The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

Brian Bell looks to pass the ball to a teammate on Sept. 1 at the Tokyo Paralympics. Team USA played against Turkey on Sept. 1.

Illini Paralympians update: Martin wins two silvers; Scaroni, Romanchuk secure gold medals

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Digital Content Editor September 2, 2021

The Paralympics kicked off last week in Tokyo, with several Illini competing for Team USA. Here’s how the Illini have done at the Paralympics: Tatyana McFadden (Wheelchair racing, USA): McFadden...

USA Paralympic athlete Tatyana McFadden poses for a photo in front of the track she will be competing on in the coming days. McFadden is an Illinois alumni and is set to make a big impact in wheelchair racing as she has accumulated 17 medals over the course of three olympic games.

Illini at the Paralympics: McFadden competes in sixth Games, McGrory represents USA for fourth time

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Digital Content Editor August 25, 2021

Illini in the Paralympics The 2020 Paralympics are set to kick off in Tokyo Tuesday. Many Illini will be competing in the Games. Here’s who’s going to Tokyo: Wheelchair racing, USA Tatyana...

Ruby Elbert shoots a basket Friday. The Illini won all three games Friday.

Illinois wheelchair basketball hosts first home tournament of season

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer February 17, 2020

The Illinois wheelchair basketball team played its only home tournament of the season at the ARC Friday and Saturday. Since the team seldom plays in Champaign, they cherished a weekend of playing in front...

Freshman Dago Saenz and, from left to right, Colin LaFon and Tim Culbertson, holds on the fourth-place trophy after losing to Alabama in the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Association. The loss came after defeating Edinboro in overtime and falling to rival Whitewater over the weekend.

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball player joins Colombia National Team

By Ryan Wilson, Staff writer March 30, 2017

Before Dago Saenz hit the basketball court at the 2017 Youth Parapan American Games, he had to learn parts of a language. Saenz, who was born in Colombia and can speak fluent Spanish, is used to speaking...

Freshman Dago Saenz and, from left to right, Colin LaFon and Tim Culbertson, holds on the fourth-place trophy after losing to Alabama in the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Association. The loss came after defeating Edinboro in overtime and falling to rival Whitewater over the weekend.

Rallying Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team settles with fourth in playoffs

By Ryan Wilson , Staff writer March 13, 2017

Wheelchair basketball player Spencer Heslop’s father paced from left to right. Arms crossed. Hands in his pockets. Back to arms crossed. Hislop's mother — also wearing a No. 24 jersey —...

The Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team finished the season with a 1-11 intercollegiate record, but team members plan to try their best in the playoffs.

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball not getting hopes too high for playoffs

By Ryan Wilson , Staff writer March 8, 2017

The members of the Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team are starting to echo each other as the playoffs approach. “Play hard,” Erica Wilson and Kaitlyn Eaton said. “Finish the season strong.” Illinois...

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball practices during halftime in the match against Canadian Academy on Jan. 28. The team will head to the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball tournament this weekend.

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team finds laughter before playoffs

By Ryan Wilson , Staff writer March 8, 2017

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball’s Mak Nong participated in a shootaround Monday morning when he heard teammate Mike Mitchell tell a quick-witted joke. “Mike is one of those guys that’s going...

Illinis Ryan Neiswender takes the ball down the court against the Canadian National Team at the ARC on Jan. 28th.

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team ends season on high note

By Ryan Wilson , Staff writer March 1, 2017

Ryan Neiswender entered his senior year with confidence. Now, he is leaving with even more. “We’re peaking at the right time, which is what’s important,” Neiswender said. “I don’t think...

Mens Wheelchair basketballs head coach Matt Buchi talks to his players during a timeout at the ARC on Jan. 28th.

Buchi emphasizes mental toughness for Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team

By Ryan Wilson , Staff writer February 17, 2017

Illinois men's wheelchair basketball head coach Matt Buchi has been emphasizing mental toughness since Illinois’ 1-2 finish at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania two weekends ago. After the Illini...

Spencer Heslop carries the ball as the Illini Mens Wheelchair Basketball team plays against the Canadian Academy.

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team seeks inside dominance in Edinboro

By Ryan Wilson , Staff writer February 3, 2017

The Illinois men's wheelchair basketball team has won five of its last seven games and is coming off a tournament in which it beat the experienced Milwaukee Bucks for the first time this season. Illini...

Illinois Spencer Heslop passes the ball in the tournament against Canadian Academy on Saturday at the ARC.

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team adds stunts, downs Bucks

By Ryan Wilson , Staff writer January 30, 2017

Head coach Matt Buchi looked over to his left and pulled out an imaginary bow from his back. He aimed it at Patrick Tomic, who was sitting on the opposite side of the bench, and pulled back his...

Illinois Ryan Neiswender takes a shot during the game against Arizona State University at the Activities and Recreation Center on February 13. The Illini won 69-43.

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team eyes the Bucks in Champaign

By Ryan Wilson, Staff writer January 28, 2017

Illinois men's wheelchair basketball's Patrick Tomic is getting taller just in time to face a 6-foot opponent on the court. Tomic, an average-sized guard/forward, started using a new wheelchair last...

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