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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...

Illini of the Week Feb. 22: Jack Yalowitz

Illini of the Week Feb. 22: Jack Yalowitz

By Thomas Polcyn, Assistant sports editor

February 23, 2017


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

It's rare for a freshman to make a large contribution to a team. Though it is more common in baseball than many other collegiate sports, Illinois sophomore Jack Yalowitz was quick to make an impact, playing in 47 games for the Illini last year. He had over 30 hits while scoring 20 runs and posting...

Illini of the Week Feb. 16: Nicole Evans

Illini of the Week Feb. 16: Nicole Evans

By Tatiania Perry, Staff writer

February 16, 2017


Filed under Illini of the Week, Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

In her four years as an Illinois softball outfielder, Nicole Evans has made quite the name for herself: leader, teammate, friend, and sometimes even “Nickel” — because her mom's name is Penny. Evans played in 41 games as a freshman, starting in 32 of them primarily in the right field. In her ...

Illini of the week Feb. 9: Lizzy LeDuc

Illini of the week Feb. 9: Lizzy LeDuc

By Danielle Williams, Staff writer

February 9, 2017


Filed under Gymnastics, Illini of the Week, Showcase, Sports, Women's Sports

Many college gymnasts often begin participating in the sport between the ages of two and five. But Illinois gymnast Lizzy LeDuc, was introduced to the sport at seven. "I was always doing flips and little cartwheels when I was younger,” LeDuc said. “One day my parents said, 'Okay, we need to put...

Illini of the Week: Leron Black

Illini of the Week: Leron Black

By Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist

December 7, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

Senior Malcolm Hill has a theory. According to Hill, every great team is equipped with a crazy guy. He’s not far off. Bill Laimbeer helped the Detroit Pistons to back-to-back titles in the early 1990s. Dennis Rodman was a maniac for the Chicago Bulls' second three-peat. Tyler Hansbrough’s nickname...

Illini of the Week: Kendrick Foster

Illini of the Week: Kendrick Foster

By Joey Figueroa, Staff writer

November 9, 2016


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

With 19 seconds remaining and the game on the line against Michigan State, Kendrick Foster had a simple question for an Illinois defense preparing to stifle a fourth-down attempt in its own red zone. “How do you want be remembered?” the junior running back shouted into the huddle. Seven seconds...

Illini of the Week for Nov. 3: Dylan Lafond

Illini of the Week for Nov. 3: Dylan Lafond

By Tatiania Perry, Contributing writer

November 2, 2016


Filed under Cross Country, Illini of the Week, Men's Sports, Sports

From competing in the Olympic trials to running the fastest 8k time in Illinois men's cross-country history, Dylan Lafond does not see running as a sport but rather a lifestyle. The senior has spent the bulk of his life engrossed in running, and his hard work shines through the Illinois record books....

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