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Donors give Illinois Football Performance Center project cash injection

Donors give Illinois Football Performance Center project cash injection

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

July 2, 2018


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

Illinois announced its secured a major set of donations for the football program’s Football Performance Center on Wednesday. Twelve donors pooled together to add $2.725 million to the project’s financing, which brings the total amount of money donated toward the project to $8.975 million. The ...

Ubben Basketball Complex to undergo $30 million renovation

Ubben Basketball Complex to undergo $30 million renovation

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

June 11, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Sports

Illinois director of athletics Josh Whitman announced a $30 million renovation project for Ubben Basketball Complex, the practice facility for the Illinois men’s and women’s basketball programs. The renovations are expected to be completed about three years after the plan is approved by the Univ...

State of Illini Nation: Josh Whitman discusses construction, renovation of athletic facilities

State of Illini Nation: Josh Whitman discusses construction, renovation of athletic facilities

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

June 7, 2018


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

Illinois Director of Athletics Josh Whitman gathered with local media on Wednesday afternoon for a roundtable discussion about the collective state of the University's athletic programs. The focus of the afternoon shifted frequently, but the topic discussed the most was the Division of Intercollegiate...

Pitching, home runs carry softball to win over IUPUI

Pitching, home runs carry softball to win over IUPUI

May 3, 2018


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

The sun finally came out over Eichelberger Field, and with it came another Illinois Softball win. “It’s finally softball weather,” senior Leigh Farina said. “It actually makes you want to come out and play and not stand in the field miserable because you’re so cold.” The Illini got...

Women’s golf headed to NCAA regionals in Madison

Women’s golf headed to NCAA regionals in Madison

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

May 3, 2018


Filed under Golf, Sports, Women's Sports

On April 25, the NCAA announced this year’s sites for the Division I women’s golf regionals. The Illini will be heading up north this year to the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wisconsin, and will be hosted by the Badgers May 7-9. After play concludes on May 9, the top six teams in the ...

Illini seniors talk post grad plans

Illini seniors talk post grad plans

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

May 3, 2018


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

With commencement ceremonies and the Big Ten Championships just about a week away, the seniors on the Illini track and field team are entering their final weeks at Illinois. For some of the 18 graduating seniors, their career paths incorporate skills that were developed on the track team. For David Ken...

Illinois takes doubleheader against Penn State

Illinois takes doubleheader against Penn State

By Miles Powers-Huang, Assistant sports editor

April 30, 2018


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

While it was an unusual 48 hours for the Illinois softball team, the Illini weathered the storm to sweep a Saturday doubleheader at Penn State. The Illini played an inning-and-a-half Friday night, giving up three early runs to the Nittany-Lions. However, thunderstorms in the area would postpone the...

Men finish second in Big Ten, women lose in semifinals

Men finish second in Big Ten, women lose in semifinals

By Miles Powers-Huang, Assistant Sports Editor

April 30, 2018


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

After an opening-round victory over Minnesota, the Illinois women’s tennis team was unable to continue its winning ways, as it fell in the semifinals to Michigan. The Wolverines opened the match by securing the doubles point, as the sophomore duo of Lera Patiuk and Chiara Lommer defeated the Illin...

Women’s golf takes second at Big Ten Championships

Women’s golf takes second at Big Ten Championships

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


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

The last time the Illinois women’s golf team finished in second place at the Big Ten Championships, The Commodores and Queen were in the Top 40 music charts, the nation was preparing to celebrate its bicentennial and Gerald Ford was President of the United States. Add in the fact that most of the 2018 team w...

Siblings compete in season together

Siblings compete in season together

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


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

David Kendziera, a senior on the Illinois men’s track and field team, initially picked up track and cross country as a means to get himself ready for the mile-time trials in P.E. classes. It wasn’t until high school that he and Brenda, his younger sister who is sophomore on the University’s women’...

Even the Illini have rigid game day superstitions

Even the Illini have rigid game day superstitions

April 26, 2018


Filed under Softball, Sports, Women's Sports

Athletes are known for having superstitions, and the Illinois softball team is no exception.  For outfielders Mattie Doane and Kiana Sherlund, stepping up the plate with special gear could be the difference between a good and bad game. Doane needs to have the right attire on — or off — when b...

Walkoff helps grab series win against Iowa

Walkoff helps grab series win against Iowa

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

April 23, 2018


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

After easing its way to a 7-1 win Friday night against Iowa, Illinois found itself clawing back in a nail-biting battle on Saturday. The Illini are now 2-0 in its Big Ten series with the Hawkeyes and 8-6 in conference play, 29-15 overall. According to head coach Tyra Perry, both games displayed Illi...

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