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Illinois athletics releases COVID-19 summer testing results

Illinois football helmets line up at the end zone at Memorial Stadium during football spring training on April 13, 2019.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

August 3, 2020

Illinois athletics released COVID-19 testing results for the summer Monday through a press release. Illinois was one of the last schools in the Big Ten to do so. The school announced there were 23 confirmed COVID-19 cases amongst student-athletes throughout the summer, and football accounted for ov...

Illini Pride makes big changes for upcoming year

Students in the fan section high five senior Samson Oladimeji at the basketball match against Iowa on March 8.

By Angelle Cortes, Staff Writer

July 28, 2020

Illini Pride is one of the biggest student organizations on campus and also the biggest sports fan on campus. They pack the student sections at Memorial Stadium, Huff Hall and State Farm Center to cheer the Illini at every home game. However, with COVID-19 still around and restrictions on groups of p...

Illini soccer make their way back to Champaign

Sophomore Forward Makena Silber passes the ball during the match against Michigan State on Oct. 13, 2019.

By Angelle Cortes, Staff Writer

July 15, 2020

Once Illinois moved into Phase 4 of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, Illini sports began coming back to campus. Earlier this week the women’s soccer team started to make their way back to Champaign-Urbana. After discussion with the soccer staff, head coach Janet Rayfield made the...

Illini women’s basketball returns to Champaign

Senior Brandi Beasley drives past a defender during the match against Indiana on Feb. 13 at State Farm Center.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

July 10, 2020

As Illinois moves into Phase 4 of COVID-19 recovery, the Illini teams have begun to make their way back to campus, and the women’s basketball team has started to ease into practice over the last two weeks. Head coach Nancy Fahey said the team has been communicating over the last several months via Z...

Tennis requires change to return after spring season cancellation

The Illinois Women's Tennis team huddles before the match against Eastern Michigan on Jan. 26.

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer

July 7, 2020

At the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, the college tennis season halted almost instantly. Returning to play, however, is going to require a slow, methodical approach that may result in the sport looking different than it ever has before.  Fortunately, the NCAA has a blueprint to look off of in the fo...

Illinois Athletics receives Stone Creek Golf Club from The Atkins Group

An Illinois golf player watches his ball fly through the air during the match against Bradley at Stone Creek Golf Course on April 14, 2018.

By Jonah Perez, Staff Writer

July 1, 2020

The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the athletic department was given the Stone Creek Golf Club from The Atkins Group. The Atkins Group is an Urbana-based real estate development firm. They donated it as part of their commitment to the University and their alig...

Merritt, Skeete prepare for new roles with Illini

Newly hired Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Scott Merritt poses for a professional headshot.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

June 30, 2020

In her three years at the University of Illinois, women’s basketball head coach Nancy Fahey worked with the same assistants that were there when she first came to Champaign. Once this past season wrapped up, Fahey changed up the coaching staff for the first time in her tenure at Illinois. Fahey relieved form...

Illini women’s tennis reflects on refreshing trips

Junior Jaclyn Switkes serves the ball during the match against Furman on Feb. 10, 2018.

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer

June 19, 2020

As the 2017-2018 Illinois women’s tennis team approached an all-time high for the program, the players grew weary. By mid-March, Illinois had soared out to a 12-2 start, but it came at a cost due to their grueling schedule that included five top-25 teams, along with various tournaments, w...

Illini softball reminisces on European tour

The University of Illinois Softball team poses for a photo at Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium during their summer trip in 2019.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

June 10, 2020

For the Illinois softball team, a trip to Europe was a once in a lifetime experience. Junior catcher Shelby Stauffenberg found the trip to be unforgettable. “It was one of the best experiences of my life,” Stauffenberg said. The team left for Europe on Aug. 6 and spent a week and a half abroad. ...

All-time starting 11 shows off star Illini soccer players

Junior Vanessa DiBernardo fights for control of the ball in a match during the 2012 season.

By Angelle Cortes, Staff Writer

June 5, 2020

The Illinois women’s soccer team has been in a slump over the past several seasons, going six years without an NCAA Tournament appearance. However, there are still many talented players to come out of the program. Here is Illinois’s all-time starting 11. Goalkeeper - Leisha Alcia Leisha Alcia is one o...

Kawai, Rabinowitz named to Big Ten All-Conference team

Illinois' Asuka Kawai returns the ball during the match against Notre Dame at Atkins Tennis Center on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. The Illini won 4-3.

By Wes Hollenberg, Staff Writer

June 2, 2020

Juniors Asuka Kawai and Mia Rabinowitz were named to the Big Ten women’s tennis All-Conference team on May 20. For both, the honor came as a surprise but for very different reasons.  Heading into the season, Kawai was far and away the most talented player on the Illinois women's tennis roster. She ...

Illini softball stays together while social distancing

Junior Catcher Bella Loya waits for the pitch during the match against Baylor on Feb. 21.

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

May 26, 2020

The last time an Illinois team competed in a sporting event this school year was on March 12: the Illinois softball team’s win at Missouri. The team has been at home, communicating through apps like GroupMe and Snapchat while social distancing. “Our group chat stays definitely hot during this...

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