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Men’s Basketball to play 16 home games this season

By James Krause | September 10, 2019

DeKALB — The NIU men’s basketball team released its 2019 game schedule Wednesday, with 16 home contests.The Huskies will look to improve off their even 17-17 record last season, including a 10-6 home record. NIU opens its season Nov. 9 at home against...

Former football player fights for UFC opportunity

By James Krause | June 15, 2019

DeKALB — Some people can see their titles, roles or identity in professional life chiseled into stone and unchanged for large chunks of their life.Heavyweight mixed martial artist Alton Meeks can say his life and career might be better suited to be...

Freshman forward Kate Sanfilippo hops over a defender in an Oct. 9 game against Akron. The Zips went on to win the game 2-1, giving the Huskies a four-game losing streak.

Women’s soccer must make adjustments

By Raven Boyd | November 5, 2015

It’s probably time for women’s soccer (3-12-3, 2-6-3 MAC) to change its focus from just defense and add some offense.NIU finished the 2015 season with an unexpected turnaround, finishing its last four games with three ties and one win, but struggled...

Iowa pulls off an upset over women’s gymnastics

By Matt Hopkinson | February 17, 2013

Seemingly picking up right where it left off, the women’s gymnastics team posted its second score in the 194 territory in a loss to Iowa State. The Huskies (3-3, 1-2 MAC) hit every routine, going 24-24 to post a 194.375, but came up short as the Cyclones...

Junior Megan Melendez performs her balance beam routine at the gymnastics meet against Southeast Missouri State University on 2/2/13.

Women’s gymnastics set for Iowa State

By Matt Hopkinson | February 13, 2013

A week after posting its best score of the season against its toughest opponent, women’s gymnastics will try to replicate that performance Friday at Iowa State. The Huskies (3-2, 1-2 MAC) will travel to square off against the Cyclones (2-5, 0-2 Big...

No. 1 for top 10 NIU athletes: Chandler Harnish

By Jimmy Johnson | May 6, 2012

Each of the five years Chandler Harnish spent at NIU has its own story. From being redshirted his freshman year, to suffering a severe knee injury his sophomore year, Harnish’s first two years were experience of their own. At the start of the 2010-11...

NIU running back Cameron Bell breaks off a long run against Minnesota

Cameron Bell

August 24, 2011

Ranking NIU’s football team is harder said than done

By Matt Hopkinson | July 19, 2011

Living life on the fringe is hard.For a MAC team, it shouldn't seem out of the ordinary.The NIU football team should find it a bit harder to swallow, however, because they are coming off a good season in which they won a school-record 11 wins.While the...

Middle blocker Mary Kurisch (10) and Lauren Wicinski (12) attempt to block an attack against Iowa Sunday afternoon.

Huskies overcome power outage to sweep weekend sets

By Katie Leb | September 19, 2010

A power outage and a Big Ten team could not stop the Huskies from improving to 13-1 this weekend at home. The Huskies were set to take on Youngstown State on Saturday when about six minutes before game time, the power went out. In her 32 years of working...

NIU football looks for redemption in home opener

By Jimmy Johnson | September 9, 2010

After dropping its season opener 27-10 to Iowa State, NIU football is looking to capture its first victory of the season against North Dakota Saturday night. While North Dakota football may not be a household name, NIU head coach Jerry Kill and his squad...

Lost: NIU’s defensive pressure

By Chris Dertz | September 6, 2010

AMES, IOWA | To the casual observer, last Thursday’s season opener for NIU football may have looked pretty simple. A MAC team looked generally out-matched and couldn’t keep up with a deceptively talented Iowa State team. But preseason expectations...

Special teams kick Huskies while they are down in Ames

By Chris Dertz | September 6, 2010

AMES, IOWA | Before last Thursday night’s football opener, NIU head coach Jerry Kill remained unsure about who was going to be kicking field goals in 2010 for the Huskies. After erratic performances and windy conditions caused a total of three missed...