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Editorial: Athletics plan needs clear goals

By Northern Star Editorial Board | April 22, 2014

Athletics looks to be headed in the right direction during the first year of Sean Frazier’s tenure as Athletics director. His strategy to improve Athletics and the school as a whole through renovations to Huskie Stadium are well-intentioned but vague.The...

Senior Axel Lagerlof returns the ball during Saturday’s game against Toledo. Men’s tennis is headed to the MAC Tournament, where it lost in the finals in 2013 and the semi-finals in 2012.

Men’s tennis to fight to finally stand atop MAC

By Darwin Minnis | April 16, 2014

The MAC Tournament is something this year’s men’s tennis team is no stranger to.With four players from their 2012 run and five from their 2013 run still on board, the Huskies have a lot of experience in the tournament. The players have shared the...

Football schedule sends Huskie on the road 7 times

By Frank Gogola | March 2, 2014

Football’s 2014 season schedule presents some challenges, but it’s very favorable in terms of making a return trip to Detroit for the MAC Championship game.For the second year in a row, Huskie Stadium will play host to only five teams, while the Huskies...

Huskie defeat leaves sour taste

By Mike Romor | December 9, 2013

Football team’s loss was not a surpriseFrom Bowling Green’s opening drive of Friday’s MAC Championship game, I had a feeling that only confirmed itself as the game unfolded: NIU’s run was coming to a devastating end.There was an indefinable feeling...

MAC title game defeat leaves Huskies stunned

By Jack Manning | December 9, 2013

DeKalb | Huskies fans mourned the team’s Friday loss of the MAC title game at Ford Field.The game marked NIU’s fourth consecutive trip to its conference’s championship, and NIU’s victory over the Bowling Green Falcons would have meant a trip to...

Huskies’ defense shatters in MAC Championship loss

By Brian Earle | December 7, 2013

What was supposed to be the strength of football’s defense this season turned out to be its undoing in its 47-27 defeat against Bowling Green in the MAC Championship.All season long the Huskies played a bend: Don’t break defense. In this loss the...

NIU vs. BGSU, MAC Championship 2013

BCS hopes dashed in MAC Champion loss

By Frank Gogola | December 6, 2013

After perfection through its first 12 games, football stood 60 minutes away from a second straight BCS bowl, but Bowling Green shattered NIU’s dream of crashing the party Friday at the MAC Championship.The Huskies (12-1, 8-1 MAC) fell 47-27 to the Bowling...

Dave Doeren, former NIU football head coach, poses with the MAC Championship trophy and members of his team at the MAC Championship in Detroit in 2012. After securing the trophy for the second year in a row, NIU was chosen to play in the BCS’s Orange Bowl.

NIU to fight for three-peat in MAC Champ game Friday

By Brian Earle | December 5, 2013

Football is heading back to Detroit for the fourth consecutive season, this time with a chance for a three-peat when it takes on Bowling Green for the MAC Championship 7 p.m. Friday at Ford Field in Detroit.The Falcons’ (9-3, 7-1 MAC) defensive unit...

Women’s gymnastics off to a strong season

By Matt Hopkinson | January 28, 2013

The women’s gymnastics team is off to their best start since the 2009 team won the first two meets of the season. The success of the team has improved since the entrance of head coach Sam Morreale, as he guided a team with solid pieces in place to one...

Daniels an offensive powerhouse, takes pressure off Lynch in MAC title game

By Matt Hopkinson | December 4, 2012

It’s been a bittersweet weekend respite for NIU football fans. The Huskies captured their second straight MAC Championship title on Friday night with their overtime victory over Kent State. Junior quarterback Jordan Lynch broke Denard Robinson’s national...

Progar looks forward to BCS, reflects on Huskie career

By Matt Hopkinson | December 4, 2012

Despite the last couple hectic days for NIU football, the Northern Star found time to sit down with one of the anchors of NIU’s defense: senior defensive end Sean Progar. Progar has been a big factor in the Huskies’ 12-1, MAC Championship-winning...

NIU outlasts Kent State, wins second consecutive MAC Championship

By Matt Hopkinson | December 2, 2012

NIU claimed its second MAC Championship title in as many years when it defeated Kent State in Detroit on Friday. The Huskies (12-1 9-0 MAC) and the Golden Flashes (11-2, 8-1 MAC) battled it out and needed double-overtime to decide the outcome, as the...