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Junior quarterback Rocky Lombardi throws a pass in practice on Aug. 20. Lombardi transfers in from Michigan State University, where he threw eight touchdowns and nine interceptions last season.

NIU snaps five-game losing streak, Rocky Lombardi returns

By Ethan Gonzales, Assistant Sports Editor | October 15, 2022

YPSILANTI, Mi – NIU football ended its five-game skid against Eastern Michigan University in a 39-10 victory on Saturday.  Good news came for the Huskies on Saturday after redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi made his return under center....

Freshman Amber Best in possession of the ball during the womens soccer match against Western Illinois on Sept. 9 (Mingda Wu | Northern Star).

Huskies defeated by top team in MAC in road battle

By Ethan Gonzales, Assistant Sports Editor | October 15, 2022

DeKALB – NIU women’s soccer was bested by the University at Buffalo Bills in a tough Mid-American Conference matchup on Thursday. The Huskies and Bulls were engaged in a defensive stalemate in the first half, holding each other scoreless. Buffalo...

Redshirt senior Victoria Robinson running in a meet last season. The Huskies opened their season Friday with the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa.

NIU cross country finishes strong at Bradley “Pink” Classic

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | October 15, 2022

DeKALB – The Huskies crossed the finish line in 12th as a team on Friday afternoon in Peoria, Illinois at the Bradley “Pink” Classic. This is a 17-place improvement from the team’s 29th placing at the same event last year. Senior Brooke Valentine...

M. Courtney Hughes is NIU’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. (Courtesy of Donna Turner)

NIU announces new NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | August 25, 2022

President Lisa Freeman and Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier announced on Aug. 18 M. Courtney Hughes as NIU’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. “We are very pleased to welcome Dr. M. Courtney Hughes to Huskie Athletics...

A photo of the Altgeld Hall building.

CFO to depart in April, search for interim to commence

By Parker Otto | March 30, 2022
At a Board of Trustees meeting, a faculty member announces leave and athletics will have new additions on and off the field.
True freshman Caroline Kent hits driver Aug. 28, on the 6th hole at Rich Harvest Farms during a qualifying round for the 2021 fall season. 
Kent is one of three freshman on the womens team who looks to make an early impact for Coach Kesters squad.

Women’s golf ready for strong 2021-2022 season

By Wes Sanderson | August 30, 2021

DeKALB— A solo second finish at the 2021 MAC Championship in April concluded the women’s golf program’s shortened season, but it was only the beginning of what was an impactful offseason for the program. During the offseason, the women’s golf...

Juniors Mackenzie Callahan and Ashley Tutt start their engines Sept. 6, 2019 during the Huskie Challenge at the North 40 Course on NIU campus.

Huskies compete against top national programs at Under Armour Pre Nationals

By Maddie Barrett | October 21, 2019

DeKALB — Junior Ashley Tutt claimed 17th place Saturday when the cross country team competed in the Under Armour Pre Nationals at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana.The Huskies placed 27th overall, the highest...

Spencer Tears (left), redshirt senior wide receiver, and redshirt senior safety Mykelti Williams address media Tuesday during a press conference.

Football to travel to SEC territory for a Saturday morning game

By Maddie Barrett | September 25, 2019

DeKALB — NIU heads to Southeastern Conference territory Saturday where it will face Vanderbilt University in Nashville.Vanderbilt is coming off a 66-38 loss to No. 4 Louisiana State University and is winless this season with two other losses to the...

Reporters should remain unbiased

By James Krause | March 18, 2019

Beat reporters do their jobs without bias, even if those beat reporters are students at the school they cover or professionals at the local newspaper.Just as much as college sports are a competition on the court, it is a rat race for schools to make their...

Football head coach Thomas Hammock is among the 2022 Hall of Fame inductees.

Hammock is an exemplary choice

By Northern Star Editorial Board | January 23, 2019

The Northern Star Editorial Board would like to congratulate Head Football Coach Thomas Hammock and NIU for finding a perfect marriage. In sports, loyalty is never easy to come by, and Hammock exemplifies the Huskies’ “hard way.”Hammock played football...

NIU Athletics announces new strategic plan

By Northern Star Staff | November 28, 2018

NIU’s athletic department announced their strategic plan for 2018-2021 Nov. 16, outlining how they will move forward with improvements to university athletics.This is its second three-year plan, and it is based on four pillars: student-athlete experience,...