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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.

Wrestler notches win No. 100

By Danielle Brown | February 23, 2017

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Press Box Podcast with Shawn Scott

By Scott Nicol | February 21, 2017

Northern Star presents, "Press Box Podcasts" with host, and Sports Editor, Scott Nicol along with Vinny Barra, Ad Manager and sports marketing intern, and our special guest for the week senior wrestler Shawn Scott. Listen to Shawn discuss his 100th career...

Wrestlers make their mark with successful season

By Christopher Loggins | March 24, 2016

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Wrestlers earn national championship bids

By Northern Star staff | March 7, 2016

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Wrestling takes loss in first home contest

By Raven Boyd | December 7, 2015

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Wrestling prepares for battle with Central Michigan

By Raven Boyd | December 3, 2015

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Top 10 athletes | No. 6: Shawn Scott goes to NCAAs for 1st time

By Frank Gogola | April 27, 2015

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NIU wrestling: Shawn Scott goes 0-2 at NCAA National Championships

By Frank Gogola | March 23, 2015

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NIU Wrestling: Shawn Scott headed to NCAA National Championships

By Frank Gogola | March 19, 2015

Wrestling redshirt sophomore Shawn Scott is healthy and ready to go for his first appearance at the NCAA National Championships this weekend.Scott will partake in the 197-pound weight class at the national tournament starting 11 a.m. today and running...

NIU wrestling: Shawn Scott headed to NCAA championships

By Northern Star staff | March 10, 2015

Wrestling redshirt sophomore Shawn Scott punched his ticket to the NCAA Championships on March 19-21 this weekend.Scott took fourth place in the loaded 197-pounded weight class in the double-elimination tournament. He opened Friday with a 4-3 win over...