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Women’s soccer earns draw after Frankenberg’s equalizer

By Matt Hopkinson | September 15, 2013

DeKalb | Following copious amounts of rain, the sky finally decided to settle down and let the women’s soccer team host Western Illinois without a single drop falling.The Huskies (2-4-1) picked up a point at home by tying 1-1 with the Leathernecks (4-3-1)...

Love free things? Check out free MMA fight

By Matt Hopkinson | August 27, 2013

If you’re like me, you love free things.If you’re also like me, you love watching MMA events. When you combine the two things together, it’s a very good experience. MMA events on Pay-per view, specifically that of UFC, are usually around $60. It’s...

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Sutcliffe ups the ante

By Matt Hopkinson | June 19, 2013

The softball team came within two games of winning a MAC championship title this year. Under new head coach Christina Sutcliffe, the squad turned in eight more wins than in the previous season, including a winning ledger at home and a vastly improved...

Junior Nicole Gremillion runs to third base on May 5 to help the team win 4-5 against Bowling Green University.

Softball takes win from top-seeded Ball State

By Matt Hopkinson | May 9, 2013

In a pitcher’s duel, the softball team knocked off the top-seeded Ball State squad. Ball State ran out their MAC Freshman of the Year, pitcher Nicole Steinbach, who came in with six shutouts, 19 complete games and a 2.13 ERA. NIU countered with its...

Sophomore Emily Norton pitches in an April game against Eastern Michigan University.

Softball gets first win in years in MAC Tournament

By Matt Hopkinson | May 8, 2013

For the first time since the 2009-2010 season, softball has recorded a win in the MAC Tournament. The Huskies (25-29, 14-8 MAC) secured a victory over Miami (Ohio) in its first matchup of the 2013 tournament in a familiar fashion, coming back from a deficit...

Softball falls to DePaul

By Matt Hopkinson | May 1, 2013

Softball was slowed down by a non-conference opponent Wednesday afternoon, dropping a 2-0 affair to DePaul. The Blue Demons (29-19, 14-5 Big East) utilized strong pitching as junior Kirsten Verdun held the Huskies (20-29, 10-8 MAC) to just three hits...

#1 Story of the Year (Part 2): NIU invades the BCS

By Matt Hopkinson | May 1, 2013

On Jan. 1 the football team engaged in possibly the single largest event in school history: the Orange Bowl. There may have been other events that put NIU in the public eye, but perhaps not in the most positive manner. As much as NIU is an institution...

Top 10 athletes: #2

By Matt Hopkinson | April 30, 2013

After putting together a stellar year as wide receiver last season, Martel Moore is now in the NFL after signing with the Atlanta Falcons, joining another former Huskie in Patrick Schiller. What the future holds for Moore is wide open, but what he did...

Senior Jennifer Barnett stretches to make the out at first base on Friday in the game against Akron on Friday.

Softball shows improvement compared to last season

By Matt Hopkinson | April 29, 2013

The softball team has already won more MAC games this season than it did last year. While the beginning was not a good one for the Huskies, going 1-7 to open the conference play, the team has reeled off nine wins in its last 10 games to up its record...

#4 Story of the Year: Doeren leaves NIU

By Matt Hopkinson | April 28, 2013

Perhaps overshadowed by NIU’s appearance in the Orange Bowl is the man who led the football team, leaving right before the game was announced. Former head coach Dave Doeren spent just a little under two years at NIU, going 23-4 and nearly undefeated...

Junior Nicole Gremillion catches a ball during Saturdays game against University of Ohio.

Softball bests three of four MAC games

By Matt Hopkinson | April 28, 2013

Softball has rebounded from a 1-7 start in conference play to the tune of 9-1 in its last 10 conference games. The Huskies (19-28, 10-8 MAC) upped their conference victory total this weekend, taking three of their four games, including splitting a doubleheader...

Top 10 athletes: #8

By Matt Hopkinson | April 24, 2013

Despite not making it to regionals this time around, junior all-around gymnast Kim Gotlund had a successful season. Gotlund improved her overall score average by more than .400 points from last season, and she greatly improved her performance on the uneven...