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Scott already finding her place during freshman season

Scott already finding her place during freshman season

By Sumeya Kalib, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Gymnastics, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois women gymnastics team has welcomed a fresh face to beam and floor line up this season in freshman Shaylah Scott. Being the only freshman to have performed so far this season, the Texas native and junior Olympic National Champion has been making strides and showcasing her talent over the...

Illinois softball hopes to climb conference rankings

Illinois softball hopes to climb conference rankings

By JJ Kim, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Following a 3-2 start to the season, the Illinois softball team heads to Atlanta this weekend where it will face Georgia Tech and Boston College. Fourth-year coach Tyra Perry will look to build off a solid opening weekend and climb the conference rankings. The team finished 37-18 last season, includi...

Baseball more than a game for Massey family

Baseball more than a game for Massey family

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2019


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

It’s well past normal practice hours on January 10, 2015, and the Bo Jackson Dome in Lockport, Illinois is almost empty. Almost. Within the empty belly of the dome, a lone 17-year-old kid sits propped up between a blue plastic curtain and a thin support beam. His Chicago Blackhawks ball cap is...

Wittinger balances playing on team, school

Wittinger balances playing on team, school

By JJ Kim, Staff writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Following another hard- fought game, senior forward Alex Wittinger headed to the locker room to call her father. He was her first coach and is still a key figure in her life, always going over the game and discussing what adjustments to make going forward. After a frustrating loss, Wittinger has to decomp...

Illini fall to Wildcats, Tar Heels

Illini fall to Wildcats, Tar Heels

By Meghan Rest, Assistant sports editor

February 13, 2019


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

The No. 14 Illinois men’s tennis team clinched its third-straight dual victory of the spring Friday night, but suffered its first loss of the season Saturday at the Atkins Tennis Center. Illinois was on fire against Kentucky (4-3), and crushed the Wildcats 4-1 Friday night. However, the team’...

Women’s basketball gets major win over Badgers

Women’s basketball gets major win over Badgers

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

The Illinois women’s basketball team defeated Wisconsin 78-68 Sunday, snapping a nine-game losing streak and winning their second Big Ten contest this season. Thanks to senior Alex Wittinger’s 24 points and 12 boards, the Illini fought off a tough Badger team at the State Farm Center. “It’s...

Softball beats Oklahoma State for first season win

Softball beats Oklahoma State for first season win

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

February 12, 2019


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

The Illinois softball team started its spring season by picking up the program’s 600th and 601st wins in Houston on Friday. During the team's 2019 season opener, Illinois ousted two top-25 teams — No. 22 Oklahoma State and No. 13 Kentucky — beating them 7-4 and 6-5, respectively. Senior outfiel...

Freshmen receive Big Ten honors

Freshmen receive Big Ten honors

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

February 12, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois swept the Big Ten accolades this week. Illinois freshman big man Giorgi Bezhanishvili was named Big Ten Player of the Week, while fellow freshman guard Ayo Dosunmu collected Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. Both accolades made Big Ten history, marking the first time two freshmen from the s...

Smith hires son to staff, adds cornerbacks coach

Smith hires son to staff, adds cornerbacks coach

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

February 11, 2019


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

Lovie Smith’s Illinois football staff is going to look different in 2019.  Gone are the likes of former defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson as well as several coaches who have been in the program for a while, like former offensive line coach Luke Butkus, who joined the Green Bay Packers, and strength a...

Carr wrestles with ambitious goals on and off the mat

Carr wrestles with ambitious goals on and off the mat

By Brendyn Jones, Staff writer

February 11, 2019


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

Mike Carr, 141-pound redshirt sophomore, hasn’t lost a match since he competed in the Cliff Keen Invite at the beginning of December. Since then, Carr has won six times with three of those wins coming against ranked opponents. Carr has had plenty of success in his three seasons wrestling for the Univers...

Illinois faces off against Ohio in two close games

Illinois faces off against Ohio in two close games

By Jared Farmer, Staff writer

February 11, 2019


Filed under Club Sports, Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

Friday’s first period set the tone for what became a tight defensive contest between Illinois and Ohio. After a scoreless first 10 minutes, the Bobcats got on the board with a shot into the Illini net at the 9:19 mark. Ohio freshman Ryan Higgins and Illinois sophomore Jack Healy were both sent to the pen...

Illini bounce back against Spartans

Illini bounce back against Spartans

By Sumeya Kalib, Staff writer

February 11, 2019


Filed under Gymnastics, Sports, Women's Sports

Ending with a solid floor routine, the Illinois women’s gymnastics team bounced back against Michigan State 195.100-194.575, the Illini earning their second Big Ten win and 10th consecutive win against the Spartans. The team started off strong on vaults by winning the event, beating its season-hi...

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