September 2012 Archives


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Photo by Kyle Bursaw, Daily Chronicle

Women's Soccer Head Coach John Ross made the front page of this morning's Daily Chronicle as he was featured in a story by Anthony Zilis. Coach Ross explains his start in coaching with Chicago Fire Reserve squad after he finished his playing career.

To read the story, click here.


Members of both the Northern Illinois men's and women's golf teams will play a role in the 39th Ryder Cup Matches this weekend at Medinah Country Club. Griffin Bauman, Bryce Emory, Kurtis Luedtke, Paul Hammerschmidt and Greg Pohlmann of the men's team, along with Allie Parthie from the women's team, will work inside the ropes at one of golf's grandest events. The six Huskies will be walking scorers throughout the matches.

The matches begin on Friday morning.

Newcomer Spotlights - Charles Ivory & Charlie Miller

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This weeks Newcomer Spotlight caught up with both corner back Charles Ivory and wide receiver Charlie Miller.  Both players grew up in Vero Beach, FL and they attended Vero Beach High School.  Ivory and Miller both have bright futures for the NIU football program.

Here's what they have to say about NIU football and also what their coaches have to say about them:


Coach Spotlight: Coach Kane

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Meet one of NIU's football coaches, Kevin Kane.

This is Kane's second year as the Assistant Linebacker Coach. He has the energy, excitement and determination in order for his players to succeed.

Kane is a friendly and approachable coach that communicates well with the players.

We had a chance to sit down and talk to him. Take a look and get to know coach Kane.


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NIU Football is going environmentally-friendly, as fans will be encouraged to recycle at each of the remaining home football games.

Volunteers will go around the tailgate areas and collect various recyclable materials from fans. Additionally, fans can also take their items to the blue recycle bins located throughout Huskie Stadium and the tailgate areas.

For more information, interested volunteers can call Melissa Burlingame at (815) 753-9887 or email Fans can also find out more by clicking here.

Player of the Week - Ken Bishop

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Junior defensive tackle Ken Bishop had an impressive game in the Huskies 30-23 victory over Kansas.  Bishop had six tackles, two assists, two quarterback pressures and two key third down stops.  Bishop enrolled at NIU in January after spending the last two seasons at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa.  Prior to that, he earned second team all-state honors following his senior season at Piper High School in Sunrise, FL.  We caught up with Bishop and also defensive line coach, Ryan Nielsen to talk about his performance against Kansas.


CBSports Bass Screen Grab.jpgThe Huskies victory over Kansas was one of four victories for the Mid-American Conference over a BCS conference this weekend and the nation has taken notice. filed this story Saturday evening, even as Akron was battling Tennessee down in Knoxville. The Chicago Tribune included the MAC in its 10 things we learned from the college football weekend. CollegeFootball included the MAC and Jordan Lynch its Who's Hot... The Week 4 Stars.


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Football: Northern Illinois captured a huge victory on their home turf Saturday with a 30-23 win against Kansas. Trailing 23-13 early in the fourth quarter, Jordan Lynch led a 17-point comeback in the final stanza to give NIU their second comeback win in as many weeks. Lynch combined for 369 yards offensively, while the defense tallied four sacks of KU's Dayne Crist.

Men's Soccer: NIU lost both of their matches at New Mexico's Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Friday, the Huskies went into their fourth overtime game of the year against Denver. However, the Pioneers found the back of the net in the 109th minute for a 3-2 win. Northern ended their weekend with a 3-0 loss to the No. 5 and host Lobos.

Volleyball: NIU split their two matches on the first weekend of MAC play. In a rematch of last year's MAC Tournament title match, the Huskies emerged with a 3-1 win against Central Michigan. However, the Huskies fell the next night when they were swept, 3-0, by Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies posted a 0-1-1 record in the first weekend of conference play. On Friday, the Huskies allowed a penalty kick in the 62nd minute in a 1-0 loss to the Eagles of Eastern Michigan. Two days later, NIU and Western Michigan battled to a 0-0 tie.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois finished 10th at Illinois State's D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate over the weekend. Griffin Bauman led the charge with a final round 72 to take a tie for 12th overall.

