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Huskies football hope to redeem themselves against Central Michigan

By Matt Hopkinson | September 26, 2012

NIU football was recently redeemed when facing Kansas, a team it lost to last season. Saturday, it will get another shot at redemption. Central Michigan (2-1) defeated the Huskies (3-1) in Mount Pleasant last season, which was the only defeat the Huskies...

Jimmie Ward sets sights on becoming All-American

By Matt Hopkinson | September 17, 2012

Every player has high aspirations in any sport at any level. Junior safety Jimmie Ward has clear cut goals in mind. Ward’s goals range from the very general of getting pass break ups, getting over 100 tackles and making big plays at key times. “If...

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.

Huskie football key positions

By Matt Hopkinson | September 12, 2012

Quarterback: At quarterback the focal point will be Jordan Lynch once again. What will be interesting to watch for is the situation Lynch will be placed in. In the last game against Tennessee-Martin, Lynch rushed far fewer times than against Iowa, and...

The ‘hangover effect’

By Matt Hopkinson | September 4, 2012

A common belief in sports is that once a team wins a championship, there is this mysterious hangover effect that prevents them from being good again next season. As of now, there is no known cure for said hangover. Perhaps it’s a real thing, perhaps...

NIU becoming defensive team

By Brian Thomas | September 4, 2012

Traditionally over the last couple of seasons, NIU football has been known as an offensive juggernaut, being able to score points seemingly at will. However, after watching their season opener against Iowa, the Huskies look like they are more of a defensive...

Huskies drop season opener to Hawkeyes

By Matt Hopkinson | September 1, 2012

For NIU football, the first home game was a story of two halves, or, more realistically, three and a half quarters. The Huskies (0-1) suffered a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Iowa (1-0) by a score of 18-17, in the season opener at Soldier Field...

Defensive Breakdown Football

By Matt Hopkinson | August 30, 2012

Two teams coming off completely opposite seasons will look to put a stamp on their first game of the year Saturday afternoon. In the history of NIU, the Huskies will attempt to win their first game at Soldier Field. This contest will be played against...

Can’t we all just get along?

By Brian Belford | September 7, 2011

Laboring on the practice field and cracking helmets against the same teammates each day is what skyrockets rivalry among some of the most competitive people on the planet: football players.Instead of letting familiarity breed contempt, the NIU football...