Northern Star




Northern Star

Northern Illinois University’s student news organization since 1899


Ensure student journalism survives. Donate today.

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

The Student News Site of Northern Illinois University

Northern Star

Skyler Kisellus (from left), Ethan Gonzales, Emmalise Nock and Dawsyn Sallee sit in a podcast room. All-Star episode 34 discusses NIU gymnastics. (Anna Scanlan | Northern Star)

A sit down with NIU gymnastics

By Ethan Gonzales, Skyler Kisellus, and Anna Scanlan | February 14, 2024

Ethan and Skyler sit down with Emmalise Nock and Dawsyn Sallee with NIU gymnastics. They discuss the ins and outs of the sport, the season so far and life as college athletes. What sport do you want to see next?

Junior gymnast Isabella Sissi swings her arm as she poses during her floor routine Sunday at the NIU gymnastics Tri-meet. Sissi, the Huskies lone all-arounder, accumulated 39.050 total points Sunday. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

NIU falters in home opener after beam breakdown

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | January 28, 2024

DeKALB – From the first step in her sprint, junior Isabella Sissi had no doubt about the outcome of her pending vault routine. “I just knew right when I was running that I was going to stick it,” Sissi said. A pop off the table, a stick and...

Junior gymnast Alyssa Al-Ashari starting her beam routine at the EMU gymnastics meet in February. Al-Ashari earned 9.850 for her beam performance.  (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

3 gymnasts participate in NCAA Tournament

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | April 6, 2023

The NIU gymnastics team saw three of its players participate in the NCAA Denver Regional on March 31 at the University of Denver.  Huskies regional participants were junior Alyssa Al-Ashari, senior Natalie Hamp and sophomore Emmalise Nock.  "Super...

Junior gymnast Alyssa Al-Ashari posing during her beam routine at the EMU gymnastics meet. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Hamp, Al-Ashari, Nock to represent NIU at Denver Regional

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | March 23, 2023

DeKALB – NIU gymnastics senior Natalie Hamp, junior Alyssa Al-Ashari and sophomore Emmalise Nock were selected to compete in the 2023 NCAA Regional in Denver, Colorado. The selections were made on March 20 and the competition will take place on March...

Gymnastics banks second-straight bars title in Iowa State loss

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | January 14, 2023
Alyssa Al-Ashari and Emmalise Nock led the way for NIU as the Huskies suffered a narrow defeat in their first home meet.