I finished my Illini career in spring 2004 as the winningest women''s tennis player in school history. I top the all-time UI victory lists in both singles and doubles. I am the only player in the program''s history to be selected to the All-Big Ten team four times and remain the only Illini to win the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award. That same school year (2000-01), I was selected UI Female Newcomer of the Year for all sports. I also excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors three times. In 2004, I was the UI''s female winner of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, an award the recognizes extraordinary achievement in academics and athletes.
I had a famous teammate in the 1980s, Mary Eggers, but I wasn''t a bad volleyball player myself. I secured All-Big Ten honors three times, and in 1987 I shared Big Ten player of the year honors with Eggers. I closed my UI career after an injury-plagued season in 1989 but still was second team All-American.
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Justin Spring earned All-America honors in the all-around Friday, but the Illinois men''s gymnastics team had to settle for third place in the team competition at the NCAA championships.
Spring scored a career-high 9.9 in the high bar en route to a 55.25 all-around total, good for sixth place overall. He advanced to today''s individual finals on the bar as well as the parallel bars, one of five Illini to compete for individual gold.
CHAMPAIGN – Considered the next Brandon Lloyd when he first walked on campus, Kendrick Jones caught exactly two passes his first three years in school.
But suddenly, he got it. Jones went from Mr. Potential to Mr. Clutch, catching a team-best 47 balls as a junior. He finished sixth in the Big Ten in yardage and seventh in catches. An All-Big Ten season, or better, seemed like a lock in 2005.
EAST LANSING, Mich.--Itch Jones'' Illinois baseball team stayed perfect in conference play after topping Michigan State 12-3 on Friday.
Dusty Bensko had three RBIfor Illinois (15-7-1, 5-0).
CHAMPAIGN – As of this afternoon, Ron Zook will be five practices into the task of building a football program at a "basketball school."
The designation doesn''t bother Zook, who joined the monumental love affair with Dee Brown, Deron Williams & Co.
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Illinois'' men''s gymnastics team picked a good time to set a school record.
The Illini advanced to today''s team finals at the NCAA championships by winning its six-school preliminary session with a record score of 225.250. Justin Spring led the way, winning the high bar and the parallel bars.
An Urbana native, I competed at the university for two seasons, but they were good ones. I won nine Big Ten titles in women''s gymnastics, seven regional crowns and earned All-America status on the uneven bars. Before attending Illinois, I competed in the 1972 Munich Olympics
was a heavyweight wrestler at Illinois who lettered from 1988-91. After a 12-13-3 freshman season, I became a three-time Big Ten champion and All-American, winning an NCAA title in ''91 with a 33-0 record. Today, the UI has an award named after me, given to the most improved wrestler (answer below).
URBANA – As Molly Lawhead thought about it, her meeting last weekend with UI softball coach Terri Sullivan started on an ominous tone.
"She called me in," said Lawhead, a sophomore from Monticello, "and said, ''We need to make some changes.'' "