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Seniors take title of most winningest in NIU history

By Matt Hopkinson | October 22, 2012

With a 37-7 win over Akron Saturday, the 2012-2013 senior class surpassed last year’s seniors as the most winningest in NIU school history. Last year’s seniors featured such standout players as MVP quarterback Chandler Harnish, second leading receiver...

Biggest key for Huskie football

By Brian Thomas & Matt Hopkinson | October 8, 2012

Brian Thomas: The first half of NIU football’s season is officially in the books and the team sits at 5-1. Going into the season, people didn’t know what to expect from the Huskies, as there were a lot of questions surrounding them. Those questions...

Huskies prove themselves time and again

By Matt Hopkinson | October 7, 2012

There are a lot cliche lines from athletes: “It was a team effort,” “I need to watch the tape,” and my favorite, “One game at a time.” After the loss against Iowa in the opening game of the season, senior defensive end Sean Progar provided...

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.

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Story of the year for NIU sports

By Jimmy Johnson | May 6, 2012

Scott Wedige said it was a moment of disbelief. After kicker Mathew Sims nailed a 33-yard game winning field goal, the long road back to Detroit for NIU football was over: the Huskies had clinched their first MAC Championship in nearly 30 years. “The...

No. 1 for top 10 NIU athletes: Chandler Harnish

By Jimmy Johnson | May 6, 2012

Each of the five years Chandler Harnish spent at NIU has its own story. From being redshirted his freshman year, to suffering a severe knee injury his sophomore year, Harnish’s first two years were experience of their own. At the start of the 2010-11...

Better late than never: Harnish drafted as Mr. Irrelevant

Better late than never: Harnish drafted as Mr. Irrelevant

By Jimmy Johnson | April 29, 2012

It was an unusual homecoming in Bluffton, Ind. for Chandler Harnish this weekend. The former NIU quarterback didn’t head home for a family party, or to see an old friend. It was the NFL Draft, and Harnish wanted to spend this important moment in his...

Jordan Lynch runs with the ol pigskin at a spring practice for the NIU football team in Huskie Stadium Monday afternoon.

No more waiting for Lynch

By Jimmy Johnson | April 16, 2012

With wide receivers Perez Ashford, Martel Moore and left guard Logan Pegram returning, NIU football’s offense will feature plenty of new faces next season. However, there’s a face that should jog memories of a player who received modest playing time,...

SA Senate approves Tugs funding

By Felix Sarver | April 15, 2012

Funding for a long-standing Greek fraternity tug-of-war contest was approved by the Student Association Senate Sunday. The SA Senate allowed the Interfraternity Council to receive $5,000 in supplemental funding for Tugs, an annual fraternity competition....

Lynch, offensive line, Butler, Clark will have spotlight during spring practices

By Jimmy Johnson | March 27, 2012

Spring isn’t just the time of the year to enjoy weddings and bunnies: it’s football time. NIU football will officially begin its spring practices today. Fresh off their first MAC Championship in 28 years, coach Dave Doeren and the Huskies are back...

Huskies show their stuff at NIU Pro Day

By Jerry Burnes | March 18, 2012

NIU wide receiver Nathan Palmer said what was on everyone’s mind at NIU pro day March 9. “Sign me up. Sign me up, coach,” he said after making a string of impressive catches. For Huskies looking to make their NFL dreams come true, pro day was the...

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Faceoff: Spring outlook for NIU football

By Jimmy Johnson & Eli Gehn | March 6, 2012

Jimmy Johnson: March 28 will mark the start of NIU football spring practices. With Chandler Harnish, four out of the five starters departing from the offensive line, there are major questions surrounding the Huskies’ offense. On defense, Tyrone Clarke...