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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 falls to Bobcats, extend winless streak

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | September 28, 2023

DeKALB – A first-half offensive onslaught from Ohio University helped the Bobcats extend the Huskies’ winless streak to seven. The Bobcats defeated the Huskies 3-1 Thursday. After scoring in the second minute of the game, the Huskies could not...

Senior second baseman Sam Mallinder (18) rounds first base Saturday. Mallinder spoke to her experience in being recruited and playing at NIU, her goals for the team and her education. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Huskies split doubleheader with MAC leading Bobcats

By Eddie Miller, Sports Reporter | April 15, 2023

DeKALB – NIU softball (19-19, 9-7 MAC) hosted the Ohio University Bobcats (24-18, 14-6 MAC) – the No. 1 ranked MAC softball team – splitting wins in the doubleheader. Strong batting helped the Huskies take game one, but poor pitching plagued NIU...

Junior infielder Andre Demetral (1) leads off first base during NIU baseballs home opener against Ohio on March 24. The Huskies lost the game by a final score of 11-2. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

Huskies end home-opening series with doubleheader split

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | March 26, 2023

DeKALB – NIU baseball (5-17, 2-7 MAC) split the final two games of the three-game series against the Ohio University Bobcats (7-14, 5-4 MAC) Sunday. The Huskies lost game one 16-12 and won game two 11-1.  Pitching struggles cost the Huskies game...

Senior guard Anthony Crump attempts a layup during Saturdays loss to the University of Toledo.

Ice-cold shooting hurts Huskies in loss to Ohio

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | February 22, 2023

DeKALB – NIU fell to Ohio University 77-68 Tuesday thanks to a poor 1-for-19 three-point shooting night, as the Bobcats extended their win streak to six. The Huskies were once again without sophomore guard David Coit, who missed his second straight...

Judge gives prison time to friend of gunman who killed 9

By DAN SEWELL | February 20, 2020

CINCINNATI (AP) — A friend of a gunman who killed nine people in a shooting rampage in Dayton, Ohio, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison on Thursday on unrelated federal firearms charges.Ethan Kollie, now 25, pleaded guilty in November to lying on...

Men’s basketball looks to end losing streak in rematch against CMU

By Jarrett Huff | February 19, 2020

DeKALB — After dropping both games on its road trip, the men’s basketball team returns home to the Convocation Center for a rematch against the Central Michigan University Chippewas.The Huskies lost the first game of their road trip against the Ball...

Sophomore Darius Beane (no.24) drives under the basket Feb. 7 during NIUs 57-54 win over Kent State University at the Convocation Center.

NIU men’s basketball sweeps Kent State, sets school record with six consecutive MAC wins

By Mike Knapp | February 8, 2020

Sophomore Darius Beane (no.24) drives under the basket Feb. 7 during NIU's 57-54 win over Kent State University at the Convocation Center.

First-year defenseman Drake Gieseke prepares for a pass Nov. 9 during a home loss to McKendree University at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee.

Seven goals in two periods by Toledo enough to silence Huskies

By Matt Boecker | December 7, 2019

DeKALB — The hockey team went down early and never recovered in its loss Friday to the University of Toledo.NIU dropped game one of a two-game set by a score of 8-3 at the Team Toledo Ice House. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Rockets.In...

Culture revolution continues under Colhoff as the head coach looks to the future

By Jarrett Huff | December 5, 2019

DeKALB — On a snowy Halloween afternoon, the women’s soccer team had one last chance to close the season on a high note, putting everything out on the field.The wind chilled to the bone, dispersing snow flurries all over the field and into the faces...

Marcus Jones, redshirt senior running back, secures the ball Tuesday after a handoff against Western Michigan University at Huskie Stadium.

Through adversity and distractions, Huskies close season with hard-fought win

By Mike Knapp | November 29, 2019

I’ll be honest — as a grown man with over three decades of adult life experience, usually when I hear the words adversity and distractions as applied to sports teams, I tend to cringe.I mean, I’ve lost my dad. I’ve also lost two of my siblings....

Five-minute penalty cripples Huskies in hockey’s loss to Illinois State

By Matt Boecker | November 24, 2019

DeKALB — Hockey was unable to complete the two-game sweep Saturday against Midwest College Hockey rival Illinois State University.After taking game one on Friday, the Huskies weren’t able to keep their foot on the gas to win consecutive games for...

The Huskies prepare Friday for their annual Red/Black Intrasquad Meet in the Convocation Center.

Huskies compete for annual Intrasquad, showcase teams’ talent

By Maddie Barrett | November 23, 2019

DeKALB — Crowd support wasn’t a problem Friday as the gymnastics team competed in its Red/Black Intrasquad meet. Walking into Victor E. Court the sounds of fans screaming were heard, and the smell of chalk filled the gym as the teams walked onto the...