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The Daily Illini sports staff votes on men's player, women's player, coaches of the year

The Daily Illini sports staff votes on men’s player, women’s player, coaches of the year

By The Daily Illini Sports Staff May 10, 2021

Men's player of the year: Ayo Dosunmu (basketball) In an unanimous vote, junior Ayo Dosunmu was selected as The Daily Illini’s men’s player of the year. The Chicago native put together a historic...

Junior Adrien Dumont De Chassart swings his club at the Big Ten Championship Sunday.

Illini of the week: Small continues to build his legacy after sixth straight Big Ten title

By Christian Jones, Staff Writer May 6, 2021

Illinois men’s head golf coach Mike Small’s list of achievements is long: He is a 2013 Illinois golf Hall of Fame inductee, five-time NCAA Regional Champion and 11-time Big Ten Coach of the Year. He’s...

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The Illinois men’s tennis team celebrates on the court after winning the Big Ten tournament Sunday.

Illini of the week: Illinois shows resilience, wins Big Ten Tournament title over Ohio State

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer May 6, 2021

No one closes out clutch matches quite like Zeke Clark, and Sunday’s play served as another reminder. With Illinois and Ohio State tied at 3-3, the Big Ten championship ultimately culminated to Clark’s...

Junior Ian Skirkey performs on a pommel horse at the NCAA Championships Saturday. Skirky won the NCAA pommel horse championship, which is the first in his career.

Illini of the Week: Skirkey wins NCAA pommel horse championship

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer April 22, 2021

On the north wall of Huff Hall’s arena sits a list of 34 Illinois gymnasts who have won at least one individual NCAA men’s gymnastics championship. Among the names on that list are USA Gymnastics and/or...

Senior Zeke Clark waits for the serve during the match against Minnesota April 4. Clark recently secured his 100th career singles victory, becoming the 16th player in program history to reach that mark.

Illini of the Week: Zeke Clark reflects on 100th career singles win, team’s journey to Big Ten West division title

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer April 15, 2021

Tennis is mainly reactionary. Control can be hard to come by, and as Zeke Clark will admit, coming to terms with that hasn’t been so natural for him, especially in his early years at Illinois. Throughout...

Illini of the week: Jonathan Wells wins two jumping titles, uses father's death as motivation

Illini of the week: Jonathan Wells wins two jumping titles, uses father’s death as motivation

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer April 8, 2021

The book “Outliers” by Malcom Gladwell examines how Bill Gates became one of the richest men in the entire world. Was it because he’s the smartest man alive and had the greatest business model ever?...

Michael Fletcher swings himself over the pommel horse at a meet against Ohio State on Jan. 23. Fletcher stepped up against Minnesota this weekend and received the Illini of the Week award for competing all-around seamlessly while most of the team’s top performers were injured.

Illini of the Week: Fletcher steps up for injury-riddled team

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer April 1, 2021

In its regular season finale against Minnesota, the Illinois men’s gymnastics team needed every healthy gymnast to compete, including its walk-ons. The team was, and still is, ravaged by injuries and...

Sophomore Jerry Ji squats down to observe his putting options during a match. Ji was recently named Illini of the Week after winning the Louisiana Classics in Lafayette, Louisiana, on March 16.

Illini of the Week: Ji wins Louisiana Classics, helps team clinch historic win

By Christian Jones, Staff Writer March 25, 2021

When the dust settled at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, Louisiana last Tuesday, Jerry Ji stood alone as the victor. The Illinois men’s golf team had just blown away the field, four Illini held...

The Illinois women’s gymnastics team poses for a photo with a scoreboard showcasing their new all-around record. The team is using program records as motivation to compete to the best of their ability.

Illini of the Week: Women’s gymnastics team uses program record as momentum, motivation

By Jonah Perez, Staff Writer March 18, 2021

Heading into a conference tournament, everybody wants momentum or something to give them radiating self-confidence, whether it’s a win or even a great week of practice. But, what the Illini women’s...

Freshman Andre Curbelo rushes past a Michigan defender during the game on March 2 at Ann Arbor. Curbelo is this week’s Illini of the Week.

Illini of the Week: Curbelo guides Illini to consecutive ranked road wins

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer March 11, 2021

Heading into Ann Arbor to take on then-No. 2 Michigan, Illinois seemed due for a loss. The Wolverines were hot, winning seven straight games leading up to the contest, and they had a perfect record at...

Junior Abigail Cabush competes in a butterfly event during competition. Cabush has been named the Illini of the Week after solid personal performances this weekend in the Big Ten Championships.

Illini of the Week: Cabush etches name into history books at Big Ten Championships

By Renato Arteaga, Staff Writer March 4, 2021

Everything about the world was up in the air. Coaches were fighting to keep their team’s spirits up, and athletes were training without any indication of when they would be able to compete again. Without...

Senior Michael Feagles watches his ball after a swing during competition. Feagles has been named the Illini of the Week following his first-place finish at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate.

Illini of the Week: Feagles dominates in Mobile after returning for fifth season

By Christian Jones, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

In a perfect world, Michael Feagles does not win the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. In a perfect world, the COVID-19 pandemic does not change everything. If all things went as he planned, Feagles would be...

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