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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...

NCAA grants additional season of eligibility to spring-sport athletes

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, The national office of the NCAA in Indianapolis is viewed. The NCAA will permit spring sport athletes _ such as baseball, softball and lacrosse players _ who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus outbreak to have an additional year of eligibility. The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday, March 30, 2020, to give spring sport athletes regardless of their year in school a way to get back the season they lost, but did not guarantee financial aid to the current crop of seniors if they return to play next year. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Kyle Mathas, Reporter

March 30, 2020

DeKALB — The NCAA Division I Council announced Monday that it will grant an additional season of eligibility to spring-sport athletes whose seasons were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This move allows schools to self-apply waivers to restore an additional season of competition and an extension of elig...

NIU wrestlers reflect on cancellation of NCAA Tournament

Redshirt sophomore Brit Wilson grapples with his opponent March 7 during his Semifinal match at the 2020 MAC Wrestling Championships at the NIU Convocation Center.

James Krause, Senior Reporter

March 25, 2020

DeKALB — Redshirt sophomore Brit Wilson had his ticket punched for Minneapolis, Minnesota and the NCAA Wrestling Championship after winning the Mid-American Conference 184-pound championship March 8 in DeKalb. Instead of wrestling at U.S. Bank Stadium this past week, Wilson said he went to Colorad...

Hockey looks back on lessons learned after inaugural division 1 season

Hockey looks back on lessons learned after inaugural D1 season

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

March 23, 2020

DeKALB — The Huskies reflect on the program's first season at the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Division 1 level and talk about expectations for next season. Before the season started, Head Coach Mike Rucinski realized NIU’s first season at D1 would be about building the program’s ...

Frazier provides information behind canceling sports, gives plan moving forward

Frazier provides information behind canceling sports, gives plan moving forward

Mike Knapp, Reporter

March 18, 2020

DeKALB — In a letter addressed to everyone in Huskie Nation Wednesday, Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier laid out the timeline for the cancellation of winter championships and the entire spring sports season, while also providing information on moving forward. In a time...

The 2019-20 men’s basketball team will be one of NIU’s biggest “what ifs”

The 2019-20 men's basketball team will be one of NIU's biggest

Mike Knapp, Reporter

March 17, 2020

It wasn’t supposed to end this way. Over the last two months, the men’s basketball team accomplished things that hadn’t happened here in DeKalb for a while. They won a share of the Mid-American Conference West Division for the first time since 2006. They won six straight conference games for the firs...

NIU Athletics cancels all spring athletic events and activities

NIU Athletics cancels all spring athletic events and activities

Northern Star Staff

March 12, 2020

Cleveland — Following in the footsteps of the Mid-American Conference, NIU will be canceling all spring sports and non-traditional season competition for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. The decision was made Thursday by the MAC, along with input from the MAC’s council of presidents and ath...

NCAA cancels all sporting events for 2019-20 school year

NCAA cancels all sporting events for 2019-20 school year

Northern Star Staff

March 12, 2020

CLEVELAND — Thursday started with the cancellation of several conference basketball championships — it ended with the cancellation of all NCAA activities, including March Madness and other sports championships. Where many professional sporting leagues like the NBA, NHL and MLB decided to postpone ...

Baseball’s losing skid continues with two losses to Mizzou

Baseball's losing skid continues with two losses to Mizzou

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

March 12, 2020

DeKALB — Baseball couldn’t get back on track in a pair of road losses to the University of Missouri Tigers Tuesday and Wednesday. NIU’s offensive woes bring its losing streak to five games. Game One The Huskies started out hot, scoring three runs in the first inning, but NIU couldn’t keep the mome...

Softball comes up short in doubleheader

Softball comes up short in doubleheader

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

March 12, 2020

DeKALB — Softball dropped both games in its doubleheader Wednesday against the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Spartans. After winning their last game, the Huskies were hoping to keep the positive momentum rolling. But a bad Wednesday in Greensboro drops the team’s record to 7-15. Game One ...

MAC tournaments canceled, Huskies’ season ends prematurely

MAC tournaments canceled, Huskies' season ends prematurely

Jarrett Huff, Sports Editor

March 12, 2020

CLEVELAND — The Mid-American Conference announced Thursday it will cancel its tournaments, joining several other college basketball conferences following the outbreak of COVID-19. The move was in response to the growing concern of the virus impacting athletic events, for the safety of the players, ...

Men’s tennis drops close match to Nicholls State

Men's tennis drops close match to Nicholls State

Mattieu Koetters, Reporter

March 12, 2020

DeKALB — Men’s tennis suffered another difficult day Wednesday as it was defeated by the Nicholls State University Colonels, 4-3. Tuesday’s loss marks the second consecutive defeat on the road for the Huskies, who began a long stretch of away matches at the start of March. “I believe in our guy...