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NIU gymnastics: Six Huskies make Academic All-MAC team

By Northern Star staff | April 23, 2015

Gymnastics placed six student-athletes on the Academic All-MAC Team, the conference announced Wednesday.Seniors Kelly Nortz and Amanda Stepp, junior Natalie Amadio and sophomores Taylor Crumley, Megan Gilliam and Megan Greenfield represented NIU on the...

Top 10 athletes | No. 8: Amanda Stepp’s consistency leads gymnastics

Top 10 athletes | No. 8: Amanda Stepp’s consistency leads gymnastics

By Steve Shonder | April 23, 2015

Senior Amanda Stepp put together another solid season for gymnastics, which resulted in her second-straight trip to the NCAA Regionals and the No. 8 spot on Sports’ list of the top 10 athletes.Even though she missed a pair of meets at the beginning...

Online voting open for NIU Play of the Year

By Northern Star staff | April 20, 2015

Voting is open online until April 22 for Play of the Year, an award that will be presented at the sixth Victors awards banquet on April 27 at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.Nominees include Paris Logan’s interception at Northwestern, Lauren...

Senior gymnast Morgan Johnson performs during the Feb. 15 competition against Bowling Green and Alaska at the Convocation Center. One month later the Huskies rewrote the school record books by scoring 195.8 points in the regular season finale against the Eastern Michigan Eagles on March 15 in DeKalb.

Top 5 stories: No. 5: Gymnastics sets school scoring record

By Steve Shonder | April 20, 2015

Gymnastics put together a meet that was 12 years in the making by taking down the school record for team total score, earning it the No. 5 spot in Sports’ top five stories.The Huskies scored a school record 195.8 in the regular season finale against...

NIU gymnastics: Amanda Stepp ends career at NCAA regionals

NIU gymnastics: Amanda Stepp ends career at NCAA regionals

By Steve Shonder | April 6, 2015

Senior Amanda Stepp scored 9.8 on vault in her final collegiate gymnastics appearance Saturday in Norman, Okla.Stepp’s score was one-10th lower than her career-best 9.9, which she achieved twice during the regular season, mostly recently on March 15.“Amanda...

NIU gymnastics: Amanda Stepp back at regionals

NIU gymnastics: Amanda Stepp back at regionals

By Steve Shonder | April 2, 2015

Gymnastics senior Amanda Stepp is headed back to the NCAA Regionals for one final shot at closing her career at the top.Stepp will compete as an individual event specialist on vault and will rotate with the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The meet will...

NIU gymnastics: Amanda Stepp earns NCAA Regionals berth

By Northern Star staff | March 24, 2015

Senior gymnast Amanda Stepp earned her second-straight NCAA Regionals berth, the NCAA announced Monday.Stepp will compete in the Norman Regional, which will be hosted by Oklahoma University at 4 p.m. April 4 in Norman, Okla. She is one of four qualifiers...

NIU gymnastics: Huskies end year on sour note

By Steve Shonder | March 23, 2015

Gymnastics’ record-breaking season came to a halt at the MAC Championships over the weekend when the Huskies tied for last place and posted a score of just 193.2.The Huskies tied for sixth place with the Ball State Cardinals on Saturday in Kent, Ohio....

NIU Gymnastics: Amanda Stepp ends career as a Huskie skillfully

By Steve Shonder | March 19, 2015

Gymnastics senior Amanda Stepp is making her last days in the gym count.In just the last two meets, Stepp has tied her career-high score of 9.9 on vault and set a career-high of 9.9 on floor, all while helping the Huskies reach record-setting heights.Stepp...

NIU Gymnastics: Huskies want 1st place at MAC Championships

By Steve Shonder | March 19, 2015

Gymnastics (11-4, 4-2 MAC) is headed to the MAC Championships in hopes of bringing home its first conference championship in the program’s history.NIU will take its shot at 1 p.m. Saturday in Kent, Ohio. The Huskies have never finished higher than third...

NIU gymnastics: Amanda Stepp earns MAC Gymnast of Week honors

NIU gymnastics: Amanda Stepp earns MAC Gymnast of Week honors

By Northern Star staff | March 17, 2015

Gymnastics senior Amanda Stepp was named MAC Gymnast of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.Stepp posted two scores of 9.9 in the Huskies’ highest-scoring performance in school history against the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Sunday in DeKalb....

NIU gymnastics: Huskies knock down school scoring record

By Steve Shonder | March 16, 2015

What happenedGymnastics (11-4, 4-2 MAC) set a new school record for team total score Sunday at the Convocation Center, as it scored 195.8. The previous high, 195.65, was reached at the Illinois Classic on March 23, 2003.In breaking the nearly 12-year-old...