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huskie briefs

huskie briefs

By Northern Star Staff | September 17, 2012

Alumnae of the NIU women's basketball team will suit up for the annual Alumni Game at 11 a.m. Saturday on Victory E. Court. A ticket to the NIU women's basketball game against Ohio at 2:05 p.m. that same day will get fans a seat for the alumnae contest.

The men's basketball Alumni Game is set for Feb. 4, and also will take place at 11 a.m. A ticket to watch the current Huskies take the court for a MAC showdown with Western Michigan at 2:05 p.m. gets fans into the Alumni Game.

Mega Women

Three top 10 finishes propelled the NIU women's track and field team to a second place finish at the Eastern Illinois Mega Meet Jan. 21.

In field competition, Lindsay Chamberlain took home the 20-pound weight throw title with a heave of 17.79 meters. Ashley Morrow finished third in the weight throw, and second in the shot put; a slot ahead of teammate Margaret Gorski. Elizabeth Berquist placed second in the high jump.

NIU also had a strong showing in the track department, with a second-place finish from sprinter Ajahnae Hinley, a second-place finish in the 800 meter run from Lorene Skipper and a bronze from Bonnie Miller in the 5,000 meter run. The 4 x 400 team posted a second-place finish to add to the NIU medal count.

NIU heads to Champaign tomorrow for the Care/Health Alliance Classic hosted by the University of Illinois at 10 a.m.


The NIU women's tennis team started its season with a 7-0 loss at Wisconsin Saturday.

Wisconsin won the doubles match point and then rolled to a 5-0 sweep with a forfeit in the singles matches.

NIU coach Pontus Hiort said after the match Wisconsin is one of the top teams in the nation.

Wanted: Softball Manager

The NIU softball team is looking for a new manager for its upcoming season.

Qualified candidates must have a working knowledge of softball, be proficient with statistical maintenance and assist with equipment transportation for practices and games.

If interested please contact assistant coach Joanna Lane at 753-2245 as soon as possible.

That New Season Smell

The NIU baseball team will kick off the 2006 season Feb. 3. The Huskies will travel to Tempe for a three-game series with the Arizona State Sun Devils.

The opener will be played under the lights at 7 p.m., while the final game will be at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Story of the year for NIU sports

By Jimmy Johnson | May 6, 2012

Scott Wedige said it was a moment of disbelief. After kicker Mathew Sims nailed a 33-yard game winning field goal, the long road back to Detroit for NIU football was over: the Huskies had clinched their first MAC Championship in nearly 30 years. “The...

Better late than never: Harnish drafted as Mr. Irrelevant

Better late than never: Harnish drafted as Mr. Irrelevant

By Jimmy Johnson | April 29, 2012

It was an unusual homecoming in Bluffton, Ind. for Chandler Harnish this weekend. The former NIU quarterback didn’t head home for a family party, or to see an old friend. It was the NFL Draft, and Harnish wanted to spend this important moment in his...

Associated Press- West quarterback Chandler Harnish, of Northern
Illinois University, runs three yards for a touchdown against the
East during the second quarter of the East-West Shrine Classic NCAA
college football game on Saturday Jan. 21, 2012, in St. Petersburg,

Five former Huskies showcase talents in post-season games

By Brian Belford | January 23, 2012

For five former NIU football players, the culmination of their college careers happened over the weekend in three different postseason college football games.Senior outside linebacker Jordan Delegal played for the North team in the Battle of Florida All...

Nine NIU football players recieve academic honors

Nine NIU football players recieve academic honors

By Tony Osborne | January 17, 2012

With MAC Championship and Bowl victories already under their belt, nine NIU football players added more to their resume by receiving All-MAC Academic honors. "Obviously to be the conference champs on the field and then to represent the MAC...

Huskies’ focus will determine bowl game fate

By Brian Belford & Eli Gehn | January 8, 2012

Eli Gehn: Alright, Brian, the lastgame for NIU football this season is finally upon us. The Huskieshad a huge comeback victory over Ohio in the MAC Championship lastmonth. It was an exciting year, wouldn't you agree?Brian Belford: I would say it hasbeen...

NIUs wide-receiver Nathan Palmer 81 soars through the air
after catching a pass as Ball State linebacker Tony Martin 47
attempted to make a pick during the first half of the match up at
Huskie Stadium on Tuesday night. The Huskies would go on to defeat
Ball State 41-38 making it their sixth straight win.

Huskies kept the faith versus Cardinals

By Brian Belford | November 16, 2011

Exhausted and elated, Scott Wedige took hold of the rivalry trophy in both hands, lifted it above his head, and shouted triumphantly towards the night sky.Finally, it was over. After NIU scraped, clawed and chewed its way to a thrilling 41-38 victory...

Huskie center Scott Wedige holds up the Bronze Stalk Trophy,
which has been awarded to the winner of the NIU-Ball State game
since 2008. NIU defeated the Cardinals for the third straight
season, by a score of 41-38.

Huskies beat Cardinals in blackout game

By Eli Gehn | November 16, 2011

Adversity is something NIU football has been through numerous times this season. Adversity popped its head Tuesday night, but NIU persevered and defeated Ball State 4-38 on a 34 yard field goal by kicker Matt Sims with 11 seconds left in regulation. "I...

NIU football breakdown: offensive line

By Brian Belford | August 25, 2011

Saying that the offensive line for the NIU football team should be a strength is an understatement. The Huskies return all of their starters from a year ago and are coming off a season in which they only surrendered 13 sacks, good enough for 14th in the...

Ranking NIU’s football team is harder said than done

By Matt Hopkinson | July 19, 2011

Living life on the fringe is hard.For a MAC team, it shouldn't seem out of the ordinary.The NIU football team should find it a bit harder to swallow, however, because they are coming off a good season in which they won a school-record 11 wins.While the...

5 Minutes With…Scott Wedige

By Jimmy Johnson | April 19, 2011

Scott Wedige is typically in the middle of everything. Being the starting center for the NIU football team, the Elkhorn, Wis. native finds himself as the lynch pin of the offensive line, barking out orders to his teammates in the trenches. After Tuesday’s...

NIU linebacker Devon Butler readies himself for a drill in Tuesdays inaugural spring football practice.

Huskies football kicks off spring practices

By Jerry Burnes | March 22, 2011

Dave Doeren kicked off his reign as the NIU head football coach Tuesday morning as spring practice opened for players and coaches. Hired in December, it was the first time Doeren was able to see his new team on the field, as opposed to in meetings and...