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Illinois athletics receives National Letters of Intent from dozens of athletes on Signing Day

The Illinois volleyball team huddles up in a match against Michigan on Nov. 1, 2019. The volleyball team was one of the many Illinois programs to have players sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.
November 11, 2020

The NCAA’s national signing period for high school athletes of all sports except football began on Nov. 11. Today, dozens of athletes from across the country signed their National Letter of Intent to...

Illini see top pitchers, hitters return after shortened spring season

Illinois head coach Tyra Perry speaks to her team during the game against Baylor on Feb. 21. Perry is pleased all of her starters are returning from last year.
October 19, 2020

Lights-out pitching and timely hitting made the Illinois softball team competitive last season, as they finished the coronavirus-shortened season with an 11-11 record. While the team had its ups and downs...

Illini softball use transfer portal to enhance roster

Junior Addy Jarvis winds up a pitch during the game against Louisville on March 6 in Louisville, Kentucky. Jarvis is one of two recent pitching transfers at Illinois.
September 17, 2020

The transfer portal is popping. It’s only been around for a couple of years, but the Illinois softball team has added several transfer players to its roster in recent memory. Assistant coach Laura Trout,...

Valparaiso graduate transfer acclimates to life at Illinois

Kelsie Packard poses for a headshot when she was a pitcher at Valparaiso. Packard has recently transferred to Illinois to continue her softball career.
September 8, 2020

Kelsie Packard has been at Illinois for just a few weeks, though her enrollment at the University is the culmination of a college career that involved a couple stops along the way. Packard grew up in...

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.
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...

Illini softball stays together while social distancing

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

Edwards, Paradise receive Big Ten Medals of Honor

Seniors Taylor Edwards and Michael Paradise became Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients on Wednesday.
May 16, 2020

Illinois announced Taylor Edwards, senior in AHS, and Michael Paradise, senior in Engineering, as the recipients of the Big Ten Medal of Honor on Wednesday via Twitter. Each year, the University honors...

Best Illini uniforms: blue-white heads 2019 softball jersey combinations

Freshman Avrey Steiner fields the ball during the match against Virginia Tech on May 17, 2019.
May 10, 2020

If you’re running the uniforms for an Illini team, you have two distinct colors to choose from: orange and blue. White is also allowed, but everyone has that option. The beauty of Illinois athletics...

Team of the century: 2010 Illini softball storm through regular season

The University of Illinois Softball Team celebrates a walk-off home run during the match against Ohio State on  April 10, 2010.
April 20, 2020

The Illinois softball program hasn’t set the world on fire in this century, but they have been a steady force in the Big Ten. With six NCAA tournament appearances since 2000, Illinois is a program that...

Jarvis finds home with Illini

Freshman Addy Jarvis raises her arm as she walks off the field during the match  between Youngstown State and Kent State on March 20, 2019.
April 14, 2020

After a long journey, several years in the making, Illinois sophomore pitcher Addy Jarvis found her home away from home. Jarvis began her collegiate career at Youngstown State, which is a 20-minute drive...

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

Freshman Delaney Rummel winds up for a swing against NC State on Feb. 16, 2020. The Illini won 7-3.
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...

Big Ten Tournament cancellation affects community

The Illini softball team huddles before the game against Notre Dame on Feb. 15 at Melissa Cook Stadium. The Illini lost 10-1.
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...

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