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Sporting goals beyond sports

Sporting goals beyond sports

By 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,...

Illinois hockey impressive under national and familial spotlight

Illinois hockey impressive under national and familial spotlight

By Drake Pena, Staff writer

November 7, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

For the first time in the program’s history, the Illinois hockey team had its Friday game versus Illinois State broadcast on ESPN3. The Illini joined Ohio and Iowa State as the only teams in the Central States Collegiate Hockey League to be featured on the national broadcast this season, someth...

Illinois rowing struggles at Head of the Charles

Illinois rowing struggles at Head of the Charles

By Jacob Lewis, Contributing writer

October 28, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Uncategorized

The Illinois rowing team struggled in last weekend’s Head of the Charles regatta in Boston. The Illini sent two crews to the race. The men’s crew finished 39th out of 43 in its Collegiate 4+ division, and the women’s crew finished 23rd out of 28 in its Collegiate 8+ division. Head coach Cameron Carter ...

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

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

By 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...

Illinois men’s club volleyball takes fifth in Illini 16 Tournament

Illinois men’s club volleyball takes fifth in Illini 16 Tournament

By Brian Binzy, Contributing writer

October 24, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Men's Sports, Sports

After taking second in their pool, the Illinois men’s club volleyball team put themselves in the position for the championship game. The Illini proved they were among the best teams at the Activities and Recreation Center on Saturday, definitively beating Illinois State and splitting games against...

Illinois rowing competes in first regatta of the season

Illinois rowing competes in first regatta of the season

By Jacob Lewis, contributing writer

October 14, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

The Illinois men’s and women’s rowing teams opened their fall season last weekend, traveling to Rockford, Illinois, to compete in the Head of the Rock meet. Multiple crews competed in the races, with many finishing in the “middle of the pack,” as head coach Cameron Carter put it. Both the me...

Bleakney returns to racing with Illinois wheelchair track team

Bleakney returns to racing with Illinois wheelchair track team

By Ryan Wilson, Staff writer

October 13, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Men's Sports, Sports

On the Illinois wheelchair track team, there’s not much of a difference between coach and para-athlete. Adam Bleakney has coached the team since 2005 and has competed in two Paralympic Games alongside fellow Illini. The Rio 2016 Games were his first as just a coach. “As an athlete, especially...

Illinois club rugby falls to Ohio State

Illinois club rugby falls to Ohio State

By Brian Binz, Contributing writer

October 10, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

The Ohio State club rugby team powered past the Illini on Saturday behind a quick start.  The Buckeyes used the Illini’s own aggression against them, converting penalties into points. Ohio State's first score came after a penalty, and the Illini dropped the match, 59-0, at the Florida and Linco...

Tri-the-Illini triathlon set for this weekend

Tri-the-Illini triathlon set for this weekend

By Lucas Wright, Staff writer

September 22, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Hundreds of triathletes from all around the country will be making their way to Illinois this weekend. The University of Illinois Triathlon Club is set to play host for the 10th annual Tri-the-Illini triathlon on Sunday at 8 A.M. The race opens with a 300-meter swim in the outdoor pool at the ARC,...

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team adds to gold collection

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team adds to gold collection

By 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...

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

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

By 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...

24 Illini heading to Rio for 2016 Paralympics

24 Illini heading to Rio for 2016 Paralympics

By 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...

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