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Cross country, track and field teams deal with postponed competition, possible season overlap

Women’s cross country and track head coach Sarah Haveman claps at a cross country meet,

By Luca Ripani, Staff Writer

September 15, 2020

As the Big Ten sports world continues to reel from the conference’s decision to postpone fall athletics in August, many coaches and players are dealing with the logistical issues raised by playing fall sports in the spring, such as cross country and track and field. Although cross country is a fall...

Newcomers bring new look to Illini volleyball

Redshirt freshman Ellie Holzman officially commits to the University of Illinois on Nov. 29, 2018. Holzman is expected to fill some of the gaps left by the prior seniors.

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

When Illinois volleyball returns, there will be some big shoes to fill due to the loss of four seniors who graduated last year. With the exit of Jacqueline Quade, Caroline Welsh, Beth Prince and Ashlyn Fleming, the team is now beginning to look substantially different from Illinois’ 2018 Final Four rost...

Hutcherson prepared for lofty expectations at Illinois after year off

Illini redshirt junior Austin Hutcherson poses for a promotional picture for Illini Athletics on Oct. 11, 2019. Hutcherson is  expected to make an immediate impact after sitting out a year.

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

Shooting the three-pointer was anything but easy for Illinois in the 2019-2020 season. As a team, they shot 30.3% from behind the arc, finishing dead last in the Big Ten and 311th in the country. Improving on shooting is a must for Illinois this season. Enter redshirt junior Austin Hutcherson. Hutcherson sat out l...

Illini hopeful for rise in NFL Draft prospects

Senior offensive lineman Alex Palczewski defends the quarterback during the game against Nebraska on Nov. 10, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Illini lost 54-35.

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

bAfter having no one taken in the 2020 NFL draft, the Illini would love to get some names on the board next year. Luckily for them, there are a couple of guys on the team that are expected to get drafted already and a handful of others that can raise their stock to sneak into the 2021 NFL Draft. Th...

Men’s gymnastics begins fall practices

Redshirt junior Jordan Kovach competes at the Men’s Gymnastics Big Ten Championships on April 6, 2019. Kovach and the Illini have recently resumed practice for the winter season.

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer

September 14, 2020

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team restarted team practices in Kenney Gym on Aug. 31. This marks the first time since March the gymnasts not only practiced together but even used their Urbana training and practice facility. Under normal circumstances, the team would have remained on campus throughout ...

Hutcherson has rediscovered his love for the game through injuries, tribulations

Junior Austin Hutcherson poses for a promotional image.

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer

September 12, 2020

When Austin Hutcherson steps on the court at Ubben Basketball Practice Facility, he knows he defeated the odds to get there. Constant injuries and setbacks defined Hutcherson’s high school career. Limited to just one AAU season, Hutcherson had little time to get noticed. The Freehold, New Jersey nati...

Illini await Division I recognition after COVID-19 delays

Senior Jon Moskaluk advances towards the goal during the game against Robert Morris on Feb. 29. The Illini won 7-1.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

September 10, 2020

The state of Illinois currently has zero Division I hockey programs. Eventually, that number will increase.  Josh Whitman and the Illinois athletic department are still planning to add a Division I program, although the impacts of COVID-19 have significantly delayed the process of seeing the transit...

Illinois alum Veland signs first professional contract

Former Illini Arianna Veland passes the ball during the game against Michigan State on Oct. 13. The Illini won the game 2-1.

By Angelle Cortes, Staff Writer

September 10, 2020

Former Illinois women’s soccer midfielder Arianna Veland signed her first professional contract with German club FC Würzburger Kickers. Veland played for Illinois from 2016-2019. According to Upper V Athlete Management via Twitter, who represents Veland, on Friday, Sept. 4, she had signed a contract and...

Ten former Illini currently reside on NFL rosters

Alum Nick Allegretti listens to coaches during a time out during a game in the 2018-2019 season. Allegretti was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and will serve as a backup center.

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor

September 10, 2020

The NFL begins its 2020 season today with reigning Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football. While the league has been pretty quiet about players testing positive for COVID-19, the season looks to be in good shape. The college football season can’t...

Illini look to fill void left by Feliz, Griffin

Recent graduate Andrés Feliz hoists a frame containing his jersey during Senior Night before the game against Iowa at State Farm Center on March 8. Feliz has left big shoes to fill after he graduated in the spring.

By Brandon Simberg

September 9, 2020

In the second half of the game at Iowa last season, Hawkeye’s star center Luka Garza grabbed a rebound and was moments away from starting a Hawkeye fastbreak. That was until 6-foot-2-inch Illinois guard Andrés Feliz snuck in and ripped the ball away from Garza, finishing a lay-up and giving a boost to...

Volleyball goes on without Big Ten, Pac-12

Former Illini Jordyn Poulter sets the ball during the Final Four match against Nebraska on Dec. 13, 2018. Although the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences were canceled this fall, the NCAA still plans on holding a tournament in the spring comprised of Power-5 conferences.

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer

September 8, 2020

Volleyball, along with all other fall sports, has come to a halt in the Big Ten and Pac-12.  The three other Power-5 conferences, however, plan for sports to continue. Though the women’s volleyball national championships have been pushed to the spring of 2021, there is now the possibility of a se...

Goalkeepers use season cancellation for growth

Junior goalie Sami Sample (0) stands with her arms around her teammates. The team continues to practice every day despite their season being delayed due to COVID-19.

By Angelle Cortes, Staff Writer

September 8, 2020

Recent graduate Jaelyn Cunningham made a huge impact on the soccer team, during her four years at Illinois. Three out of her four years, she was the starting goalkeeper for the team and her outstanding performances led her to be named to the 2018 All-Big Ten Second Team. “Obviously Jaelyn is a stunning goalkeeper...

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