CHAMPAIGN — Illinois athletics held its Oskee Awards event Monday night, with Joe Spencer and Nicole Evans receiving Big Ten Medal of Honor recognition.
Spencer, a former Illini football center, and Evans, an Illini softball outfielder, were recognized for their excellence on and off the field as seniors.
WEST POINT, N.Y. — Season-best scores in the vault and still rings Saturday lifted the Illinois men’s gymnastics team to third place in the NCAA Championships.
The Illini totaled 422.10 points, finishing behind Oklahoma (431.95) and Ohio State (423.70).
CALEDONIA, Mich. — The Illinois softball team swept Michigan State on Saturday in a doubleheader at Davenport University’s Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex.
The Illini (31-10, 10-2 Big Ten) won Game 1 6-5 in eight innings after pinch hitter Rowan McGuire’s RBI single in the eighth. Breanna Wonderly went the distance, allowing just two earned runs.
CHAMPAIGN —Chris Tamas is on a bit of a recruiting run. The first-year Illinois volleyball coach got his second commit in the last two-plus weeks on Friday in Olathe (Kan.) Northwest junior Taylor Kuper.
NEW ORLEANS — Mount Carmel Academy, located just off Lake Pontchartain in northern New Orleans, has produced two things in the past several years: state championship volleyball teams and LSU-bound players.
Ellie Holzman could have been the next.
URBANA — On a team dominated by inexperience, there will be ups and downs.
Look no further than the Illini men’s tennis team, which is led by six freshmen and sits at 11-9, including 4-2 in the Big Ten, after Saturday’s 6-1 home win against Iowa.
Mike Haile made like UI athletic director Josh Whitman to introduce SCOTT BEATTY as host of "SportsTalk" on WDWS 1400-AM on Monday.
Haile, general manager of WDWS, WHMS and WKIO, subbed "#WeWillRadio" for Whitman's "#WeWillWin" hashtag he has used to introduce new UI coaches.
CHAMPAIGN — Hosting the NCAA regional at State Farm Center, the Illinois women’s gymnastics team finished fourth Saturday and will not advance to the NCAA Championships.
Illinois was tied for second place heading into the final rotation, but its score of 48.700 wasn’t enough to stay in the top two to qualify for nationals.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois volleyball has every position covered. Even honorable-mention All-Americans at setter (Jordyn Poulter), middle blocker (Ali Bastianelli) and libero (Brandi Donnelly).
PODCAST: Sports Talk 3-31-17: Play now!
Steve Kelly is joined by Matt Daniels for his final Sports Talk this Friday, with guest David Schuster of 670 The Score and a few farewells from the listeners.
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