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NIU junior shortstop Andre Demetral (1) rounds to third base after stealing second base in the bottom of the first inning. Demetral scored off of a hit by junior first baseman Colin Summerhill, earning the Huskies their first run of the game and setting the score 3-1. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Baseball’s high-scoring comeback attempt falls short

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | April 19, 2023

DeKALB – Poor pitching caused NIU baseball’s (7-27, 4-10 MAC) comeback bid to fall short in a rainy, seven-inning weekday game at Ralph McKinzie Field against the Illinois State University Redbirds (11-21, 2-10 MVC) by a final score of 18-11 Wednesday.  After...

Senior second baseman Sam Mallinder (18) rounds first base Saturday. Mallinder spoke to her experience in being recruited and playing at NIU, her goals for the team and her education. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Sam Mallinder: the engine of NIU softball

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | April 6, 2023

Senior utility player Sam Mallinder is the type of teammate that pulls her team together through rough times.  Mallinder’s teammate, junior catcher Ellis Erickson, spoke highly of her team leader. “Sam is probably one of the most hard-working...

Baseball falls to winless Minnesota

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | March 8, 2023

DeKALB – The Huskies (3-9) were defeated by the University of Minnesota (1-11) 5-3 Tuesday at U.S. Bank Stadium – home of the Minnesota Vikings – highlighted by a go-ahead home-run from redshirt senior catcher Riley Swenson in the bottom of the...

NIU volleyball adds assistant coach Mackenzie Rombach

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | February 16, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s volleyball head coach Sondra Parys announced Thursday that the Huskies’ coaching staff is adding Mackenzie Rombach as an assistant coach. Rombach previously spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Jacksonville...

NIU sophomore gymnast Isabella Sissi completes her floor performance on Saturday at the Huskies’ Beauty and the Beast meet at the NIU Convocation Center. Sissi earned 9.875 points for her floor routine and second place all-around for the meet. (Cheyanne Quintanilla | Northern Star)

Huskies net victories in Beauty and the Beast Tri-Meet

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | February 4, 2023

DeKALB – NIU gymnastics took home the Beauty and the Beast Tri-Meet crown Saturday with victories over Kent State University and Simpson College. The Huskies scored a cumulative 195.375 points while Kent State recorded 195.025 for second place. Simpson...

Mission III, the newest addition to the Huskie pack, walking around and meeting the NIU community for the first time on Friday at the Holmes Student Center. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Continuing the Mission legacy with Mission III

By Joseph Howerton, News Reporter | January 27, 2023

DeKALB – Say hello to the newest member of our pack, Mission III. Mission III’s introduction was met with awe from the crowd as he said hello with some energetic barks.  This three-month-old pup was introduced to the public at noon Friday in the...

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 7, 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. NIU volleyball will host four training camps in July. (Northern Star File Photo)

NIU’s winning hopes dashed by Golden Flashes

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | 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...

Then-freshman Amber Best in possession of the ball during the womens soccer match against Western Illinois on Sept. 9, 2022. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star).

Huskies defeated by top team in MAC in road battle

By Ethan Gonzales, 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 Reporter | 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!