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Redshirt freshman Tommy Bennett holds off Central Michigan University redshirt sophomore Tyler Swiderski in a dual against the Chippewas on Saturday. Bennett defeated Swiderski 5-4 in a decision victory. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

2 wrestlers shine in return, program clinches 10th win

By Zack Rodriguez, Sports Reporter | January 28, 2024

DeKALB – Key contributions from two returnees powered a late surge as NIU Wrestling (10-2, 4-1 MAC) crept past Central Michigan University (3-6, 1-1 MAC) 22-10 at Victor E. Court on Saturday. NIU wrestling head coach Ryan Ludwig achieved double-digit...

Scout Regular, a junior hurdler, took first in the 100-meter hurdles Saturday. Scout also took first in the 4x100-meter relay. (Nyla Owens| Northern Star)

Track and field wins seven events in Huskie Classic

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | May 7, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s track capped off its outdoor regular season with a home showcase, as the team earned seven first place finishes at the Huskie Classic.  Junior Scout Regular took first place in both the 100-meter hurdles and as a member of...

Senior utility player Sam Mallinder (18) high-fives the first base coach after hitting a single that drove in a run during the third inning. The Huskies lost the game 7-6. (Tim Dodge | Northern Star)

6th-inning grand slam propels Huskies in doubleheader split

By Zachary Bertram, Senior Sports Reporter | April 26, 2023

DeKALB – After dropping game one 5-4, NIU softball (22-23, 11-11 MAC) came back to win game two 8-4 and split the doubleheader against the Western Michigan University Broncos (16-23, 10-10 MAC) Wednesday. Senior infielder Kelly Walinski belted a sixth...

Then junior catcher Ellis Erickson (23) tosses the ball to the pitcher as CMU batters switch out on April 2, 2023. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Huskies shutout out DePaul behind dominant pitching

By Eddie Miller, Assistant Sports Editor | April 20, 2023

DeKALB – Three RBIs from senior infielder Kelly Walinski helped NIU softball (20-19, 9-7 MAC) take down the DePaul University Blue Demons (12-25, 4-11 Big East) 6-0 at Cacciatore Stadium in Chicago. Efficient batting led to four Huskies logging RBIs.  Junior...

NIU junior right fielder Eric Erato (5) watches the ball fly up, singling to shortstop after hitting it in the bottom of the sixth inning on April 8. The Huskies lost to CMU for the second of their three game series Saturday 17-7. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Huskies stun Broncos with comeback walk-off victory

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | April 14, 2023

DeKALB – NIU baseball (7-24, 4-9 MAC) walked off for the second straight game in a thrilling 6-5, 11-inning victory over the Western Michigan University Broncos (9-23 6-7 MAC).  The Huskies came back multiple times in the game, scoring one run in...

Huskies split doubleheader, score 14 runs in game two

By Ethan Gonzales, Sports Editor | March 28, 2023

DeKALB – NIU softball split a doubleheader with Ball State University Tuesday after recording a season-high 16 hits in game two. GAME ONE The Huskies mustered just three hits total in game one. Junior catcher/outfielder Ellis Erickson scored the only...

Huskies sweep Miami, win fourth straight game

By Eddie Miller, Assistant Sports Editor | March 26, 2023

DeKALB – NIU softball (13-12, 4-1 MAC) improved to second in the Mid-American Conference standings after sweeping Miami University (14-11, 2-3 MAC) in a doubleheader. The Huskies finished the series undefeated and sparked a four-game win streak along...

Huskies senior forward AJah Davis (25) runs down the court during NIUs matchup with Eastern Michigan on Wednesday at the NIU Convocation Center. Davis and the Huskies clinched a seeding in the MAC Basketball Championship bracket for next week after the Huskies beat Eastern 73-63. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

A’Jah Davis breaks double-double record in win over EMU

By Joseph Segreti, Sports Reporter | March 2, 2023

DeKALB – Senior forward A’Jah Davis broke the all-time NIU double-double record as the Huskies defeated Eastern Michigan University 73-63 and clinched a spot in the Mid-American Conference tournament. Davis finished the game with 19 points on 8-for-17...

Senior forward AJah Davis (25) looks for an opening to pass the ball in the first half of the game on Jan. 25. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Davis ties double-double record in victory over CMU

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | February 26, 2023

DeKALB – NIU senior forward A’Jah Davis shined on Senior Day as she tied the school record for double-doubles and led her team to an 84-80 double overtime win against Central Michigan University. SENIOR DAY NIU celebrated Senior Day to give recognition...

Senior guard Chelby Koker shooting a free throw in Saturdays upset victory over Ball State University. (Alyssa Queen)

Huskies upset Ball State, halt Cardinals’ winning streak

By Eddie Miller, Assistant Sports Editor | February 18, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball (14-11, 6-8 MAC) upset the No. 1 ranked team in the Mid-American Conference for the second consecutive game, beating Ball State University (22-5, 12-2 MAC) by a final score of 84-77.  Coming off an 85-81 win against...

Huskie senior guard Chelby Koker (10) dribbles the ball to an open part of the court while junior forward Tara Stauffacher (21) defends Koker from University of Akron’s sophomore forward Reagan Bass (34) on Wednesday night at the NIU Convocation Center. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Career night from Koker propels Huskies to dominant victory

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | February 9, 2023

DeKALB – NIU women’s basketball (12-10, 4-7 MAC) dominated the University of Akron 88-63 (14-8, 5-6 MAC), extending their winning streak to two games. Senior guard Chelby Koker’s record night from behind the arch led the Huskies to a 88-63 win...

NIU redshirt senior Terrese Aaron takes on Buffalo’s Gregory Hodulick To close out the wrestling portion of the Beauty and the Beast meet on Saturday at the Convocation Center. (Alyssa Queen | Northern Star)

Walk-off match pushes Huskies past Buffalo

By Adrien De La Peña, Sports Reporter | February 6, 2023

DeKALB – NIU wrestling won in walk-off fashion against Mid-American Conference opponent University at Buffalo. Redshirt senior Terrese Aaron was able to come back and defeat his opponent in the final match of the dual to top the Bulls in a close 15-14...