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Former Illini closer Joey Gerber named to Seattle Mariners’ 60-man roster

Senior Joey Gerber throws a pitch during competition.

By Rich Eberwein, Staff Writer

July 2, 2020

Prior to the announcement of Garrett Acton signing with the Athletics, Joey Gerber, another former Illini closer, was named to the Seattle Mariners’ 60-man roster on Monday. The Maple Grove, Minnesota, native ranks fourth on Illinois’s all-time saves list with 22 over three seasons. Gerber broke...

Illinois Athletics receives Stone Creek Golf Club from The Atkins Group

An Illinois golf player watches his ball fly through the air during the match against Bradley at Stone Creek Golf Course on April 14, 2018.

By Jonah Perez, Staff Writer

July 1, 2020

The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the athletic department was given the Stone Creek Golf Club from The Atkins Group. The Atkins Group is an Urbana-based real estate development firm. They donated it as part of their commitment to the University and their alig...

Garrett Acton heads to Bay Area

Senior Garrett Acton winds up for a pitch during competition.

By Rich Eberwein, Staff Writer

June 30, 2020

Illinois closer Garrett Acton is the latest Illini senior to move on to a professional career. Following the 2020 MLB draft, the Oakland Athletics offered Acton a free agent contract which he accepted two weeks ago. Acton’s time at Illinois was brief but impactful. Following his sophomore year,...

Merritt, Skeete prepare for new roles with Illini

Newly hired Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Scott Merritt poses for a professional headshot.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

June 30, 2020

In her three years at the University of Illinois, women’s basketball head coach Nancy Fahey worked with the same assistants that were there when she first came to Champaign. Once this past season wrapped up, Fahey changed up the coaching staff for the first time in her tenure at Illinois. Fahey relieved form...

Hernandez sees progress in top players

Junior Brandon Peters throws a pass during the match against Connecticut on Sep. 12, 2019.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

June 26, 2020

In just over two months, Illinois expects to run out of the tunnels to take on in-state foe Illinois State — albeit in front of a mere 12,000 spectators. Nonetheless, before Peters and company can start fall practice or take their first snap of the much awaited 2020 season, the Illini must hit the...

MLB finally gets 2020 plan in motion

A baseball with the MLB logo sits at Citizens Bank Park before a game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies on June 28, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

By Rich Eberwein, Staff Writer

June 25, 2020

As if the cancellation of sporting events due to a global pandemic wasn’t enough, MLB owners and the Player’s Association finally wrapped up months of negotiations that were both uncomfortable to watch and embarrassing for the game. For a sport that desperately needed a pick-me-up before the clock...

Collegiate golf may look at PGA Tour for guidance

PGA Tour golfer Bryson DeChambeau (right) walks up the 18th fairway past the leaderboard showing him at 10-under during the second round of the Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Friday, June 12, 2020. He finished the day tied for second with Jordan Spieth at 10-under. The Challenge is the first tour event since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

By Jonah Perez, Staff Writer

June 20, 2020

Golf was one of the first sports to come back after the shutdown began to wrap up. The success of the new rules the PGA Tour installed is what will determine what the NCAA will do about college golf next season. The PGA Tour and its sub tours, like the Korn Ferry Tour, will provide constant testing...

Illini women’s tennis reflects on refreshing trips

Junior Jaclyn Switkes serves the ball during the match against Furman on Feb. 10, 2018.

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer

June 19, 2020

As the 2017-2018 Illinois women’s tennis team approached an all-time high for the program, the players grew weary. By mid-March, Illinois had soared out to a 12-2 start, but it came at a cost due to their grueling schedule that included five top-25 teams, along with various tournaments, w...

Big Ten includes nine Illinois representatives in Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition

Senior Runningback Ra'Von Bonner celebrates a touchdown during the match against Akron on Aug. 31, 2019.

By Jackson Janes, Assistant Sports Editor

June 19, 2020

The Big Ten Conference announced the members of its Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition on Monday, including nine representatives from Illinois: senior running back Ra’Von Bonner (football), sophomore middle blocker Kennedy Collins (volleyball), sophomore forward Kennedi Myles (women’s basketball),...

Illini prepare for unprecedented season

Illinois Head Football Coach Lovie Smith watches from the sideline during the Redbox Bowl match against California  on Dec. 30, 2019 in Santa Clara, CA.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

June 17, 2020

Coming off of its first bowl since 2014, the Illini expect to build off its foundation for a breakout season. With the twelfth most production coming back in the entire country, it appears Illinois has a chance to secure its first New Year’s Day bowl since 2008. But, like every other college footba...

Former Illini pitcher Ty Weber signs with San Francisco Giants as undrafted free agent

Senior Ty Weber steps into a pitch during competition.

By Rich Eberwein, Staff Writer

June 17, 2020

Former Illinois pitcher Ty Weber received a phone call from the San Francisco Giants on Sunday with a free agent contract offer. After months of wondering what the future would hold and whether or not he would be returning to Illinois for an extra season, Weber talked it over with his parents and, after...

Illinois High School Association Boys Basketball tournament returning to Champaign

The State Farm Center, located at 1800 S. First St. in Champaign, sits  on April 3, 2019.

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

June 15, 2020

For the first time since 1995, Champaign will play host for the Illinois High School Association Boys Basketball March Madness tournament after Peoria hosted the event for the past quarter century. The tournament, which had been played annually until this season since 1919, will be played at the State...

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