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NIU senior infielder Caitlyn Shumaker throws the ball during the Huskies’ 11-2 loss to Western Kentucky University in five innings Sunday at the WKU Softball Complex in Bowling Green, Kentucky. NIU’s defeat sent the Huskies home with a 1-3 record at the Hilltopper Spring Fling. (Courtesy of Wyatt Richardson)

Softball splits weekend finale in Western Kentucky

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | March 3, 2024

NIU softball split its second and final day of action at the Hilltopper Spring Fling on Sunday to finish its third weekend out of 2024 with a 1-3 record. The Huskies (4-10) defeated the University of Dayton (7-5) before falling to Western Kentucky...

A graphic shows the dates for NIU Athletic events this coming week. Wrestling’s trip to Kent, Ohio for the MAC Championships highlights this week in Huskie sports. (Eddie Miller | Northern Star)

Wrestling heads to MAC Championships this week in Huskie sports

By Northern Star Sports Staff | March 3, 2024

NIU wrestling heads to Kent, Ohio, for the MAC Championships while men’s and women’s basketball conclude their 2023-2024 seasons this week in Huskie sports. WRESTLING Friday, March 8 at MAC Championships, TBD Kent, Ohio / Memorial Athletic...

Senior infielder Andre Demetral focuses on a throw during an NIU baseball game against Louisiana State University. Demetral recorded one hit in the Huskies 14-1 loss to the University of Cincinnati on Sunday. (Courtesy of Jonathan Mailhes)

Baseball bags ‘Boneyard Win’, drops 2 to Bearcats

By Zachary Bertram and Joseph Segreti | March 3, 2024

After falling to the University of Cincinnati Bearcats (6-5) 6-5 on a walk-off hit by pitch in Game 1, NIU baseball (3-9) bounced back for a 6-4 win behind the best performance of freshman catcher Cooper Cohn’s young career in Game 2.  Despite allowing...

Then-junior Mikael Vollbach stands ready to receive a serve during mens tennis match against the University of Illinois Chicago on Feb. 22, 2023. Vollbach won all three of his matches Saturday, including his doubles match with senior Cheng En Tsai and the dual-clinching singles match against University of Nebraska Omaha. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Men’s tennis take two decisive victories

By Kalin Schaefer, Sports Reporter | March 3, 2024

Improving to 10-2 on the season, NIU men’s tennis defeated both Southern University (0-9) and the University of Nebraska Omaha (10-6) on Saturday.  Defeating Southern 7-0 with two doubles and four singles matches being played, only five Huskies...

Junior guard David Coit (11) shoots the ball for a mid-range shot during the second half of an NIU mens basketball game against Ball State University on Feb. 20. Coit scored a career-high 35 points and entered the 1000 points-scored club on Saturday. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

Akron spoils Coit’s career performance

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | March 3, 2024

A 35-point performance from junior guard David Coit wasn’t enough for an NIU men’s basketball (10-19, 4-12 MAC) win Saturday as the Huskies were defeated 80-73 by the University of Akron (21-8, 13-3 MAC). Coit not only scored a career-high in Saturday’s...

Redshirt junior guard Sidney McCrea (2) signals to her teammates as she dribbles the ball up the court against Bowling Green State University Feb. 24. McCrea earned her first career double-double in a 69-54 loss to University of Akron Saturday. (Northern Star File Photo)

Huskies drop third straight after falling to Akron

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | March 2, 2024

NIU women’s basketball (13-15, 6-10 MAC) picked up it’s third-straight loss after falling to the University of Akron Zips (10-17, 5-11 MAC) 69-54.  Poor shooting held the Huskies back, as they finished 32.8% from the field and 21.4% from three-point...

NIU then-junior first baseman Colin Summerhill (8) is declared safe after sliding into second base on a double in the bottom of the first inning on April 9, 2023. Summerhill blasted two home runs in a 13-5 loss against the University of Cincinnati on Friday. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Summerhill shines in baseball’s loss to Cincinnati

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | March 2, 2024

Senior outfielder and catcher Colin Summerhill drove in all five Huskies runs in NIU baseball’s (2-8) 13-5 loss to the University of Cincinnati Bearcats (5-4).  Summerhill finished his day going 2-for-5 with a pair of home runs, including a two-run...

Junior Reagan Welch pursues a shot to her right in a doubles match at the Nelson Tennis Center at Chick Evans Field House. Welch won her singles match 6-2, 6-0 and her doubles match with sophomore Jenna Horne 6-0 as womens tennis defeated University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 6-1 Friday. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Women’s tennis takes down undefeated Whitewater

By Kalin Schaefer, Sports Reporter | March 2, 2024

NIU women’s tennis improved to 8-5 while handing the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks (6-1) their first loss of the season on Friday. The Huskies defeated Whitewater by a score of 6-1, winning all but one of the matches played.  In...

Senior guard Jayden Marable (3) scans the court on offense against Bowling Green State University on Feb. 24. Marable scored 19 points in a 74-61 loss to the University of Toledo Rockets Wednesday. (Northern Star File Photo)

Huskies fall to Wiard-led Rockets in final home game of the season

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | February 29, 2024

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball (13-14, 6-9 MAC) fell to the University of Toledo Rockets (22-4, 14-1 MAC) 74-61 in it’s last home game of the season.  Fifth-year guard Sophia Wiard paved the way for the Rockets, scoring 16 points and dishing...

Graduate student Zach Place studies his shot at the MAC Championship in May. Place tied for 25th at the Lake Las Vegas Invitational on Tuesday. (Courtesy of Taylor Strnad)

Men’s golf places 12th at Lake Las Vegas Invitational

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | February 28, 2024

NIU men’s golf wrapped up the Lake Las Vegas Invitational placing 12 out of 22 teams in its first tournament of the spring. Graduate student Zach Place and sophomore Ian Bruchhauser led the Huskies, finishing tied for 25th place.  The Huskies improved...

Junior guard David Coit (11) shoots a three-pointer over Ball State junior guard Jalin Anderson (1) on Feb. 20. Coit led the Huskies in scoring with 27 points in a 75-72 upset win over the University of Toledo on Tuesday. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Unsung heroes lift Huskies to upset win over Toledo

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | February 27, 2024

Up 73-72 with 16 seconds left and on the verge of handing the University of Toledo Rockets (17-11, 11-4 MAC) its first home conference loss of the season, former student manager guard Steven Tipton stepped to the free throw line and nailed two free throws...

Senior catcher/outfielder Collin Summerhill eyes a pitch in an NIU baseball game against Louisiana State University Saturday. Summerhill recorded two hits against the University of Iowa on Tuesday, including an RBI triple in the eighth inning. (Courtesy of LSU Athletics)

Baseball falls to Iowa, leave 11 runners on base

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | February 27, 2024

NIU baseball (2-7) dropped its mid-week showdown versus the University of Iowa Hawkeyes (4-4) by a score of 14-6.  The Hawkeyes used a total of 10 pitchers in the contest, with their starting pitcher, sophomore pitcher Justin Hackett, only lasting...