CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois soccer season ended the first full week of November with a 2-0 loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten tournament, but the postseason honors for Jannelle Flaws haven’t stopped.
Jannelle Flaws’ 17 goals during the 2014 season ranked ninth in the nation and first in the Big Ten — even with Illinois women’s soccer making a quick postseason exit in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.
CHAMPAIGN — Alex Diab, Johnny Jacobson, Blake Martin and Austin Lober recently signed letters of intent to join the Illinois men’s gymnastics team, coach Justin Spring said.
Diab, who attends Glenbard West High School, has been a member of the National Team. At the 2014 Junior Olympic Nationals, Diab placed first on still rings, second on floor and sixth in the all-around.
Spencer Allen first met Illinois head coach Dan Hartleb at the end of his playing career at Iowa State.
The Cyclones dropped their baseball program following the 2001 season, and Allen’s roommate Brandon Cashman transferred to Illinois and was Hartleb’s starting center fielder from Day 1 of the 2002 season.
CHAMPAIGN — The swanky Colonnades Club at Memorial Stadium hosts 1,000-plus Illinois football fans on Saturdays in the fall.
In the offseason, the calendar is crammed with wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners and private parties.
1. National champions don’t happen every year, but with Jesse Delgado winning one in wrestling and Jordan Valdez doing the same in men’s gymnastics, Illini could brag about those two accomplishments.
1. Kevin Hambly’s intense speech to his Illini volleyball team after it lost the first two sets to visiting Michigan on Nov. 6. With its postseason hopes seemingly evaporating, Illinois responded and dug deep to pull out a 3-2 win in the season-turning match.
Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase marries high school sweetheart Morgan in Kansas City, Mo., and has three Illini teammates serve as groomsmen.
Top Male Athletes
1. Jesse Delgado, wrestling. Back-to-back national champion at 125 pounds first to do so in Illini history at that weight class. Best news? He still has a year of eligibility left.