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Senior defense Adrian Lara in possession of the ball during NIU mens soccer on September 12th against UIC. (Milly Landa | Northern Star)

NIU falls to Bowling Green in season finale

By Carlos Finney Jr., Sports Reporter | November 6, 2022

DeKALB – The NIU men’s soccer team had its season finale against Bowling Green State University Sunday evening that ended in a 6-0 loss. It was a tough day for the Huskies as they were shut out by the Falcons. The Huskies had an early scoring opportunity...

Outside hitter Katie Jablonski (center) and middle blocker Sammi Lockwood attempt to block an attack from Ball States opposite hitter Natalie Mitchem during NIU volleyballs Friday night match at Victor E. Court. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

NIU’s winning hopes dashed by Golden Flashes

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | October 29, 2022

DeKALB – Struggles to close out sets proved costly for NIU volleyball as the Huskies were swept by the Kent State University Golden Flashes on Friday evening at the Memorial and Athletic Convocation Center in Kent, Ohio. NIU kept close with the Golden...

Fourth-year wide receiver Jayshon Jackson catches the football in a game against Northern Illinois Oct. 1 at Sheumann Stadium. Jackson had 10 receptions during the game. (Amber Pietz | Ball State Daily News)

Huskies dominate Eastern Michigan, running backs shine in 39-10 victory

By Joseph Segreti, Senior Sports Reporter | October 16, 2022

DeKALB – The Huskie defense shut down Eastern Michigan University’s offense, as NIU earned its second win of the season.   The win ended the Huskies’ five game losing streak. It was also NIU’s first win against a Mid-American Conference opponent...

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...

Sophomore libero Francesca Bertucci serves during NIUs Mid-American Conference opener against the University of Akron Zips on Sept. 23. The Huskies earned their first win of league play after beating Akron 3-0. (Marco Sotelo Avila | Northern Star)

Bertucci anchoring NIU’s bumper squad

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | September 29, 2022

Francesca “Franki” Bertucci stands out in NIU volleyball, whether it be the jersey she dons on game days or her playmaking abilities from the back row. Bertucci, a sophomore libero and defensive specialist for the Huskies, continues to build on...

2021 was the year of Huskie Football. We took home the MAC 2021 Championship trophy after snatching a 41-23 victory over Kent State.


By Zulfiqar Ahmed, Media Editor | January 16, 2022

2021 began as a year of compromise but soon caught steam towards the end of the summer. NIU athletics and student engagement on campus shined through the Fall. Here is a gallery with some of the highlights of 2021!  

Huskies’ historic win streak ends at six in loss to Cardinals

By Mike Knapp | February 12, 2020

DeKALB — All good things, no matter how fun they are, ultimately come to an end.The men’s basketball team has been having a lot of fun the last few weeks, rolling to six wins in a row and to the top of the Mid-American Conference standings. The win...

Huskie Pride sculpture damaged, set to be repaired

By Northern Star Staff | February 3, 2020

DeKALB — The Huskie Pride sculpture in the center of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commons has been damaged and the "U" in NIU was sent for repairs Monday. It is suspected the U was damaged by a skateboarder, Belinda Roller, Director of Architectural...

Jimmie Ward, San Francisco 49ers defensive back, first NIU graduate to make it to Super Bowl since 2009

By James Krause | January 27, 2020

DeKALB — San Francisco 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward will represent NIU when the team faces the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV Sunday in Miami.Ward is the first NIU alum to reach and start in the Super Bowl since Ryan Diem did so as an offensive...

Redshirt senior forward Courtney Woods dribbles the ball past a defender.

Women’s basketball takes first MAC win

By Justin Kelley | January 21, 2020

DeKALB — The women’s basketball team picked up its first Mid American Conference win Saturday, defeating the Akron University Zips, 70-65. Redshirt senior forward Courtney Woods made history during the game by passing Tammy Hinchee for third place...

First-year defenseman Drake Gieseke prepares for a pass Nov. 9 during a home loss to McKendree University at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee.

Seven goals in two periods by Toledo enough to silence Huskies

By Matt Boecker | December 7, 2019

DeKALB — The hockey team went down early and never recovered in its loss Friday to the University of Toledo.NIU dropped game one of a two-game set by a score of 8-3 at the Team Toledo Ice House. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Rockets.In...

Bench players provide spark in Huskies’ win against Longwood

By Mike Knapp | November 19, 2019

DeKALB — Life is better when things are in balance.The men’s basketball team lived that example Monday against Longwood University at the Convocation Center. Playing for the third time in four nights, NIU had four players score in the double digits...