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NIU Athletics adjust to address Huskie Stadium long lines

NIU Athletics adjust to address Huskie Stadium long lines

James Krause, Sports Editor September 22, 2021

DeKALB — NIU Athletics announced Monday changes to concessions operations at Huskie Stadium after receiving complaints about wait times and water bottle shortages at the last home football game Sept. 11. Twitter user @HuskieUnleashed shared photos...

The NIU football team runs onto the field at Huskie Stadium ahead of their game Sept. 11 against Wyoming.

Huskies close non-conference slate

James Krause, Sports Editor September 22, 2021

DeKALB — The football team looks to close their non-conference schedule with an even 2-2 record as they host the University of Maine Black Bears at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Huskie Stadium. NIU hopes to use Saturday as a bounce back game after taking...

Red Black Football Podcast (Week 4 vs Maine w/ Clint Ratkovich)

Red Black Football Podcast (Week 4 vs Maine w/ Clint Ratkovich)

Northern Star Staff September 22, 2021

The Huskies were outmatch against the highly-touted Michigan Wolverines, and the scoreboard showed it at the end of four quarters. NIU lost 63-10 after allowing eight rushing touchdowns and failing to produce anything consistent on offense. What can NIU...

The mens soccer team celebrates a goal by redshirt junior  Enrique Banuelos (middle, 9) on Aug. 26. Banuelos scored in NIUs 3-0 victory over Chicago State that extended their winning streak to six games.

Men’s soccer extends historic run

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter September 21, 2021

DeKALB — Two early goals by redshirt junior forward Enrique Banuelos and senior defenseman Anthony Markanich lead the  Huskies to a 3-0 Tuesday over the Chicago State University Wildcats. Tuesday’s game marked the team’s  sixth consecutive...

Freshman  Jóhanna Lúðvíksdóttir practices at Rich Harvest Farms.  Lúðvíksdóttir took her  talents from Reykjavik to DeKalb to be a part of the NIU womens golf team.

Icelandic golfer makes way to NIU

Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter September 21, 2021

DeKALB — Freshman women’s golfer Jóhanna Lea Lúðvíksdóttir, pronounced “loo-th-veeks-tottir,” is already accustomed to colder climates, but not the type from the United States. Raised in Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, Lúðvíksdóttir’s...

Chicago Cubs Willson Contreras reacts after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Milwaukee.

Cubs ponder future without stars

Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter September 20, 2021

From flying the “W”  looking like title contenders for years to come with a core of players in their prime or about to hit it. To rebuilding and returning back to lovable losers form only in a span of five years is not what the Cubs organization...

Chicago White Soxs Jose Abreu (79) follows through on a swing during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington Texas, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.

Sox need surge ahead of playoff run

Waleed Alamleh, Sports Reporter September 20, 2021

With the MLB season coming down to its final weeks, the Chicago White Sox are closing in on winning their first American League Central title since 2008.  The team has their eyes set on bigger prizes with World Series hopes in mind for the ball club....

NIU linebackers, sophomore Nick Rattin (left) and redshirt senior Lance Deveaux (right) try and tackle Michigan sophomore running back Blake Corum (middle). Corum led the Wolverines with 125 yards rushing in a 63-10 win over the Huskies on Sept. 18.

COLUMN: Huskies can build off blowout loss to Michigan

James Krause, Sports Editor September 20, 2021

During the University of Michigan’s 63-10 shellacking of NIU on Saturday, the 106,623 fans at Michigan Stadium kept themselves thoroughly entertained. The sea of yellow and blue did the wave, they sang The Killers hit “Mr. Brightside” and played...

Redshirt senior Victoria Robinson running in a meet last season. The Huskies opened their season Friday with the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa.

Huskies secure top 10 at Redbird

Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter September 19, 2021

DeKALB — NIU cross country had their second meet of the season at Illinois State Redbird Invitational on Friday, finishing in 10th place out of the 13 teams at the invite. Redshirt sophomore Katelyn Robbins led the way for the Huskies Friday evening,...

The volleyball team huddles during the first set of their matchup on Sept. 18 against Wisconsin. The loss to the Badgers drops NIU to 6-4.

Huskies swept by second-ranked Wisconsin

Waleed Alamleh, Sports Reporter September 19, 2021

DeKALB — The NIU volleyball team was unable to match the energy and play of the second ranked University of Wisconsin Badgers, losing in straight sets 3-0.  The Huskies were able to keep up with the Badgers, putting in a good effort from the jump....

Senior forward Nick Markanich celebrates after a goal in NIUs game Aug. 26 against Purdue-Fort Wayne. Nick had two goals in NIUs 5-1 win over Eastern Illinois on Tuesday.

Nick Markanich notches hat trick in NIU win

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter September 19, 2021

DeKALB — Senior forward Nick Markanich shined with a hat trick as the hot Huskies romp the Western Illinois University Leathernecks 6-0.  "It was a great feeling," Nick Markanich said in an NIU Athletics news release about his hat trick. "I always...

Michigan running back Hassan Haskins (25) dives into the end zone for a five-yard touchdown run against Northern Illinois in the first half of a NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.

Michigan run game stomps Huskies

James Krause, Sports Editor September 18, 2021

ANN ARBOR — The 25th ranked University of Michigan Wolverines were too much for NIU, running roughshod over the Huskies 63-10 Saturday at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines combined for eight rushing touchdowns on the day, scoring on all but two drives....

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