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huskie briefs

huskie briefs

By Northern Star Staff | September 17, 2012

Alumnae of the NIU women's basketball team will suit up for the annual Alumni Game at 11 a.m. Saturday on Victory E. Court. A ticket to the NIU women's basketball game against Ohio at 2:05 p.m. that same day will get fans a seat for the alumnae contest.

The men's basketball Alumni Game is set for Feb. 4, and also will take place at 11 a.m. A ticket to watch the current Huskies take the court for a MAC showdown with Western Michigan at 2:05 p.m. gets fans into the Alumni Game.

Mega Women

Three top 10 finishes propelled the NIU women's track and field team to a second place finish at the Eastern Illinois Mega Meet Jan. 21.

In field competition, Lindsay Chamberlain took home the 20-pound weight throw title with a heave of 17.79 meters. Ashley Morrow finished third in the weight throw, and second in the shot put; a slot ahead of teammate Margaret Gorski. Elizabeth Berquist placed second in the high jump.

NIU also had a strong showing in the track department, with a second-place finish from sprinter Ajahnae Hinley, a second-place finish in the 800 meter run from Lorene Skipper and a bronze from Bonnie Miller in the 5,000 meter run. The 4 x 400 team posted a second-place finish to add to the NIU medal count.

NIU heads to Champaign tomorrow for the Care/Health Alliance Classic hosted by the University of Illinois at 10 a.m.


The NIU women's tennis team started its season with a 7-0 loss at Wisconsin Saturday.

Wisconsin won the doubles match point and then rolled to a 5-0 sweep with a forfeit in the singles matches.

NIU coach Pontus Hiort said after the match Wisconsin is one of the top teams in the nation.

Wanted: Softball Manager

The NIU softball team is looking for a new manager for its upcoming season.

Qualified candidates must have a working knowledge of softball, be proficient with statistical maintenance and assist with equipment transportation for practices and games.

If interested please contact assistant coach Joanna Lane at 753-2245 as soon as possible.

That New Season Smell

The NIU baseball team will kick off the 2006 season Feb. 3. The Huskies will travel to Tempe for a three-game series with the Arizona State Sun Devils.

The opener will be played under the lights at 7 p.m., while the final game will be at 1 p.m. Sunday.

NIU tailback Chad Spann was a walk-on in NIUs underrated 2007 recruiting class.

Top 10 Huskies of the Year: #1 Chad Spann

By Andrew Singer | May 8, 2011

Forgive Chad Spann if he didn't jump for joy when told the Northern Star had named him the best Huskie of 2010-11. The former NIU running back has been a little preoccupied after going undrafted in last month's NFL Draft. Spann had interest from multiple...

Baseball still in race for first place

By Andrew Singer | May 8, 2011

A pair of one-run wins at Eastern Michigan over the weekend kept the NIU baseball team in the thick of a tight race for first place in the MAC West. The Huskies (24-22 overall, 12-9 MAC) took two of three in Ypsilanti, Mich., against a team that had won...

Baseball fans the flames in Chicago

By Andrew Singer | May 5, 2011

A night underneath the lights in Chicago ended well for the NIU baseball team, as the Huskies took down UIC 9-7 on Wednesday.An early onslaught of offense gave NIU (22-21 overall, 11-8 MAC) an 8-1 lead through three innings.UIC (22-19) loaded the bases...

The Rant: Rashard Mendenhall is dumb

By Andrew Singer | May 5, 2011

Rashard Mendenhall should thank his lucky stars that he lives in a free country.There aren't a lot of places where the public would stand for a person defending an enemy as hated as the recently-killed Osama bin Laden.The Pittsburgh Steelers running back...

Top 10 Huskies of 2010-111 #5 Xavier Silas

By Andrew Singer | May 3, 2011

Xavier Silas could be a lot higher on this list, but the NBA hopeful is slotted at No. 5 for his role on a nine-win team that lost its head coach in the immediate aftermath of an atrocious season.Early on in the NIU men's basketball 2010-11 season, Silas...

Top 10 Huskies of 2010-11: #7 Alex Jones

By Andrew Singer | May 2, 2011

There aren't many shortstops around the MAC that can do what Alex Jones does for the NIU baseball team. With nearly a fourth of the 2011 season left to be played, Jones is No. 7 on the list for his role on a Huskie team (20-21 overall, 10-8 MAC) that...

Zimmerman making impact as freshman

By Andrew Singer | May 2, 2011

Jeff Zimmerman is just glad someone is paying attention to him. While playing for Victor J. Andrew High School in Tinley Park, pitchers would constantly pitch around the young slugger. That isn't the case anymore, playing on the Division I level with...

The Rant: lovin’ some Mallett

By Andrew Singer | May 2, 2011

Apparently a laser-rocket arm that racked up 8,388 career passing yards at Michigan and Arkansas wasn't good enough to be chosen before the 74th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Why did Ryan Mallett last that long? Character issues, leadership questions,...

NIU pitcher Tom Barry delivers a pitch during a game earlier in the season

Baseball suffers sweep over the weekend

By Andrew Singer | May 1, 2011

First place in the MAC West slipped from the grip of the NIU baseball team over the weekend, when Central Michigan swept the Huskies in Mount Pleasant, Mich. NIU (20-21 overall, 10-8 MAC) was on the losing side of two close games to start the series,...

The Rant: No more Mauer

By Andrew Singer | April 28, 2011

When is the public going to be cured of its Joe Mauer fever? When are people going to realize that the catcher isn't nearly as great as the so-called "experts" claim him to be? Will it be when he has to move to another position when his seemingly 80-year-old...

Missing out on Montgomerys future MAC shake-up

Missing out on Montgomery’s future MAC shake-up

By Andrew Singer | April 27, 2011

Graduating next month is a bummer for so many reasons. One: There won't be any more days of waking up at noon and stumbling to class. Two: The real world will be front and center in my face. The biggest reason why I don't want to graduate, though, is...