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Illinois’ leading scorer transfers to North Carolina

Illinois’ leading scorer transfers to North Carolina

By Nithin Reddy, Staff Writer

April 4, 2020

Former Illinois women’s basketball player Petra Holešínská officially announced via her Instagram and Twitter that she will transfer to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The redshirt junior guard previously announced on March 11 that she would be leaving Illinois but was still in...

Illini of the season: All-American Wells continues success

Illini of the season: All-American Wells continues success

By Renato Arteaga, Staff Writer

April 4, 2020

MVP and Senior who will be missed: Jonathan Wells   Redshirt senior Jonathan Wells has accomplished quite a lot for the Illinois men's track and field team. The Fox Lake native is a six-time All-American who has excelled in the high jump, long jump and heptathlon events. Wells has won ...

Illini lose spring season, workouts

Illini lose spring season, workouts

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

April 4, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 didn’t cut the Illinois volleyball team’s season short, but it is already starting to affect their 2020 fall season. A loss of workouts, team-bonding and time for planning their upcoming season puts the Illini in an unexpectedly difficult position. The spring season is very i...

Illini of the season: Team shows promise for future despite shortened season

Illini of the season: Team shows promise for future despite shortened season

By Jackson Janes, Assistant Sports Editor

April 3, 2020

The Illinois women’s gymnastics team climbed as high as sixth in the nation to open the season before falling to No. 24 before the season was prematurely canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving plenty of unanswered questions. What if freshman star Mia Takekawa had been able to make her deb...

Travel advisories affects international student-athlete

Travel advisories affects international student-athlete

By Angelle Cortes, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

Amidst the cancellations of in-person school and sports, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker placed the state under a shelter-in-place order. Getting home wasn’t so easy for freshman Jeanri Buys who is from Johannesburg, South Africa. “I had to change my flights back home four times,” Buys said. Be...

Illini of the season: Bright spots from a tough year

Illini of the season: Bright spots from a tough year

By Nithin Reddy, Staff Writer

April 2, 2020

The Illinois women’s basketball team once again struggled. For the seventh straight year, the Illini failed to reach .500 on the season, and Illinois won just two games in conference play. With that said, the Illini had some great individual performances this season. MVP: Petra Holešínská With Pe...

Illini of the season: Sickels, Rummel anchor lineup next spring

Illini of the season: Sickels, Rummel anchor lineup next spring

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor

March 31, 2020

Illinois wasn’t having a storybook season at 11-11, per se, but there were plenty of bright spots and great moments for a team dominated by underclassmen. Whether it was going undefeated at the NFCA Classic or rallying late to knock off a ranked Missouri squad, this Illinois team had the goods to ...

Illini women’s basketball hires new assistant coach

Illini women’s basketball hires new assistant coach

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

March 31, 2020

Illinois women’s basketball head coach Nancy Fahey hired a new assistant coach, Scott Merritt, last week. Merritt replaced LaKale Malone, who’d been coaching at Illinois since 2012. Malone has not been introduced as a coach at another school yet. Merritt was a starter at Marquette in 2003, per Illino...

Illini of the season: Top players lead through up and down tennis season

Illini of the season: Top players lead through up and down tennis season

By Wes Hollenberg and Danielle Rhody

March 30, 2020

Looking back at the short-lived Illinois women’s tennis season, the team struggled to string together collectively strong performances that could convert into wins. Fortunately, the team did have some bright individual performers who should help the team get back to winning during a full slate of g...

Illini of the season: Shegos, Salafatinos lead Illini next year

Illini of the season: Shegos, Salafatinos lead Illini next year

By Angelle Cortes, Staff Writer

March 29, 2020

The Illinois swim and dive team finished their almost-complete season with a 4-6-1 record, including a 3-0 record at home. The Illini had 11 swimmers advance to the CSCAA National Invitational Championship and two divers advance to the NCAA Zone C Diving Championship, but both events were cut short. D...

Illini of the season: Two golfers lessen spring struggles

Illini of the season: Two golfers lessen spring struggles

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

March 28, 2020

While heads are still spinning due to the outbreak of COVID-19, wondering when certain sports will return, one thing that is unfortunately known for sure is that the Illini women’s golf team’s season is over. After a successful fall season, the team had high hopes for a busy spring schedule. After...

Big Ten Tournament cancellation affects community

Big Ten Tournament cancellation affects community

By Claire O, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

Illinois softball was set to host the Big Ten softball tournament for the first time in program history May 7-9. Head coach Tyra Perry and the Illini had been looking forward to the tournament since the winter. “We are excited to have the honor of hosting the Big Ten Tournament this year,” Perry per...

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