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Junior Michael Fletcher performs a routine on the parallel bars against Iowa on Feb. 13. The Illinois men's gymnastics team will compete in the NCAA national championships this week as an eight-seed.

Illini to compete in NCAA Championships as 8-seed

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer April 16, 2021

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team has only one weekend of competition left in its season. It’s the weekend the Illini have spent the entire season preparing for: the NCAA men’s gymnastics national...

Sophomore shortstop Branden Comia fields a ground ball at a game against Northwestern on March 28. The Illinois baseball team will play four games this weekend against Purdue and Michigan State at Illinois Field.

Illini set to host Purdue, Michigan State in four-game series at Illinois Field

By Jared Ebanks, Staff Writer April 16, 2021

In this COVID-shortened season, pods are only played on the weekends, allowing the Illinois baseball team to receive an ample amount of recovery time. The elimination of the midweek games lends the Illini...

Manning Platter begins to spin during the indoor weight throw event. The Illinois track & field team will compete in Bloomington, Indiana again this weekend at the second Big Ten Invitational.

Illinois enters weekend’s meets with momentum, hunger

By Andre Thomas April 16, 2021

Last week’s track & field invitational was one for the ages, as the Illini won several events and broke school records. Members like Manning Plater, Chisom Nwoko and Amira Aduma represented the Illini...

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...

Redshirt freshman Isaiah Williams throws the football during practice on March 23.

Peters, Williams battle for starting quarterback spot

By Josh Pietsch, Assistant On-Air Editor April 15, 2021

On a football field, the most important player is the one under center at quarterback. For the Illini, who have two players with starting experience at the position, there is a seemingly tight battle for...

Sophomore Branden Comia runs to first base after a hit on March 26. The Men’s Baseball Team has to reschedule their game against Indiana because of bad weather.

Illinois falls to Indiana after weather delays, inconsistent pitching

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

Plagued by storms and rain all weekend, Illinois baseball’s three-game series at No. 24 Indiana was shortened to just two games, as Sunday’s weather forced a postponement. The Illini left Bloomington...

Sophomore Justin Janas hits the baseball during the Illinois game against Northwestern on March 26. Janas used the offseason to become one of the top hitters on the team.

Janas becomes top Illini hitter after transforming body, mindset

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

In Illinois’ shortened 2020 season, then-freshman Justin Janas recorded just six at-bats, failing to connect on any. When COVID-19 canceled the remainder of the season, Janas had two options: cruise...

Illini basketball head coach Brad Underwood finishes a timeout huddle with his team during the game against Purdue Jan. 2. Underwood has been using his time in the offseason to recruit players from the transfer portal.

Underwood, staff use offseason to recruit next season’s team

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

As soon as Illinois’ season came to a conclusion on March 21, Brad Underwood didn’t have time to rest. Sure, his team won’t play another game for months and a long offseason awaits, but at that...

Sophomore Evan Manivong  sticks his landing and celebrates after by showing off his vaccine card during the meet against Minnesota on March 22. While originally meant as a joke between teammates, Manivong used the stunt to raise awareness about vaccinations.

Manivong goes viral with vaccine card celebration

By Brad Zimmerman, Staff Writer April 12, 2021

During Illinois’ March 22 meet against Minnesota, sophomore Evan Manivong celebrated his stuck vault landing with a move The Athletic’s Olivia Witherite called “the ultimate flex.” After sticking...

Junior Adrien Dumont de Chassart hits the golf ball at their invitational in West Lafayette, Indiana. The team finished second place overall.

Illini narrowly miss out on first place, finish second in Boilermaker Invitational

By Christian Jones, Staff Writer April 11, 2021

The Illinois men’s golf team came up short in a nail-biter at the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Illini finished second, just two strokes behind first-place Kent State. Junior...

Junior Kweisi Kenyatte and senior Aleks Kovacevic high five each other after winning a point in their doubles match against Minnesota on April 4 at Atkins Tennis Center. The Illini men's tennis team were named Big Ten West division champions after a successful weekend in Iowa and Nebraska.

Illini claim Big Ten West title after momentous weekend in Iowa, Nebraska

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer April 11, 2021

Wins continue to flow in for the Illinois men’s tennis team, and after a weekend on the road, the Illini established their reign in the Big Ten. For the 2021 season, the Big Ten divided its standings...

Part of the Demirjian family along with other donors pose for a photo in front of the bleachers at Demirjian Park on Tuesday. The newly constructed park will serve as home to the Illini track & field and soccer programs.

Illini strengthen brand, reputation with Demirjian Park

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer April 11, 2021

When Mike Turk, the director of track & field and cross country, brings up Illinois’ program history, he doesn’t think it’s good; he thinks it’s historic, as it has featured Hall of Fame coaches,...

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