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Tale of two days for Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team

Tale of two days for Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team

By Ryan Wilson, Staff writer

November 15, 2016


Filed under Sports, Wheelchair Basketball

Seniors Ryan Neiswender and Derek Hoot can only do so much. The pair was a dominant force for the Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team at the eighth annual Second City Showdown in Chicago over the weekend. Neiswender and Hoot were no match against Paralympians and players with experience...

Sporting goals beyond sports

Sporting goals beyond sports

By Ryan Wilson, Staff writer

November 8, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Men's Sports, Sports, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

When Adam Bleakney first walked into an Iowa driver’s license facility, everything seemed normal. A month and a half later, though, he returned to the facility and talked with the same employee. But this time, she looked at him completely differently, Bleankey said. “From my personal experience,...

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team building muscle, not wins

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team building muscle, not wins

By Ryan Wilson, Staff Writer

October 26, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories, Wheelchair Basketball

The Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team is in a unique situation. “Guys are becoming too strong,” head coach Matt Buchi said. Poor shooting was an issue in the team’s 1-3 outing at Southwestern Minnesota State on Oct. 21 and 22. The team averaged a 38.2 shooting percent and 52.2...

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team opens season

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team opens season

By Ryan Wilson, Staff writer

October 21, 2016


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Uncategorized, Wheelchair Basketball

Prior to the Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team’s first game of the season, Martinez Johnson and Collin ‘Turtle’ LaFon were gathered around each other in the Activities and Recreation Center early in the morning with a notebook and pencil in hand. They quizzed each other and asked fo...

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team starts in-season practice

Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team starts in-season practice

By Ryan Wilson, Staff writer

October 11, 2016


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories, Wheelchair Basketball

When a student walks down the shiny hallway to Gym 1 in the Activities and Recreation Center, they will pass Gym 2 on the right. A few feet beyond the gym are the multipurpose rooms to the left and the display case for the Illinois wheelchair basketball programs on the right. The exhibit showcases...

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team adds to gold collection

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team adds to gold collection

By Ryan Wilson, Staff writer

September 18, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Men's Sports, Sports, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

Stephanie Wheeler is usually stoic-faced on and off the basketball court. She knows how to maintain her composure and is well-spoken in front of the media. But on Saturday, all of those characteristics went out the window and she broke loose. In one instance, she tilted her head back, looked to the...

24 Illini heading to Rio for 2016 Paralympics

24 Illini heading to Rio for 2016 Paralympics

By Ryan Wilson, Staff writer

September 7, 2016


Filed under Club Sports, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

Tatyana McFadden is back in business at the Rio Paralympics. The 11-time medalist is on track to sweep every distance in track in this year’s games. Joining McFadden are not only her sister, Hannah, and head coach, Adam Bleakney, but also 23 other current and former Illini. Those athletes stretch acr...

Kids score valuable life lessons at basketball camp

Kids score valuable life lessons at basketball camp

By Ryan Wilson, Staff writer

August 21, 2016


Filed under Men's Sports, Quad Day, Sports, Top Stories, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Basketball, Women's Sports

Sixty wheelchairs scrambled around the six-court gym of the University of Illinois’ Activities and Recreation Center like a bunch of wild animals. They zoomed to one corner where they sat and waited. Then, seconds later, they whizzed back to the other side. This was a game of “blog tag,” ...

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