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Zack Rodriguez

Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter

Zack Rodriguez is a sports reporter for the Northern Star. He is a senior sports management major with a minor in sports journalism. He completed his Associate’s of Arts in Business Administration at the College of Lake County before transferring to NIU. He enjoys exercising and watching football, basketball, and MMA in his free time.

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NIU announces new multimedia rights holder

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
February 16, 2024
Redshirt sophomore Blake West searches for an opening on his Kent State University opponent. West was named the MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Monday following his major decision victory over Ohio University freshman Ryan Meek on Friday. (Scott Walstrom | NIU Athletics)

West nabs MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
January 18, 2024
A T-Rex stands in front of a blue sky. Jurassic Quest is an interactive dinosaur experience opening Dec. 28 in Rosemont. (Getty Images)

Rosemont to host Jurassic Quest

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
December 5, 2023
Freshman Collin Arch prepares to grapple during the red/black dual on Oct. 27. Arch took the 149-pound title at the Lindenwood Open. (Amanda Springer | NIU Athletics)

Arch wins 149 title, 5 wrestlers place

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
November 19, 2023
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
Redshirt freshman Danny Curran grapples with redshirt freshman Dylan Gvillo during the red/black dual on Oct. 27. The Huskies took 11th place at the MSU Open on Saturday (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Wrestling earns 11th place at MSU Open

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
November 12, 2023
Junior cornerback Javaughn Byrd attempts to block a Ball State University field goal. The Huskies were defeated by the Cardinals by a final score of 20-17 on Tuesday. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Football fails to capture Bronze Stalk

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
November 8, 2023
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Jalon Johnson attempts to catch the ball in the snow against Central Michigan last Tuesday. The Huskies will look to reclaim the Bronze Stalk Trophy on Tuesday against Ball State. (Courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Football to battle for Bronze Stalk

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
November 5, 2023
Redshirt freshman Danny Curran and Dylan Gvillo stare each other down at the Red/Black Dual on Oct. 27. NIU defeated Lindenwood University and St. Ambrose University by a combined score of 98-0 on Friday at the Huskie Duals. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Wrestling pitches shutout in home opener

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
November 4, 2023
Redshirt freshman Danny Curran (right) grapples with redshirt freshman Dylan Gvillo (left) during the Huskie Duals exhibition last Friday. The Huskies first dual takes place Friday against Lindenwood and St. Ambrose. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

NIU wrestling: New faces, returning stars

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
November 1, 2023
Senior Julia Finegan runs at the Western Illinois Invitational cross country meet on Sept. 1. The Huskies finished the event tied for second place. (Photo courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Two Huskies PR, cross country takes 11th

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
October 29, 2023
Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Drew Hoth (71) blocks as redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi (12) looks to take an open past during Saturdays Homecoming game against Ohio University. The Huskies are looking for their third straight win this weekend against Eastern Michigan. (Cameron Whittington | Northern Star)

Football eyes third place in MAC West

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
October 19, 2023
Senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi (12) looks to take an open pass to senior wide receiver Kacper Rutkiewicz (8) during the third quarter against Southern Illinois University on Sept. 9. The Huskies lost to Southern Illinois University 14-11. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Football comes up short in shootout

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
September 30, 2023
Redshirt sophomore Quarterback Ethan Hampton looks for an open pass during Saturdays game against the University of Tulsa. Tulsa defeated the Huskies by a final score of 22-14. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

COLUMN: NIU football has offensive quandary

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
September 29, 2023
Cornerback Jacob Finley (20) and safety CJ Brown (6) go in for a tackle on Southern Illinois University wide receiver Izaiah Hartrup (5) during the second quarter on Saturday. ( Nyla Owens | Northern Star )

Huskies seek retribution in road matchup

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
September 14, 2023
A gas pump ticks up as a tank gets filled. Gas prices are decreasing right now. (Bobak | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5)

Gas prices going down, may stay there

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
September 5, 2023
Senior Julia Finegan runs at the Western Illinois Invitational cross country meet on Sept. 1. The Huskies finished the event tied for second place. (Photo courtesy of NIU Athletics)

Carrillo, NIU debut with second place tie

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
September 2, 2023

Broncos spoil Huskies’ season finale

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
April 24, 2023

RedHawks smoke Huskies in Ohio

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
April 22, 2023
Outside hitter Katie Jablonski (center) and middle blocker Sammi Lockwood attempt to block an attack from Ball States opposite hitter Natalie Mitchem during NIU volleyballs Friday night match at Victor E. Court. NIU volleyball will host four training camps in July. (Northern Star File Photo)

NIU volleyball to host 4 camps in July

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter
April 20, 2023
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