Joe Vozzelli

Joe Vozzelli

Illini need big finish to advance in NCAA championships

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Illinois women's golf team gets to stick around another day at the NCAA championships.

But, the Illini will need a big push today to reach the match-play portion of the national tournament at The Blessings Golf Club.

Pinch-hit homer takes down Illini softball

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Tyra Perry admitted after Friday's NCAA tournament opener that a few in-game jitters may have bothered freshman pitcher Sydney Sickels in the sixth inning of the Illinois softball team's 6-2 loss to Virginia Tech.

UI grad Singhsumalee begins farewell event

URBANA — Bing Singhsumalee's post-college plans will have to wait another week.

That means a decision on a job offer as an electrical engineer at a power distribution facility in downtown Chicago and any thoughts of pursuing a career in golf have been put on hold for the recent University of Illinois graduate.

NCAA fate out of Illini softball's control

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Taylor Edwards' Illinois softball teammates gathered around the senior pitcher shortly after Friday afternoon's gut-wrenching 1-0 extra-inning loss to No. 21 Michigan in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals.

Carly Thomas issued words of encouragement. Stephanie Abello patted Edwards on the back.

Illini women's golf has quite the story to tell — and it's not done yet.

URBANA — Four NCAA trophies sit on a table in the middle of the atrium at the Demirjian Indoor Golf Practice Facility.

All four mark the accomplishments of the Illinois men's golf team in the past decade, including a national runner-up finish in 2013 and third-place results in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

'World Series or bust' again for Parkland baseball

CHAMPAIGN — Jon Goebel glanced at the NJCAA Division II preseason rankings before his Parkland baseball team played its first games of the 2019 season in late February.

He couldn't help it, with the excitement of a new season just right around the corner.

Postseason aspirations still in sight for Illinois men's tennis

URBANA — The new format for this year's NCAA tournament meant Illinois men's tennis coach Brad Dancer had a conversation with his team before the season started about how the postseason would work.

It also set a clear goal for the Illini to chase.

Here comes the Madness: Four items to know for the NCAA women's tournament


This is the first time since the 2012-13 season that Connecticut enters the NCAA tournament with more than one loss. But, UConn coach Geno Auriemma still had to be completely perplexed — as were most women's college basketball fans — when the Huskies didn't receive a No. 1 seed on Monday.

Fisher finds his own way at Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — A text message to an acquaintance on the Illinois baseball team was the start of Andy Fisher building the connection that led to him transferring to the Illini.

After two tough seasons at Eastern Illinois, Fisher wanted out.

Illini go out quickly in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS — A hot-shooting start from Purdue? The Illinois women's basketball team weathered it.

Missing Alex Wittinger for extended periods of the first half due to foul trouble? No problem.