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The Huskies had a rough go of things at the Fuddruckers Lobo Invite. On Friday, February 21, they nearly beat Missouri State after being down 8-0, but NIU came up just short and lost 9-8
. Later that day, against New Mexico, the team fell in a 12-0 defeat
. On Saturday, February 22, the Huskies lost once more to Missouri State
, 11-0 being the final this time. On Sunday, February 23, NIU and New Mexico tied 3-3
after 10 innings of play.
NIU ended the regular season on a high note at Buffalo. Against the Bulls, the Huskies were able to come back from being down 11-0 in the match to win 20-14
. The Huskies ended the regular season with a 7-11 record and a 2-6 conference record. They will next play at the MAC Championships on Saturday, March 8.
NIU golfers performed well as they took sixth in the Islander Classic
on on Tuesday, February 25. The team shot a 299 on the final day of the tournament, the third lowest team total in the history of the program.
The Huskies went 3-0 last weekend after defeating Detroit, UW-Whitewater
, and Southern Illinois
. They outscored opponents 20-1 on the weekend. The three wins extended the team's winning streak to five matches. NIU has a home match on Friday, February 7 against SIU-Edwardsville and a road match on Sunday, February 9 at Indiana.
NIU suffered its first defeat of the season on Sunday, February 2 in a road match at Wisconsin. The Huskies lost the match, 5-2
. NIU is 1-1 on the young season. On Friday, February 7, the Huskies play SIU-Edardsville at home. On the following Saturday, they'll remain at home to take on Cleveland State.
Northern Illinois saw its record drop to 6-9 with a 23-12 loss at Old Dominion
on Friday, January 31. The Huskies are set to take on Kent State at home on Saturday, February 8.
NIU's gymnastics team improved its record to 2-1 (2-0 MAC) with a 192.450-191.600 win against Western Michigan
on Saturday, February 1. The Huskies are on the road for a meet at Kent State on Friday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m.
NIU took on Akron in the homecoming football game. The Huskies won 27-20
after a defensive battle with the opposing Zips. NIU rushed for 173 yards as a team with two 80+-yard rushers. Jimmie Ward
recorded his fourth consecutive game with an interception.
The Huskies played two matches over the week. The first at Toledo on Friday, and it ended in a 3-2 loss for NIU
. The second was a 3-0 loss at Ball State
on Saturday. NIU now has a 3-3 record in the MAC.
Volleyball - The Huskies played four matches over the last
week, going 1-3 in those affairs. Their record now stands at 5-6 on the season.
The win came against Southern Utah in the New Mexico State tournament. NIU
featured a balanced offensive attack in that one, with Jenna Radtke, Sarah
Angelos, and Mackenzie Roddy each having more than 10 kills in all.
Men's Soccer - Northern Illinois split two games in the NIU
Adidas Invitational, falling 1-0 against Butler on Friday, but winning 2-1
against Green Bay on Sunday. Sean Totsch and Jayson LeSeth each had goals in
the win against the Green Bay Phoenix. The Huskies are now 2-4-0 on the season.
Women's Soccer - NIU went 0-1-1 on the weekend, dropping the
first game at Green Bay 1-0 and tying Western Illinois in a home game, 1-1.
Cori Frankenberg scored her second goal of the season in the game against WIU.
NIU is now 2-4-1.
Men's Tennis - Northern Illinois pulled down the best team
score in the River Forest Invitational. Jovan Zeljkovic won both flights he
took part in; the #4 Singles and #3 Doubles. In that doubles bracket, he teamed
up with Matt Lynch. The Huskies also had several players finish third in their
Women's Tennis - Arantza de la Torre and Cristina Alvarez
both won flights in the Chicago State Invitational. The team also had other
players and doubles teams who finished third or better in their flights. The Huskies don't
have another event until the first weekend of October.
Cross Country - The Huskies finished fourth in the Illinois
State Invitational on Friday, held at the Weibring Golf Course in Normal, Ill.
Ali Olson produced the best finish for NIU, taking 16h place in the event. She
had a time of 18:19.24 as she crossed the finish line.
Women's Golf - NIU competed in the Cougar Classic, hosted by
Chicago State at Harborside International Golf Center. Play ran on Monday and
Tuesday earlier this week. Samantha Coyne faired best for the Huskies, finishing
eighth among individual players. As a team, the Huskies placed seventh overall.
Track & Field: Northern Illinois dominated the competition at the Huskie Open with nine event titles. Megan Gregory (100 hurdles, 200 meters), Janay Mitchell (100 meters), Ida Burbulla (high jump), Sidra Sherrill (shot put), Alex Schad (long jump) all earned wins, along with the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Out west at the Beach Invitational, Meghan Heuer earned an automatic bid to MACs in the 800 meters. Men's Tennis: Northern Illinois closed out their regular season Sunday with a big 4-3 win over Buffalo. The win helped secure NIU a spot in next weekend's MAC Championships, which the Huskies host.
Baseball: The Huskies moved to 4-2 in MAC play this weekend with a three-game sweep of Akron in Avon, Ohio. The series began Friday with a tight 4-3 win courtesy of two runs in the top of the ninth. NIU got another one-run win Saturday with a 2-1 win behind Eli Anderson's complete game performance. Northern got the sweep on Sunday by crushing the Zips, 14-4. Track & Field: Northern Illinois had several strong performances over the weekend at the Texas Relays and Raleigh Relays. Megan Gregory and Meghan Heuer each clinched MAC automatic qualifying marks to highlight the split-squad weekend.
Northern Illinois' 2012-13 season came to a close Monday night with a tight 45-44 loss at Eastern Michigan
. Aksel Bolin and J.J. Cravatta each scored nine points to pace the Huskies.
Track & Field: The Huskies kicked off their outdoor season Friday in Tampa, Fla., with several quality performances. Meghan Heuer won the 1500 meters, while 10 different individuals combined for 14 top 10 finishes.
Northern Illinois dominated their Senior Night showdown with Eastern Michigan, winning 194.775-192.550
. Megan Melendez, Jaelyn Olson, Kim Gotlund and Natalie Sutter all won individual honors on the night.
