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Illinois wraps up 20th season at NCAA Tournament

Illinois wraps up 20th season at NCAA Tournament

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

May 29, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Sports Top Stories, Women's Sports

Following its second loss to No. 22 Virginia Tech Hokies in the NCAA tournament, the Illinois softball team finished its 20th season with a 33-25 record including a 9-14 conference record. Illinois was selected for the Lexington Regional, hosted by No. 14 Kentucky. After dropping their first game to ...

Illinois earns NCAA regional spot

Illinois earns NCAA regional spot

By Rachel Spencer, Assistant Sports Editor

May 28, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois baseball earned a spot in the NCAA baseball tournament as a No. 2 seed Monday. The announcement, made on ESPNU, follows Illinois’ disappointing end to the Big Ten Tournament when a loss to Michigan knocked the team out of contention. For NCAA Regional play, Illinois will travel to Oxford, Mississi...

Illini make school history at NCAA tournaments

Illini make school history at NCAA tournaments

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

May 26, 2019


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis, Tennis, Uncategorized, Women's Sports

Kovacevic carries best NCAA tournament run since 2007 The Illini men’s and women’s tennis teams had successful spring seasons, and junior Aleks Kovacevic advanced to the Final Four in the NCAA men’s singles tennis championships. Kovacevic became an All-American Tuesday as he advanced to th...

Illinois eliminated from Big Ten Tournament in loss to Michigan

Illinois eliminated from Big Ten Tournament in loss to Michigan

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

May 24, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

After a heartbreaking loss in the Big Ten tournament opener against Maryland, the Illinois baseball team was handed another bitter loss, this time at the hands of the Michigan Wolverines by a score of 5-4. It’s the second time in as many days the Illini have let a tight game get away from them in...

Illinois falls to Maryland despite top-notch defense

Illinois falls to Maryland despite top-notch defense

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

May 24, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

The 20th-ranked Illinois baseball team suffered a 6-2 loss to the Maryland Terrapins in their Big Ten tournament opener on Wednesday. The Illini got the short end of the stick in a game that had a tight score all game long. In the top of the eighth inning, the Terrapins freshman infielder/outfiel...

Roundtree suffers spinal cord injury

Roundtree suffers spinal cord injury

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

May 22, 2019


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois star defensive end Bobby Roundtree suffered a major spinal injury in a swimming accident Saturday. The accident occurred near his home in Largo, Florida, and the junior underwent surgery on Sunday at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, Florida.  “Bobby Roundtree is exactly what you wan...

Team takes second postseason win at Myrtle Beach

Team takes second postseason win at Myrtle Beach

By Claire O’Brien, Staff Writer

May 19, 2019


Filed under Golf, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois men’s golf won the NCAA golf Myrtle Beach Regional Wednesday at TPC Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. This is the second straight postseason win for the team, which won the Big Ten Tournament April 28. The Illini were led by junior Michael Feagles, who finished first individually. Feagles finished four-under-par on each of the first two d...

Turk inducted into Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame

Turk inducted into Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

May 12, 2019


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field, Track & Field, Women's Sports

Illinois head track and field coach Michael Turk was inducted into the Drake Relays Hall of Fame April 25. Turk has been coaching the Illini for eight seasons but recently became the head coach of the program in 2017, when both the men’s and women’s programs combined. Turk said he knew he would be getting induct...

Women’s golf advances to NCAA finals for first time in school history

Women’s golf advances to NCAA finals for first time in school history

By Claire O’Brien, Staff Writer

May 10, 2019


Filed under Golf, Sports, Women's Sports

The No. 19 Illinois women’s golf team advanced to the NCAA finals Wednesday for the first time in school history. As a No. 7 seed. in the NCAA Regional, Illinois had a deep field of competition, including fellow Big Ten teams Indiana and Michigan State. This trip to the NCAA championship is the la...

Ninth-seed Illinois prepares for Big Ten tournament

Ninth-seed Illinois prepares for Big Ten tournament

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

May 8, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

After a tough conference stretch, the Illinois softball team ended the regular season in the win column with a sweep at home against Big Ten opponent Purdue. The Illini showcased their offensive power in the series with wins of 7-2, 11-9 and 12-4. Illinois made comeback efforts Friday and Saturday to s...

Illinois prospect dies in deadly party shooting

Illinois prospect dies in deadly party shooting

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

May 7, 2019


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Sports Top Stories

Fourteen-year-old football standout Jaylon McKenzie was shot and killed in the St. Louis metro area late Saturday night. McKenzie was a running back and wide receiver at the Mason-Clark Middle School in East Saint Louis and received offers to play football at the University of Illinois just five days...

Illinois quarterback Rivers enters transfer portal

Illinois quarterback Rivers enters transfer portal

By Alec Busse, Contributing Writer

May 4, 2019


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Sports Top Stories

Illini freshman quarterback M.J. Rivers announced via Twitter Saturday night he will be entering the transfer portal due to “personal circumstances.” “The road to your dreams often are not straight and narrow, usually they have bumps, curves, and dips,” River said in a tweet.  https://t...

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