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Three Huskie football starters to enter transfer portal

View of the East side of Huskie Stadium Sept. 24, 2019 in DeKalb.

James Krause, Senior Reporter

May 12, 2020

DeKALB — Three redshirt senior football players, all starters last season, left the NIU program Monday in favor of entering the transfer portal. Tight end Mitchell Brinkman and defensive tackle Jack Heflin declared their entering of the transfer portal via statements on Twitter. Offensive lineman ...

Some NIU Athletics employees to see pay cuts due to pandemic

Some NIU Athletics employees to see pay cuts due to pandemic

James Krause, Senior Reporter

May 1, 2020

DeKALB—Athletic Director Sean Frazier announced Thursday that athletic department employees will see pay cuts “of one kind or another” to help the department save money during the COVID-19 pandemic. Frazier announced Thursday, in an edition of his “Frazier’s Corner,” that himself and Foo...

Huff’s Hoops: “The Last Dance” highlights change in NBA rivalries

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Jarrett Huff, Sports Editor

April 28, 2020

Episodes three and four of ESPN 30 for 30’s “The Last Dance” aired Sunday, giving us arguably some of the best two hours in the documentary series’ history. From Ron Harper’s criticism of Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach Lenny Wilkens decision to have Craig Ehlo guard Michael Jordan on “T...

Jordan Steckler signs with Saints as undrafted free agent

Jordan Steckler signs with Saints as undrafted free agent

Kyle Mathas, Reporter

April 26, 2020

DeKALB — NIU’s very own Jordan Steckler signed a deal with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints Saturday as an undrafted rookie free agent, according to NIU Football’s Twitter account. Steckler is a 6-foot-5, 305 pound offensive lineman from Two Rivers, Wisconsin. He will be graduating from NIU this sp...

Huff’s Hoops: Jerry Krause destroyed the Bulls, not Michael Jordan

Huff's Hoops: Jerry Krause destroyed the Bulls, not Michael Jordan

Jarrett Huff, Sports Editor

April 21, 2020

"The Last Dance," a long-awaited ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, premiered Sunday with its first two of 10 episodes, and it became clear from the jump that deceased Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause was designated the antagonist. Krause, who died in 2017, is obviously unable to defend himself...

Brooke Stonebraker signs letter of intent to join Huskies

Brooke Stonebraker signs letter of intent to join Huskies

Justin Kelley, Senior Reporter

April 18, 2020

DeKALB — The women’s basketball team gained a much-needed paint presence on Thursday as Brooke Stonebraker signed a letter of intent to join the Huskies this fall. Stonebreaker is a 6-foot-3-inch forward out of Versailles High School in Versailles, Ohio and played AAU for the Cincinnati Angels....

NIU baseball players practice discipline to stay fit for next season

NIU baseball player Jake Dunham bats.

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

April 15, 2020

DeKALB — The NIU baseball players continue training physically and mentally, as their focus has shifted to next season with extended eligibility for seniors and other disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior first baseman Jordan Larson and senior catcher Jake Dunham said continued training ...

First day of MAC Wrestling Championships sees two Huskies move on to finals

First day of MAC Wrestling Championships see two Huskies move on to the finals

James Krause, Senior Reporter

April 11, 2020

DeKALB — The wrestling team will have two representatives in the Mid-American Conference championship finals tomorrow at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. Redshirt first-year Izzak Olejnik will head to his first career championship final at 165 lbs. Redshirt sophomore 184-pounder Brit Wilson will head ba...

Baseball players learn lessons despite canceled season

An NIU baseball player prepares to bat during a 2020 season game.

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

April 8, 2020

DeKALB — Despite the negativity surrounding the NIU baseball team’s season being canceled, the players learned a lesson that will help them down the road. When the NCAA officially announced spring athletes would receive an extra year of eligibility, the baseball team wasn’t shocked, but still felt ...

WrestleMania 36: Salvaged event limps to finish

The stage for last year's Wrestlemania at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This year's Wrestlemania, originally scheduled to be in Tampa, will instead be at the WWE Performance Center in front of zero fans.

James Krause, Senior Reporter

April 2, 2020

World Wrestling Entertainment’s attendance figures for its biggest annual show, WrestleMania, have been under scrutiny since its inception. In 1987, while WWE contends that 93,173 people packed the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, Michigan for WrestleMania III, other wrestling news outlets like Wrestling O...

NIU Recreation and Wellness holds virtual intramural sports

NIU Recreation and Wellness holds virtual intramural sports

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

March 31, 2020

DeKALB — Despite the cancellation of intramural sports due to COVID-19, NIU Recreation and Wellness is still encouraging friendly competition in a pair of virtual events made to keep NIU students and staff entertained and involved. Trick shot competition The first way to participate is through RecWe...

Women’s basketball says goodbye to five seniors

Women's basketball says goodbye to five seniors

Quentin Wilson, Senior Reporter

March 31, 2020

DeKALB — Women’s basketball will say goodbye to five seniors after seeing their season ended in the first round of the Mid-American Tournament. “This group is special,” Head Coach Lisa Carlsen said. “Many are a part of that first recruiting class, a huge foundation for what we build.” The H...