Baseball: Northern Illinois went 1-2 at Minnesota's Dairy Queen Classic with all three contests coming down to the last inning. In Friday's tournament lid-lifter, the Huskies fell to Utah, 6-1. On Saturday afternoon, NIU and Dartmouth were locked in a pitchers' duel, but it was the Big Green who came away with a 1-0 win. In the tournament finale, Alex Klonowski's complete game two-hitter lifted the Huskies to a 2-1 win over the host Golden Gophers. Softball: NIU split their Sunday doubleheader in Carbondale, Ill., as part of Southern Illinois' Coach B Classic. In the first game, the Huskies squeaked out a 3-2 win against Butler, but lost in extras to Saint Louis in the second game.
NIU split a pair of Saturday contests
at home. In the first match, the Huskies swept Western Illinois, 7-0, before falling to the Green Bay Phoenix, 4-1.
The Huskies took second place Saturday
at the 36-hole Forest Hills Collegiate. Bryce Emory paced NIU with a fifth place showing.
Wrestling: The Huskies capped their MAC slate on a positive note, defeating Buffalo, 20-18. Nick Smith, Rob Jillard, Andrew Morse and Matt Mougin got wins for NIU early before Jared Torrence won the meet with an overtime decision at heavyweight. Gymnastics:
Northern Illinois recorded a season-best score for the second consecutive meet, but it was not enough in a 195.175-194.375 loss at Iowa State
. Kim Gotlund posted career-best scores on the balance beam and uneven bars.
NIU opened their spring season Monday and Tuesday with a fourth place finish at the MAC Match Play
in Dade City, Fla. After upsetting second-seeded Akron in the first round, the Huskies lost to eventual champion Bowling Green to close out Monday. On Tuesday, Northern dropped a tight contest against Eastern Michigan in the third-place match.
The Huskies got their first two MAC wins of the year, both coming on the road. NIU shot 59.2 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from three-point range Wednesday to down Ohio, 73-52
. Sunday at Kent State, the Huskies topped the Golden Flashes, 52-47
Northern Illinois was involved in two tight contests over the past week with different results. On Wednesday, Abdel Nader's jumper with 2.2 seconds left helped the Huskies beat Kent State, 67-65
. Three days later, Toledo came in to the Convocation Center and emerged with a 69-64 win
The Huskies dropped two games during the week. Despite trailing at the half, NIU surged back from an 18-point deficit to take a lead against Eastern Michigan, but ultimately lost in a 67-62 decision
. On Super Bowl Sunday against MAC East leader Miami (Ohio), the Huskies pushed the RedHawks, but lost, 65-51
Northern Illinois suffered their first loss of the season Saturday, falling in a 6-1 decision
to Southern Illinois.
NIU couldn't snap their losing streak Saturday, as they fell to #7 Missouri and Eastern Michigan
. In the first half of the doubleheader, the Huskies dropped a close 22-17 decision to EMU. They followed that up with a 39-3 loss to the nationally-ranked Tigers.
Northern Illinois suffered their first loss of the season Friday night, as they were ousted by Ball State, 192.475-192.075
. NIU outscored BSU in three events and Megan Melendez won the balance beam, but it was not enough against the Cardinals.
The Huskies won their 16th game in the last 17 and improved to 7-1 in 2012 with a convincing 37-7 victory at Akron
. Along with Jordan Lynch's 131 rushing yards, the NIU defense held the Zips to 199 yards of total offense, including only 42 rushing yards on 37 carries.Men's Soccer:
Northern Illinois' offense continued to struggle this week as they completed a 0-1-1 week. On Wednesday, the Huskies could not complete the comeback on the road as they fell to Valparaiso, 2-1
. Three days later, NIU and Bowling Green battled to a 0-0 tie
The Huskies dropped two close road matches over the weekend. NIU lost to Ohio on Friday, 3-1
, after taking the first set in a battle of last year's two division winners. Northern faced a similar result the next night with a 3-1 loss at Kent State
Northern Illinois kept its MAC Tournament hopes alive over the weekend by splitting their two road matches. The Huskies grabbed a huge win Friday with a 1-0 win against Kent State
when Kate Wirthlin scored in the 71st minute. Two days later, the tables were turned when NIU lost to Ohio, 1-0
Northern Illinois put two golfers in the top 10
of the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational. Nick Huggins led the team with a tie for fifth, while Matt Gorman tied for seventh.
Dor Amir led the way for the Huskies by advancing to the round of 16
at the ITA Midwest Regional in East Lansing, Mich. Maksym Bartiuk also made it to the main draw, while Max Phillips fell just short after blazing through the qualifying draw.
Northern Illinois took 10th place as a team
at the The Preview at Longaberger Golf Club. Allie Parthie paced the Huskies with a fifth place finish, while Connie Ellett and Taylor Ellett took second and third in the Huskie contingent.
Northern Illinois placed three in the top three
of their respective brackets over the weekend at the ITA Regional in Rockford, Ill. Mary Malkin, Cristina Alvarez and Haley Dekkinga each took top three finishes in singles, while
Football: Northern Illinois opened MAC play on a positive note Saturday with a 55-24 dismantling of Central Michigan at Huskie Stadium. Leighton Settle ran for 152 yards and Jordan Lynch gained 144 yards on the ground as a part of NIU's 407 total rushing yards. In addition, a fake punt by Ryan Neir and fake field goal touchdown by Mathew Sims sparked NIU to victory.Men's Soccer:
NIU started conference play with a 2-0 win on the road against the Florida Atlantic Owls
. After struggling offensively in the non-conference slate, the Huskies got goals from Isaac Kannah and James Stevenson. Jordan Godsey shut out FAU for his third shutout of the year and 29th of his career.
The Huskies returned home after a month on the road with two resounding wins in conference play. On Friday, NIU toppled Ball State, 3-1
, while holding the advantage in most statistical categories. That advantage carried over into Saturday night when they swept Toledo, 3-0
The Huskies went 1-0-1 during their weekend on the road. NIU grabbed their first MAC win of the year Friday with a 1-0 win against Akron
, as Frances Boukidis found the back of the net in the 14th minute for the lone goal of the game. Two days later, the Huskies nearly got their second conference win, but were forced to settle for a 1-1 tie at Buffalo
Northern Illinois finished 11th out of 51 teams
at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational in Chicago. Courtney Oldenburg paced the Huskies with a 20th place finish at 18:09, which was her second-best 5K time in her four seasons at NIU.
