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Freshman guard Daveon Balls (11) looks to pass the ball in the game against Kent State last Wednesday.

Men’s baskeball lacks offense

By Brian Earle | February 4, 2013

In order to be a successful team, you need to be able to play shutdown defense as well as have an electric offense to put points on the scoreboard. This season, men’s basketball has been one of the strongest defensive teams in the MAC, but has struggled...

Mastering the art of the header

By Ed Rietveld and Jacob Onak | October 1, 2012

Even though the sport of soccer is called football in all areas of the world except the U.S., players are allowed to use more than just their feet. Players are allowed to use is their heads for both offensive and defensive purposes. Junior defender/mid-fielder...

Chicago Bears football player tries to utilize skills he never had

By Matt Hopkinson | October 1, 2012

As the great Jeff Joniak once said, Devin Hester, you are ridiculous. Recently, Hester has made it public knowledge that he is upset with his role on the Chicago Bears offense. Really, Devin? You’re upset with your role on the offense? I’m upset with...

TommyLee Lewis a ‘receiving threat’ on the football field

By Matt Hopkinson | September 25, 2012

Sophomore wide receiver TommyLee Lewis has officially bridged the gap from a predominant special teams player to a legitimate receiving threat. “He’s really reliable,” said junior quarterback Jordan Lynch. “I think the biggest thing is we’re...

Offense finds their stride in women’s soccer

By Ed Rietveld | September 24, 2012

One area of the game that has been key early on in the season to help NIU’s women’s soccer team get off to a 4-4-1, 0-1-1 start has been the offense. Through nine games the Huskies have already scored 10 goals this season, which surpasses their season...

Questions raised about NIU football

By Matt Hopkinson | September 23, 2012

While the mention of Kansas always invokes the image of dust in the wind and the temptation to sing badly, music is not my topic. Following the 30-23 victory for NIU football over Kansas Saturday afternoon, I have a few question. The questions I’ve...

Breaking down the Black Knights’ offense

By Matt Hopkinson | September 12, 2012

Quarterback The Black Knights will be led into battle by senior Trent Steelman. Steelman is a dual threat quarterback who is the only player in Army history to have racked up over 2,000 yards both passing and rushing during his career. Despite only throwing...

Stevenson hopes to be focal point of Huskies attack

By Jacob Onak | September 4, 2012

From Falkirk, Scotland, to DeKalb, junior striker James Stevenson looks to become a focal point of the Huskies attack. Coming off of a six goal, 15-point season in 2011, Stevenson has become one of the most dangerous players on offense this season. Although...

Faceoff: Can NIU beat Wisconsin?

By Tony Osborne & Eli Gehn | September 14, 2011

Tony Osborne: So Eli, big game coming up this week for NIU football. I think the Huskies' offense has the clout to upset the powerhouse in Wisconsin. What do you think? Eli Gehn: Well Tony, as much I will be rooting for the Huskies this Saturday, I just...