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Illinois sweeps opening weekend in North Carolina

Illinois sweeps opening weekend in North Carolina

By Meghan Rest, Assistant sports editor

February 18, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

by Meghan Rest Assistant sports editor The Illinois baseball team opened its spring campaign with an 11-3 win over Georgetown Friday night. The Illini earned victories over the Hoyas, No. 20 Wake Forest  and Sacred Heart during the three-game series in Winston-Salem, N.C. “It’s everybody’s...

Illini cruise in early season action

Illini cruise in early season action

By Rachel Spencer, Staff writer

February 18, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

It was a “peachy keen” weekend in Georgia for Illinois softball as the team swept Boston College and Georgia Tech to improve its record to 7-2. Over two games, the Illini outscored the Eagles 19-6, which included a 12-3 run-rule victory in game one. Despite a rain delay during game two on Friday...

Illinois gets first win at Ohio State in a decade for fourth-straight win

Illinois gets first win at Ohio State in a decade for fourth-straight win

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

February 16, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois basketball is on a roll. The Illini defeated Ohio State in Columbus on Thursday night, winning against the Buckeyes on the road for the first time since Feb. 22, 2009, when they won 70-68. Another victory for Illinois meant the team has strung together four-straight Big Ten wins for the firs...

Softball gears up for second tournament of season

Softball gears up for second tournament of season

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

February 15, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Illinois softball will be back on the road this weekend for its second tournament of the season. Once again, the Illini are heading for a much more temperate climate to compete in Atlanta. There, the team will be hosted by Georgia Tech and the two teams will face off Friday at 4:30 p.m. CST. Illinoi...

Illinois takes three-game win streak to surging Ohio State

Illinois takes three-game win streak to surging Ohio State

By Gavin Good, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois men's basketball is on an unprecedented run in the Brad Underwood era, winning three-straight Big Ten games for the first time under the second-year head coach. The Illini will now depart the friendly confines of the State Farm Center, where they are 8-4 on the year, for a road trip that ...

Illinois hopes to continue winning streak against Iowa

Illinois hopes to continue winning streak against Iowa

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

In a battle at the bottom of the Big Ten, Illinois women’s basketball defeated Wisconsin 78-68 at home on Sunday to earn its second Big Ten win of the season. The Illini will now head to Iowa City on a high note instead of a 10-game losing streak to take on the No. 14 Hawkeyes this Thursday. After...

Scott already finding her place during freshman season

Scott already finding her place during freshman season

By Sumeya Kalib, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Gymnastics, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois women gymnastics team has welcomed a fresh face to beam and floor line up this season in freshman Shaylah Scott. Being the only freshman to have performed so far this season, the Texas native and junior Olympic National Champion has been making strides and showcasing her talent over the...

Illinois softball hopes to climb conference rankings

Illinois softball hopes to climb conference rankings

By JJ Kim, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Following a 3-2 start to the season, the Illinois softball team heads to Atlanta this weekend where it will face Georgia Tech and Boston College. Fourth-year coach Tyra Perry will look to build off a solid opening weekend and climb the conference rankings. The team finished 37-18 last season, includi...

Baseball more than a game for Massey family

Baseball more than a game for Massey family

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports, Sports Top Stories, Top Stories

It’s well past normal practice hours on January 10, 2015, and the Bo Jackson Dome in Lockport, Illinois is almost empty. Almost. Within the empty belly of the dome, a lone 17-year-old kid sits propped up between a blue plastic curtain and a thin support beam. His Chicago Blackhawks ball cap is...

Wittinger balances playing on team, school

Wittinger balances playing on team, school

By JJ Kim, Staff writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Following another hard- fought game, senior forward Alex Wittinger headed to the locker room to call her father. He was her first coach and is still a key figure in her life, always going over the game and discussing what adjustments to make going forward. After a frustrating loss, Wittinger has to decomp...

Illini fall to Wildcats, Tar Heels

Illini fall to Wildcats, Tar Heels

By Meghan Rest, Assistant sports editor

February 13, 2019


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis, Top Stories

The No. 14 Illinois men’s tennis team clinched its third-straight dual victory of the spring Friday night, but suffered its first loss of the season Saturday at the Atkins Tennis Center. Illinois was on fire against Kentucky (4-3), and crushed the Wildcats 4-1 Friday night. However, the team’...

Women’s basketball gets major win over Badgers

Women’s basketball gets major win over Badgers

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois women’s basketball team defeated Wisconsin 78-68 Sunday, snapping a nine-game losing streak and winning their second Big Ten contest this season. Thanks to senior Alex Wittinger’s 24 points and 12 boards, the Illini fought off a tough Badger team at the State Farm Center. “It’s...

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