The Huskies claimed five titles at the DePaul Invitational
in Chicago. Arantza De La Torre/Nelle Youel and Haley Dekkinga/Cristina Alvarez each took home titles in doubles Flight A, while Maria Rozo/Stephanie McDonald won in Flight B. In singles, Youel and Dekkinga tied for the Flight B singles title and Mary Malkin won the consolation title in Flight C.
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
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.
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.
Northern Illinois went 2-3 during the week, but grabbed a critical series victory during the weekend against Eastern Michigan. After a 13-2 loss to UW-Milwaukee
and a 4-3 defeat at Bradley
, the Huskies rebounded with a tight 1-0 victory
in the series opener against the Eagles of EMU. The home-standing Eagles would even the series
with a 7-5 win on Saturday, but NIU took the three-game set
with a 3-1 win.
The Huskies struggled in the diamond, but gained a big victory in MAC action. NIU began their week with a 12-3 loss against Northwestern
. Yet, Northern grabbed a big 4-3 win
against league-leading Bowling Green before losing the second game, 15-2. The Huskies would finish their weekend with two losses
in a Sunday doubleheader at Toledo by 10-0 and 4-3 margins.Track & Field:
Northern Illinois capped its regular season off on a high note over the weekend at the Drake Relays and UW-Whitewater Alternative Meet. In Des Moines, the Huskies posted two top-five finishes, including a third-place finish in the 4x100 relay, and broke five school records. At UW-Whitewater, NIU brought home six event titles, while seven different athletes set new personal records.Women's Golf:
NIU concluded its
with an eighth-place finish at the 2012 Mid-American
Conference Women's Golf Championships at Hawthorns Golf & Country
Club in Fishers, Ind. Sunday. Senior Kelsie Passolt finished her NIU career on high note, turning
in her lowest score of the season for a three-round event carding a 223
(78-80-75) to tie for eighth place, a career-best finish at the MAC
With a 3-2 lead late in the contest, the Huskies fell to Western Michigan
in the Mid-American Conference Tournament
semifinals, 4-3. The Huskies end their impressive 2012 season 21-7.
Northern Illinois dropped its quarterfinal
of the Mid-American Conference Tournament against the No.
2-seeded Akron Zips (22-3, 7-1 MAC) on Friday, 4-0. The loss marked the
end of the Huskies' season as the team finished with an 11-12 overall
record and a 2-6 mark in MAC play.
Three NIU teams will compete in the last week before final exams. Men's golf hosts the MAC Championships at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., starting Friday. Meanwhile, baseball takes on Northwestern at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva, Ill., and travels to UIC before hosting Central Michigan in a three-game weekend series, while softball caps off their regular season with games at Notre Dame and Western Michigan.
Quarterback Jordan Lynch
showed that he plans a seamless transition into the starting role as he
threw for 402 yards on 29-of-44 passing with four touchdowns Saturday
at Huskie Stadium in Northern Illinois' Red-White Spring Football Game
Lynch led the Red team, composed of the Huskie starting units on
offense and defense, to a 31-6 victory over the White team in the final
spring football practice of 2012.
Despite strong pitching, the Huskies were swept at home over the weekend by the Toledo Rockets. The series opened with a 7-3 win by UT
despite the Huskies holding the lead through seven innings. The Huskie offense struggled again on Saturday with a 5-1 loss
, then dropped the finale in extras by a 4-3 margin
It was a rough week for Northern Illinois as they lost all five games during the week. The week began with a 6-1 loss at UIC
before hitting the road for two MAC series. Things did not improve at Ohio, though, as NIU dropped both games of a doubleheader
, 4-1 and 9-3. The Huskies fell Saturday at Akron, 8-6
, then closed out the week with a 12-6 defeat
against the Zips.Track & Field:
The Huskies had a big week at two major meets during the weekend, breaking five school records between the Kansas Relays and Mt. SAC Relays. On Thursday, Courtney Oldenburg broke her own NIU mark in the 1500 meters with a 4:27.64 run, while Juliane Totzke toppled the 10,000 meters record with a 36:23.93 clip. Friday saw Chanel Kellyman set a new record in the 100 meters and Roneisha Frye (100 hurdles) and Rebecca Cronin (800 meters) added their names to the record books on Saturday.Men's Golf:
The Northern Illinois men's golf team wrapped up the regular season
portion of its schedule with a seventh-place finish at the Boilermaker
at the Kampen Course on the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.
Freshman Thomas Dunne was the top-finishing Huskie, taking 13th with a final round 75.
Men's Tennis: The Northern Illinois men's tennis team surpassed the 20-win plateau for
the first time since 1989 Friday with wins over Chicago State,
7-0, and Illinois-Chicago, 5-0. The Huskies close the regular season
with a regular season record of 21-6 and MAC record of 4-1.
The Huskies dropped their final two regular season games at home this weekend. NIU was swept by Akron, 7-0
, on Saturday, then dropped their Senior Day showdow
n with Buffalo, 5-2. The squad finishes their regular season at 11-11 overall and 2-6 in the MAC.
Huskie teams will compete this week. Three programs (men's tennis, women's tennis and women's golf) will head to their respective MAC Championships, including women's tennis hosting the conference tournament in DeKalb. In addition, softball hosts their final home game of the year Wednesday against Northwestern and baseball welcomes Milwaukee on Tuesday.
The Huskies' week got off to a rough start Tuesday when they were dealt a 22-3 loss
from Illinois State. The team rebounded quite well on Friday, as NIU took an 8-7 victory
against the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks. Following Saturday's washout, the Huskies claimed the series behind a 7-5 victory
in Sunday's first game, then got the sweep in the night cap
with a wild 13-11 win against MU.
Northern Illinois went 2-3 during their week-long homestand at Mary M. Bell Field. On Tuesday, the Huskies' bats were silenced in a 6-1 decision
against DePaul. Things would not improve on Friday, as NIU got swept in a doubleheader
against Buffalo, 7-3 and 8-3. The team got back on the winning track Saturday with a 7-3 win against Kent State
, then completed the two-game sweep with a 9-4 win on Senior Day
.Track & Field:
The Northern Illinois track & field team closed out their weekend at
the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational on a high note, taking four event
titles Saturday in Macomb, Ill.
