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“It’s exciting to know that we’re a 2-seed, and that was definitely a goal that we had this year.� AMBER SEE SENIOR GYMNAST

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Illinois’ Amber See performs her floor routine during the meet against Michigan, at Huff Hall, on Feb. 7. The Illini lost 195.800-195.575.

Illini prepare for NCAA regionals at Minnesota BY ASHLEY WIJANGCO STAFF WRITER

The No. 11 Illinois women’s gymnastics team last competed at Minneapolis on Jan. 25, where it suffered its first loss of the season against a lower-ranked Minnesota team. The Illini will be back in Minneapolis this Saturday for NCAA Regionals, and they will be a No. 2 seed for the first time in school history. As such, the gymnasts have placed themselves in a good position to finish in the top two out of six teams at the Regional, a neces-

sity in order to reach Nationals. “It’s exciting to know that we’re a 2-seed, and that was definitely a goal that we had this year,� senior Amber See said. “But at the same time, we still have to do well on the day to prove ourselves.� Joining Illinois at the Minneapolis Regional is No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 14 Minnesota, No. 19 California, Southern Utah and San Jose State. With the exception of Minnesota, the only other team the Illini have faced so far this season is Oklahoma, where they suffered a loss. They have, however, compet-

ed against Minnesota twice. Aside from the regular season meet in Minneapolis, Illinois was also in the evening session with Minnesota at Big Ten championships. While the Illini placed third in the session and fourth overall, the Golden Gophers scored half a tenth more than them, which allowed them to take second place in the evening session and third in the Big Ten. The small margin that separated the Illini from placing at Big Tens has given them motivation and further emphasized the importance of

details, whether it is sticking landings or hitting handstands. “We’ve told them all year about the little things. It was by a very small margin that Minnesota had stretched for third place, so we came back in the gym,� head coach Kim Landrus. “We’ve worked really hard since Big Tens, and we’re ready to go out there and make sure we correct those little things.� Illinois has also had nearly two weeks of practice time to prepare for Regionals. See mentioned the extra practice time has been good, but what’s more important is the

simulation the team did. “Last weekend, we actually kind of did a mock meet where we did practice day and competition day kind of like this weekend is going to be,� junior Kelsi Eberly said. “So it was a little bit lighter on our bodies and prepared us for this weekend.� If the Illini fail to make it into the top two of the Regional, their season will be done. For See, this meet is taking place right near her hometown of Minnetonka, Minn., but she described it as bittersweet with the chance it may

be her final competition. “Obviously I don’t want it to be my last meet ever, and I’m fully confident that it won’t be,� See said. “But at the same time, it’s fun to have my friends and family there supporting me no matter what happens. Just knowing that’s where I started my gymnastics career, it’s kind of cool to go back one last time before it’s over and compete there.�

Ashley can be reached at wijangc2@dailyillini.com and @wijangco12.

Football freshman walk-on is the ‘Man’ BY STEPHEN BOURBON STAFF WRITER

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Busch Stadium employees prepare the grounds during the baseball game against Missouri at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on April 7, 2010.

Braggin’ Rights baseball game postponed due to bad weather BY NICHOLAS FORTIN STAFF WRITER

The weather hasn’t been kind to the Illinois baseball team so far this season, but the Illini don’t seem to mind. Illinois has canceled, postponed or rescheduled five games so far this year, with Wednesday’s game against Missouri at Busch Stadium being the most recent postponement. “It’s kind of unfortunate,� sophomore catcher Jason Goldstein said. “A lot of us were looking forward to going out and playing a Busch Stadium. The older guys got a chance to do it last year but for some of the younger guys it’s always a cool experience.� The game origi nally scheduled for Wednesday was postponed due inclement weather in St. Louis. The Illini and the Tigers in conjunction with the Cardinals will make up the Braggin’ Rights game at Busch Stadium on April 23. “I’m sure they were excited to play (Wednesday), at the same time, we deal with that on a regular basis,� head coach Dan Hartleb said. “We’re fortunate that we have rescheduled the game for April 23, so I know the guys will be excited that we haven’t lost a game, it has just moved from this week.� H a r t leb c a l le d t he postponement of the game “a smart decision for everyone

involved� for a number of reasons. “We don’t want to get on a bus, get part way there and then have to turn all the way around and come back,� Hartleb said. “Both from a practice standpoint and a practical standpoint. You don’t want to spend the money to do that.� Illinois’ weather problems started in the second week of the season when the team was forced to move the start time of its second game and schedule a different opponent for its third game of the weekend at the Caravelle Resort’s Baseball at the Beach Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The poor weather followed the Illini to their series against Western Kentucky in which the series opener was postponed. Bad weather was also a factor in last week’s midweek contest against Illinois State that was eventually played at Illinois Field. Although cancellations could be seen as an annoyance, Hartleb said the team is lucky to have not canceled as many games as other teams so far this year. “If you look across the northern part of the country, the number of cancellations and number of games that people have had to move, postpone — whatever it might

