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Senior catcher/outfielder Ellis Erickson (23) rounds first base after hitting a single on March 30 against Kent State University. Erickson was named to the Northern Star Sports Staffs MAC softball All-Star squad. (Northern Star File Photo)

COLUMN: Building the 2024 MAC All-Star softball team

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | April 24, 2024

As the 2024 regular season winds down and the postseason draws near, there’s no better time than the present to visit the world of make-believe – one where the MAC’s top talents join forces on a stacked 2024 MAC softball All-Star team featuring...

Then junior infielder/outfielder Andrew Smart (27) takes a practice swing while on-deck on March 24, 2023. NIU baseball lost its fourth straight game as it lost 7-4 to Miami University. (Northern Star File Photo)

Huskies end MAC series winning streak

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | March 24, 2024

A shutout performance from the University of Miami RedHawks (9-12, 4-4 MAC) bullpen led Miami to a 7-4 victory over NIU baseball (7-16, 4-4 MAC) Saturday, handing the Huskies their first conference series loss of 2024.  The Huskies opened up MAC play...

Graduate forward Sahara Zingano (22) speeds toward the Toledo goal with control of the ball. On Sept. 24, the Huskies tied with Toledo 1-1. (Melody Elbel | Northern Star)

Women’s soccer extends win streak in third consecutive shutout

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | October 8, 2023

DeKALB – Graduate student forward Sahara Zingano played hero for NIU women’s soccer on Sunday as she scored the lone goal of a 1-0 senior day victory over Miami University. Zingano scored on a penalty kick in the 50th minute, a goal that pushed...

From left: Graduate outside hitter Katie Erdmann, junior setter Sophie Hurt, junior middle blocker Charli Atiemo, graduate student outside hitter Isabelle Percoco, junior outside hitter Nikolette Nedic and sophomore middle blocker Savanah Brandt switch sides after winning the second set of Saturdays volleyball match between NIU and Miami University at Victor E. Court. The Huskies defeated the RedHawks to complete a weekend sweep of Miami. (Josephine Dunmore | Northern Star)

Volleyball routs Miami, moves to 3-games unbeaten

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 30, 2023

DeKALB – NIU volleyball remains undefeated in the confines of Victor E. Court after a series-ending performance that saw the Huskies firing on all cylinders. The Huskies (5-11, 3-1 MAC) slammed the door on the visiting Miami University RedHawks (4-12,...

Junior outside hitter Nikolette Nedic rises up to spike a ball against Miami University at Victor E. Court. The Huskies defeated the RedHawks 3-2 on Friday. (Ryanne Sandifer | Northern Star)

Huskies ground RedHawks for first home win

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 30, 2023

DeKALB – Victor E. Court was overtaken Friday by glimmering lights, the iconic tune of the Huskie Fight Song and deafening cheers, all indicative of one result: an NIU volleyball win. NIU junior middle blocker Charli Atiemo pounced on match point...

Junior middle blocker Charli Atiemo serves the ball during NIU’s season-opener against the Chicago State University Cougars on Aug. 25 at the NIU Convocation Center. The Huskies are set to play in Victor E. Court for the first time this season Friday against the Miami University RedHawks. (Courtesy NIU Athletics)

Huskies to host RedHawks in MAC home opener

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | September 28, 2023

The NIU volleyball team is slated to make its long-awaited homecoming this weekend after spending the past month battling on the road. NIU (3-11, 1-1 MAC) will host the Miami University RedHawks (4-10, 0-2 MAC) at Victor E. Court on Friday and Saturday....

RedHawks smoke Huskies in Ohio

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | April 22, 2023

DeKALB - NIU women’s tennis was again dominated in a 7-0 blowout against Miami University Friday. Friday was the second consecutive game in which a MAC foe shut out NIU. A poor performance during singles crippled NIU’s opportunity at a MAC tournament...

NIU sophomore guard David Coit attempts a three-point jump shot over Miami University senior forward Anderson Mirambeaux in the second half of NIUs 81-77 win Tuesday. (Jake Ruffer | The Miami Student)

Timely free throws ward off RedHawks comeback

By Skyler Kisellus and Zachary Bertram | January 17, 2023
Now winners of two of its past three games, NIU men's basketball snapped its five-game skid against Miami-Ohio behind 16-for-26 second-half shooting.

Women’s basketball looks to improve home record Wednesday night

By Mattieu Koetters | February 12, 2020

Redshirt senior forward Courtney Woods goes up for a layup on Feb. 1 against the University at Buffalo at the Convocation Center.

MAC coaches discuss coming season

By Andrew Singer | November 10, 2010

In order of predicted finish by blue ribbon forecasters East 1.) Ohio Bobcats 2009-10 record: 22-15, 7-9 MAC Head Coach: John Groce Record at school: 37-32 (Third Season) "I told my guys to pay homage to what they did last year," Groce said. "But they...

A look around the MAC

By Jimmy Johnson | November 7, 2010

MAC East Temple Owls Head Coach - Al Golden 2010 Record - 8-2 (5-1 MAC) Temple found its way to victory over Kent State, 28-10. Owls' quarterback Mike Gerardi was highly effective through the air, throwing for 368 yards and two touchdown passes. Temple...