Despite holding several of
their top performers out of the meet, the Huskies took third place in
the 13-team field with 126 points. Marquette won the meet with 202
points, while host Western Illinois was runner-up with 165.5 points.Men's Golf:
Junior Kurtis Luedtke recorded his best collegiate tournament finish,
tying for eighth, helping lead Northern Illinois to a
tie for fourth place
at the COG Mizzou Intercollegiate. The Huskies
posted a final round score of 298 to finish the 54-hole event with a
total of 887, tied with IUPUI. Host Missouri won the team title
for the second consecutive season with a total score of 856, the Tigers'
Ryan Zech took individual medalist honors with an eight-under score of
208. Women's Golf:
The Huskies finished seventh at the Falcon
hosted by Bowling Green Friday and Saturday. Allie Parthie moved up seven spots after trimming two
strokes off her first round score of 80 to card a 158 and finish in
ninth. Senior Kelsie Passolt made the biggest jump, climbing 15
spots to 22nd after posting a second round 80 to finish with a 163.
Men's Tennis: NIU went 1-1 over the weekend in their final home matches of the season. The Huskies stopped Toledo Saturday, 5-2, to move to 3-0 in MAC play. However, the team's unbeaten streak came to an end Sunday when Buffalo topped Northern, 5-2, in Rockford.
The Huskies split their two MAC matches for the second straight week. On Friday, NIU was bested by conference-leading Miami (Ohio), 6-1
, in Oxford. The team ended their road trip on a positive note, though, with a tight 4-3 win against Ball State
Six Huskie teams are in action during the upcoming week. The big event in DeKalb this weekend in SpringFest, which takes place Saturday with the Spring Football Game, baseball playing Toledo and women's tennis battling Akron.
Northern Illinois came close to grabbing a win over the weekend, but Ohio emerged with a three-game sweep over the Huskies in DeKalb. The NIU bullpen lost control of the game Friday in a 13-2 Bobcat victory
. The two schools were locked in a pitcher's dual on Saturday - including NIU's Jake Hermsen throwing 138 pitches and getting seven strikeouts. Yet, Ohio got timely hitting for a 3-1 win
. The series concluded with a back-and-forth affair that saw both teams combine for 29 runs and 31 hits, but the Bobcats got the sweep in a 19-10 marathon
Northern Illinois rebounded from a tough first week of April to grab thee conference wins over the weekend. NIU would split a Friday doubleheader
with Eastern Michigan, dropping the first game, 2-0, before grabbing the second in a 4-0 win. Playing at Central Michigan on Saturday, the Huskies dominated the Chippewas in a 5-1 win
. The next day, NIU got a go-ahead two-run home run from Dani Parrish in the top of the seventh for a 4-2 win against CMU
.Track & Field:
The Northern Illinois track & field team won the Chicagoland
Friday in Chicago behind six event titles
and several top five finishes. NIU scored 174 team points on the
blustery day to take first in the 18-team field, followed by DePaul in
second place with 136 and UIC in third with 85.Women's Golf:
The Northern Illinois University women's golf team finished ninth at
the Marsh Landing Invitational
hosted by the University of Cincinnati
Tuesday. The Huskies were unable to move up the leaderboard after shooting
a final round 332 for a total of 697. Stetson won the event, carding
an 894, with SU's Alex Buelow winning the individual championship
posting a 217.
Gymnastics: Northern Illinois gymnasts Kim Gotlund and Tanya Rachan had mixed results in representing the
Huskies in the 2012 NCAA Gymnastics Champaign Regional on Saturday at
the University of Illinois' Assembly Hall. Representing NIU with two competitors in the NCAAs for the first time
since 2009, Gotlund had one of her best all-around scores of the season
while Rachan slipped up for the first time all season in the floor
Northern Illinois stayed unbeaten in MAC action with a 6-1 win against Ball State. After dropping the doubles point, the Huskies rattled off six singles wins to defeat the 2011 MAC champions. On Sunday, NIU lost 4-3 to Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis.
The Huskies split two conference matches in DeKalb over the weekend. NIU dropped a 5-2 match
to Eastern Michigan on Friday, but rebounded to knock off Toledo, 4-3
, on Saturday.
Seven Huskie teams are in action during the upcoming week. Softball hosts DePaul Tuesday, Buffalo Friday and Kent State Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, baseball hosts Illinois State on Tuesday and men's tennis welcomes Toledo (Saturday) and Buffalo (Sunday) to Rockford.
The Huskies posted a 3-1 record during the week with a quartet of home games. On Tuesday, NIU withstood a late Milwaukee rally to defeat the Panthers, 5-4
.In their Mid-American Conference home opener Friday, the Huskies defeated Akron, 10-5
. The Zips, though, evened the series with an 8-1 victory on Saturday
. Northern's offense awoke on Sunday with 11 hits in an 8-2 win in the rubber match
The Huskies opened their home slate Tuesday against in-state foe Illinois State. However, Northern Illinois was dealt a 5-0 loss by the Redbirds
. The next day, NIU dropped both games of a doubleheader
with Loyola, 10-3 and 9-1. In their conference opening doubleheader on Friday, the Huskies suffered two narrow defeats to Miami (Ohio)
with an 8-5 loss in game one and a 7-6 extra innings heartbreaker in the nightcap. NIU grabbed their first MAC win of the season Saturday with a 12-5 throttling of Ball State
before falling 11-10 in eight innings
on Sunday to the Cardinals.Track & Field:
Northern Illinois broke three school records
over the weekend with athletes competing at both the Texas Relays and the adidas Raleigh Relays. In Austin, Texas, the 4x400 relay team of Chanel Kellyman, Rebecca Cronin, Julianne Cronin and Rasheta Butler set the new NIU standard with a 3:46.21 run. In the sprint medley relay later that day, Kellyman, Janay Mitchell, Butler and Rebecca Cronin added their names into the record books at a 3:57.72 clip. Meanwhile, Juliane Totzke broke the 5000 meters record in North Carolina with a 16:57.17 run.Men's Golf:
The Northern Illinois men's golf team concluded play at the Irish Creek
Collegiate on Sunday, closing the tournament with a 10th place finish
Junior Kurtis Luedtke was the highest-finishing individual for NIU, tying for 26th with a 54-hole total of 217.Women's Golf:
The Northern Illinois University women's golf team struggled in its
final round, but still finished in the top 10, placing seventh at the
18th Annual Saluki Invitational
at Hickory Ridge Golf Course Monday. The Huskies shot a second round 325 to finish the tournament with
a 642. The host Salukis of Southern Illinois won the event with a 608.
