Russell Houghtaling: October 2010 Archives

AND THEY'RE OFF!

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The Huskie cross country team took off for the 2010 MAC Championships this morning. As NIU tradition dictates, Huskie staff members (and one special fan!) came out to send the team off in style.

NIU-AGARA FALLS

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MSOC Niagara Falls
The Huskie men's soccer team made a trip to Buffalo last week to play the Bulls. The team made a quick outing to Niagara Falls to check out the voluminous hydro-awesome creation.

SUNDANCE LEARNS A NEW SPORT

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Sundance Wicks, men's basketball assistant and man of the world, learns some new tricks on the volleyball court, courtesy of Coley and Dan Pawlikowski. The Pawlikowski's are assistant coaches for the NIU volleyball team, which is currently tearing up the competition with a 23-2 record. Boom. Shaka. Laka.

HUSKIE MEN TIP-OFF PRACTICE

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The NIU men's basketball team opened practice over the weekend. Here's a report from the Huskies' first practice of 2010-11.

BENNETT FINDS A GREAT SHOOTER

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Kathi Bennett Rides Shooter
NIU head women's basketball coach Kathi Bennett took her team out to visit head men's coach Ricardo Patton at a local ranch where Ricardo keeps his horse "Shooter." Kathi saddled up to give it a go (picture above). Five months into Kathi's stay in the Huskie basketball suite, the two are fast becoming BFFs. Earlier in the week, Kathi road Patton's infamous "Spider," a three-wheeled motorcycle. Word is she has already started saving for one of her own.

CHEMISTRY KEY FOR HUSKIE HOOPS

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Entering head men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton's fourth season, a new theme has emerged amongst his players: chemistry. Few would doubt that the Huskies were a talented team last season, but as Jeremy Werner of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle points out in this article, the improved chemistry on the 2010-11 squad could be just the intangible NIU is looking for to bring the talent together. Here's brief snippet of Jeremy's article:

Patton said that though team chemistry is intangible, it can't be overrated.

"I think it's the hardest thing to achieve and maybe the most important thing," Patton said. "Every team's going to have guys that can shoot the basketball. Every team's going to have guys that can rebound, defend and different things. But if they don't get along, if they're not pulling in the same direction, they're always going to underachieve."

LYRICK PERFORMING TONIGHT

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WBB Bianca Brown JumpshotHuskie women's basketball player Bianca Brown, aka hip-hop artist Lyrik, is performing tonight at the House Café. Brown is one of multiple artists playing tonight in the FREE, FREE, FREE show. The event, dubbed "El Mensaje" (The Message), is in honor of Latino Heritage Month. Check out details on El Mensaje and The House Cafe.

NIU-NORTHWESTERN ADDED TO HUSKIE ALL-ACCESS

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Wednesday night's NIU-Northwestern men's soccer match at Lakeside Field in Evanston has been added to the Huskie All-Access line-up. That means current HAA subscribers can watch the match for no additional charge!

The Huskies are looking for their third straight win over a Big Ten team, dating back to last year's 1-0 win at Wisconsin. If NIU wins, it will be the team's longest winning streak against the Big Ten since a run of nine straight from 1997-2001.

NIU LIVE TONIGHT

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"NIU Live" airs tomorrow (Thursday) night on 670 The Score. Listen to Huskie head football coach Jerry Kill talk about last week's big win over Akron, and this week's HUGE home game against Temple. Also on the show, NIU men's soccer coach Eric Luzzi discusses his team's upcoming game with No. 1 Akron.

If you want to hear more from Coach Kill, check out "Inside Huskie Football" Thursday night at 7 p.m. You can listen on 1360-AM WLBK DeKalb, or watch the show live at Fatty's on Lincoln Highway.

Football faces the Owls, Saturday at 11 a.m. Fans can then "Reverse Tailgate" before heading to the soccer match at 3 p.m.

MAC CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW?

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Jeremy Werner writes in Huskie Wire that Saturday's football game at Huskie Stadium between NIU and Temple could be a MAC Championship preview. Here's a snippet:

While coaches have cautiously consented that Saturday will be a battle between two of the stronger MAC teams, the NIU players spoke more liberally about the significance of a Week 6 matchup that many predict will reoccur Dec. 3 in the MAC Championship game in Detroit.

Werner's mid-season assessment agrees with what many pundits espoused in the preseason - that NIU and Temple are the best in the MAC. Interested? Tickets.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

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The NIU women's basketball team had its first practice under new head coach Kathi Bennett, Monday. John Sahly of the Daily Chronicle was there and wrote this story. You can check out the NIUHuskies.com story as well.

You can also watch the video recap, courtesy of NIUHuskies.com, above.

HUSKIES ZIP PAST AKRON

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The last 10 days have been pretty good for the NIU football team. After the 34-23 win at Minnesota, Chad Spann earned honor after honor for his 223 yard day. Now with Saturday's 50-14 win at Akron to open MAC play, the Huskies are 3-2 with a three-game home stretch ahead of them.

Breaking news on Huskie Happenings: NIU has back-to-back MAC Players of the Week, as Chandler Harnish got the call today. He had a nice little Saturday... 16-for-20, 281 yards and three touchdowns nice. He took the fourth quarter off to make a trip to Bed, Bath and Beyond. After the game, The Manning Award contingent was impressed enough to put Harnish on its "trying to make the list" list.
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