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Sophomore Riley Gowens pitches against Purdue on April 18. Although he was injured, he has healed and continues to make progress.

No quitter, no-hitter: Gowens astounds coaches, teammates after two-year injury rehab

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer May 4, 2021

In May 2018, Riley Gowens was just weeks away from wrapping up his Libertyville High School baseball career and heading down to Champaign to play for Dan Hartleb and the Illinois baseball team. The No....

The men’s gymnastics team cheers during the meet against Ohio State Jan. 23 at Huff Hall in Champaign. The Illini had injury issues all year, though they still had several individual accolades throughout the season.

Men’s gymnastics season rewind: Illini claim individual titles during difficult season

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer May 3, 2021

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team wrapped up its 2021 season a few weeks ago at the NCAA championships, claiming sixth place in the team competition. Though the team didn’t finish where it hoped to,...

The Illinois men's tennis team poses with the Big Ten Championship trophy after winning the tournament on Sunday. The title is the program's first since 2015.

Illinois perseveres through tournament, clinches Big Ten Tournament title

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer May 2, 2021

Illinois men's tennis has been working toward the Big Ten Tournament all season. For its seniors, the championship run was five years in the making. And as for the program, Illinois has been pining for...

Sophomore Riley Gowens pitches against Purdue on April 19.  The team prepares for their home matches against Maryland this upcoming weekend.

Illini snag two against No. 22 Michigan

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer May 2, 2021

The Illini baseball team had to adapt quickly heading into this weekend's pod play. Hours before play was set to begin, Northwestern pulled out due to health and safety concerns leaving the Illini to face...

Junior Sydney Sickels throws a pitch during the game against Purdue on April 17. Illinois split the series against Northwestern 2-2 this past weekend.

Illinois splits four-game series with Northwestern despite timely hitting, solid pitching

By Allende Miglietta , Staff Writer May 2, 2021

After a tough four-game series against Northwestern, Illinois will return to Champaign with an overall record of 22-14. The Illini fought hard against the Wildcats, as they strove to keep their focus and...

The Illinois men's golf team stands with their trophies after a big win on Sunday. They bring home their sixth consecutive Big Ten title.

Illini win sixth straight Big Ten Championship after tournament comes down to final hole

By Christian Jones, Staff Writer May 2, 2021

The Illinois men’s golf team ran a close race with Iowa, but in the end, the Illini walked away as Big Ten men's golf champions for the sixth straight year. The Illini finished one stroke ahead of the...

The Illinois men's basketball team waits for what may be called at their game on Jan. 19 against Penn State. Although Illinois basketball will be losing key players, they have transfers coming to the team.

Big Ten stock watch: Roster changes after one month highlights transfer portal madness

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer May 2, 2021

The month of April was one of the most bizarre offseason periods in college basketball history. With the one-time transfer rule in effect, the transfer portal is filled with talented players from all leagues,...

Redshirt sophomore Billy Matzek throws shot put at the Fighting Illini Big Ten Relays on April 23. The Illinois track & field team wraps up their regular-season with multiple accolades.

Illinois wraps up regular-season schedule with several individual accolades

By Andre Thomas, Staff Writer May 1, 2021

With the weekend coming to an end, Illinois has won multiple events in every invite this year. The men and women's track & field teams are both having historic years, breaking records in multiple events....

Josh Imatorbhebhe runs after making a catch against Northwestern Dec. 12 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois. Imatorbhebhe signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent.

Josh Imatorbhebhe signs with Jacksonville Jaguars as undrafted free agent

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor May 1, 2021

Though he missed out on getting selected during the 2021 NFL Draft, former Illini wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent. Imatorbhebhe played...

Milo Eifler celebrates an incompletion during the game against Iowa Nov. 23, 2019, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.

Former Illini Milo Eifler signs with New York Jets as undrafted free agent

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor May 1, 2021

After not hearing his name called during the 2021 NFL Draft, former Illini linebacker Milo Eifler has signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent. After spending two years, one of which...

Freshman Adam Miller scans the court for teammates against Maryland Jan. 10 at State Farm Center. Miller announced Saturday afternoon that he is transferring to Louisiana State.

Adam Miller announces transfer to Louisiana State

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor May 1, 2021

Former Illinois freshman guard Adam Miller has announced he is transferring to Louisiana State after initially entering the transfer portal April 1. “The biggest reason I chose LSU, you know, (head...

Nate Hobbs goes into the end zone after making a pick-six against Rutgers Nov. 2, 2019, at Memorial Stadium.

Former Illini Nate Hobbs selected in fifth round of 2021 NFL Draft

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor May 1, 2021

Former Illinois cornerback Nate Hobbs was selected in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Las Vegas Raiders. Hobbs is the second Illini selected in this year’s draft after the team didn’t...

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