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Jay Mueller, Tri Sigs coach and member of Phi Sigma Kappa, hoists the Sigma Sigma Sigma flag while Tri Sigs members hold up their first place trophy. Sigma Sigma Sigma won the Tugs tournament Saturday, increasing its win streak to three years in a row. (Nick Glover | Northern Star)

Tri Sigma completes three-peat in women’s Tugs

By Lucas Didier, Sports Reporter | November 11, 2023

DeKALB – A 42-minute long final rope victory carried Sigma Sigma Sigma to a win over Alpha Phi in women’s Tugs, continuing its dominance in the event with a third consecutive championship. Timothy Moore, caller for Tri Sigma’s first rope team,...

Planck leads cross country at NCAA Midwest Regional

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | November 11, 2023

DeKALB – Led by graduate student runner Emma Planck, all four NIU cross-country participants finished within the top-175 in the 6-kilometer run at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday. The Huskies failed to achieve a team score.  “I’m happy...

Freshman forward Robbie Zimmerman carries the puck up the ice during NIU Hockeys game against Midland University on Oct. 27. Zimmerman scored in the Huskies 8-2 loss to Illinois State on Friday. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Redbirds rout hockey in I-39 rivalry

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | November 11, 2023

BLOOMINGTON – The I-39 rivalry didn’t go the way of NIU Hockey (0-13-2, 0-9 MCH) Friday, as the high-powered Illinois State University (10-7, 3-4 MCH) offense blew the Huskies out of Grossinger Motors Arena by a final score of 8-2.  The Redbird...

Sophomore outside hitter Nazli Güvener (17), celebrates winning a point with teammate junior outside hitter Nikolette Nedic (21), during Fridays match against the University of Toledo. The Huskies were eliminated from postseason contention after their 3-1 loss to Ball State on Friday. (Josephine Dunmore | Northern Star)

Volleyball thwarted in 4 at Ball State

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 11, 2023

The NIU volleyball team kicked off its final road series of the regular season with a performance that extended a streak and ended dreams. Unfortunately for the Huskies, their losing streak extended and postseason dreams ended. NIU’s (8-20, 6-10...

NIU graduate student right side hitter Isabelle Percoco hits the ball during a rally in the Oct. 27 match against the University of Akron. The Huskies fell in three sets as one of their seven consecutive defeats entering Friday’s series-opener against Ball State University. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Volleyball braces for Ball State battle

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 10, 2023

DeKALB – Play smarter, not harder. The four words used by NIU volleyball head coach Sondra Parys to describe the goal for her squad in preparation for its final road trip of the regular season. The Huskies (8-19, 6-9 MAC) will travel eastbound...

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

‘All-Star: A Huskie Sports Podcast Episode 29’ – Talking football’s comeback bid at CMU and Cubs manager-hire shocker

By Northern Star Staff | November 10, 2023

On this episode of All-Star, Sports Editor Ethan Gonzales and Assistant Sports Editor Alex Crowe discuss NIU football’s failed comeback against CMU, the Bronze Stalk and the Chicago Cubs massive manager hire. This...

Junior defenseman Keaton Peters and graduate student forward Nick Gonzalez defend the net in NIU Hockeys game against Midland University on Oct. 27. The Huskies are gearing up to take on rival Illinois State University this weekend. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Hockey rested, ready for Redbirds

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | November 9, 2023

DeKALB – Rested and refreshed after a grueling seven-week-in-a-row span of games, NIU Hockey (0-12-2, 0-8 MCH) is poised to find its much-needed first win. The recent rest comes at a good time for NIU, as they travel down I-39 to take on the No....

Men’s golf adds four high-ranking golfers for the 2024-25 season

By Lucas Didier, Sports Reporter | November 9, 2023

DeKALB – NIU men’s golf is bolstering its 2024-25 roster with the signings of four accomplished high school golfers, including the top-ranked high school golfer in Illinois by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), Jake Mulligan of Hinsdale...

Junior guard Jayden Marable (3) drives to the basket as 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 lost its first game of the 2023-2024 season to Arkansas State University 75-62. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Women’s basketball falls in first game of MAC-SBC Challenge

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | November 9, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball kicked off its first regular season game with a 75-62 loss against the Arkansas State University Red Wolves.  As a team, the Huskies struggled to knock down shots, forcing them to play from behind throughout the...

Head coach Brad Stoffers (middle left) looks down at his game notes while NIU Hockey celebrates a goal on Sept. 15. Stoffers status as head coach remains unknown after his absence on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Head coach Stoffers absent from NIU Hockey

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | November 9, 2023

Editor's Note: This story will be updated when more information is available. DeKALB – Before NIU Hockey’s game against Midland University on Oct. 27, head coach Brad Stoffers left the arena and did not return.  Stoffers was also absent for...

Freshman forward Tyra King dribbles the ball past a University at Buffalo defender. Kings high school teammate and six other recruits committed to play womens soccer at NIU on National Signing Day. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Women’s soccer adds 7 after National Signing Day

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 9, 2023

DeKALB – The NIU women’s soccer team announced seven additions to its 2024 recruiting class on Wednesday in the aftermath of National Signing Day. Joining the Huskie ranks next fall will be midfielders Cydnie Bayless, McKenna Campbell-Turkalj and...

Kaci Luptak pinches the rope to keep Alpha Sigma Alpha from gaining the knot on Wednesday. Alpha Phi moves on to face Sigma Sigma Sigma. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Alpha Phi downs Alpha Sigma Alpha, advances to Tugs title match

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | November 8, 2023

DeKALB – “Looks like it’s third place again, ladies!” one fan yelled to the freshly-defeated Alpha Sigma Alpha tuggers. It was one of the many chants and jeers thrown out by the crowd gathered on Wednesday at 912 Edgebrook Drive during the...