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Men’s basketball staff sees shake up

By Scott A. Nicol | April 13, 2017

DeKALB — The men’s basketball team had three coaches leave or not have their contracts renewed as the team continues to change.Assistant Coaches Lou Dawkins and Jason Larson have left the program, Jeremy Reid, men’s basketball media services spokesperson...

Baseball loses big at home

By Scott A. Nicol | April 12, 2017

DeKALB — The baseball team struggled Tuesday against the University of Illinois at Chicago Flames, as it lost 17-3.“We need to forget about this game and get ready for the weekend series against Kent State,” said Head Coach Mike Kunigonis, according...

Northern Star Press Box

Northern Star Press Box

By Jay Ibarra | April 11, 2017

Listen as baseball players Tommy Hook and Joe Hawks discuss playing at Camelback Ranch, the home of the Chicago White Sox spring training, helping out Southside communities, Mid-American Conference play and more.

Hosted by Sports Editor Scott A. Nicol and Sports Writer Eddie Garcia.

Produced by: Emmett Kane

Top 5 Athletes

Top 5 Athletes

By Scott A. Nicol | April 10, 2017

Here are Sports Editor Christopher Loggins’ top five athletes of the 2015-16 academic year.

No. 1

Although football didn’t end its season the way it probably would have hoped to, junior cornerback Shawun Lurry ends the 2015-16 year as the No. 1 NIU athlete.

Lurry emerged as one of the top corners in the nation this season, leading the Football Bowl Subdivision in interceptions with nine. His impressive year led to him being named an All-American, becoming only the fourth player in NIU history to do so. His career high in interceptions came in at a Sep. 19 game against Ohio State University when he picked up two.

Lurry notched an interception in five straight games, making him one of the Huskies’ leaders on defense throughout the year.

No. 2

Senior softball catcher Emily Naegele comes in at No. 2 on the list of top athletes for the year after she put together one of the best regular seasons in softball history.

Naegele played and started in all 51 games for the Huskies this season, the only player on the team to do so. She hit for an average of .407 and blasted 18 home runs, the most an NIU player has ever hit in a season.

The senior picked up 52 RBI’s, 10 doubles, two triples and 44 runs, all while boasting an .876 slugging percentage. She also led the team in on base percentage with .525.

Naegele took home the MAC West Player of the Week award three times this season and was a big part of the 14-game winning streak by the Huskies.

The Huskies finished the regular season 33-18 and won their first division title since 2000.

No. 3

Ally Lehman, junior women’s basketball guard, is No. 3 on the list of top athletes following a year in which she put up stellar numbers for the Huskies.

Lehman averaged 13.4 points and 11 rebounds, breaking the NIU record for rebounds in a season with 323. She also finished the year with 15 double doubles.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of Lehman’s season was a night she scored an NIU-record 41 points in a Feb. 24 game against Western Michigan University — 29 of her 41 points came in the second half.

“She’s somebody who, as a team captain, an upperclassman, somebody who did bring a lot of game experience to the court,” said NIU head coach Lisa Carlsen, according to a March 21 Northern Star article.

No. 4

Women’s tennis junior Adey Osabuohien completed the year being named First Team All-MAC, good enough to land her a spot at No. 4 for top athletes this season.

Osabuohien went 16-3 in individual matches and 5-1 in conference matchups on her way to becoming the fifth player in the history of the program to be named to First Team All-MAC. She finished the year with 23 combined wins.

No. 5

Men’s basketball put together one of the best seasons of all NIU sports this season, and its impressive play has earned the entire team the fifth spot on the top five athletes list.

The Huskies finished the season 21-13 and 18-1 at home, putting together one of their best seasons in recent memory. They made it to the second round of the MAC Tournament, taking a loss to Ohio University.

The team got great contributions from all of its players, a huge key to its success throughout the year. The Huskies also got a big boost from their freshman class and bench, helping the team in its historic year.

Baseball gets shut out

By Scott A. Nicol | April 5, 2017

DeKALB — The baseball team was shutout for the first time in 28 games this season when it lost to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers 2-0 Tuesday.This marked the third consecutive loss for the Huskies (8-20, 4-2 Mid-American Conference) and...

On this episode of Northern Star Press Box, we sit down with Huskie golfers Thomas DeMarco and Matt Cholod. Topics include hockey talk, roommate rundown and the NCAA Golf Tournament.

Northern Star Press Box feat. Thomas DeMarco and Matt Cholod

By Northern Star Staff | April 3, 2017

On this episode of Northern Star Press Box, we sit down with Huskie golfers Thomas DeMarco and Matt Cholod. Topics include hockey talk, roommate rundown and the NCAA Golf Tournament.

Cubs prepare for World Series repeat

Cubs prepare for World Series repeat

By Associated Press | April 2, 2017

Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber is congratulated at home plate by outfiedler Jon Jay and infielder Tommy LaStella after hitting a three-run home run March 17 against crosstown rival Chicago White Sox during a spring training game. The Cubs will look to repeat as World Series champions for the first time since 1908.