Women's Golf: The Huskies competed in two tournaments during the week. On Monday and Tuesday, NIU took fifth place at Chicago State's Cougar Classic, where Allie Parthie and Jenny Niemiec placed fourth and sixth, respectively. Five days later, NIU placed seventh at the Cardinal Classic behind Connie Ellett's fifth place finish.

Men's Tennis: The Huskies claimed four flight titles at the Drake Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa. Axel Lagerlof, Simon Formont and Jovan Zeljkovic each won singles flights.


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The Northern Illinois University football team posted its biggest win this young season with a 30-23 over Kansas at Huskie Stadium Saturday. The Huskies trailed 23-13 at the start of the fourth quarter, then rattled off 17 unanswered points to claim the victory. As always, is your source for the most complete coverage of the game. It was a packed press box at Huskie Stadium, and you can read what all the scribes had to say about the game below. Enjoy!

Chicago Tribune

NIU nets signature victory

Huskies two-minute drill

Rockford Register Star

Fourth-quarter rally gives NIU "boneyard victory"

Matt Trowbridge: Huskie fearless on offense and defense

Daily Chronicle

Measure of payback

Analysis: Lynch's abilities create dilemma for defenses

VIEWS: NIU's Doeren earns statement victory over Kansas

NIU Notes: NIU forces Kansas out of wildcat formation

Newcomer Spotlight - Anthony Brooks

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This weeks Newcomer Spotlight is on Freshman CB Anthony Brooks from Warren Mott High School in Detroit, MI.


Rod Carey - Coaches Spotlight

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This weeks Coaches Spotlight focuses on the Huskies offensive line and run game coordinator, Rod Carey.  Carey joined the Huskies after three seasons coaching the offensive line at the University of North Dakota.  Prior to going to North Dakota, Carey spend the 2007 season as the offensive line coach at Illinois Sate, and from 2000-06, he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  Carey was a three-year starter at center for Indiana during his collegiate playing days, and as served as team captain his senior year, while being awarded IU's Corby Davis Outstanding Offensive Player Award.  

Jordan Lynch - MAC West Player of the Week

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Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, was recently named MAC West Player of the Week, extending the Player of the Week award to a Huskie for the third straight week.  Lynch lead the Huskies to 41-40 victory over Army on Saturday and passed for a career high 342 yards to go along with 4 touchdowns.  He also added 125 rushing yards on 13 carries.  Lynch is also one of four players nominated for Capitol One Cup Performer of the week, as well as one of eight quarterbacks named a Manning Award Star of the Week.  We caught up with him to talk about his award and the rest of the season. 



Bishop on Defense.jpgThe Daily Chronicle's Steve Nitz filed this story on NIU defensive tackle Ken Bishop. Bishop, came to NIU via Ellsworth Community College in Iowa. He was being recruited by several schools including Toledo and Kansas.

By the way, you'll notice this story is linked from the Chicago Sun-Times' site. The Sun-Times is bolstering its coverage of Northern Illinois University by picking up stories from the Daily Chronicle.


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Former Huskie baseball great Scott Simon (2003-07) is being inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame at his alma mater Marian Central Catholic and will be honored Friday night during the school's football game with Immaculate Conception at 7 p.m.

Simon, a native of Algonquin, Ill., is Northern Illinois' all-time leader in hits with 318 and held the Mid-American Conference's record until the 2012 season when Kent State's Jimmy Rider broke the record. He also owns the NIU doubles record.

During his career for the Huskies, Simon was twice named to the Brooks Wallace Award watch list and was a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Earning All-MAC honors in 2003, as well as Freshman All-America status, he was also a twice named to the Mid-American Conference's All-Academic team.

Prior to NIIU he was the Suburban Catholic League and Northwest Herald Player of the Year during his senior year, when he hit for .536 with six home runs, striking out only five times as the team's captain.

To read more about the Marian Central Catholic Hall of Fame Class, click here.


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Football: Northern Illinois hit the road for the first time in 2012 and escaped West Point, N.Y., with a 41-40 victory over the Army Black Knights. Jordan Lynch combined for 467 yards of total offense - the third-highest single game total in NIU history - and the defense came up with a huge stop inside of two minutes to cap off the rally. The win was also NIU's first road opener win since 2007.

