Hartville hopes coming out will be easier soon

CHAMPAIGN — Fred Hartville won an NCAA championship and was named Illinois Freshman Athlete of the Year in 2013.

But it was Hartville’s private life that drew a handful of reporters to Kenney Gym on Wednesday afternoon.

UI roundup: Women's tennis knocks off Indiana

URBANA — Third time was the charm for the Illinois women’s tennis team Sunday, as the Illini captured their first win against a ranked opponent in three tries this season with a 6-1 thumping of No. 24 Indiana.

UI roundup: Duchene shines in his debut

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Kevin Duchene tossed seven shutout innings Friday, leading Illinois baseball to a 1-0 win against Ball State.

Duchene, who allowed five hits, struck out nine and issued no walks to earn the victory in his first start of the season. Nick Blackburn and Tyler Jay pitched two perfect innings to secure the first shutout of the season for the Illini (7-0-1).

Illini baseball team enters rankings

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois baseball team will head to the Chanticleer Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., later this week without a loss attached to its name.

They’ll head south with a national ranking, too, for the first time since 2009.

Hear from Coach Dan Hartleb Tuesday at 5:10 on WDWS.

Detry claims league golf honor

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ Thomas Detry captured his second Big Ten Golfer of the Week honor for the 2014-15 season Wednesday, giving the Illini their fourth weekly recognition of the campaign.

Tate: Men's track and field team worth getting to know

Beginning last Thursday, when John Groce’s basketball team defeated Michigan in overtime, Illini sports teams won 16 events through Monday’s success in the Big Ten Golf Match Play Championships.

UI roundup: Baseball earns two more victories

BEAUMONT, Texas — Illinois recorded 15 hits in a dominating 8-1 performance over Lamar on Saturday in the Lamar Cardinal Classic to remain perfect on the season.

Reid Roper led the charge with three hits, three RBI and one run. Will Krug finished with three hits as well. 

Roper and Krug were among nine Illini to record a hit. 

UI gymnasts rate honors

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ C.J. Maestas and Bobby Baker earned Big Ten weekly honors for the second consecutive week Monday. Maestas was named Co-Gymnast of the Week along with Michigan State’s Stacey Ervin, while Baker claimed another Freshman of the Week honor.

Tate: Digging into numbers unearths unfair setup

A “level playing field” was always a myth.

It became even more so last month when the Power-5 conferences voted to allow athletic scholarships up to “cost of attendance,” resulting in additional stipends for full-scholarship athletes at numbers varying, within the Big Ten, from about $1,900 at Purdue to around $5,700 at Penn State.

What’s fair about that?

UI roundup: Men's gymnasts continue Big Ten roll


Illinois’ men’s gymnastics team defeated Iowa 440.150-424.500 thanks in large part to great all-around performances from three individuals.