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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...

Smith hires son to staff, adds cornerbacks coach

Smith hires son to staff, adds cornerbacks coach

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

February 11, 2019


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

Lovie Smith’s Illinois football staff is going to look different in 2019.  Gone are the likes of former defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson as well as several coaches who have been in the program for a while, like former offensive line coach Luke Butkus, who joined the Green Bay Packers, and strength a...

Carr wrestles with ambitious goals on and off the mat

Carr wrestles with ambitious goals on and off the mat

By Brendyn Jones, Staff writer

February 11, 2019


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

Mike Carr, 141-pound redshirt sophomore, hasn’t lost a match since he competed in the Cliff Keen Invite at the beginning of December. Since then, Carr has won six times with three of those wins coming against ranked opponents. Carr has had plenty of success in his three seasons wrestling for the Univers...

Bezhanishvili: A basketball love story

Bezhanishvili: A basketball love story

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

February 11, 2019


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

Giorgi Bezhanishvili drives a Lambo. Turning heads around campus, the breakout freshman big man is rolling high and mighty. To be clear, the heads are turned due to the oversized 7-foot frame waving side-to-side on a black-bike: his Lambo. Bezhanishvili does not hesitate to talk about his prized p...

Shewan brings veteran motivation

Shewan brings veteran motivation

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

February 7, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Sports Top Stories, Women's Sports

Prior to Monday night, graduate transfer Sarah Shewan was shooting 17 percent from 3-point range. Against No. 10 Maryland, Shewan hit five from behind the arc, finishing the game with 16 points and 71 percent three-point shooting. “Honestly I didn’t take as many shots before the game as I usually do, but when ...

Coaches vs. Cancer initiative fights back

Coaches vs. Cancer initiative fights back

By Miles Powers-Huang, Assistant Sports Editor

February 7, 2019


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

Cancer is a disease that has affected millions around the globe, and the Illinois men’s basketball team is doing its part to help find a cure. The program announced on Tuesday it would take part in the American Cancer Society’s 2019 Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. Coaches, players and fans can...

Recent win perfect example of Illinois basketball’s development

Recent win perfect example of Illinois basketball’s development

By Eli Schuster, Staff writer

February 7, 2019


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

Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman stands in the tunnel at the end of Illinois men’s basketball games like a dad who’s way too into your little league game. After nearly every performance, no matter the outcome, you have to face the old man. With a loss, it’s usually a tap on the back w...

Long layoff provides time to reconvene

Long layoff provides time to reconvene

By Nithin Reddy, Staff writer

February 4, 2019


Filed under Gymnastics, Sports, Sports Top Stories

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team went to Lincoln, Nebraska, to take on Nebraska and Oklahoma over the weekend. Though Illinois secured a win over top 10 Iowa just last week, the team could not repeat that success on Saturday night. The Illini had the lowest score of the meet with 399.15 points, w...

Ling Kuhn reminisces on years as diver

Ling Kuhn reminisces on years as diver

By Gabby Vazquez, Staff writer

February 4, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Top Stories, Swim & Dive, Women's Sports

While it’s an emotional time for many of the Illini swimming and diving seniors who just recently competed in their senior day meet, Ling Kuhn couldn’t be happier with where her time at Illinois has brought her. Kuhn, a senior from Bloomington, Illinois, has been swimming since she was in first gr...

Freshman Ryba already leading the way for Illini hockey

Freshman Ryba already leading the way for Illini hockey

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

January 31, 2019


Filed under Club Sports, Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports, Sports Top Stories

Kacper Ryba was a freshman who initially was just trying to impress in tryouts for the Illini Club Hockey Team. “I just wanted to make it,” Ryba said. “I was worried night after night about getting a spot.” During tryouts, Ryba began to closely connect with junior Bobby Ernsting as well as ot...

Team’s belief fuels Jones’ breakout

Team’s belief fuels Jones’ breakout

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

January 31, 2019


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

Illinois freshman wing Tevian Jones knew his day was coming. Head coach Brad Underwood talked up the freshman’s game all season, and he maintained those claims even while Jones was suspended for an eight-game stretch after violating team rules. His teammates kept telling him he was an important part of ...

REPORT: Thad Ward to leave Illini football program

REPORT: Thad Ward to leave Illini football program

By Meghan Rest, Assistant sports editor

January 30, 2019


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

After two years with the Illini running back coach and creator of Illinois’ “Littyville” recruiting slogan Thad Ward is leaving Illinois to pursue a job at Temple University as a receiver’s coach, according to footballscoops.com Ward came to Illinois in March of 2016 after coaching at Norther...

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