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No. 1 Athlete of the Year: Jordan Lynch

By Brian Earle | May 4, 2014

After rewriting the NCAA, MAC and NIU record books in his senior season, the clear choice for Sports’ No. 1 Athlete of 2013-2014 is none other than football’s Jordan Lynch.Lynch holds the NCAA record for most rushing yards in a season by a quarterback...

No. 2 Athlete of the Year: Jimmie Ward

By Frank Gogola | April 30, 2014

Senior safety Jimmie Ward is Sports’ No. 2 Athlete of 2013-2014, having put together one of the best seasons among all defensive backs in the country.Ward finished as a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given annually to the nation’s...

Redshirt junior tailback Cameron Stingily stampedes to Sports’ No. 3 ranking after rushing for 1,119 yards and nine TDs.

No. 3 Athlete of the Year: Cameron Stingily

By Brian Earle | April 30, 2014

Middle linebacker-turned-running back Cameron Stingily put together an impressive campaign in his first season as the starting tailback, earning him Sports’ No. 3 Athlete of the year.“It means a lot because, literally, last year I wasn’t even recognized...

No. 4 Athlete of the Year: Amanda Corral

By Frank Gogola | April 30, 2014

Junior Amanda Corral charges to Sports’ No. 4 Athlete of 2013-2014 after thriving at shooting guard, her natural position, in her third season with women’s basketball.Corral garnered All-MAC Third Team honors, becoming the first Huskie to earn All-MAC...

No. 5 Athlete of the Year: Jordan Threloff

By Brian Earle | April 29, 2014

Redshirt junior center Jordan Threloff proved to be one of the most important additions to men’s basketball this season, earning him Sports’ No. 5 athlete of 2013-2014.When Threloff transferred from Illinois State, he immediately bolstered the Huskies’...

First baseman Kayti Grable has made her case for MAC Freshman of the Year with her solid play in the field and at the plate.

No. 6 Athlete of the Year: Kayti Grable

By Frank Gogola | April 29, 2014

Softball first baseman Kayti Grable fields Sports’ No. 6 athlete of 2013-2014, putting together a season that has her garnering consideration for the MAC Freshman of the Year award.In her first season in DeKalb, Grable has started in all 48 games, energizing...

No. 7 Athlete of the Year: Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof

By Darwin Minnis | April 29, 2014

Men’s tennis’ Dor Amir and Axel Lagerlof come in as Sports’ No. 7 athletes of the 2013-2014 season due to the duos’ great play all season.As the No. 1 doubles team Amir and Lagerlof finished the season with an 18-2 record. Their only losses came...

No. 8 Athlete of the Year: Claudette Day

By Rhema Rhea | April 28, 2014

Freshman Claudette Day clocks in at Sports’ No. 8 athlete of 2013-2014 because of her record-breaking performances.Day joined track and field just weeks before classes began in January but has contributed multiple event titles and has put her name into...

No. 9 Athlete of the Year: Kim Gotlund

By Steve Shonder | April 28, 2014

Kim Gotlund flies in as Sports’ No. 9 athlete of 2013-2014 with her rock-solid performance throughout the season.Gotlund was gymnastics’ only all-around competitor this season and she made every meet count during her senior season. Her season- and...