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No. 5 esports team dominates Big Ten

No. 5 esports team dominates Big Ten

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

April 11, 2019


Filed under Sports, Sports Top Stories

In a best-of-five series in the Big Ten Tournament Championship, the Illinois League of Legends team was matched up against Michigan State in a 2-2 tie. Illinois and Michigan State were the only two teams in the nation with a perfect 7-0 regular season on the line. On top of that, the winner would...

Illinois drops double header to Missouri Tuesday

Illinois drops double header to Missouri Tuesday

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

April 10, 2019


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

Over the weekend, Illinois softball lost its second Big Ten series against No. 15 Minnesota, 2-1, in Champaign. The Illini hoped to return with a mark in the win column during the Braggin’ Rights doubleheader against the University of Missouri on Tuesday but dropped both games. Illinois’ record...

Redbirds triumph over Illini

Redbirds triumph over Illini

By Miles Powers-Huang

April 10, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

In the midst of conference play, Illinois baseball took a quick pit stop out of the conference for a single game at Illinois State on Tuesday. Fans at the Redbirds’ Duffy Bass Field were treated to free baseball as the home team prevailed in 13 innings. Illinois opened the scoring in the second in...

Illini defeat Spartans, fall to Wolverines in weekend matchups

Illini defeat Spartans, fall to Wolverines in weekend matchups

By Gabby Vazquez, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Tennis, Top Stories, Women's Sports

The Spartans couldn’t withstand the force of the Illini this weekend and lost at the Atkins Tennis Center 6-0. This Saturday, the Illini were at home for the first time in a month and able to play their match under a blanket of sunshine and 70-degree weather. And the Illini brought the heat onto...

Illinois faces Purdue again in spring campaign

Illinois faces Purdue again in spring campaign

By Rachel Spencer, Assistant Sports Editor

April 9, 2019


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Illinois volleyball will return to Huff Hall on Wednesday as their brief spring volleyball season draws to a close this week. Wednesday’s matchup will feature a second spring showdown between the Illini and the Purdue Boilermakers, who faced off March 30 to start off-season play. Illinois will close o...

Illinois loses series against Maryland

Illinois loses series against Maryland

By Jake Hasan, Staff writer

April 8, 2019


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

Puppies and moms were bountiful under the shining sun at Illinois Field this weekend, but the Illini baseball team couldn’t keep the good mood going as they lost 2 of 3 to the Terrapins. It was a continuation of the recent Illini struggles, and the team has now lost six of their last nine games. The...

Nowlin learns, grows from competition

Nowlin learns, grows from competition

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

April 8, 2019


Filed under Golf, Sports, Women's Sports

Illini junior golfer Tristyn Nowlin competed at Augusta National’s first women’s amateur this week. According to her biography on the Augusta National Women’s Amateur site, this isn’t Nowlin’s first foray into prestigious amateur tournaments; Nowlin was a runner-up at the Women’s Western Natio...

Illini make changes for upcoming season

Illini make changes for upcoming season

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

April 8, 2019


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

Three seasons removed from Lovie Smith’s decision not to retain Mike Bellamy on staff, Illinois football is in nearly the same position it started in when Smith arrived. Now, Smith has brought Bellamy back, but in a different role. After working with receivers for three years at Illinois, Bellamy is working w...

Illinois misses NCAA regional finals spot

Illinois misses NCAA regional finals spot

By Sumeya Kalib, Staff Writer

April 8, 2019


Filed under Gymnastics, Sports, Women's Sports

After narrowly beating Central Michigan in the first round of NCAA regionals, the Illinois women’s gymnastics team fell to No. 2 UCLA and No. 14 Nebraska for a spot in regional finals. They edged No. 30 Central Michigan 195.325-195.275 during the first round of regional competition and No. 27 West V...

Loya swings at goals, scores success

Loya swings at goals, scores success

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff writer

April 8, 2019


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

Now midway through her sophomore season, Bella Loya has brought the Illini veteran-like success from all over the field. With a goal-oriented mindset, Loya is determined to make the most of her collegiate career. “Last year, definitely one of the goals I set for myself was I wanted to make the rest o...

Illini come in second at championship

Illini come in second at championship

By Nithin Reddy, Staff writer

April 8, 2019


Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team competed in two days of the Big Ten Championships, where the team as a whole came in second place with multiple individuals scoring event titles. On the first day of action, the Illini fell short of their second Big Ten title in as many years when they put up a s...

Illinois looking to become Big Ten champions for second year in a row

Illinois looking to become Big Ten champions for second year in a row

By Nithin Reddy, Staff Writer

April 5, 2019


Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team heads to Iowa City, Iowa, this weekend to compete in the Big Ten Championships. After multiple disappointing weeks, the Illini will attempt to flip their momentum and get back on track. For head coach Justin Spring, success comes down to being consistent. “We...

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