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Paralympian McClammer returns to women’s wheelchair basketball team

Paralympian McClammer returns to women’s wheelchair basketball team

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

Chelsea McClammer won three medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in racing. But outside of that, she was focused on a different para-sport: wheelchair basketball. Throughout the Paralympics, she was watching Illinois alums Megan Blunk and Gail Gaeng on the U.S. women’s wheelchair basketball team,... 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 »

Undersized Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team looks up to taller freshman

Undersized Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team looks up to taller freshman

Ryan Wilson, Staff writer
November 15, 2016
Filed under Sports, Uncategorized, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

The “weekend of discovery” for the Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team is over. Behind a new trio of leaders, Illinois defeated the Milwaukee Bucks’ wheelchair basketball team to finish third at the eighth annual Second City Showdown at the Broadway Armory Park in Chicago. The tournament... 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 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 »

Four Illini rounding out Team USA women’s wheelchair basketball team

Four Illini rounding out Team USA women’s wheelchair basketball team

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

It’s not easy for some to forget tough losses. For the Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team members, they still have last year’s second-place finish in their minds. Megan Blunk and Gail Gaeng are both trying to accomplish that after their tough tournament loss last season. Though their... 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 »