Illinois Year in Review: Making the grade

Why a B: No repeat trip to NCAA tournament, but a solid Big Ten showing.
High point: Beating Indiana 2-1 April 26 at home to end Hoosiers’ 10-game conference winning streak.
Low point: Losing twice to Michigan State in three-day span at the Big Ten tournament, costing them an NCAA berth.
 Big Ten finish: Third

Eggleston, Bloch-Jones honored

CHAMPAIGN — Men’s gymnast Chandler Eggleston, a two-time All-American and Big Ten floor exercise champion, and women’s track and field standout Kandie Bloch-Jones, the Big Ten indoor high jump champion, were named Newcomers of the Year on Tuesday by the University of Illinois’ Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Nebraska takes series opener

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Illinois baseball team isn’t in a tie for second anymore in the Big Ten.

The Illini are now in sole possession of third place after falling 2-1 against Nebraska in the series opener Thursday night.

That’s important when it comes to seeding purposes at the Big Ten tournament, which starts Wednesday in Omaha, Neb.

Jay, Roper deliver for baseball team

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Drasen Johnson turned in another solid effort on the mound, leading Illinois to a 6-3 Big Ten baseball victory against Penn State on Friday night.

Johnson, who struck out six, allowed nine hits and one earned run in 61/3 innings.

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Hayasaki a Hall of Famer


INDIANAPOLIS — Former University of Illinois men’s gymnastics coach Yoshi Hayasaki has been selected to the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

Valdez claims high bar title

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Illinois gymnast Jordan Valdez, who entered the NCAA Championships ranked No. 1 in the nation in high bar, remained at the top of the heap on the night it mattered most.

Gymnasts fourth at nationals

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Illini men’s gymnastics team finished fourth at the NCAA Championships on Friday night.

Michigan claimed its sixth national crown, scoring 445.05 points. Oklahoma had its fourth straight runner-up finish after scoring 441.65 points. Stanford (436.30 points), the Illini (435.35 points) and Ohio State (433.50 points) rounded out the top five.

Gymnasts have shot at title

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — You can’t win a gymnastics title on the first day of the NCAA Championships, but you certainly can lose one.

Fortunately for Illinois, it still has a shot at the national crown.

Coach Justin Spring’s team placed third in the Session I Qualifier on Thursday to reach the finals for the 12th consecutive year.

Kato earns Scholar-Athlete honor

Women’s gymnast Sunny Kato, a communication major with a 3.51 grade-point average, was selected at the Illini Scholar-Athlete of the Week.
Kato helped lead Illinois to its fourth trip to the NCAA Championships in the past six years.