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Teams should not ignore extra baggage athletes carry no matter skill level

Matt Boecker

October 15, 2019

DeKALB — There are plenty of die-hard sports fans who will cheer on their team through thick and thin. However, the bonds that fans have with their teams are being tested as we learn more about athletes and their personal lives.With the continued emergence of the internet and technology, we know more ...

Offense clicks in Huskies’ victory over Ohio

James Krause

October 13, 2019

DeKALB — Redshirt first-year kicker John Richardson emerged from Athens as the Huskies’ hero, kicking a game-winning field goal as time expired for a 39-36 win over the Ohio Bobcats.Richardson converted on the kick after missing two of three previous attempts during the game. The kicker said confidence fr...

Huskies find their groove in conference win

Mike Knapp

October 13, 2019

DeKALB — All season long, the Huskies have been looking for more consistency on offense.It finally showed up in the second half against Ohio University, as the Huskies hung 29 points on the scoreboard in the final two quarters.The final three were the most important, as a field goal 37-yards out by...

Halftime update: NIU vs Ohio

James Krause

October 12, 2019

DeKALB—The NIU football team trails at halftime to the Ohio Bobcats by a score of 21-10, with Ohio senior quarterback Nathan Rourke scoring a rushing and receiving touchdown.NIU’s offense hasn’t seen much playing time, with only 10 minutes with possession of the ball. The Huskies only touchdown cam...

Update: Former Huskies performing in NFL, XFL potential destination for others

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs free safety Juan Thornhill (22) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)

James Krause

October 10, 2019

DeKALB — Four former NIU football players remain in the NFL, including one who is part of the only remaining undefeated team in the NFC.Defensive back Jimmie Ward of the San Francisco 49ers made his season debut Monday night against the Cleveland Browns, picking up three tackles. Ward missed the first...

Winless since week one, the Huskies look to snap their longest losing streak since 2016

The Huskies gather in a huddle during the October 5th loss to Ball State, 27-20.

Maddie Barrett

October 10, 2019

DeKALB — Head Coach Thomas Hammock and his team have had some time to reflect on Saturday's defeat. He said it’s all about taking accountability for the loss and evaluating as a team to be better in the future.“The great thing about football is that you win or you learn,” Hammock said. “We ...

Volleyball wins first road game, levels 2-2 in conference play

Senior setter Amanda Krahl jump sets junior middle blocker Kennedy Wallace Aug. 30 in a 3-1 loss to Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville.

Justin Kelley

October 6, 2019

DeKALB — Inconsistency continues to weigh down the volleyball team, as the Huskies were blanked Friday against Ball State University, losing 3-0, but bounced back Saturday with a dominant 3-1 victory over University of Toledo.Match OneBall State came out firing on all cylinders, winning set one 25–1...

More rain than shine in the third quarter for Huskies

Mike Knapp

October 6, 2019

DeKALB — The start of conference play is always a great opportunity for struggling teams to clear the slate and begin again.Returning to Huskie Stadium for the first time since Aug. 31 and opening Mid-American Conference play against Ball State gave the Huskies a chance to hit the refresh button on...

Bronze Stalk en route to Muncie as Huskies fall to Ball State

Senior quarterback Ross Bowers communicates with coaches Saturday during a match against Ball State University in an eventual 27-20 loss at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

James Krause

October 5, 2019

DeKALB — Mistakes and heavy rainfall washed away a halftime lead for the NIU football team, surrendering the Bronze Stalk trophy to the Ball State University Cardinals in a 27-20 loss Saturday at Huskie Stadium. NIU held a 17-3 lead at halftime, but a pair of lost fumbles and three punts in the t...

Bowers flips the script on past injuries, adversity

James Krause

October 3, 2019

DeKALB — When first asked by the Northern Star in August about why he chose to transfer to NIU from University of California – Berkeley, senior quarterback Ross Bowers met the question with humor. “First and foremost, my favorite food is corn, so I figure NIU was the place to be,” Bowers sai...

McKie makes leap in NIU secondary, Hammock praises the redshirt sophomore

Redshirt sophomore cornerback Jalen McKie running Tuesday Oct. 1 during practice at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

Mike Knapp

October 3, 2019

DeKALB — When redshirt sophomore cornerback Jalen McKie made a couple of big plays against the University of Akron last season, it didn’t just help the Huskies to a 36-26 win; it was also a glimpse into what was to come.In that game, McKie blocked an extra point and returned it 80 yards for a tw...

Bronze Stalk on the line, Bowers says offense needs to improve

Maddie Barrett

October 2, 2019

DeKALB — With 10 consecutive Bronze Stalk wins since 2009, the Huskies have a chance to keep the trophy Saturday at the 12th annual game between NIU and the Ball State Cardinals for this season’s Mid-American Conference opening game.The last time NIU and Ball State met was in 2018 when NIU retained th...