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Gymnastics ready for final home meet

By Matt Hopkinson | February 27, 2013

As women’s gymnastics prepares for its final home meet, there is a building sense of confidence but also a bit of unpredictability. The Huskies (3-4, 1-3 MAC) will look to apply that confidence and win their final appearance at home against the visiting...

Senior gymnast finds balance in academia and athletics

By Matt Hopkinson | February 26, 2013

Not every student athlete majors in something they are passionate about. Not every student athlete can balance all aspects of their lives. Senior gymnast Marisa Liptak can lay claim to both of those, as the elementary education major is nearing the end...

NIU gymnasts gather around to hear Gymnastics Head Coach Sam Morreale give advice during a gymnastics meet.

Q&A with Sam Morreale

By Matt Hopkinson | February 12, 2013

Sam’s brother owns the now Energy in Sycamore, grew up in Addison Illinois, was a gymnast at NIU starting in 1984 as a walk-on. Coached nine years as an assistant to the team, in his second year as head coach.. Northern Star: You did not grow up in...

Sophomore shines in women’s gymnastics

By Matt Hopkinson | February 4, 2013

Avoiding a sophomore slump, Amanda Stepp has been able to find success and has played a large factor in the gymnastics team’s 3-1 record. Stepp has take on more responsibility this year. For most of her freshman season until near its end, Stepp performed...

NIU gymnastics set for Ball State meet

By Matt Hopkinson | January 23, 2013

The gymnastics team has notched two victories in its last two meets, both of the comeback variety. While the victories are always a nice thing and show the resiliency of the team, head coach Sam Morreale and junior gymnast Natasha Jufko know that more...

Coaches Corner: Chris Weiss

By Matt Hopkinson | January 14, 2013

New women’s gymnastics assistant coach Chris Weiss may be brand new to this job, but not to the school or the sport. Weiss graduated from NIU in 2005 with a degree in kinesiology and is a former member of the NIU men’s gymnastics club. The Northern...

New faces look to dominate NIU gymnastics

By Matt Hopkinson | January 13, 2013

Despite the loss of key senior leadership and contribution from last season’s team, women’s gymnastics appears to be on an upward trend. The squad lost five seniors, including big scorers like Tanya Rachan, Ashley Guerra, and Shonda Clore. Coach Sam...

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Huskies to host Ball State in MAC match-up

By Matt Hopkinson | February 1, 2012

Heading into Saturday's meet with Ball State, NIU gymnastics has only one thing on its mind: improvement.No matter by how little or which area, the Huskies constantly look to improve their overall performances and scores, in addition to seeking consistency."They're...

Holly Reichard was NIUs only all-around competitor in this weekends MAC championship meet.

Huskies struggle at MAC Championship, finish in last place

By Brian Thomas | March 20, 2011

After taking second place out of four teams in the State of Illinois Championships, the NIU gymnastics team performed in the MAC Championships in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. on Saturday. The Huskies (3-16 overall, 1-5 MAC) lost the meet, coming in seventh place...

Coach’s Corner with assistant NIU gymnastics coach Sam Morreale

By Brian Thomas | February 23, 2011

Assistant coaches often have specified roles, and Sam Morreale is no different. As an assistant with NIU gymnastics, Morreale's job essentially boils down to helping head coach Mark Sontag with training the gymnasts. Morreale sat down with the Northern...

Five minutes with… Holly Reichard from the gymnastics team

By Brian Thomas | February 22, 2011

DeKALB | Holly Reichard’s career has been nothing if not interesting. After being named MAC Gymnast of the Year after her sophomore season, Reichard spent a good portion of her junior year sitting due to injury. Now a senior, it has fallen on Reichard...

Gymnastics stretch for team high score but fell to Kent State

By Brian Thomas | February 20, 2011

DeKALB | NIU’s gymnastics team recorded another team high score on senior night Sunday, but it also came away with another loss, falling 194.800 to 192.875 to Kent State. The Huskies (1-6 overall, 1-4 MAC) beat their previous high score by 1.725 points...