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Freshman forward Tyra King (5) dribbles the soccer ball down the field as three Toledo defenders run to try and block King from reaching the goal on Thursday. (Melody Elbel | Northern Star)

Women’s soccer zips past Akron, ends winless streak

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | October 2, 2023

One goal in the 78th minute was all it took for NIU women’s soccer to end its seven-game winless streak and secure its first MAC win. Junior forward Reegan Kingpavong was the hero for the Huskies on Sunday, as her lone goal of the 2023 season lifted...

NIU junior catcher Colin Summerhill (8) slides into third base after hitting a triple on Friday against Akron. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Zips sweep doubleheader, series with Huskies

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | April 30, 2023

DeKALB – NIU baseball (7-35, 4-16 MAC) dropped both games of a doubleheader against the University of Akron Zips (17-27, 9-15 MAC). NIU pitching continued to struggle as they lost Game 1 11-9 and lost Game 2 8-4 for its 10th and 11th consecutive losses.  GAME...

Junior infielder Andre Demetral (1) puts the tag down on a Central Michigan University player as he attempts to steal second base while junior infielder Aaron Harper (22) looks on. The Huskies were defeated by the Chippewas 17-7 on April 8. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Zips slug their way to win over Huskies

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | April 28, 2023

DeKALB – NIU baseball’s (7-32, 4-13 MAC) losing streak stretched to nine games in a 19-7 slugfest loss to the University of Akron Zips (14-27, 6-15 MAC).  A rough start for junior pitcher Dominic Hann put the Huskies in an early six run hole after...

Kent State senior forward Chris Payton (4) guarding NIU senior guard Kaleb Thornton (3) as Thorton looks for an opening to pass the ball. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Kaleb Thornton transferring to Akron

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | March 27, 2023

DeKALB – NIU senior guard Kaleb Thornton announced Monday on his Instagram that he has committed to the University of Akron. Thornton spent the last three years at NIU with career averages of 7.8 PPG (points per game), 2.8 RPG (rebounds per game),...

Softball opens conference play with doubleheader split

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | March 20, 2023

DeKALB – Mid-American Conference play began for NIU Softball (10-12, 1-1 MAC) Sunday against the University of Akron Zips (11-9, 1-1 MAC) in a doubleheader.  The Huskies fell short in extra innings in game one, then took a low-scoring game two to...

Huskie senior guard Chelby Koker (10) dribbles the ball to an open part of the court while junior forward Tara Stauffacher (21) defends Koker from University of Akron’s sophomore forward Reagan Bass (34) on Wednesday night at the NIU Convocation Center. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Career night from Koker propels Huskies to dominant victory

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | February 9, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball (12-10, 4-7 MAC) dominated the University of Akron 88-63 (14-8, 5-6 MAC), extending their winning streak to two games. Senior guard Chelby Koker’s record night from behind the arch led the Huskies to a 88-63 win...

Huskies close weekend with back-to-back MAC wins

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 24, 2022

DeKALB – NIU volleyball (9-3, 2-0 MAC) closed out its first Mid-American Conference of the season with back-to-back wins, routing the University of Akron Zips (3-10, 0-2 MAC) Saturday in three straight sets. Saturday’s win came just hours after...

Bring out the brooms: Volleyball bests Akron to open MAC play

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 24, 2022

DeKALB – NIU volleyball (8-3, 1-0 MAC) became the first team at NIU to win a Mid-American Conference game this season after sweeping the University of Akron Zips (3-9, 0-1 MAC) 3-0 on Friday night at Victor E. Court. Friday’s result extended the...

Huskies travel for two MAC matches against East division opponents

By Justin Kelley | October 18, 2019

DeKALB — The Huskies will be tested on their two-game road trip, facing Mid-American Conference East division leader, the Akron University Zips Friday before heading east to Buffalo, New York, where the Huskies will face the University of Buffalo Bulls...

Freshman midfielder Christian Molina races to the end line to attempt a kick during Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Drake University. The Huskies’ season will start with a game at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville at 7 p.m. Friday in Edwardsville.

Soccer on path to erase past woes

By Patrick Smith | August 22, 2016

Men’s soccer geared up for action last week with two preseason games before their season opener on Friday against Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.The Huskies will look to be in full preparation mode as they would like to build on the season...

Freshman pitcher Alex Frenz in a complete game in a loss to Kent State on April 3. Frenz struck out nine and gave up two runs on Friday against Akron.

Softball splits doubleheader with Akron

By Keelen Holcomb | April 11, 2016

Softball (26-11, 6-3 MAC) finished up the weekend with a doubleheader against the University of Akron on Friday, splitting the series 1-1 before the final game of the series was cancelled due to inclement weather.Game 1Freshman pitcher Alex Frenz stepped...

Women’s tennis struggles to win games late in season

By Danielle Brown | April 4, 2016

Women’s tennis (6-9, 1-2 MAC) played at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford for the last time this season Friday, losing to the University of Akron (13-6, 3-0 MAC) with a 7-0 score line.Junior Adey Osabuohien came close to winning her No. 1 singles...