SIU's Cassie Rushing took the individual championship with a 146.Men's Tennis:
Northern Illinois took two non-conference matches over the weekend to improve their record to 17-5. The Huskies earned a solid 5-2 win against Saint Louis
on Saturday and edged Bradley, 4-3
, to close out the weekend.
The Huskies moved back above the .500 mark over the weekend with wins in their final two non-conference matches of the year. NIU handled Valparaiso, 6-1
, on Friday and followed that up with a 7-0 sweep of Western Illinois
Six Huskie teams will compete during the upcoming week. Among the events in DeKalb include baseball hosting Ohio for a three-game set, women's tennis welcoming Toledo and Eastern Michigan, and men's tennis hosting Ball State.
Northern Illinois earned its highest team scores of the season on
both floor exercise and vault en route to a fourth-place finish at the
2012 Mid-American Conference Gymnastics Championships
Saturday at the
NIU Convocation Center. The result reflected a marked improvement from
the Huskies' seventh place finish of a year ago as five different NIU
gymnasts in six events earned spots on the awards stand at the
conclusion of the meet.
Northern Illinois won their home opener Tuesday with an 8-6 victory against the UIC Flames
to give sophomore Eli Anderson his first career win. The team opened MAC play at Kent State, but were swept in the three game series. Alex Klonowski notched four hits against the Golden Flashes in a 12-6 Friday loss
. Saturday turned into a pitchers' duel, but KSU emerged with a 6-1 win
. The Huskies could not prevent the sweep Sunday with a 5-3 loss
The Huskies earned a pair of top four finishes in Florida during the week to complete their mid-March Florida trip. at UCF's Rio Pinar Invitational, NIU was led by Blake Emory's final-round 67 to earn fourth place in the 15-team field. Later in the week at the FAU Spring Break Championship, Northern took third place
, trailing only Florida State and Ohio State in the team standings.Women's Golf:
The Northern Illinois University women's golf team sits in third
place after posting a strong first round
at the 18th Annual Saluki
Invitational at Hickory Ridge Golf Course Sunday.The Huskies shot a season-low 317 with junior Allie Parthie leading the way with a four-over-par 76.
Parthie is in the top 10 placing sixth after one round of play.
Facing the preseason Mid-American Conference favorite Western Michigan, the Northern Illinois men's tennis squad entered unafraid and defeated the Broncos, 5-2
. It was the
Huskies 11th win all-time versus the Broncos and the first win in at
least a decade against WMU.
The Huskies dropped their first two Mid-American Conference matches of the season. On Friday, NIU was swept by Western Michigan, 7-0
, in Kalamazoo. They returned to the courts Saturday in Bowling Green, Ohio, but were ousted by the Falcons, 7-0
Seven NIU teams are in action during the week. Among the highlights are softball's home opener Tuesday against Illinois State and ensuing four-game weekend slate, the start of baseball's eight-game homestand and men's and women's tennis' DeKalb openers.
Huskies Kevin Fanta and Brad Dieckhaus
were eliminated Thursday at the NCAA Championships at Scottrade Center
in St. Louis, Mo. to end the Northern Illinois wrestling team's 2011-12
. Fanta lost to #9 Nick Dardanes of Minnesota, 12-4, then was
eliminated by pin against Iowa State's Luke Goettl. For Dieckhaus, he
lost an 8-4 decision to Nathan Schiedel of Binghamton before being
forced to forfeit his wrestleback match due to injury.
Senior Tanya Rachan
scored a 9.900 on floor exercise
, the top score by a Northern Illinois
gymnast on floor since 2005 and the first 9.9 by a Huskie on any event
since 2009, to lead NIU at the State of Illinois Classic Saturday in Champaign, Ill. With the score, Rachan tied for first on
floor exercise and was named to the 2012 All-State team. Rachan's score led the Huskies to a season-best 49.000 team total
on floor exercise, the team's top score on any event all season and a
mark the floor squad had targeted since the first meet of the season. Natalie Sutter scored a 9.825 on floor exercise to tie for fifth and freshman Peyton Taylor added a career-high 9.800 to take seventh place.Baseball:
The Huskies went 2-4 during the week. After dropping 7-2
decisions to Saint Louis in midweek play, NIU headed to Carbondale, Ill., to take on Illinois and Southern Illinois. After a 6-4 Friday loss
to the Salukis, the Huskies were defeated by the Fighting Illini, 7-2
. Northern rebounded with two wins to finish the week. Saturday afternoon, NIU topped SIU, 9-4
, then followed that up with a 3-0 shutout of UI
Northern Illinois went 5-4 in a busy week in Florida. NIU began the week with a Tuesday sweep against Canisius and Florida Gulf Coast
, then split their Wednesday pair of games
against Iona and Central Florida. At the USF Tournament, the Huskies got off to a quick start by defeating Towson, 7-0, and Bryant, 7-6
. The remaining games, though, did not go NIU's way. On Saturday, the Huskies lost 4-1 to North Florida and 5-1 to South Florida
. Their week was completed with a 2-0 loss against Boston
The Huskies competed in two tournaments during the Spring Break week. On Monday and Tuesday, NIU finished 12th at the Don Benbow Invitational
, with Allie Parthie leading the Huskies with a tie for 15th. At the NIU Snowbird, Northern held on to seventh place
, while Parthie paced NIU with a fifth place showing.
