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Consistency propels Meyer to success

Consistency propels Meyer to success

Daily Illini Staff Report
May 4, 2017
Filed under Golf, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports

Junior Dylan Meyer continues to rack up awards. Coming off of his third consecutive title of the season and earning the Big Ten individual championship, Meyer was named the Big Ten Player of the Year. Looking back to his freshman year, Meyer had a 73.08 stroke average and has since brought it down to 70...

Illini Of The Week: Aleks Vukic

Illini Of The Week: Aleks Vukic

Brian Binz, Staff writer
April 26, 2017
Filed under Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

When Illinois men’s tennis head coach Brad Dancer first met Aleks Vukic, it wasn’t love at first sight. In fact, the first time Dancer ever saw Vukic play, he lost. “I watched (former Illini) Jared (Hiltzik) beat up on him pretty good,” Dancer said. “I gave him a business card and said ‘hey,...

IOTW: With no captains, McInerney just leads

IOTW: With no captains, McInerney just leads

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
April 5, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Illinois first baseman Pat McInerney’s mindset is not looking for a first-pitch fastball or to shorten up his swing with two strikes — although, he is brilliant at both. Instead, his key to success is swagger. “Just having the feeling of showing up to the field every day knowing you’re going...

Breanna Wonderly leads on and off the field for Illinois softball

Breanna Wonderly leads on and off the field for Illinois softball

Erich Fisher, Staff writer
March 30, 2017
Filed under Illini of the Week, Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Senior Breanna Wonderly commands the mound like no other pitcher on the Illinois softball team. Every time she steps on the mound, she places the ball on her hip and then rolls it three times before she slides it into her glove. This assures that she is fully in sync before she throws her pitch. She...

Illini of the Week Feb. 22: Jack Yalowitz

Illini of the Week Feb. 22: Jack Yalowitz

Thomas Polcyn, Assistant sports editor
February 23, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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...

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