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Illinois soccer miss out on NCAA tournament again

By Matt Gertsmeier, Staff writer

May 8, 2016

At the conclusion of the Illinois soccer team’s Big Ten Tournament 3-1 loss to Penn State back in November, head coach Janet Rayfield said her team was going to hope for the best in receiving a berth to the NCAA tournament. “We’re going to prepare as if we are in because that is certainly a possibili...

Illinois baseball: Year in Review

May 8, 2016

Editor's note: The team was still playing at the time of print. Both coaches and players on the Illinois baseball team have stressed one word in particular when addressing their current season: inconsistency. “There’s days I think we take a step forward, and then there’s some days we’re med...

Injury-depleted Illini finish 15-19, fall in third round of Big Ten tournament

May 8, 2016

Illinois basketball (15-19, 12th in Big Ten) experienced many injuries and off-the-court issues this season. The first blow occurred when point guard Tracy Abrams tore his achilles tendon in July, forcing him to sit out the entire season for the second-straight year. Two other would-be starters ha...

Illini struggle throughout 2015-2016 season

May 8, 2016

The Illinois women’s basketball team finished another disappointing season under head coach Matt Bollant’s fourth year. The Illini (9-21, 2-16 Big Ten) struggled to get anything going in Big Ten play, and as a result, ended their season in last place in the conference. The team’s 9-21 re...

Small working behind scenes to find big wins

Illinois’s head coach Mike Small tees off from the first hole during a team practice at the Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana on April 18, 2012.

May 8, 2016

In Mike Small’s 16 years coaching the Illinois men’s golf team, the team has won seven Big Ten titles and seemingly everything else at least once. As a result, Illinois needed to add a few more trophy cases in the Demirjian Golf Practice Facility since he started. While the Big Ten tournam...

Illini hockey underachieved throughout 2015-16 season

May 8, 2016

The Illinois hockey team seemed to have a stacked team on paper. Senior captain John Olen was returning for his final season at Illinois, where he has been labeled one of the best players in the history of the program. Sophomore forwards James McGing and Eric Cruickshank were poised to lead the scoring...

Perry turns around Illinois softball in first season

May 8, 2016

There was plenty of uncertainty for the Illinois softball team entering the season. For the first time in the history of the program, the team had a new coach. Illinois had been under the guidance of Terri Sullivan since the first year of the program in 2000. However, her successor, Tyra Perry, was m...

Schneider leads the way for 2016 Illinois women’s cross-country

May 8, 2016

The 2015 Illinois women’s cross-country team improved on many of its individual and overall  performances from the 2014 season. The Illini opened their season by competing in the Illini Challenge, where the team finished first out three teams. Redshirt senior Alyssa Schneider led the way for the t...

Year in review: Illinois men’s gymnastics 2015-16

May 8, 2016

After battling through injury at the tail end of the year, the Illinois men's gymnastics team came in runner-up at the Big Ten championships and finished fourth in the country at the NCAA championships. The climax of Illinois’ season proved to be sophomore Brandon Ngai’s ascension through the p...

Illinois men’s golf finishes off fantastic season

By Drake Pena

May 10, 2015

The 2014-15 season has been one of many highs for the Illinois men's golf team. The team showed skill and poise in almost every tournament it played, the Illini have proved that they deserve to be ranked No. 1 in the countrymp.Head coach Mike Small believes his team admirably handled its high expectationsmp.“...

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