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Junior Kweisi Kenyatte and his teammates cheer on a fellow player in a match against Minnesota on Sunday. The Illinois men's tennis team will travel to Iowa and Nebraska this weekend in hopes of keeping their winning streak alive.

Illinois set to continue hot streak against Iowa, Nebraska

By Enji Erdenekhuyag, Staff Writer April 8, 2021

The No. 14 Illinois men’s tennis team can’t seem to stop reeling in wins. With their imposing presence on the court, the Illini have a resounding winning streak of 10 and sport a solid 14-2 record....

Head coach Evan Clark waits for Kate Duong and Ashley Yeah to cool down before giving them some tips during their doubles match against Wisconsin Feb. 26. Clark has transformed the program since taking over as head coach in 2016.

Evan Clark takes women’s tennis program to new heights

By Will Payne, Assistant Sports Editor April 8, 2021

Over the past few years, the Illinois women’s tennis team has seen a resurgence on the court, and this all began with the arrival of head coach Evan Clark in 2014. Clark began his time at Illinois as...

Illinois head football coach Bret Bielema and his wife Jen Bielema pose for a photo with their daughters Briella and Brexli in front of the Henry Dale and Betty Smith Football Center on Dec. 12. The Bielema family hopes to reside in Champaign for a long time.

Coming home: Bielema family reunited after months apart

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer April 8, 2021

Bret Bielema had been planning a March 26 reunion with his wife, Jen, and young daughters, Briella and Brexli, for months. Not seeing his family since a short stay in New Jersey for Christmas, Bret hoped...

Illini of the week: Jonathan Wells wins two jumping titles, uses father's death as motivation

Illini of the week: Jonathan Wells wins two jumping titles, uses father’s death as motivation

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer April 8, 2021

The book “Outliers” by Malcom Gladwell examines how Bill Gates became one of the richest men in the entire world. Was it because he’s the smartest man alive and had the greatest business model ever?...

Illinois running backs coach Cory Patterson runs through a drill with a few players. Patterson is coming up on his fourth season with the Illini and is the only coach Bret Bielema kept from Lovie Smith’s staff.

Cory Patterson works with new coaching staff, position group in year four with Illini

By Josh Pietsch, Assistant On-Air Editor April 8, 2021

Illinois football running backs coach Cory Patterson was the lone coach retained by Bret Bielema from Lovie Smith’s coaching staff. Patterson is moving to coaching running backs after spending the past...

Redshirt sophomore Kendra Pasquale celebrates after scoring against Iowa at Demirjian Park Feb. 25. The Illini face the Hawkeyes in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament Thursday.

Illinois heads back to Big Ten Tournament for first time since 2018

By Angelle Cortes, Assistant Sports Editor April 7, 2021

On Thursday, the Big Ten Tournament will kick off single-elimination games over the course of two weekends.  How the tournament will work Unlike past years when only eight teams would earn berths...

Junior Kailee Powell swings at the ball during their game against Minnesota March 28. Powell has a diverse tool set, as she has played almost every position at some point in her softball career.

Powell transitions from infield to outfield, powers Illini offense

By Allende Miglietta, Staff Writer April 7, 2021

Softball is a game, and like all games, they aren’t going to last forever. In any game of life, there are always going to be different perspectives, unexpected plays and obstacles to overcome to reach...

Ayo Dosunmu drives to the lane during Illinois' game against Maryland Jan. 10. Dosunmu declared for the 2021 NBA Draft Tuesday afternoon.

Junior guard Ayo Dosunmu declares for 2021 NBA Draft

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor April 6, 2021

For the second consecutive season, junior Ayo Dosunmu has declared for the NBA Draft, he announced Tuesday afternoon on ESPN's “The Jump.” Though it seemed like he was a sure bet to leave last season,...

The Illinois men's tennis team cheers on their teammates from the bleachers in their singles matches against Minnesota on Sunday at Atkins Tennis Center. Illinois athletics teams have been working hard to beat their competition this season.

Spring sports update: Men’s tennis on 10-match winning streak, soccer enters playoffs with momentum

By Jackson Janes, Sports Editor April 6, 2021

Baseball Despite losing last weekend’s series to Nebraska, the Illinois baseball team has had a fairly solid start to the season. Sitting at 8-10, the Illini have only one series win, though they...

Junior Sydney Sickels pitched during a game against Minnesota on March 28. The Illinois softball team just returned from Madison, Wisconsin with a 3-1 series win against the Badgers.

Illinois’ first true Big Ten road series ends with successful weekend

By Allende Miglietta , Staff Writer April 5, 2021

After a four-game series with the Badgers, the Illini returned from Madison, Wisconsin with a 3-1 series win, boosting their overall record to 14-6. Illinois has dropped two rankings in the Big Ten...

Head women’s basketball coach Nancy Fahey talks to her team during a timeout in a game against Valparaiso on Dec. 2. The NCAA has been failing to equally support women’s sports compared to men’s sports.

Column | All talk, no walk: NCAA, member schools fail to support women’s sports

By Claire O'Brien, Sports Video Editor April 5, 2021

Sports often are a mirror of society. The wage gap persists, and, according to the Center for American Progress, for every dollar a white man makes, Asian women make 90 cents, white women make 79 cents,...

Junior Daniel Barker runs drills during practice on Tuesday morning. Barker, as well as senior Luke Ford, will be important pieces for Bielema’s offense next season.

Ford, Barker look to become more involved as tight ends gain importance

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer April 5, 2021

While Illinois football might be a little thin at the wide receiver position this year, Bret Bielema inherited two talented veteran tight ends to incorporate into his new system: Daniel Barker and Luke...

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