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Illini of the Week: Freshman birdies team to victory

Illini of the Week: Freshman birdies team to victory

By Brendyn Jones, Contributing Writer

October 4, 2018


Filed under Golf, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Since the Illini men’s golf team is young, it’s fair to question who the emerging leaders are. Last year, Illinois graduated two players, Nick Hardy and Dylan Meyer, who were extremely impactful and accomplished a lot, not also with their performance but with their leadership. “I like to thi...

Illini of the Year: Illinois baseball’s Bren Spillane

Illini of the Year: Illinois baseball’s Bren Spillane

By Gavin Good

May 7, 2018


Filed under Baseball, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Coming into the 2018 season, there was not a lot of hype surrounding junior Bren Spillane and the Illinois baseball team. The Illini make up a team returning much of its talent, and Spillane was merely a player with potential. He had struggled to play well consistently in his first two years while ...

Nick Hardy setting the course

Nick Hardy setting the course

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

May 3, 2018


Filed under Golf, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Senior Nick Hardy’s backdrop over the past 20 years has looked awfully green. The two-time individual Big Ten Champion is about to wrap up his record-breaking career on the Illinois men’s golf team and he has a lot to reflect on. Hardy helped lead the Illini to four consecutive Big Ten Championshi...

IOTW: Alex Diab and Illini men’s gymnastics

IOTW: Alex Diab and Illini men’s gymnastics

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff writer

April 12, 2018


Filed under Gymnastics, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Athletic talent cannot be bought; it is given. For Illinois gymnast Alex Diab, this idea is ingrained within him by his coach, which Diab then passes down to his teammates as well. The Illini men’s gymnastics team captured the Big Ten championship on Friday with a team total of 413.900. Accordin...

From California, Oestreich finds her home with Illinois softball

From California, Oestreich finds her home with Illinois softball

March 15, 2018


Filed under Illini of the Week, Sports

Being “the new girl” can be scary. But for junior pitcher Emily Oestreich, it wasn’t so bad. Oestreich’s journey to Illinois began in at Vintage High School in Napa, California. By her senior year, she had collected two All-State honors, an MEL Pitcher of the Year title and a spot in Fl...

Illini of the Week | A rematch one year in the making

Illini of the Week | A rematch one year in the making

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

March 8, 2018


Filed under Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Top Stories, Wrestling

Isaiah Martinez’ matchup against Penn State’s Vincenzo Joseph was a battle 351 days in the making. This was the fourth time these two would meet. Going in, Martinez was 2-1 against Joseph. Their previous matchup was in last year’s NCAA Championships, where the then-freshman Joseph pinned the two-time cham...

Illini of the Week: Prince gets her time to shine

Illini of the Week: Prince gets her time to shine

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

September 25, 2017


Filed under Illini of the Week, Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Redshirt sophomore Beth Prince is just getting started on her collegiate volleyball career. In high school, the Avon, Indiana native was named a PrepVolleyball.com All-American four consecutive times and found her home at the University of Illinois after she broke into the top 60 on the website’s...

Illini of the Week: Bobby Roundtree

Illini of the Week: Bobby Roundtree

By Jacob Diaz, Staff writer

September 14, 2017


Filed under Football, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Bobby Roundtree isn't very comfortable with the media yet. The 6-foot-5, 245 lb. true freshman defensive end is very polite, always calling everyone sir, a little shy and speaks slowly because he is very careful of what he wants to say. For someone with such a physical presence, his demeanor during...

Consistency propels Meyer to success

Consistency propels Meyer to success

By 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

By 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

By 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

By 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...

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