Thursday, April 19, 2018

Springfest underway at UIS

Happening this week is the 26th annual Springfest at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Springfest is a way for students and even teachers to get their mind off all the work and have some fun.

Most of these activities take place after 9 p.m., giving students a chance to get all their class work done first.

Some of the activities include scavenger hunts and sports and games.

Aside from this being a stress buster, students say this also gives them a chance to work on some team building skills. "It's everyday from 9 to 11 at night so it's not like it clashes with your classes, so you can do your classes and come back and spend time with your friends ans just have fun," said Suparna Banerjee, UIS traditions coordinator for UIS Student Activity Committee.

This story aired on Fox 55 on April 18, 2018.

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Men's Baseball: Stars ranked fifth in national poll

The University of Illinois Springfield baseball team jumped one spot to No.5 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association NCAA Division II national poll released Wednesday.

UIS is 31-4 and has won 23 consecutive games.

The Prairie Stars are 12-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

They are in first place in the seven-team GLVC East Division.

The Stars are No. 1 in the Midwest Region rankings, No. 8 in Collegiate Baseball poll and No. 11 in Perfect Game poll.

According to Division II statistics, UIS is fourth in the nation in earned run average (2.62) and ninth in batting average (.331).

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on April 18, 2018.

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Women's Softball: UIS earns No. 18 NFCA ranking

University of Illinois Springfield’s softball team is ranked 18th in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II national poll.

The Prairie Stars made their first-ever appearance in the polls last week at 25th.

UIS is in first place in the 15-team Great Lakes Valley Conference standings with a 17-3 conference record.

The Stars are 30-11.

Rankings in the Midwest Region were released for the first time this season on Wednesday. UIS is No. 2 behind first-place Grand Valley State.

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on April 18, 2018.

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