Men's Soccer: NIU split its two matches over the weekend at the Northwestern Lakeside Classic. They opened the tournament with a tough 1-0 loss in the annual LeWang Cup match against Milwaukee. However, they rebounded Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Iona.

Volleyball: NIU posted a 2-1 weekend in their downstate Illinois road trip. The roadtrip opened with a 3-0 sweep of SIU-Edwardsville, where they held a sizable advantage in most every statistical category. In Peoria, they were swept by Long Beach State, 3-0, before toppling Bradley in five sets.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies had a dominant effort Sunday at home with a 4-1 win against South Dakota. Courtney Ksiazek, Cori Frankenberg, Allie McBride and Kate Wirthlin all found the back of the net in the win.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois finished in 11th place at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. Nick Schiavi paced the Huskies with a +5, 218 performance to tie for 15th. Griffin Bauman was second for NIU with a +10 to claim a tie for 31st.

Women's Golf: The Huskies tied for second place at the Green Bay Invitational. Wisconsinite Allie Parthie finished in third place, while freshman Connie Ellet tied for ninth.

Women's Tennis: Nelle Youel and Arantza De La Torre each won their singles flight over the weekend at the Drake Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa. Combined, NIU went 14-7 in singles and 5-4 in doubles play.


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Kevin Fanta (8).jpgAn NCAA Championship qualifier in 2011, Kevin Fanta is once again garnering national attention this year as he was included in WIN Magazine's preseason national rankings. The redshirt junior enters the 2012-13 season ranked 20th at 141 pounds following a 15-7 record last year.

Fanta is one of two MAC wrestlers ranked in the top 20, with Kent State's Tyler Small coming in at No. 7. Oklahoma State's Jordan Oliver sits atop the poll, followed by Oklahoma's Kendric Maple, Oregon State's Mike Mangrum, Ohio State's Hunter Stieber and Illinois' B.J. Futrell.

One interesting fact is that three of the Lake Zurich, Ill., native's opponents from the 2012 postseason - Small, Minnesota's Nick Dardanes and Iowa State's Luke Goettl - are included in the poll.

Watch the Huskies Celebrate

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The Northern Illinois football team was determined to defeat their next opponent after losing their season opener at Soldier Field against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Huskies dominated their home field against the UT Martin Skyhawks on Saturday earning a 35-7 victory.

Quarterback Jordan Lynch created a new record for himself completing 19 passes of 25 attempts for 214 yards in a single game.  Lynch also rushed the ball for 60 yards with 11 carries; three of which were touchdowns.

Running back Leighton Settle also performed well on the ground rushing for a total of 106 yards with 21 carries. This marks Settle's first 100-yard plus game.

The Huskie defense stopped the Skyhawks in the redzone on several important plays. The defense held the Skyhawks to a maximum of seven points, which came later in the fourth quarter.

After a big win, the huskies look forward to their next rival, Army.

Watch the team celebrate their victory in the Locker Room.

Ryan Neir - Scholar Athlete of the Week

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Redshirt senior punter Ryan Neir set a personal game high with a 43.0 yard net average Saturday, in the Huskies 35-7 win over UT Martin.  Neir was recently named NIU Scholar Athlete of the Week, while majoring in finance and maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Jimmie Ward - MAC West Player of the Week - Week 2

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Northern Illinois, junior safety Jimmie Ward, led the Huskies in tackles for the second straight week, broke up two passes and also intercepted a pass, the first for NIU this season.  Ward also had 10 tackles,while leading another strong defensive effort and also leading to the Huskies first win of the season, 35-7 over UT Martin. 

Newcomer Spotlight - Keith Harris

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Keith Harris Jr. is a freshman running-back from Leo Catholic High School in Chicago, IL.  As a senior at Leo, he was named to the all-state, academic all-state and all-conference teams.  He was also named the Chicago Catholic Conference's offensive MVP after rushing for 1,774 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2011.  Keith averaged 173 rushing yards per game as a senior, helping the Lions tie for the Red Division championship and reach the state playoffs for a second consecutive season.  Keith was also a member of state championship track and field team in 2011 and all-state honors in the 4x200 relay as a junior.

