Starting Wednesday March 18, The News-Gazette sports department will spotlight every Illinois senior athlete whose season was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic in the coming weeks and months.
Our plan here at The News-Gazette is to profile every single senior athlete at Illinois. We’ll tell their stories. Their moments of triumph. Their moments of heartache. Their leadership. Their talents. Their path to Illinois.
Crystal Lake native concluded his senior season with a 26-4 record while competing at 133 pounds and was a four-time NCAA qualifier
New Jersey native one of two seniors, along with infielder Maddy Adams, on the 2020 Illinois softball team who saw their season canceled last Thursday
He qualified for the NCAA Championships in all four seasons of his college wrestling career
Wisconsin native had developed into unquestioned ace of Illinois pitching staff
Illini fifth-year senior finished his athletic career strong and has his future job already lined up
Chicagoland product and UIC transfer finds home with Illinois emerging as regular in rings lineup
The 26-year-old Marine glad he gave baseball one last shot at Illinois
Back at home in Kentucky, senior can't wait to get back on golf course
Senior standout enjoying downtime back home in Florida
Baseball is where the next bit of uncertainty lies for Illini's all-time saves leader
Senior athlete now in initial stages of establishing fashion company, Vanessa Flaherty Design
Outfielder's role with Illini two-fold: leadership, experience in outfield
Maryland transfer drawn to Illinois because of the atmosphere and energy around the team
The 23-year-old still is weighing her options as it pertains to returning to Champaign-Urbana for a fifth season
Belgium native turns himself into consistent performer for Mike Small's Illini team
Track and field athlete now puts focus on graduate school
'I’m excited to come back and finish this off the right way,' Illinois senior golfer said
Academic aspirations, competitive spirit key Illini senior's decision to play another season
'I met so many amazing people there. I hope I have those people around in my life forever.'
After overcoming shoulder injury, former walk-on has great experience as an Illini
'It’s just really special to have my name up in Huff Hall,' the Illinois senior women's gymnast said.
Illinois coach Justin Spring: 'He made our team so much better and it was never anything about what he did athletically'
'Everything’s open right now,” the Illinois men's track and field standout said, “and that decision, it includes me, it includes my family, it includes my coaching staff.
Senior has quickly become a dependable option on the court
'I look back on it, and it was amazing,' the Illinois baseball senior says. 'The buzz the Illini have in Champaign is something you can’t find many other places.'
Among the distance runner's favorite memories was helping Illini men’s cross-country qualify for the 2016 NCAA Championships
'I actually think the thing that surprised me the most was how much better I got at gymnastics after going to college,' the Illinois senior says
Bryan Baumgarten faced an unexpected question this spring: Do you want to return to Illinois for one more season on the men’s golf team or sta…