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Fall sports lose traction throughout season, some exceptions

Fall sports lose traction throughout season, some exceptions

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

December 12, 2019

This fall, Illinois experienced memorable victories and tragic losses at nearly every turn. Some Illini teams saw serious growth in the latter part of 2019, while others fell victim to expectation-shattering campaigns. Despite what record books and scoreboards may suggest, the Illini were full of surpr...

Illini prepare for Redbox Bowl

Illini prepare for Redbox Bowl

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

December 12, 2019

Many Illini fans were scratching their heads when Director of Athletics Josh Whitman announced a two-year extension of head football coach Lovie Smith’s contract last season. It’s safe to say most of them aren’t anymore. “We want to be Big Ten Champions someday,” Smith said. “Our program will...

Luffman sets pace for freshman season

Luffman sets pace for freshman season

By Andrew Medina, Contributing Writer

December 12, 2019

Luke Luffman’s freshman campaign has taken off this season. Luffman began wrestling at seven-years-old when a wrestling coach spotted him at his brother’s football practice. The coach encouraged Luffman to take up wrestling. And, soon after joining, Luffman dominated the wrestling mat, eventually...

Illinois upsets No. 5 Michigan 71-62 at home

Illinois upsets No. 5 Michigan 71-62 at home

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

December 11, 2019

Coming off of a loss at No. 4 Maryland where Illinois' game-long lead seemed safe until the very end, the Illini dealt with a relentless Big Ten schedule and welcomed No. 5 Michigan in the conference matchup at home. Unlike in its loss to Maryland, Illinois seized control in the second half of the g...

Illinois to host No. 5 Michigan at the State Farm Center Wednesday

Illinois to host No. 5 Michigan at the State Farm Center Wednesday

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

December 11, 2019

Illinois men’s basketball suffered two straight losses, determined only by two points or less last week. After dropping the ACC/Big Ten Challenge to Miami, then giving up a lead to No. 4 Maryland, Illinois (6-3, 0-1) will host No. 5 Michigan (8-1, 1-0) Wednesday at the State Farm Center.  Michiga...

Hayes channels experience in new role with Illinois

Hayes channels experience in new role with Illinois

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer

December 10, 2019

Starting college is a huge step in anyone’s life. It’s the first time you’ve moved away from home, with no parents in sight. It’s the chance to be independent and make your own decisions. It’s the next big step after high school graduation. But for Illini hockey’s freshman forward Zach Hayes, ...

Haveman named USTFCCCA Midwest Region Women’s Coach of the Year

Haveman named USTFCCCA Midwest Region Women’s Coach of the Year

By Savaughn Anderson, Staff Writer

December 9, 2019

In November, Illinois head cross country coach Sarah Haveman was named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Midwest Region Women’s Coach of the Year. Haveman is the second coach in the history of the Illinois women’s program to win the award, joining former coach Karen H...

Illinois bests Northern Illinois in first home meet of the season

Illinois bests Northern Illinois in first home meet of the season

By Andrew Medina, Contributing Writer

December 9, 2019

The Illinois wrestling team defeated Northern Illinois in a 22-15 victory at Huff Hall Friday in the team’s first home meet of the season. Freshman Justin Cardani won the first match of the night at 125-pounds, 5-2. He took his opponent down twice and successfully controlled the match all six minute...

Illinois falls to Ohio to end win streak

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer

December 8, 2019

Before heading off for a month-long break, Illinois had one more obstacle to face: a weekend series with the No. 10-ranked Ohio Bobcats at the Big Pond. Behind stout defensive performances, physicality and clutch goals by both teams, the top-10 battle lived up to the hype with a series split. Friday night was me...

Maryland edges past Illinois by single point

Maryland edges past Illinois by single point

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

December 7, 2019

The Illinois men's basketball team looked to have secured its first signature road victory under Brad Underwood. Still, a frantic final few minutes saw the team squander the lead when No. 3 Maryland stole a 59-58 win. Contrary to Monday’s loss to Miami, Illinois started the game hot, leading by...

Illinois secures invite to face California in RedBox Bowl

Illinois secures invite to face California in RedBox Bowl

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

December 7, 2019

The Illinois football team is headed to the RedBox Bowl in Santa Clara, California, and will face Pac-12 foe California (7-5, 4-5) on Dec. 30 at Levi Stadium at 3 p.m. CT. Illinois earned a bowl bid for the first time under head coach Lovie Smith, marking the program’s first post-season appearance...

Illini hope to continue winning streak against Bobcats

Illini hope to continue winning streak against Bobcats

By Ken Kazarian, Contributing Writer

December 6, 2019

The No. 9 Illinois hockey team will face off against No. 10 Ohio University Friday and Saturday at the Big Pond in Illinois. Puck drop for both games is scheduled for 7 p.m. Both teams are looking for wins in the weekend series in hopes of leapfrogging the other in the standings.  The weekend games wi...

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