Watch the Huskies Celebrate

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The Northern Illinois football team was determined to defeat their next opponent after losing their season opener at Soldier Field against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The huskies dominated their home field against the UT Martin Skyhawks on Saturday earning a 35-7 victory.


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Football: Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch and running back Leighton Settle powered the Huskies  to a 35-7 win over UT Martin Saturday night at Huskie Stadium. The duo combined for 166 rushing yards on 32 carries for three touchdowns as both averaged over five yards per carry against the Skyhawks for NIU's first win of the 2012 campaign. 

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois tied both of their matches in the NIU adidas Invitational. On Friday, Northern and Rhode Island battled to a 0-0 tie, with the Huskies limiting the Rams to only one shot. Sunday followed with a 1-1 tie against Drake.

Volleyball: NIU won the Missouri State Invitational in impressive fashion over the weekend with four wins in two days. The tournament began with two sweeps, first defeating Nebraska Omaha then toppling New Orleans. They followed that up with a 3-1 victory against UConn in a battle of Huskies and capped off the tournament with a hard-fought 3-2 win against the homestanding Lady Bears.

Cross Country: Senior Courtney Oldenburg broke the school's 34-year old 5K record Friday at the NIU Open as the Northern Illinois cross country team finished in third placeOn the day, NIU easily defeated DePaul, UIC and Chicago State. The Huskies' trailed only Northwestern and Marquette in the final standings, falling mere points behind the Golden Eagles.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies again split their weekend matches on the road. The Huskies battled the Northwestern Wildcats and the elements on Friday, but were defeated 2-0 in Evanston. They would rebound on Sunday with a 1-0 win against Eastern Illinois courtesy of a fourth minute goal from Cori Frankenberg.

Kristin Wiener ActionFormer NIU women's basketball standout Kristin Wiener was named Bradley's Director of Basketball Operations Wednesday.

Wiener averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in her four-year career at Northern. As a senior, she averaged 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game to earn third team All-MAC honors. She ranks 14th in career scoring at NIU and sits in 14th for career rebounding. An honorable mention All-MAC honoree as a junior, she led the Huskies in rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots each of her last two seasons in DeKalb.

After her time at NIU, the Apple Valley, Minn., native played three seasons professionally in Spain and one in Portugal. Following her professional career, Wiener landed an internship with the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and WNBA's Minnesota Lynx.


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Football: The Huskies pushed Iowa to the brink Saturday in Chicago, but fell in heartbreaking fashion as the Hawkeyes scored late to claim an 18-17 victory. NIU led for the majority of the game and held a 17-9 lead going into the fourth quarter. However, Iowa's Damon Bullock scored the decisive points on a 23-yard run with 2:15 left in the game. The Huskie defense, though, was a huge bright spot in the game, collecting six sacks of James Vandenberg and limited the Hawkeyes to 268 total yards.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois lost in excruciating fashion Friday night when they fell to Green Bay in double overtime, 2-1. The Huskies' lone goal of the game came in the 69th minute when James Stevenson found Gael Rivera for a quick shot that tied the match at 1-1. Yet, the Phoenix won the match with a winner in the 102nd minute.

Volleyball: NIU went 2-2 during the week in non-conference action. The Huskies started the week with a 3-1 victory against Green Bay in DeKalb, where they outkilled the Phoenix 57-38. In their West Coast opener Friday, Northern claimed a 3-0 win against Nevada for their first sweep of the year. However, the week ended with consecutive 3-0 losses against Portland State and Pacific.

Cross Country: Northern Illinois proved how big of a difference one year could make Saturday, as they claimed the team title at the UIC OpenerSenior Courtney Oldenburg earned her first career win on the day to lead the Huskies to a first-through-fourth finish on the Horse Lake Trail, as Ali Olson, Leah Raffety and Jamie Burr sealed the win for the Huskies.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies split their home-opening weekend matches against in-state foes. On Friday, NIU hung with Illinois State for the majority of the match, but ultimately fell, 1-0, with a 70th minute goal. Northern rebounded Sunday when they hung three on Loyola for a 3-0 shutout victory.

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