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Almost his whole life, Peter Bailey Berg hasn’t used his formal name. It just wasn’t cool enough. No, he’s not the director of Friday Night Lights and Lone Survivor. He’s just Man. A redshirt freshman walk-on quarterback for the Illinois football team, Man Berg hasn’t gone by his birth name of Peter since Pop Warner football in second grade, where he was ‘Berg.’ The nickname Man originated at birth and he’s stuck to some variation of the moniker ever since. When he was born, his mom dubbed him ‘Little Man.’ Man had a “grimace or a growl,� according to his father, Kevin, on his face and thus the nickname was born. “He looked like an old man,� Kevin said. “The minute he was born, everyone in the delivery room, all the doctors saw this guy and said, ‘Jesus, he looks like an old man.’� For five years, he was called

Manny, but that wasn’t quite right either. “I hated it and wanted to be called Man,� he said. ‘The school called and said they knew my name was Peter, and they asked if I wanted to go by Man or Peter and I said Man. I just thought it was cooler. So I was ‘Man’ like my whole life through school and everything.� Along with the nickname comes general confusion during introductions and now well worn-out jokes about Man. “It’s either ‘What did you say?’ They always think I said Matt or Max, and then I said, no it’s Man,� Berg said. “Every day it’s something like, ‘What’s your sister’s name? Woman?’ Pretty much every day that I meet someone new, that’s what they say. So you just learn to deal with it.� When looking at universities, Berg said he fell in love with the campus and coaches at Illinois and decided to enroll as a walk-on after a high school ACL

injury derailed his chances at a scholarship. “I always felt like when I would go to college, it would change back to Peter — I wouldn’t tell everyone I was Man,� Berg said. “But I just couldn’t really take it and said, ‘No my name is Man.’’ In his first season in Champaign, Berg never saw the field but earned notoriety by making Sporting News’ 2013 All-Name AllAmerican team. There was even a hashtag, #manberg, movement on Twitter from Illinois blogger @ALionEye, which spread throughout the team and fans alike, producing yet another evolution of the name within the team. “I thought it was funny. My dad emailed me a link and said, ‘Look what they’re doing to you on the Internet.’ He was laughing about it, too,� Berg said. “I checked them out and there was a ton of them like #manberg, I got a kick out of it. The guys on the team got a kick out of it too and that sparked them calling me ‘Manberg,’ like it’s one

weekend roundup SOFTBALL NEBRASKA AT ILLINOIS Friday, 6 p.m. Eichelberger Field

BASEBALL ILLINOIS AT NORTHWESTERN Friday, 3 p.m. Evanston, Ill.

SOFTBALL NEBRASKA AT ILLINOIS Saturday, 1 p.m. Eichelberger Field

BASEBALL ILLINOIS AT NORTHWESTERN Saturday, 1 p.m. Evanston, Ill.

SOFTBALL NEBRASKA AT ILLINOIS Sunday, noon Eichelberger Field

BASEBALL ILLINOIS AT NORTHWESTERN Sunday, 2 p.m. Evanston, Ill.

WOMEN’S TENNIS ILLINOIS AT MICHIGAN STATE Saturday, 11 a.m. East Lansing, Mich.

MEN’S TENNIS MICHIGAN STATE AT ILLINOIS Sunday, 3 p.m. Atkins Tennis Center

WOMEN’S TENNIS ILLINOIS AT MICHIGAN Sunday, 11 a.m. Ann Arbor, Mich.

MEN’S TENNIS MICHIGAN VS. ILLINOIS Sunday, noon Atkins Tennis Center

word instead of just Man.� This spring, Berg works with the tight ends and running backs and will be running with the scout team during the fall. Though actual playing time isn’t a likely scenario in his career, Berg is still working each practice, trying to earn one of the 85 scholarships allotted to the team. “I’m competing just as everyone else is,� Berg said. “I’m not getting the reps with the 1’s or 2’s, obviously, but each practice I’m doing a bunch of stuff to get better and I’m always looking for a scholarship, trying to get a scholarship and trying to earn the right to play on the field.� Kevin said Man is trying to prove to himself that he can play at a Division I level, despite Kevin’s warnings of too much pressure that can come with playing quarterback or pitcher. “He made himself into a quarterback. He wants that ball,� Kev-

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Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk will publish a schedule of the upcoming weekend for Illinois sports here every Thursday.

MEN’S GOLF 3M AUGUSTA INVITATIONAL Saturday-Sunday, All Day Augusta, Ga.

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD TIGER TRACK CLASSIC Friday-Saturday, All Day Auburn, Ala.

WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS NCAA REGIONALS Saturday, 6 p.m. Minneapolis, Minn.

SOCCER KENTUCKY AT ILLINOIS Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Illinois Soccer Stadium

VOLLEYBALL INDY COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL Saturday, 5 p.m. Indianapolis, Ind.

SOCCER MARQUETTE VS. ILLINOIS Sunday, 12:15 p.m. Illinois Soccer Stadium

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD TIGER TRACK CLASSIC Friday-Saturday, All Day Auburn, Ala.

SOCCER NORTHWESTERN VS. ILLINOIS Sunday, 3:15 p.m. Illinois Soccer Stadium

The Daily Illini: Volume 143 Issue 99  

Thursday April 3, 2014

The Daily Illini: Volume 143 Issue 99  

Thursday April 3, 2014

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