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Illinois Fighting Illini

Illinois Fighting Illini
The Illinois Fighting Illini are the athletic teams of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The school colors are orange and blue and the teams compete in the Big Ten conference. The university has won two Division I National Championships since 1958 and more than 25 overall. Famous players include Red Grange, George Halas, Dick Butkus, Lou Boudreau, Dike Eddleman, Ray Nitschke and Johnny Kerr.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are the athletic teams of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The school colors are orange and blue and the teams compete in the Big Ten conference. The university has won two Division I National Championships since 1958 and more than 25 overall. Famous players include Red Grange, George Halas, Dick Butkus, Lou Boudreau, Dike Eddleman, Ray Nitschke and Johnny Kerr. « Show less

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  • Academics in order, Evanston's Alecia Cooley off to the SEC

    Academics in order, Evanston's Alecia Cooley off to the SEC
    There was never any question about Alecia Cooley on the court, and she'll get chance to prove her value at the NCAA Division I level next season for Arkansas. In her time playing basketball for Evanston and State Fair Community College, Cooley exhibited...
  • South Elgin's Ryan Nutof makes mound impact at University of Michigan

    South Elgin's Ryan Nutof makes mound impact at University of Michigan
    Anyone who saw South Elgin's Ryan Nutof pitch last spring when he led the Storm to a third-place finish in the state already knew he possessed the skills to succeed in college baseball. It took Nutof only a few games for Michigan this spring to show...
  • Stagg graduate Melissa Kopinski named All-Big Ten again for Illinois

    Stagg graduate Melissa Kopinski named All-Big Ten again for Illinois
    When she began taking tennis seriously at the age of 9, Illinois' Melissa Kopinski could not have imagined that her final year of collegiate competition would be as fruitful as it was. Not only was the Palos Hills resident chosen the co-MVP of the...
  • Bloom to induct nine into Hall of Fame

    Nine graduates of Bloom High School in Chicago Heights are to be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in November, according to a news release from the school's Hall of Fame. They are to be recognized at a Nov. 7 induction ceremony and will join 99...
  • Notre Dame men seek first NCAA men's lacrosse title

     Notre Dame men seek first NCAA men's lacrosse title
    Only one school has made the Division I men's lacrosse tournament quarterfinals the last six years. It's not Duke, which has won three of the past five titles, including the last two. Unseeded Ohio State routed the No. 5 seed Blue Devils last weekend....
  • Football recruiting notes: Phillips' versatile Quayvon Skanes adds two offers

    Football recruiting notes: Phillips' versatile Quayvon Skanes adds two offers
    Phillips football coach Troy McAllister has been a busy man. All the Wildcats did in the past eight months was make school history by becoming the second Chicago Public League team to advance to a state championship game, receive local and national...
  • College notebook: 3 locals earn all-CCIW honors at Augustana

    Three area athletes who helped the Augustana men's lacrosse team to an outstanding season made the all-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin team. Junior attacker Kevin Gleason, a Loyola graduate, and junior goalkeeper Jack Peters, from Maine...
  • Andrew graduate Kelly Christner turns into star for powerhouse Michigan

    Andrew graduate Kelly Christner turns into star for powerhouse Michigan
    When Kelly Christner chose to continue her softball career at the University of Michigan, she did so with the understanding that she likely would not play much during her freshman season. Rather than lament the lack of playing time in 2014, the Tinley...
  • Pitcher Tyler Jay helping Illinois baseball to tremendous season

     Pitcher Tyler Jay helping Illinois baseball to tremendous season
    Illinois pitcher Tyler Jay described his frame in high school as "tiny," but that didn't cause him to think small about his future. He figured that just meant he was destined for more. "Coming out of high school, I knew that my potential wasn't even...
  • Warren grad Kristiyan Trukov earns tennis award at Marquette

    Warren grad Kristiyan Trukov earns tennis award at Marquette
    Warren boys tennis coach Greg Cohen had reason to smile. Marquette just completed its 2014-2015 season and Warren graduate and Golden Eagle sophomore Kristiyan Trukov was named the team's co-MVP. The sophomore won 15 singles match and his 23 total...
  • Rick Gosselin: Why I like the Cowboys' top two picks

    Tyron Smith left Southern Cal a year early to turn pro. But that didn't mean he left school. That summer, Smith was schooled on a daily basis by pass rusher DeMarcus Ware in training camp with the Cowboys. Smith won the Morris Trophy as the best...