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Illinois men’s head wheelchair basketball coach happy with team’s midseason form

Illinois men’s head wheelchair basketball coach happy with team’s midseason form

By Tommy Polcyn

January 27, 2016


Filed under Sports

Teams with sustained success often get complacent, but the Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team has not fallen into that habit. Head coach Matt Buchi has continued to push his team forward in pursuit of a national championship.“We are always looking to work harder and make more improvements ...

Illini women’s wheelchair basketball set up for second half of season

Illini women’s wheelchair basketball set up for second half of season

By Thomas Polcyn

January 26, 2016


Filed under Sports

Tweet: @IllinoisWCBball is ahead of schedule compared to last years championship run. #IlliniWith more than half of the Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball season completed, head coach Stephanie Wheelerbr is feeling good about the direction of her team. The women’s team has now played some of th...

Three former Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball players qualify for Paralympics

Three former Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball players qualify for Paralympics

By Ryan Wilson

January 12, 2016


Filed under Sports

Illinois’ wheelchair basketball program continues to contribute players to Team USA for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball players Mega Blunk and Gail Gaeng qualified for the U.S. women’s team and now former Illini Will Waller, Steve Serio and Brian Bell have been named to the 16-player men’s team.The men are joining a team with veteran P...

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball players make USA Paralympic team

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball players make USA Paralympic team

By Ryan Wilson

January 11, 2016


Filed under Sports

Two Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball players have qualified for their first Paralympics. Megan Blunk and Gail Gaeng will compete on the U.S. team at the 2016 Rio Paralympics on Sept. 7-18.They will join an 11-player team, 10 of which were members of the team that won gold at t...

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball players trying out for 2016 Rio Paralympic Games

Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball players trying out for 2016 Rio Paralympic Games

By Ryan Wilson

January 4, 2016


Filed under Sports

The U.S. National women's wheelchair basketball team is holding its tryouts for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and Illinois is well-represented.Nearly a third of all the players are on the Illinois women’s wheelchair basketball team. Representing the Illini in Birmingham, Alabama, this weekend are&...

Illinois wheelchair basketball held their annual “popcorn bowl”

Illinois wheelchair basketball held their annual “popcorn bowl”

By Tommy Polcyn

December 9, 2015


Filed under Sports

After a long first half of the season, the Illinois wheelchair basketball teams were able to have a little bit of fun heading into winter break.Wednesday morning, the Illini held their 11th annual “Popcorn Bowl,” a gift exchange and touch football tournament that takes place every year before the breakbr.The in...

Men’s wheelchair basketball coach leads Team USA in Japanese tournament

Men’s wheelchair basketball coach leads Team USA in Japanese tournament

By Thomas Polcyn

November 18, 2015


Filed under Sports

One of the better opportunities that a coach or player can receive is to represent their country in international competition. This past week, men’s wheelchair basketball coach Matt Buchibr got that chance.Though it is still an honor, Buchi has plenty of prior experience coaching Team USA. He has b...

Men’s wheelchair basketball team takes two of three games on opening weekend

By Thomas Polcyn

October 26, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team began their season at the Southwest Minnesota State collegiate tournament in Marshall, Minnesota, this weekend. SOThe Illini played three games and won two. Illinois was originally scheduled to play four games, but cancelled its fourth after a power outage.SOTh...

Junior basketball player Derek Hoot thriving at Illinois

By Thomas Polcyn

October 19, 2015


Filed under Sports

After nearly two months of preparation, the Illini men’s wheelchair basketball team is finally set to begin this year’s campaign. The team will travel to Southwest Minnesota State this weekend for a tournament.One player in particular that is looking forward to getting started is Derek Hoot. The junior is orig...

Men’s wheelchair basketball team continues preseason without head coach

By Thomas Polcyn

October 18, 2015


Filed under Sports

Following a successful 2014-2015 season, the Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team will begin this season’s campaign without its head coach.Just after the school year began, head coach Matt Buchi had a kidney removed and has been unable to rejoin the team since. In his absence, assistant coach Ka...

Senior wheelchair basketball Player aims to make impact on and off the court

By Thomas Polcyn

October 14, 2015


Filed under Sports

Senior wheelchair basketball player Christina Young came to the University of Illinois for work and or play.Young majors in kinesiology and pre-occupational therapy, and minors in Speech and Hearing Science. She hopes those degrees will propel her into a career as a occupational therapist.A...

Mak Nong's long wheelchair basketball career serving him well as Illini captain

By Thomas Polcyn

October 8, 2015


Filed under Sports

Mak Nong is an essential piece of the Illinois men’s wheelchair basketball team. He is a junior from Long Beach, California, who studies Recreation, Sport and Tourism with a concentration in Recreation. Nong's major is a reflection of his past — an influential youth c...

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