Track & Field:
The Northern Illinois track & field team got their outdoor season
off to a quick start in Saturday
with two event titles and two
records at the UCF Black & Gold Challenge. As a team, the Huskies
combined for 15 top five finishes and nine personal records in the
The Huskies went a perfect 4-0 in Florida. On Monday, NIU defeated North Carolina Central and Quinnipiac
by identical 6-1 scores. They followed that up on Tuesday with a pair of 6-1 wins against Youngstown State and Bucknell
NIU split their two games in Florida during the week. The Huskies defeated Bethune-Cookman, 5-2
, to end the Wildcats' 10-match winning streak. The next day, Northern dropped a 6-1 decision to Embry-Riddle
Huskie teams will be in action this upcoming week. Baseball opens their
home schedule Tuesday with a game against UIC at 3 p.m., then begin MAC
play during the weekend at Kent State. Additionally, men's golf has two
tournaments in Florida, while men's and women's tennis open conference
play on the road. Women's golf is also in action, as they head to
Southern Illinois for the SIU Invitational.
The Huskies closed out their regular season by splitting two hard-fought games. On Wednesday's Senior Night, NIU came from behind to defeat Toledo, 65-61
, behind double figures from Abdel Nader and Aksel Bolin. That momentum partially carried into Saturday, where the visiting Huskies grabbed an early lead on Ball State. However, the Cardinals emerged with a 62-51 win
in Muncie.Women's Basketball:
Northern Illinois faced Western Michigan twice in DeKalb this week with far different results. On Tuesday, the Broncos spoiled Senior Night with a 66-64 overtime victory in the Convo
, despite Satavia Taylor's 20 points. The Huskies, though, exacted revenge on their MAC West rivals in the first round of the conference tournament, handing the Broncos a 68-51 defeat
Senior Brad Dieckhaus and sophomore Kevin Fanta
both secured bids in the NCAA Championships
for Northern Illinois Sunday at the MAC Championships. As
a team, the Huskies finished fifth with 41 points, falling just a
half-point behind Ohio for fourth. Central Michigan won the tournament
title with 89 points, followed by Kent State, Eastern Michigan and the
host Bobcats. Buffalo took sixth place on the day.Gymnastics:
The Huskies recorded the second-highest team score in school history en route to a
195.100-194.350 dual meet victory over Illinois State
Sunday in Normal. NIU posted its best team totals of the year on uneven parallel
bars, balance beam and floor exercise with six scores of 9.800 or higher
in three different events. The Huskies did not count a score lower than
9.650 on the day while raising their record to 4-5 overall. Northern
Illinois' total topped its previous season best of 194.775, set Feb. 11
at Bowling Green. The 195.100 matches the mark posted on Feb. 1, 2004 at
Kent State which ranks behind only the 195.650 school record set March
23, 2003 at the State of Illinois Championships.
Northern Illinois came close again, but failed to notch their first win of the season. Following Monday's 3-2 heartbreaker at No. 24 Texas Tech
, the Huskies headed to Surprise, Ariz., for the Coca-Cola Classic. On Thursday, the team collected 10 hits, but lost 14-7 to Winthrop
. The next day, NIU took No. 11 Arizona State to extras, but lost on a walk-off single, 4-3
. NIU rounded out the tournament with a 10-5 loss to Iona
and a 11-3 defeat from Oregon State
The Huskies went 2-2 over the weekend at the Coach B Classic in Carbondale, Ill. On Saturday, NIU defeated Wright State, 5-1,
before falling later to SIU-Edwardsville, 4-3, in eight innings. Northern would go 1-1 again on Sunday
, shutting out Western Illinois, 5-0, and losing to the host Salukis, 15-7.Men's Tennis:
The Huskies returned to their winning ways at home Saturday with two 7-0 wins against Southern Illinois and Eastern Illinois
. In both matches, NIU lost just one doubles match each to earn their ninth and 10th wins in 2012. However, the winning streak came to an abrupt end Sunday when Northern was handed a 6-1 decision
at Wisconsin.Women's Tennis:
Northern Illinois took down the Milwaukee
on Sunday by a score of 4-3 for its sixth win of the season. It
was the second time this year the Huskies found themselves on the
winning end while at the Boylan Tennis Center. With the victory, NIU sits at
6-4 on the season.
NIU's upcoming week will be dominated by MAC Tournament action. The women's team heads to Cleveland Wednesday to take on Akron at 1:30 p.m., while the men open their tournament Monday night at Eastern Michigan. Additionally, men's tennis hosts Brown in Rockford Friday; gymnastics goes to Ypsilanti, Mich.; baseball is in Clarksville, Tenn., and softball plays in Columbia, Mo.
Seven NIU teams were in action during the past week, including track & field excelling at the MAC Indoor Championships and men's tennis winning eight-straight on their home court.
Northern Illinois dropped two MAC West road games during the week, but hung close in both instances. On Wednesday, the Huskies led division-leading Eastern Michigan by 13 half way through the second half, but the Eagles stormed back to take a 48-45 victory in Ypsilanti
. NIU returned to Michigan Sunday to face Central Michigan, where they lost 74-64
despite Abdel Nader's 24 points.Women's Basketball:
The Huskies struggled in two road games during the week, falling at Central Michigan and Toledo. NIU headed to Mt. Pleasant Wednesday, but cold shooting doomed NIU in a 73-50 loss to the Chippewas
. Northern followed that up with another offensive setback in a 49-39 defeat to the Rockets
Northern Illinois seniors Shonda Clore, Ashley Guerra and Tanya Rachan provided eight great routines on
Senior Day to lead the Huskie gymnastics team to its second-highest
overall score of 2012, but it was not enough to overcome Central
Michigan as NIU dropped a dual meet to the Chippewas, 194.950-193.925
Sunday at the NIU Convocation Center.Track & Field:
Chanel Kellyman and Megan Gregory each won conference titles Saturday at the Mid-American Conference
Indoor Championships, helping the Northern Illinois track & field
team to their best indoor conference finish as a member of the MAC
Huskies' 48 team points earned them a seventh place finish in the final
standings, topping host Akron by ten points. Additionally, Kellyman (60
meters) and Gregory (60 hurdles) - who earned all-MAC first team honors
for their performances - became the first individual indoor MAC
champions in NIU track & field history, while NIU broke school
records in six different events at the meet.Baseball:
The Huskies' offense improved, but NIU dropped their first three games at the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic in Lubbock, Texas. Northern fell behind early against No. 18 St. John's, but came back to force extras before the Red Storm belted a walk-off home run to win, 11-9
. Later on Saturday, NIU took an early lead against host Texas Tech, but fell 8-5 to the Red Raiders
. The Huskies got out to a 3-0 lead Sunday night against TTU, but lost again, 10-4
The Huskies extended their home winning streak to eight matches Saturday with a pair of 7-0 sweeps
against Dayton and Western Illinois. However, that streak came to an end Sunday afternoon when Cleveland State upended NIU, 5-2
Northern Illinois dropped two matches in Carbondale, Ill., during the weekend. The Huskies were swept Saturday by Arkansas State, 7-0
. On Sunday, they were upended by Southern Illinois, 5-2
Northern Illinois closes out February and kicks off March this week with eight teams in action. Among the games are women's basketball Senior Day Tuesday vs. Western Michigan, men's basketball Senior Day vs. Toledo, men's tennis hosting Southern Illinois and Eastern Illinois Saturday in Rockford and women's tennis welcoming Milwaukee to the Boylan Tennis Center.
