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Freshman forward Walker Smith shoots the puck during warmups prior to NIU Hockeys game against Arizona State on Nov. 19. The Huskies were blown out by Purdue University Northwest by a final score of 14-2 on Friday. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Playing without Pride: Hockey embarrassed by Purdue Northwest

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | December 2, 2023

HAMMOND – Pure destruction, annihilation and embarrassment were the words of the day in Hammond, Indiana, Friday. NIU Hockey (1-17-2) was utterly dismantled by Purdue University Northwest (15-5, 7-4 GLCHL) by a final score of 14-2.  A heroic 3-goal,...

Men’s soccer signs 3 to 2024 roster

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | December 1, 2023

DeKALB — The NIU men’s soccer team is set to welcome three midfielders to its ranks in 2024 after head coach Ryan Swan announced three signings in an NIU Athletics press release Tuesday. The Huskies added two high school recruits in midfielders...

Junior libero Crew Hoffmeier serves the ball during a Nov. 11 match against Ball State University at John E. Worthen Arena in Muncie, Indiana. NIU volleyball finished its 2023 campaign with a final record of 8-22, a record that Sports Reporter Skyler Kisellus believes doesnt define the team and its future. (Amber Pietz | Ball State Creative Services)

COLUMN: Volleyball played better than its record

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 30, 2023

With NIU volleyball’s 2023 campaign now over and a 22-loss season in the books, the Sondra Parys coaching era at NIU is off to a solid start. Before anyone begins questioning my sobriety, know that I’m not blind to the results from this past season. Yes,...

Freshman forward Jeff Shirkey carries the puck into the offensive zone on Nov. 17 against Alabama. The Huskies are gearing up to take on No. 11 ranked Purdue University Northwest this weekend. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Hockey looks to tame Pride

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | November 30, 2023

DeKALB – A well-rested and confident NIU Hockey is back from Thanksgiving break and ready to finish the semester on a positive note.  The Huskies (1-16-2, 0-10 MCH) have a tall task ahead of them coming out of the break, with a home-and-home weekend...

A headshot of NIU Athletics Hall of Famer Mark Kellar. Kellar, a former NIU football fullback, ranks fourth in NIU history in rushing yards and sixth in rushing touchdowns. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

NIU Athletics Hall of Famer Mark Kellar dies at 71

By Lucas Didier, Sports Reporter | November 30, 2023

Mark Kellar, legendary NIU fullback and 1973 NCAA rushing champion, died at the age of 71 on Tuesday in Minneapolis. The “Carpentersville Crusher,” named after his hometown, was elected to the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1983. Kellar’s number...

A graphic shows NIU footballs junior Huskie Devin Lafayette (3), redshirt junior wide receiver Trayvon Rudolph (85) and senior safety C.J. Brown (6). The mentioned Huskies have all announced their intentions to transfer following the 2023 season. (Eddie Miller | Northern Star)

3 Huskies enter transfer portal ahead of bowl game

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | November 30, 2023

DeKALB – NIU junior Huskie Devin Lafayette, redshirt junior wide receiver Trayvon Rudolph and senior safety C.J. Brown have entered the transfer portal.  Lafayette was the first domino to fall, announcing his decision to transfer Monday. Rudolph...

New Tallent signs with women’s golf

By Sana Polizzi, Sports Reporter | November 30, 2023

DeKALB — Women’s golf Head Coach Kim Kester has announced the signing of Dakota Tallent. Tallent will join NIU in the 2024-2025 season.  “We are very excited to welcome Dakota to the Huskie golf family. We know she is going to have a great impact...

Logo for All-Star: A Huskie Sports Podcast (Graphic by Harrison Linden | Northern Star)

‘All-Star: A Huskie Sports Podcast Episode 31’ – NIU sports wins out the week and the Corey Perry rumors

By Ethan Gonzales, Alex Crowe, and Anna Scanlan | November 30, 2023

On this episode of All-Star, Sports Editor Ethan Gonzales and Assistant Sports Editor Alex Crowe rave about NIU sports' unbeaten week and discuss Kyle Davidson's response to the Corey Perry contract termination with the Blackhawks. This...

Then-sophomore guard Jayden Marable (3) drives to the basket as then-Miami University senior guard Peyton Scott (24) defends during Jan. 23s Mid-American Conference matchup between the Huskies and RedHawks at the NIU Convocation Center. NIU womens basketball had its three-game winning streak snapped by Wisconsin on Wednesday. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball clobbered by Wisconsin

By Lucas Didier, Sports Reporter | November 29, 2023

NIU women’s basketball (3-4) was dismantled against Big Ten competition, falling to the University of Wisconsin-Madison (5-2) by a score of 75-54 and ending a three-game win streak. A 16-point Wisconsin run early in the second quarter put NIU in...

NIU cheerleaders perform their opening routine at a home NIU football game on Sept. 9. NIU football averaged 9,198 fans per game during the 2022 season, good for last out of all FBS schools. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Why are NIU stadium seats so empty?

By Kalin Schaefer, Sports Reporter | November 29, 2023

DeKALB – Looking out into the stands at NIU sporting events, there is not the sea of black and red that is expected at college sports games.  Attendance at NIU football games averaged 9,198 people in the 2022 season, which is the second-lowest average...

NIU junior defensive specialist/libero Jada Cerniglia poses with a camera during NIU volleyball’s media day on Aug. 7. Cerniglia has established herself as a media savant at NIU after nearly three years in DeKalb. (Scott Walstrom | NIU Athletics)

Meet Jada Rae, NIU volleyball’s media mogul

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 28, 2023

Jada Cerniglia (pronounced chur-kneel-ia) remembers checking her phone on Oct. 13. When she opened Instagram to view @niuvolleyball’s then-recent post featuring her photo gallery of “pregame fit flicks,” her excitement couldn't be contained. “When...

Junior guard Zarique Nutter goes for a layup in mens basketballs game against Illinois Tech on Nov. 13. Nutter posted 15 points in the Huskies 89-67 loss to Northwestern on Monday. (Joey Trella | Northern Star)

Men’s basketball trounced at Northwestern

By Ethan Gonzales and Zachary Bertram | November 28, 2023

EVANSTON – After leading its Big Ten opponent by 1 point to end the first half, NIU men’s basketball (5-2) fell apart Monday in the second half and was blown out by Northwestern University (5-1) 89-67. NIU led 42-41 at the half despite zero points...