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Tate: A progress report for Illini spring sports teams

We now look back on nearly two years since Illini athletics pulled off a remarkable accomplishment.

All four of the men’s spring sports won Big Ten championships in 2015.

Illinois will induct 28 into Hall of Fame

CHAMPAIGN — The inaugural Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame class is loaded with familiar names, 28 of the greatest in Illini history from players to coaches. The 2017 class was announced Thursday morning, rounding out the group that was started last year with All-American linebacker Dick Butkus.

Illini legends, lists and lore: On this date in Fighting Illini history (Feb. 19)

Thirty-four years ago today, Illinois’ men’s basketball team defeated Michigan State 69-61, as Derek Harper went 11 of 11 from the field and scored 27 points.

Harper’s backcourt teammate Bruce Douglas established a single-season record for steals, pick-pocketing the Spartans three times.

Other memorable Illini events on this date in history:

UI roundup: Softball moves to 4-0 to begin season

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico — For the fifth time in program history, the Illinois softball team started a season with four consecutive victories.

The Illini, who defeated North Carolina 13-0 in five innings and Georgia Tech 4-2 on Saturday at the Puerto Rico D1 Tournament, last accomplished the feat in 2014.

UI roundup: Softball team takes two at outset

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico — Illinois softball kicked off its 2017 campaign on Friday with wins against North Carolina and Georgia Tech at the Puerto Rico D1 Tournament.

Thomas hired at Cleveland State

CLEVELAND — Cleveland State has hired Mike Thomas as its new athletic director.

UI roundup: Women's gymnasts set mark

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s gymnastics team set a high-water mark for the season in its victory against Minnesota on Saturday, 196.025-193.375.

Lizzy LeDuc tied a program record with a 9.95 on beam. The Illini’s team score of 49.275 on beam was the seventh-best mark in school history.

UI roundup: Tennis team wins thriller

URBANA — Trailing 3-1 to Duke, the 17th-ranked Illini men’s tennis team won the final three singles matches to pull out a 4-3 win over the Blue Devils at Atkins Tennis Center on Friday.

Olympic sports in full swing for Illini this weekend

Illinois men’s tennis isn’t the only Olympic sports team in action this weekend for the Illini:

UI roundup: Men's tennis opens season with win

NORMAN, Okla. — Illinois won five of six singles matches on Saturday, lifting the No. 17 men’s tennis team to a 4-2 win against No. 25 Arkansas at the ITA Kickoff.

After the Illini (1-0) dropped the doubles point, they rattled off three straight singles victories before closing out the match in the No. 6 competition.