Eight Huskie teams were in action during the week, including softball kicking off their 2012 season in Louisiana.
Northern Illinois wrapped up divisional crossover play with a split of their two games. The Huskies used Tyler Storm's career-best 17 points and a strong defensive effort on the boards Wednesday to knock off Miami (Ohio), 62-59
, inside the Convocation Center. On Saturday, though, Northern was unable to hang with MAC leader Akron in a 75-51 defeat
. Keith Gray paced NIU with 13 points.Women's Basketball:
The Huskies had a light week on the hardwood with only one game on the schedule. However, they grabbed a huge win on the road with a 70-58 win against Miami (Ohio)
. Courtney Shelton led NIU with 13 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds.Wrestling:
Northern Illinois returned to the .500 mark Sunday with a pair of dominating wins against Tiffin and SIU-Edwardsville
. The Huskies began the day with a 42-0 shutout of the Dragons to earn their second shutout of the year. NIU would nearly repeat that performance in the last dual of the day with a 34-8 victory against the in-state rival Cougars.Gymnastics:
Northern Illinois hit all 24 of its routines en
route to its seventh-best team score ever and a 194.775-193.975 victory
over Bowling Green
Saturday at Anderson Arena.
The victory lifted NIU's record to 3-3 overall, 2-1 in the Mid-American Conference, while Bowling Green fell to 1-8, 0-3.
Track & Field:
It was a record-setting weekend for the Huskies, as two school records fell and a third was tied
at the Iowa State Classic. NIU's 4x400 relay of Chanel Kellyman, Jenelle McCalla, Julianne Cronin and Rebecca Cronin demolished the school mark with a time of 3:47.74 - breaking the former record by nearly two seconds. In addition, Jenner Sio surpassed the triple jump record with a 39-01.00 leap, while Kellyman tied the NIU 200 meter record with a run of 24.52.Softball:
Northern Illinois opened their season with a 3-2 performance over the weekend at Southeastern Louisiana. The Huskies won both of their rain-soaked Friday games
with an 8-4 win over Southern and a 9-8 triumph against Nicholls State. NIU split their Saturday slate
, falling 10-2 to Troy and defeating UT-Martin, 7-5. The team would fall in their tournament finale to the host Lions, 10-2
NIU went 2-1 during the weekend to improve to 4-2 on the year. On Friday, the Huskies defeated SIU-Edwardsville and IPFW
by identical 6-1 scores inside the Boylan Tennis Center. Northern hit the road Sunday to face No. 70 Drake, where they lost, 7-0
, in Des Moines, Iowa.Women's Tennis:
The Huskies continued its fantastic start
to the season Sunday by defeating Eastern Illinois, 6-1
, at the Boylan
Tennis Center. The 5-2 mark by the Huskies is the best start for the
team in nearly a decade.
NIU's busy month continues this week when men's golf and baseball both tee off on their respective seasons. Men's golf is in Dade City, Fla., for the MAC Match Play tournament, while baseball has a three-game weekend series at Tennessee. Additionally, men's basketball host Western Michigan Wednesday and women's basketball hosts Ball State Thursday and Eastern Michigan Saturday, along with wrestling taking on Buffalo Saturday in Victor E. Court and men's tennis battling Valparaiso and IUPUI Friday in Rockford.
Northern Illinois kicked off a busy month of February with sex teams in action, as the transition between the winter and spring seasons gets into full force.
The Huskies continued to struggle in division crossover play during the week, as they fell to Ohio and Bowling Green. Despite only trailing by one at the half Wednesday, NIU failed to pull off a major upset against the Bobcats, falling 67-58 in DeKalb
, despite Antoine Christian's season-high 15 points. In Bowling Green Saturday, Northern was doomed by a slow start offensively, falling behind by 25 at the half en route to a 65-40 loss to the Falcons
NIU split their games during the week and have now won four of their last six games. Facing conference leader Bowling Green on Wednesday, the Huskies hung close to the Falcons, but couldn't get over the hump in a 57-47 defeat
. Claire Jakubicek paced the NIU offense with 17 points in the loss. Northern rebounded Saturday against Ohio with a 50-46 win in DeKalb
. Jakubicek led NIU with 16 points to help the Huskies avenge last season's MAC Tournament loss.Wrestling:
Northern Illinois dropped its fourth-straight dual match Friday, losing 24-18 at No. 19 Northwestern
. Trailing 24-3 last in the match, the Huskies rallied with three straight wins - including pins by Brad Dieckhaus and Jared Torrence - in the final three matches. However, that comeback was a case of too little, too late for the NIU.Gymnastics:
Northern Illinois posted its top scores of the season on vault,
balance beam and floor exercise and overcame a 1.225 point deficit in
the final half of the meet to defeat Ball State, 192.925-191.125
Saturday in Victor E. Court. NIU claimed its first Mid-American Conference victory and first
home win of the season to improve to 2-3 overall, 1-1 in the MAC. Ball
State fell to 1-4, 0-3.
