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Senior distance runner Grace Louis races in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Redbird Invite on April 2 in Normal, Illinois. Louis recorded her highest finish at the event after crossing the finish line in 11:40.02 to claim second place. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Grace Louis shows versatility as two-sport athlete

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | May 17, 2022

Senior and former redshirt Grace Louis has overcome obstacles, literally and figuratively, during her past six years in DeKalb as the most recent student-athlete to play more than one sport at NIU. Louis was NIU’s lone multi-sport student-athlete...

Senior athlete Jazmyn Smith jumps during an event April 9 at the Illini Classic in Urbana, Illinois.

Track and field takes home two event titles at MAC Outdoor Championships

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | May 15, 2022

DeKALB — The women’s track and field team claimed a pair of Mid-American Conference titles and broke a pair of school records during the MAC Outdoor Championships Thursday through Saturday in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Sophomore Skylynn Blue earned the...

Sophomore Jasmine Ly takes a swing during the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional on May 9-11. Ly finished 12-over-par at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Corey Rush/EKU)

Jasmine Ly earns top-30 finish at NCAA Ann Arbor Regional

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | May 11, 2022

DeKALB — Sophomore women’s golfer Jasmine Ly closed out a historic sophomore campaign Wednesday at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional. She finished in a three-way tie for 29th place after hitting 12-over-par through three rounds to earn a score of 225. Ly...

Graduate student Michael Cascino tees off on a hole at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California on Nov. 9. NIU finished 17th out of 19 teams in the Saint Marys Invitational that concluded Nov. 11. (Wes Sanderson | Northern Star)

Men’s golf ties for third at MAC Championship

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | May 2, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU men’s golf closed out spring play with a tied-third finish in the Mid-American Conference Championship Sunday. The Huskies hosted the tournament at White Eagle Country Club in Naperville. NIU’s 32-over-par finish tied with Bowling...

Sophomore runner Scout Regular (left) jumps over a hurdle during the 100-meter hurdles event Saturday at the Illini Classic at Demirijan Park Stadium in Urbana, Illinois. Scout recorded a time of 14.32 seconds to take first place in the event, alongside three other NIU first-place finishes.

Huskies finish track and field regular season at Drake Relays

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | May 1, 2022

DeKALB — The track and field team brought their regular season to a close Saturday with competition at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, and the Kip Janvrin Open in Indianola, Iowa. The majority of the three-day span of competition was spent...

Kim Kester is NIUs first womens golf coach to become the sole recipient of the MAC Womens Golf Coach of the Year award.

Kim Kester named MAC Women’s Golf Coach of the Year

By Northern Star Sports Staff | April 28, 2022

DeKALB — Kim Kester has been named the 2022 Mid-American Conference Women’s Golf Coach of the Year, the conference announced Thursday. The announcement comes four days after Kester led the Huskies to a second place finish at the MAC Championship...

Senior catcher Katie Keller (left) assumes her batting stance during a game against Ball State University April 6 in DeKalb.

Softball bests UIC in non-conference bout

By Jordan Radloff, Sports Editor | April 27, 2022

The NIU softball team beat the University of Illinois Chicago 10-8 in a single game matchup Wednesday in Chicago. How it happened NIU took the lead early and held it for the entire game, scoring one run in the first, five runs in the second and four...

Moreno bonds with Huskies as new distance runner coach

Moreno bonds with Huskies as new distance runner coach

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | April 26, 2022

Jamie Moreno has demonstrated flexibility and competitiveness in his first year at NIU, but he is not a gymnast. Moreno is NIU’s newest cross country head coach and distance coach for track and field. Moreno has established himself as a fatherly...

Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 24, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Mike McGinnis)

Starting pitchers are losing their shine

By Waleed Alamleh, Sports Reporter | April 26, 2022

The new age thinking of baseball is slowly starting to ruin the once-great sport. The modern style of analytics that has been adopted by many baseball teams across the league has had a huge effect on the entertainment value of the game. Los Angeles...

Mens head golf coach John Carlson (Left) talks through a shot with senior Tommy Dunsire during the first round of the 2021 Saint Marys Invitational at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California. (Wes Sanderson | Northern Star)

Men’s golf places 10th to end regular season schedule

By Waleed Alamleh, Sports Reporter | April 25, 2022

The NIU men’s golf team completed its final competition of the spring season before the start of the Mid-American Conference Championship, finishing in 10th place at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate. The tournament, hosted by Ohio State University,...

Sophomore Jasmine Ly hits an approach shot into a green during a qualifying round at Rich Harvest Farms Aug. 28

Jasmine Ly wins first individual MAC championship in NIU women’s golf history

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | April 24, 2022

DeKALB — Sophomore Jasmine Ly became the first Huskie to win the Mid-American Conference Championship in women’s golf history Sunday. NIU finished their 2022-23 campaign as the conference runners-up of the three-day-long championship tournament....

Senior Christy Robinson swings her racket during a tennis match against Ball State University on Friday in DeKalb.

Women’s tennis continues win streak, beats Western Michigan

By Noah Silver, Sports Reporter | April 24, 2022

The NIU women’s tennis team edged out a win over the Western Michigan Broncos 4-3 on Sunday in DeKalb. With the win, the Huskies’ regular season ends at 17-11. Doubles: 1-0 WMU NIU was only able to take one of the three doubles matches on...

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