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Freshman defenseman Ethan Koval rushes the puck through the neutral zone in NIU Hockeys game on Oct. 13. The Huskies will face Alabama, Rhode Island and Arizona State in the ACHA Showcase this weekend. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Hockey to participate in ACHA Showcase

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | November 16, 2023

DeKALB – A difficult challenge is on the horizon for NIU Hockey (0-14-2, 0-10 MCH), who are taking a break from conference play this weekend to participate in the ACHA Showcase event in Romeoville.  The Huskies will face three opponents within the...

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

‘All-Star: A Huskie Sports Podcast Episode 30’ – How we became All-Star’s

By Ethan Gonzales, Alex Crowe, and Anna Scanlan | November 16, 2023

On a special episode of All-Star, Sports Editor Ethan Gonzales and Assistant Sports Editor Alex Crowe talk about their journey to becoming the sports editor duo at the Northern Star. This...

Three men’s soccer seniors earn conference academic recognition

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 16, 2023

DeKALB — Three NIU men’s soccer players have been selected to the 2023 Missouri Valley Conference men’s soccer scholar-athlete first and second teams, announced by the league office Wednesday. Senior defenders Dylan Banker and Parker Jeppson...

Women’s golf makes international signing with Alexa Ouellet

By Lucas Didier, Sports Reporter | November 16, 2023

NIU women’s golf is adding a highly successful athlete with the signing of Alexa Ouellet from De La Salle College in Toronto, Ontario. Ouellet won Golf Ontario’s 4-Ball championship in 2022 and 2023. She also won the AJGA Mercy Health Foundation...

NIU senior opposite/outside hitter Emily Dykes (12) and sophomore middle blocker Savanah Brandt (18) team up to block over the net against the University of Akron on Oct. 27. The Huskies ended their season with a 3-0 loss to Western Michigan on Wednesday. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Volleyball routed by Broncos in home finale

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 16, 2023

DeKALB – Eighty-two days after the 2023 campaign got its start, the NIU volleyball team completed the season’s final act Wednesday. Cheers and whistles from the 625-person crowd permeated through Victor E. Court as two squads in very different...

A graphic shows the logos of each Mid-American Conference school. Sports Reporter Skyler Kisellus jokingly discusses which MAC mascots he could defeat in hand-to-hand combat. (Eddie Miller | Northern Star)

COLUMN: Fighting every MACscot

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 16, 2023

Throw everything you know about sports rankings out the window. The Associated Press Top 25, March Madness seeding, forget it. Instead, wouldn’t it be infinitely more interesting to see how you, dear reader, would fare in a melee battle against these...

NIU softball huddles up before the first game of a doubleheader against Central Michigan University on April 2. Head coach Christina Sutcliffe added six new recruits for the 2025 season. (Northern Star File Photo)

Softball signs 6 new recruits

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | November 15, 2023

DeKALB – NIU softball head coach Christina Sutcliffe has announced the signing of six new women’s softball recruits for the 2025 season, NIU Athletics announced on Tuesday.  Columbia High School senior Jaylyn Brister is poised to make her Huskie...

NIU senior setter Ella Mihacevich (15) jumps to serve the ball during NIU volleyballs match against the University of Akron on Oct. 27. The Huskies are preparing to close out their season against first-place Western Michigan on Wednesday. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Volleyball to finish season against regular season champs

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 15, 2023

The Huskies are at the finish line. After 29 matches, 112 sets and 4,867 rallies worth of volleyball, NIU’s regular season finale is here. Days removed from having its postseason aspirations fizzle out, the NIU volleyball team is back home to...

Redshirt freshman Dane Pardridge returns a punt from Western Michigan University on Tuesday. NIU football defeated the Broncos 24-0 to win its fifth game of the year. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Huskies shut out Broncos in statement win

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | November 15, 2023

DeKALB – After a crushing 20-17 loss to Ball State University last week, NIU football (5-6, 4-3 MAC) bounced back on senior night at Huskie Stadium, cruising past the Western Michigan University Broncos (4-7, 3-4 MAC) 24-0 Tuesday. NIU dominated...

Then-sophomore Emmalise Nock posing during her floor routine during the EMU gymnastics meet on Feb.17. The Huskies are gearing up to begin their 2023-2024 season. (Northern Star File Photo)

Back in routine: Gymnastics jumps into new season

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 14, 2023

The NIU gymnastics squad prepares for the next chapter in its 47-year history. In this chapter, the Huskies seek to flip the script from the one before after being left unsatisfied with their finish in last season’s conference title meet. “They...

Freshman guard Will Lovings-Watts shoots a three pointer against the Illinois Institute of Technology. NIU mens basketball trounced Illinois Tech by a final score of 107-55. (Joey Trella | Northern Star)

Men’s basketball obliterates Illinois Tech for home win

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | November 14, 2023

DeKALB – A historic scoring night on Monday from NIU men’s basketball (2-1) led to a 107-55 Huskies blowout over the Illinois Institute of Technology Scarlet Hawks (1-3). The Huskies’ 107-point outburst was the first time an NIU basketball team...

Junior guard David Coit snagged his first Huskie of the Week honor of the season after his 27-point performance in mens basketballs win over Appalachian State on Saturday. Coit had 10 points in the Huskies win over Illinois Institute of Technology on Monday. (Ria Pathak | Northern Star)

Coit snags Huskie of the Week after win-leading effort

By Northern Star Sports Staff | November 13, 2023

DeKALB – Junior guard David Coit of the NIU men’s basketball team has secured Huskie of the Week honors after a 27-point outing in Saturday’s 91-78 victory over Appalachian State University. The 5-foot-11 guard out of Columbus, New Jersey, shot...