Best part of my junior year ... definitely going to the Sweet 16 was a great memory. Besides that, spending time with my friends. I have some great friends here.
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.
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.
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
It is going to get loud.
At least that’s Jason Reda’s hope.
The former Illinois kicker is the general manager of Champaign’s Derailed.
Open less than a year, the downtown bar has become Soccer Central during the U.S. World Cup matches.
At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Reda opens the doors at Derailed. Five hours, 30 minutes earlier than usual.
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.
EUGENE, Ore. — Illinois’ Joe McAsey earned second-team All-America honors, placing 14th in the 800-meter semifinals Wednesday at the NCAA Track and Field Championships.
McAsey was clocked in 1 minute, 49.67 seconds. Mississippi State’s Brandon McBride posted the top time in 1:48.09.