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Questions remain for Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team beyond leaders

Questions remain for Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team beyond leaders

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
December 8, 2016
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wheelchair Basketball

With senior Ryan Neiswender on the court, the Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball is full of aggression. When Neiswender is not driving to the rim, he will habitually roll to the left or right wing to set up a pick and roll with junior Spencer Heslop. The play often leads to an assist to Heslop... Read more »

Illinois men’s wheelchair dominated by Whitewater

Illinois men’s wheelchair dominated by Whitewater

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
November 24, 2016
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Uncategorized, Wheelchair Basketball

After the Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team defeated Southwestern Minnesota State University, the Illini scrambled to the other side of the gym to watch rival Wisconsin-Whitewater play Missouri. Illinois saw the last five minutes of the game between Whitewater and Mizzou. The game foreshadowed... Read more »

Illinois wheelchair basketball teams look out for rubber in Whitewater

Illinois wheelchair basketball teams look out for rubber in Whitewater

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
November 23, 2016
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Uncategorized, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

The hoop can be a problematic thing in basketball. But in wheelchair basketball, so can the court. The courts became a factor in the Illinois wheelchair basketball teams’ games over the weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The team competed in a series of games on the basketball... Read more »

Tale of two days for Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team

Tale of two days for Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
November 15, 2016
Filed under Sports, Wheelchair Basketball

Seniors Ryan Neiswender and Derek Hoot can only do so much. The pair was a dominant force for the Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team at the eighth annual Second City Showdown in Chicago over the weekend. Neiswender and Hoot were no match against Paralympians and players with experience... Read more »

Sporting goals beyond sports

Sporting goals beyond sports

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
November 8, 2016
Filed under Club Sports, Men's Sports, Sports, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

When Adam Bleakney first walked into an Iowa driver’s license facility, everything seemed normal. A month and a half later, though, he returned to the facility and talked with the same employee. But this time, she looked at him completely differently, Bleankey said. “From my personal experience,... Read more »

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team building muscle, not wins

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team building muscle, not wins

Ryan Wilson, Staff Writer
October 26, 2016
Filed under Club Sports, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories, Wheelchair Basketball

The Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team is in a unique situation. “Guys are becoming too strong,” head coach Matt Buchi said. Poor shooting was an issue in the team’s 1-3 outing at Southwestern Minnesota State on Oct. 21 and 22. The team averaged a 38.2 shooting percent and 52.2... Read more »

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team opens season

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team opens season

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
October 21, 2016
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Uncategorized, Wheelchair Basketball

Prior to the Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team’s first game of the season, Martinez Johnson and Collin ‘Turtle’ LaFon were gathered around each other in the Activities and Recreation Center early in the morning with a notebook and pencil in hand. They quizzed each other and asked fo... Read more »

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team starts in-season practice

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team starts in-season practice

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
October 11, 2016
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories, Wheelchair Basketball

When a student walks down the shiny hallway to Gym 1 in the Activities and Recreation Center, they will pass Gym 2 on the right. A few feet beyond the gym are the multipurpose rooms to the left and the display case for the Illinois wheelchair basketball programs on the right. The exhibit showcases... Read more »

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team adds to gold collection

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team adds to gold collection

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
September 18, 2016
Filed under Club Sports, Men's Sports, Sports, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

Stephanie Wheeler is usually stoic-faced on and off the basketball court. She knows how to maintain her composure and is well-spoken in front of the media. But on Saturday, all of those characteristics went out the window and she broke loose. In one instance, she tilted her head back, looked to the... Read more »

24 Illini heading to Rio for 2016 Paralympics

24 Illini heading to Rio for 2016 Paralympics

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
September 7, 2016
Filed under Club Sports, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

Tatyana McFadden is back in business at the Rio Paralympics. The 11-time medalist is on track to sweep every distance in track in this year’s games. Joining McFadden are not only her sister, Hannah, and head coach, Adam Bleakney, but also 23 other current and former Illini. Those athletes stretch acr... Read more »

Kids score valuable life lessons at basketball camp

Kids score valuable life lessons at basketball camp

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
August 21, 2016
Filed under Men's Sports, Quad Day, Sports, Top Stories, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

Sixty wheelchairs scrambled around the six-court gym of the University of Illinois’ Activities and Recreation Center like a bunch of wild animals. They zoomed to one corner where they sat and waited. Then, seconds later, they whizzed back to the other side. This was a game of “blog tag,” ... Read more »