The Daily Illini

Illini of the Week Feb. 25: Charlie Danielson

Illini of the Week Feb. 25: Charlie Danielson

By Ryan Wilson

February 24, 2016

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.Check out the Radio IOTW by Ryan Wilson here.Charlie Danielson is f...

Illini of the Week Feb. 10: Aleks Vukic

Illini of the Week Feb. 10: Aleks Vukic

By Mike Gasick

February 9, 2016

This weeks Illini of the Week is @IlliniMTennis Aleks Vukic #IlliniEditor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success...

Illini of The Week Jan 27: James Mcging

Illini of The Week Jan 27: James Mcging

By Ethan Swanson

January 27, 2016

Tweet: This weeks IOTW is @IlliniHockey 's James Mcging #Illini Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.To hear...

Illini volleyball freshman Ali Bastianelli used to fighting for what she wants

Illini volleyball freshman Ali Bastianelli used to fighting for what she wants

By Eli Schwadron

November 5, 2015

Freshman Ali Bastianelli is a 6-foot-3, tough-as-nails middle blocker who leads the Illinois volleyball team with 98 blocks on the season.The source of Bastianelli’s toughness behind the net may come as a surprise. She’s a black belt in Karate.The Marysville, Michigan native participated in martial arts fo...

Illini of the Week Oct. 21: Eric Cruickshank

Illini of the Week Oct. 21: Eric Cruickshank

By Ethan Swanson

October 20, 2015

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.If Eric Cruickshank hadn’t been involved in Illinois hockey’s weekended serie...

Illini of the Week September 8: Wes Lunt

Illini of the Week September 8: Wes Lunt

By Charlotte Carroll

September 9, 2015

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success. Wes Lunt sat in his pads at his locker. He waited an hour. Then, he wa...

Illini of the Week September 1: Jannelle Flaws

Illini of the Week September 1: Jannelle Flaws

By Jon Joffe

September 1, 2015

Editor’s Note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.Last week, when Illinois soccer forward Jannelle Flaws was a few goals a...

Illini of the Week May 6: Illinois baseball team

Illini of the Week May 6: Illinois baseball team

By Joey Figueroa

May 11, 2015

Editors Note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down on Sunday nights and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.It’s been a while since the Illinois baseball team lost a game. In f...

Illini of the Week Nov. 12: Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon

Illini of the Week Nov. 12: Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon

November 12, 2014

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down on Sunday nights and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success. Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski entered the fall season as the na...

Illini of the Week Nov. 5: Jocelynn Birks

Illini of the Week Nov. 5: Jocelynn Birks

November 5, 2014

Jocelynn Birks is a terminator. At least that’s one of head coach Kevin Hambly’s nicknames for her. Hambly, who comes up with creative nicknames for the junior outside hitter, called Birks a “terminator” earlier this season in regards to her ability to put away kills, but she means so much mo...

Illini of the Week Oct. 29: Reilly O’Toole

Illini of the Week Oct. 29: Reilly O’Toole

By Charlotte Carroll

October 29, 2014

The first time Reilly O'Toole celebrated Saturday's win over Minnesota, he was goofing around with running back Donovonn Young.  But a penalty quieted Illinois' rowdy sideline. After the Gophers unsuccessfully heaved a pass for the end zone on the game's last play, Illinois got a second chance to cele...

Illini of the Week Oct. 22: Joe Olen

Illini of the Week Oct. 22: Joe Olen

By Daniel Dexter

October 22, 2014

Goalie Joe Olen needed his teammates to bail him out. Midway through the third period, the Illinois hockey team found itself down by two goals against Michigan-Dearborn at the Illinois Ice Arena. Then with less than four minutes to go in the game, the Illini clawed their way back. Defenseman Austin Z...

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