The Huskies traveled to Bloomington, Ind., Sunday for a matchup with No. 27 Indiana, but were defeated, 7-0, by the Hoosiers
. Despite strong play from several Huskies, NIU failed to win a match on the day.Women's Tennis:
NIU went 2-1 for the second-straight weekend as they defeated North Dakota and Bradley to improve to 4-2 on the season. After falling to Northern Iowa, 6-1
, on Friday, The Huskies rebounded with a 6-1 victory over North Dakota
in Waterloo, Iowa. The team capped off their weekend in Peoria, Ill., where they swept in-state rival Bradley, 7-0
The Huskies continue into February with a week chock full of competition both in DeKalb and on the road. Softball opens their 2012 season on the road at the Southeastern Louisiana Tournament, while men's basketball (Wednesday vs. Miami [OH]), men's tennis (Friday vs. IPFW and SIU-Edwardsville), wrestling (Sunday vs. SIU-Edwardsville and Tiffin) and women's tennis (Sunday vs. Eastern Illinois) are all at home.
Six Huskie teams were in action over the past week with several big performances brought in by a variety of NIU athletes.
Northern Illinois lost both of their games during the week to drop to 2-17 on the year. On the road at Kent State Wednesday, the Huskies dropped a 90-56 game to the Golden Flashes
. Keith Gray led Northern with 15 points on the night. On Saturday, NIU lost to Buffalo, 74-59
, as Adbel Nader paced the Huskies with 11 points.Women's Basketball:
The Huskies won both of their games over the week and have now won three of their last four games. Wednesday saw NIU defeat Akron, 72-66
, marking the first time since 2006 that they had won at UA. Claire Jakubicek led Northern with 18 points in the game. The cardinal & Black followed that up with a 66-55 win against the Kent State Golden Flashes
, as Courtney Shelton tallied 23 points in the winning effort.Track & Field:
The Northern Illinois track & field team blasted the competition on a record-setting Saturday
at the IWU Invitational. The
Huskies won 11 event titles on the day, including taking the top spot
in every running event in which an NIU athlete competed. Northern also
broke six meet, five track and two school records in the process.Gymnastics:
Northern Illinois gymnasts Ashley Guerra and Megan Melendez
recorded first and second place finishes on uneven parallel bars and
balance beam, respectively, but the Huskie gymnastics team dropped a
dual meet to visiting New Hampshire
, 193.200-191.875 Saturday night at
the NIU Convocation Center. Northern Illinois fell to 1-3 on the season while New Hampshire improved to 3-1.
The Northern Illinois men's tennis team opened its season flawlessly
pair of wins over Division III power Wisconsin-Whitewater, 7-0, and
Butler, 5-2. It is the first time the Huskies have opened the season 2-0
since at least 2004.Women's Tennis:
NIU went 2-1 on their season-opening weekend in Des Moines, Iowa, defeating South Dakota and SIU-Edwardsville to open their season. After falling to Drake in their first match Saturday, the Huskies came back and topped the Coyotes, 6-1
. On Sunday, the team capped their weekend with a 4-3 win against SIUE
NIU opens the month of February with six teams in action. Men's basketball hosts Ohio at the Convocation Center Wednesday night, while women's basketball welcomes the Bobcats to DeKalb on Saturday afternoon. Gymnastics wraps up their three-meet homestand Saturday in Victor E. Court against Ball State.
NIU women's tennis Head Coach Ryun Ferrell has integrated the use of Apple products to help improve the program. Whether it be using apps or creating apps, Ferrell is using technology to better the Huskies. Recently, the Northern Star's
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It was clearly a successful week for Northern Illinois, as they won all but two games during the past week. Meanwhile, men's golf and women's tennis posted excellent performances in their final competitions of the fall season
After building a 31-10 lead through three quarters, the Huskies held on to beat Buffalo Saturday, 31-30
, when the Bulls missed what would have been the tying extra point with 14 seconds to go. During the game, Chandler Harnish broke another NIU career record by surpassing George Bork's completion record in the second quarter. On defense, the Huskies picked off two passes and recovered two muffed punt returns.Volleyball:
Northern Illinois pushed their winning streak to seven with two dominating wins over MAC East opponents over the weekend. On Friday, the Huskies blanked Kent State, 3-0
, courtesy of 51 kills and a 33.6 hitting percentage. NIU repeated that performance Saturday against MAC East leader Ohio, sweeping the Bobcats, 3-0
, in a rematch of last season's MAC Tournament championship.
NIU posted their first two wins in MAC play during the week to improve to 2-2 in conference and 10-4 overall. On Wednesday, the Huskies used two second half goals from James Stevenson and solid goaltending from Jordan Godsey to shut out Western Michigan, 3-0
. For Sunday's Senior Day, it was Stevenson again who was the hero, finding the back of the net in the 41st minute to lift Northern past Florida Atlantic, 1-0
The Huskies wrapped up the road portion of their schedule over the weekend, dropping two matches in Ohio. Against Miami (Ohio), the Huskies fell 3-0 after being outshot 19-8
in the match. The team's struggles continued Sunday, when they fell to Bowling Green by a 2-0 margin
despite holding the Falcons without a shot in the first half.Men's Golf:
Northern Illinois traveled to Maryland Monday and Tuesday for the Georgetown Intercollegiate, placing seventh out of 12 teams
. Bryce Emory paced the Huskies with a third place finish individually, while Matt Gorman took 27th place. The tournament was NIU's last for the fall season, as they will return to action in February for the MAC Match Play tournament.Women's Tennis:
The Huskies put the finishing touches on their 2011 fall season over the weekend, as they hosted the ITA Second Chance Regional
in Rockford, Ill. In singles, the team posted eight wins over the weekend, while they were 4-2 in doubles play.
It will be a relatively light week for NIU Athletics, as only five teams will be in action. In DeKalb, women's soccer wraps up their season with a match Thursday against Western Michigan and wrestling begins their season Saturday with the annual Wrestle-Offs. Also, volleyball heads east to face Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan, men's soccer battles Bowling Green Saturday and cross country competes in the MAC Championships in Muncie, Ind.
Despite the steamy temperatures that have been in the DeKalb area this week, summer sports camps are continuing all across the NIU campus. NIU tennis coaches Ryun Ferrell and Patrick Fisher are among those currently running camps on campus, as you can see the tennis campers are full of smiles at the beginning of another day on the courts. There are still a few camps left this summer at NIU, information on the remaining camps can be found here