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Helping the Illini battle the best

Helping the Illini battle the best

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

November 6, 2017


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Volleyball

Big Ten volleyball, like many Big Ten sports, is a battle of the best. With three of the top-five teams in the country battling for the conference title, teams have to use all of their resources to win. A big secret behind Illinois’ 9-5 conference record isn’t a special food or workout plan – it’s ...

A day in the life of Lindsey Cusack and the Illinois rowing team

A day in the life of Lindsey Cusack and the Illinois rowing team

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

October 9, 2017


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Lindsey Cusack pulled up in her midsize car at 5 a.m. on a rainy morning. The only other sign of life on Armory Avenue is a sanitation worker, who drove away just before Cusack's prompt arrival. It is Cusack’s fourth year with the Illinois rowing team, which sets her apart from the rest of her...

Illinois hockey team prepping for preseason matchup against Springfield Blues

Illinois hockey team prepping for preseason matchup against Springfield Blues

September 6, 2017


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

Illinois head coach Nick Fabbrini will not be worried about the results of the Illinois hockey team’s preseason matchup against the Springfield Blues this weekend. “This weekend isn’t so much results oriented. Obviously, we want to win, we want to win every time we step on the ice,” Fabbrini...

Illinois Ice Arena renovations needed to get done, according to players

Illinois Ice Arena renovations needed to get done, according to players

By Erich Fisher, Staff writer

August 28, 2017


Filed under Club Sports, Hockey, Sports

After three months of renovations, the University of Illinois Ice Arena officially reopened on Aug. 21. With these renovations comes excitement for Illinois’ Division I hockey club team. Before the renovations, the Big Pond, as the arena is known by its frequent attendants, possessed boards and glass that...

Wheeler wants progress from Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team

Wheeler wants progress from Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team

By Ryan Wilson, Staff writer

February 3, 2017


Filed under Club Sports, Sports, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

The Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team is coming off a tournament in which players’ mistakes were audibled. During the team’s second game against the Canadian Academy Team last weekend, freshman Erica Wilson and senior Chelsea McClammer were yelled at by either senior leader Kaitlyn...

Heflin’s big weekend leads Illinois hockey to sweep

Heflin’s big weekend leads Illinois hockey to sweep

By Stephen Cohn, Staff writer

January 17, 2017


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

Illinois hockey goalie David Heflin tallied his second shutout of the season Saturday night against Iowa State. Junior center Eric Cruickshank was only able to describe Heflin’s performance with one word: swagger. “He’s sucking up pucks when they’re coming in,” Cruickshank said. ...

Illinois hockey looking for winning streak after weekend split

Illinois hockey looking for winning streak after weekend split

By Stephen Cohn, Staff writer

January 12, 2017


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

While Illinois students have been enjoying winter break, the Illinois hockey team has been trying to catch up in the CSCHL standings. No. 15 Illinois (13-6-3) got a jump on its spring semester last weekend by splitting a series with Robert Morris (19-4-2) in Bensenville, Illinois. Two early...

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...

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