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Healing injuries in club sports can get creative

By Korey Peterson | November 29, 2010

Injuries are an inevitable part of the sports world. Athletes from pee wee to professional leagues use their bodies for competition, making these injury risks unavoidable. As players get older, faster, bigger and stronger, injuries become regular, if...

NIU hockey drops pair to Bowling Green

By Korey Peterson | November 22, 2010

The NIU hockey team hadn't lost back-to-back games since dropping two games to St. Louis University over a month ago until this past weekend. The Bowling Green State University Falcons were too much for NIU as they beat the Huskies twice this past weekend,...

Senior Peter Alfano hopes for rewarding last season

By Korey Peterson | November 17, 2010

When the end is near for an athlete, it can either be disappointing or rewarding. Senior and outgoing NIU hockey club president Peter Alfano is hoping for the latter. His end as a NIU hockey player will come at the conclusion of this semester, but the...

NIUs Mike Sible (19) and Peter Alfano (11) attack against SLU earlier this season.

Hockey wins two of three

By Korey Peterson | November 15, 2010

NIU hockey took a break from divisional play this past weekend to showcase its skills at the Robert Morris University Showcase in Bensenville. The Huskies (10-7-2) won two out of their three weekend games by defeating RMU-Peoria, 10-2, and RMU-Springfield,...

Without scholarships, club sports must get creative in recruiting talent

By Korey Peterson | November 11, 2010

Varsity sports on campus have it pretty easy when it comes to recruiting. When a potential student-athlete is offered a chance to play a sport that he or she loves in the NCAA and receive a college education, this is an easy decision for most graduating...

Equestrian Club to host horse show event

By Korey Peterson | November 10, 2010

EQUESTRIAN NIU will host its only Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, IHSA, event of the fall tomorrow and Saturday. Several of NIU's divisional IHSA opponents will be on hand including Truman State University and Washington University, the two teams...

NHL tests new rules in college hockey

By Korey Peterson | November 9, 2010

Rule changes in hockey have been abundant in recent years. After the NHL lockout of the 2004-2005 season, several rule changes were implemented to make the game more offensive and fan-friendly. The changes have brought about resounding success for the...

NIU Hockey player Brain Pounds moves the puck in a game earlier this season.

NIU hockey remains in second place after losing to the Tigers

By Korey Peterson | November 8, 2010

DeKALB | With MACHA Gold division leading Illinois State University losing on Friday night, NIU had the perfect chance to climb atop the leaderboard if it could sweep a struggling Missouri team this past weekend. The Huskies (8-6-2 overall, 5-3 MACHA...

NIU rugby closes out fall season

By Korey Peterson | November 3, 2010

The NIU women’s rugby club recently finished up its Chicago Area Rugby Football Union (CARFU) season.The women were 5-2 in the regular season after winning the last four. The record earned the Huskies a No. 2 seed in USA Rugby’s Midwest playoffs this...

Paintball is not just a hobby

By Korey Peterson | November 2, 2010

"It feels like getting pinched," said junior Connor Hannan, president of the NIU paintball club, when asked if being shot with a paintball hurts. "When your adrenaline is pumping, you don't really feel it." The game of paintball isn't just reserved for...

The Rant: Silly Mike Shanahan

By Korey Peterson | November 2, 2010

Rex Grossman still has it. The sports world was waiting to see if he still had it, and now they can rest easily after seeing him do what he does best on Sunday. What he still has, of course, is the ability to lose a game for his team, fashionably. With...

NIU hockey avenges loss to Ice Eagles

By Korey Peterson | November 1, 2010

After losing a close game to Robert Morris University-Springfield 3-2 on Friday, NIU avenged its loss to the Ice Eagles by beating them on Saturday, 7-5. NIU took both meetings from RMU last season. The Huskies (7-5-2) put over 50 shots on goal against...