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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...

Senior Zeke Clark competes in the match against Virginia on Sunday. Clark is the Illini of the Week.

Illini of the Week: Zeke Clark clinches two upset wins, earns first-career Player of the Week award

By Jackson Janes, Assistant Sports Editor February 18, 2021

Like many spring sports athletes, Zeke Clark grappled with a tough decision after his senior season was cut short: should he return to Illinois for a fifth season and take advantage of the extra year of...

Redshirt senior Jon Davis competes in a cross country race. Davis recently placed second in the Big Ten Championship and made significant gains in the stock market.

Illini of the Week: Davis makes gains on field, stock market

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor February 4, 2021

Everyone in America became their own Jordan Belfort over the past week.  Taking advice from WallsStreetBets, a subreddit where participants discuss stock and options trading, Robinhood users flooded...

Junior gymnast Hamish Carter finishes his high bar routine and poses for the judges at Huff Hall on Saturday. Carter was named Male Gymnist of the week by the CGA and Big Ten.

Illini of the Week: Hamish Carter honored by Big Ten, College Gymnastics Association

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer January 28, 2021

Following a stellar return to the all-around competition against Ohio State on Saturday, which included two event titles, Illinois’ Hamish Carter has been named Male Gymnast of the Week by both the College...

Illinois Fighting Illini guard Ayo Dosunmu (11) dribbles up the court on Tuesday at Mackey Arena. The Illini won 79-62.

Dosunmu continues to excel on the court, elevates Illinois to top-20 ranking

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer January 30, 2020

No. 19-ranked Illinois is playing its best stretch of basketball in head coach Brad Underwood’s tenure, winning six straight Big Ten games. Sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu has been the certified lethal weapon...

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