CHAMPAIGN – Big Ten coaches voted Justin Spring's Illinois men's gymnastics team second in a conference preseason poll released Wednesday.
Illinois, which shared the 2009 Big Ten title with Michigan, trailed the Wolverines in the balloting.
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas — Jade Smith, a sophomore center fielder at New Braunfels High School, made an oral commitment to the Illinois softball team.
As a freshman, Smith was a Class 5A All-District 26 first-team selection after helping New Braunfels to a 26-6 record and a berth in the Bi-District finals.
URBANA — Two members of the U.S. Junior National Team recently signed national letters of intent with the Illinois men’s gymnastics program.
C.J. Maestas of Corrales, N.M., and Cameron Rogers of Mint Hill, N.C., will join coach Justin Spring’s team next season.
Wes Haagensen is the latest former Illini gymnast to take his place on the sport's international stage. Following in the footsteps of 2008 Olympian and ex-teammate Justin Spring, Haagensen made his World Championships debut last month in London. One of six men's gymnasts to represent the U.S., Haagensen competed in two events. Although the six-time All-American did not advance to the finals – in the qualifying round, he placed 20th in still rings and 34th in pommel horse – Haagensen came away encouraged by the experience. News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth contacted Haagensen via e-mail while the two-time Big Ten champion was returning to the United States. Their question-and-answer exchange follows:
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to Ohio State on Thursday at the Illinois Soccer Stadium.
The first-place Buckeyes (12-2-2, 5-1-1 Big Ten), who got two goals from Lauren Steuer and another from Tiffany Cameron, outshot the Illini 17-9.
CHAMPAIGN – Michelle Bartsch led a balanced attack with 13 kills as No. 10 Illinois defeated Northwestern 25-20, 25-16, 25-19 on Wednesday.
Laura DeBruler and Kylie McCulley each added 12 kills for the Illini (13-3, 5-2 Big Ten), who won their fourth straight. Northwestern (11-8, 2-5) had won four straight matches at Huff Hall.
Baseball's Willie Argo, Volleyball's Michelle Bartsch, runner Melissa Bates, gymanst Melissa Fernandez, soccer player Danielle Kot, tennis player Dennis Nevolo, gymanst Daniel Ribeiro and softball player Danielle Zymkowitz
DALLAS – Illinois gymnast Luke Stannard won the pommel horse and former
Illinois gymnast Wes Haagensen finished third in the all-around Friday at
the Visa Championships.
Stannard, a senior-to-be and the reigning Big Ten champion in the pommel
horse, scored 15.500 points to finish the two-day meet with 30.650 to
capture the USA Gymnastics national title.
DALLAS — Three current and one former Illinois gymnasts are among 42 qualifiers for tonight’s finals of the Visa Championships senior men’s meet.
Senior-to-be Luke Stannard and juniors-to-be Paul Ruggeri and Daniel Ribeiro remained alive in USA Gymnastics’ national championships based on their performances Wednesday during the first day of the meet. Also among the finalists is former Illini Wes Haagensen.