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Junior infielder Bianca Barone hits one down the third-base line Friday April 9 against the Western Michigan University Broncos.

Softball finishes home stand with win over Valpo

Abby Hostman, Reporter April 16, 2021

DeKALB — NIU softball defeated the Valparaiso University Crusaders 9-3 Wednesday to wrap up a five-game home stand.  A seven-run third inning sparked NIU to victory. With the score tied at 2 after two frames,  junior infielder Bianca Barone hit...

Football team prepares to host yearly Huskie Bowl

Huskies defense shows life in spring showcase

Waleed Alamleh, Reporter April 15, 2021

DeKALB — The football team hosted its first open practice of the offseason Saturday. The Huskies played a scrimmage against each other in its annual Cardinal vs. White game, showcasing the young up-and-coming talent that the team has for the 2021 season.  Nearly...

(From left) Mikayla Voigt, women’s basketball sophomore guard, senior gymnast Megan Greenfield, Austin Pauga, sophomore men’s basketball guard and Hope Schmelzle, senior track and field runner were all named to the winter sports Distinguished Scholar-Athlete team. NIU gave 14 student-athletes the award. 

Two sport-related minors to be added in fall

Elisa Reamer, Reporter April 14, 2021

DeKalb — The College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be offering new minors starting Fall 2021 for students interested in careers within the sporting industry. The minors are sport analytics and sport journalism.  Both...

The par-3 seventh hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Pebble Beach Golf Links, the pinnacle of public golf

Wes Sanderson, Assistant Sports Editor April 13, 2021

Golfing has always held a special place in my heart. The game has given me the opportunity to caddie in some of the most prestigious events on the PGA Tour. While carrying someone else’s bag in a professional event is a bucket list experience, it still...

Close-up view of a baseball.

Knights, Salukis sweep weekend games against Huskies

James Krause, Senior Reporter April 12, 2021

DeKALB — NIU baseball’s skid continued into a non-conference weekend of games, losing a one-off to Bellarmine University Friday and a pair of games to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Saturday and Sunday. The Huskies losing streak is now...

Soccer ball flies through the net in the goal.

Men’s soccer tumbles in MAC standings after week of losses

Kyle Mathas, Reporter April 12, 2021

DeKALB — The men’s soccer team lost another late-season game, this time on senior night to the University of West Virginia Mountaineers, 2-0 Sunday.  The Huskies played in front of the home crowd for senior night with 72 fans in attendance, but...

NIU graduate student Jordan Less hits driver on the second hole Mar. 8 at San Diego Country Club during the first round of the Lamkin San Diego Classic.

Jordan Less finishes fourth at Aggie Invitational

Wes Sanderson, Assistant Sports Editor April 11, 2021

DeKALB — Graduate student Jordan Less took home solo-fourth at the Aggie Invitational at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas on Sunday. Less finished the 54-hole tournament with a one-under, 215. He was one shot back of Baylor University’s Luke Dossey,...

Soccer ball flies through the net in the goal.

Women’s soccer falls in home closer

Jarrett Huff, Sports Editor April 9, 2021

DeKALB — Women’s soccer extends its losing streak to seven after its loss to the Ball State University Cardinals Thursday in DeKalb, 1-0. This was the team’s final home game of the season. There wasn’t much action offensively from NIU in this...

Women's tennis defeated by Bradley

Women’s tennis defeated by Bradley

Kyle Mathas, Reporter April 7, 2021

DeKALB — The women’s tennis team suffered a 4-1 loss on the road to the University of Bradley Braves Tuesday. NIU won two of the three doubles matches against Bradley with junior Fernanda Naves and senior Lara Slisko winning 7-6 and junior Iuliia...

Baylor junior guard Davion Mitchell slaps hands with fans after arriving home as NCAA college basketball champions April 6, 2021, in Waco, Texas.

National championship a long-time coming for Baylor

Waleed Alamleh, Columnist April 7, 2021

The University of Baylor Bears men's basketball team won its first NCAA National Championship in program history after playing a dominant game against the University of Gonzaga Bulldogs, winning by a final score of 86-70 Monday night. The Bears played...

Redshirt junior Kam Smith begins to takes off from home plate after making contact with the ball April 3, during NIU's 17-6 loss to Central Michigan University at Ralph McKinzie Field in DeKalb.

Baseball’s long-awaited return to DeKalb ends in series sweep

James Krause, Senior Reporter April 5, 2021

DeKALB — NIU baseball came away winless in its first home series in nearly two years, dropping all four weekend games to the Central Michigan University Chippewas. The Huskies pitching and defense struggled throughout the homestand, giving up double-digit...

Then-junior goalkeeper Megan Donnally swings her leg on a punt Sept. 29, 2019, during an eventual 1-0 loss to Kent State University at the Soccer and Track and Field Complex in DeKalb.

Women’s soccer avoids shutout narrowly

Jarrett Huff, Sports Editor April 5, 2021

DeKALB — Women’s soccer continues to struggle as its season nears its end, falling to the Eastern Michigan University Eagles Sunday 4-1 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. This is the team’s sixth straight loss. NIU senior forward Haley Hoppe made the lone...

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