begin participating in the sport between the ages of two and five. But Illinois gymnast Lizzy LeDuc, was introduced to the sport at seven. "I was always doing flips and little cartwheels when I was younger,” LeDuc said. “One day my parents said, 'Okay, we need to put...

Illini of the Week: Leron Black

Illini of the Week: Leron Black

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
December 7
Filed under Basketball, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

Senior Malcolm Hill has a theory. According to Hill, every great team is equipped with a crazy guy. He’s not far off. Bill Laimbeer helped the Detroit Pistons to back-to-back titles in the early 1990s. Dennis Rodman was a maniac for the Chicago Bulls' second three-peat. Tyler Hansbrough’s nickname...

Illini of the Week: Kendrick Foster

Illini of the Week: Kendrick Foster

Joey Figueroa, Staff writer
November 9
Filed under Football, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

With 19 seconds remaining and the game on the line against Michigan State, Kendrick Foster had a simple question for an Illinois defense preparing to stifle a fourth-down attempt in its own red zone. “How do you want be remembered?” the junior running back shouted into the huddle. Seven seconds...

Illini of the Week for Nov. 3: Dylan Lafond

Illini of the Week for Nov. 3: Dylan Lafond

Tatiania Perry, Contributing writer
November 2
Filed under Cross Country, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports

From competing in the Olympic trials to running the fastest 8k time in Illinois men's cross-country history, Dylan Lafond does not see running as a sport but rather a lifestyle. The senior has spent the bulk of his life engrossed in running, and his hard work shines through the Illinois record books....

Illini of the Week Oct. 25: Michelle Strizak

Illini of the Week Oct. 25: Michelle Strizak

Jacob Diaz, Staff Writer
October 26
Filed under Illini of the Week, Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

As a high school All-American, senior outside hitter Michelle Strizak has been a gifted volleyball player for a long time. Despite being a six-rotation starter through high school, the college game was a major step up for her. “One of my greatest strengths was seeing the ball, but the college game was so much ...

Illini of the Week Oct. 13: Patricia George

Illini of the Week Oct. 13: Patricia George

Masaki Sugimoto, Editor-in-Chief
October 13
Filed under Illini of the Week, Soccer, Sports, Women's Sports

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success. Before this weekend, Illinois soccer had only scored eight goals. But they swe...

Illini of the Week Oct. 5: Eric Cruickshank

Illini of the Week Oct. 5: Eric Cruickshank

Stephen Cohn, Staff Writer
October 5
Filed under Hockey, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success. Illinois hockey’s Eric Cruickshank spent his summer in a hoodie...

Illini of the Week Sept. 28: Jordyn Poulter

Illini of the Week Sept. 28: Jordyn Poulter

September 28
Filed under Illini of the Week, Sports, Uncategorized, Volleyball, Women's Sports

When the Illini offense is flowing, it's flowing through Jordyn Poulter. The sophomore setter's role on the team is obvious to people watching the games. “I think the setter on any team is a leader,” Poulter said. “We're running the offense; the offense is our responsibility.” Poulter...

Illini of the Week Sept. 21: Brandi Donnelly

Illini of the Week Sept. 21: Brandi Donnelly

James Boyd, Staff writer
September 21
Filed under Illini of the Week, Sports, Top Stories, Uncategorized

Junior Brandi Donnelly stands at 5-foot-8. She doesn't block a lot of balls or record many kills, but she is still an integral part of the Illinois volleyball team, offensively and defensively. Illinois’ defensive specialist was named the Billiken Invitational Most Valuable Player after recording...

Hardy takes little time to prove he is one of NCAA’s best golfers

Hardy takes little time to prove he is one of NCAA’s best golfers

Lucas Wright, staff writer
September 14
Filed under Golf, Illini of the Week, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois men’s golfer Nick Hardy didn’t spend his summer interning, and he surely did not spend it on the beach. Hardy was getting in as much golf as he could handle over the three-month summer break before returning for his junior year. In his first appearance for Illinois this season, Hardy...

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