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That Time I… went to a gymnastics event

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | January 30, 2023

Sports outside of the “Big Four” in America often get overlooked, undervalued and underappreciated. While I believe they are still fairly covered and promoted by the media and schools, I sometimes think that spectators never give these sports a legit...

Sophomore gymnast Kendall George walks the balance beam at the Huskies home meet Feb. 4 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Kendall George has bright future in gymnastics program

By Elisa Reamer | April 5, 2022

Kendall George, sophomore journalism major, has had a passion for gymnastics since she started competing at only eight years old. The NIU gymnastics team allowed her to accomplish her life-long goals. George’s main goal was to be a college athlete....

Womens Gymnastics

Kofmehl, Hamp represent gymnastics at NCAA Seattle Regional

By Noah Silver, Sports Reporter | April 3, 2022

DeKALB — NIU senior Tara Kofmehl and junior Natalie Hamp closed out the 2022 gymnastics season for the Huskies as they competed Thursday in the NCAA Seattle Regional at American Airlines Arena. Kofmehl, who qualified on floor exercise, and Hamp,...

Senior Morgan Hooper performs on the balance beam in the third rotation of the NIU Tri-Meet on Feb. 4 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. Hooper competed in all four events at the meet, her best performance taking place on floor exercise with a score of 9.875.

Coaching gymnastics presents unique challenges

By Noah Silver, Sports Reporter | March 24, 2022

A basketball coach shoots around with their players. A baseball coach takes batting practice with their team. A gymnastics coach… sticks their bars landing during practice?  Gymnastics is one of the most difficult and technical sports in which athletes...

Senior gymnast Tara Kofmehl is one of two gymnasts who will compete at NCAA Regionals March 31 in Seattle Washington.

Hamp, Kofmehl headed back to NCAA Regionals

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | March 23, 2022

DeKALB — On the heels of their second place finish at the Mid-American Conference Championships on Saturday, NIU gymnastics is sending two of its own to the NCAA Regionals on March 31 in Seattle, Washington. Senior Tara Kofmehl and junior Natalie...

Senior Tara Kofmehl competes on floor exercise during Fridays NIU Tri-Meet in DeKalb. Kofmehl finished the event with a 9.925, tying her career best on floor. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Gymnastics team takes second at MAC Championship

By Noah Silver, Sports Reporter | March 20, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU women's gymnastics team took second at the MAC Championship on Saturday in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The Huskies finished with a 196.125 overall score, defeating the University of Western Michigan University (196.075), Ball State University...

Sophomore gymnast Kendall George walks the balance beam at the Huskies home meet Feb. 4 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

This weekend in NIU Athletics: March 11

By Jordan Radloff | March 10, 2022

Baseball The Huskies baseball team will look to finally add a win to their season record as they take on their first Mid-American Conference opponent this weekend at Ohio University. Friday, March 11 NIU will play two games in a doubleheader at...

Womens Gymnastics

Gymnastics team takes fourth at Illinois Quad Meet

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | March 5, 2022

The women’s gymnastics squad finished fourth in the final quad meet of the season. The Huskies competed against the University of Illinois, Boise State University and Central Michigan University at the U of I Quad Meet Friday in Champaign. NIU earned...

Alumna Anna Martucci performs her routine on the beam March 28 during NIUs the Beauty and the Beast competition at the Convocation Center.

Morreale says retaining MAC title, NCAA regional appearance are goals for this season

By Maddie Barrett | November 17, 2019

DeKALB — Gymnastics has an action-packed season ahead as it prepares to keep the Mid-American Conference championship trophy in DeKalb.The team is coming off a season that includes two NCAA qualifying performances.Junior Mia Lord and Alumna Anna Martucci...

Senior Amanda Bartemio performs a routine Feb. 27 during The Beauty and The Beast Meet held at the Convocation Center.

Gymnastics to compete four times at home this season

By Maddie Barrett | November 7, 2019

DeKALB — Huskie gymnastics’ schedule has been set for the season and released to the public. It will be facing teams inside and outside its conference. NIU will compete against 11 teams in total with four regular season meets.“We’ve learned and...

Lawrence Nassar (center) was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault.

Huskies speak out on Michigan State scandal

By Khobi Price | February 26, 2018

DeKALB — Collegiate athletics are in a muddled state because of a Michigan State University ongoing investigation.The NCAA opened an investigation Jan. 23 regarding how the university handled the sex crimes case of Lawrence Nassar, former USA Gymnastics...

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NIU to host Power of the Pack

By Northern Star Staff | February 7, 2018

NIU Athletics is hosting all elementary and middle school girls and boys in grades one through eight. The Power of the Pack Youth Clinic will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. February 28 inside Victor E. Court in the NIU Convocation Center.The event...