Delgado, Flaws honored
CHAMPAIGN — Wrestler Jesse Delgado and soccer player Jannelle Flaws received the 2013-14 Dike Eddleman Awards on Thursday, a recognition of the top male and female University of Illinois athletes.
By winning the Eddleman Awards, the two are also eligible for Big Ten Athlete of the Year honors.
Delgado captured the 2014 NCAA championship at 125 pounds, becoming Illinois’ first back-to-back national champion in more than 50 years.
Delgado went 30-2 last season as a junior. His nearly 94 percent victory rate ranks seventh in UI history.
Flaws was the top offensive threat for Illinois soccer, posting a nation-high 23 goals. That mark surpassed the previous school record of 18 goals, set in 1999.
Three Illini golfers named All-Americans. For the second time in school history, the Illini men’s golf team has three All-Americans in a season.
That was achieved Thursday, when Brian Campbell earned second-team All-America status, and Charlie Danielson and Thomas Detry received honorary All-America titles.
Campbell is 25th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking after a ninth-place showing at the NCAA Championships. He shot a final-round 63 that tied Illinois and Prairie Dunes Country Club course records. He was also a medalist at the Sugar Grove Regional.
Danielson won the Les Bolstad Award this season, given to the athlete possessing the lowest stroke average in the Big Ten after the conference championship match.
Detry, the No. 12 amateur in the world, ranked third on the team with a 71.62 season-stroke average.
Infielder Haff joins UI squad. Hinsdale Central graduate Ryan Haff became the newest member of Illinois’ baseball team Thursday. He will be part of the team for the 2014-15 school year.
Primarily a shortstop, Haff led the Red Devils in hits, doubles, triples and home runs in 2014.
Illini volleyball assistant departs. Dan Conners became the latest Illini volleyball assistant coach to move on for a head coaching job, accepting an opportunity with the California-Davis women’s team Wednesday.
Conners follows Kent Miller, who departed for Saint Louis University in 2011, and David Kniffin, who returned to his alma mater, UC Irvine, in 2012.
The UC Davis squad made the jump to Division I competition in 2007.
Conners spent two seasons with the Illini after a one-year run at Nebraska. He was previously an assistant coach at UCLA, his alma mater, from 2006 to 2010.