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Feb. 22, 2010

SUMMER STARTS TODAY! --- ALMOST

By Zach Peters | Posted at 12:42 pm on Friday, February 19, 2010

The "boys of summer" get the baseball season underway this weekend, as Major League Baseball teams are reporting to spring training in Florida and Arizona, the Huskies will also be in Arizona to start the 2010 season with a four-game series against preseason Collegiate Baseball No. 5 Arizona State. 

NIU's season-opener is tonight at 7:30 p.m. CDT in Tempe, Ariz. at Packard Stadium.  The Huskies and Sun Devils will also play a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 2 p.m. and will wrap the series Sunday at 2 p.m., as well. 

For all you need to know about the series match-up and coverage options, check out our preview.  Also check out Jackie Thyfault's preview for the Northern Star.

Additionally, you have to read sixth-year senior pitcher Brian Smith's latest Can O' Corn blog entry about the team's Arizona travel experience thus far.  I agree with him.  The guy that was doing "Spartan planks" on the plane is truly dedicated to his abdominal muscles.  


TAYLOR MADE

By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:51 am on Friday, February 19, 2010

Jay Taft of the Rockford Register Star caught up with redshirt-sophomore Zach Taylor and posted a brief story on the season Taylor is having this year.


PREPARE FOR PINK

PinkZone

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:25 am on Friday, February 19, 2010

NIU's annual PinkZone game is SATURDAY! All the details are here, but I'll dish out a few of the highlights here on Hap's (all in one place, right?). Wear pink, get a lower bowl ticket for $2. Free pink t-shirts at the game (while supplies last). Breast cancer survivors to be honored during the game, and all proceeds of the game's 50-50 raffle go to Colleges Against Cancer.

In a related matter, each member of the Huskie women's hoops team is collecting pledges for the annual Free Throw-a-Thon. The Huskies are shooting 100 free throws, and you can pledge any dollar amount (a dime, a quarter, a dollar etc.) per made free throw by your favorite NIU player. Contact the NIU women's basketball office at (815) 753-0586.


PERSONA-FY NIU

Persona

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:18 am on Friday, February 19, 2010

For the NIU fan that rocks Firefox as their primary Internet-mobile, you can now pimp your ride with an NIU Huskies persona. Just download and install the latest Firefox (3.6) and the "Persona" plug-in (it's easy, I promise), and you're set!

Once your all softwared-up, check out the NIU Personas for your browser right here.


FORMER MSOC COACH HONORED

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By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:47 am on Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Longtime NIU men's soccer coach Dave Bucher was honored with nomination to the Naperville North High School Hall of Fame. You can catch some details in this blurb from the Daily Chronicle.


FOOTBALL PREVIEW

By Joe Summins | Posted at 6:18 pm on Tuesday, February 16, 2010

It's never too early for a football preview. ESPN.com's Graham Watson caught up with NIU head coach Jerry Kill today and discussed the Huskies upcoming 2010 season in this story. Watson and Kill talk about the window of success starting to open up for the Huskies in the upcoming years.


MIKE VS. NIU

By Joe Summins | Posted at 11:20 am on Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mike Buda of the Northern Star recently challenged the NIU gymnastics team in a series of events. The video was posted today on its site and shows just how talented Huskie gymnasts are. Anyone watching the video can tell the Huskies were holding back.


GETTING TO KNOW A FUTURE HUSKIE

By Joe Summins | Posted at 11:12 am on Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We found this story on InterMatwrestle.com featuring recent NIU wrestling signee Shawn Fayette and his decision to come to Northern Illinois. Fayette, an Ohio Division I state champion as a junior at 130 pounds and a state-runner-up at 125 pounds as a sophomore, is good friends with current Huskie Zach Niebert.

JUST WHEN IT WAS OVER, IT BEGINS AGAIN

By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:07 am on Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Earlier this month, Signing Day signified the start to the 2010 football season, and fans will see another step toward 2010 as Northern Illinois' spring roster is now posted on NIUHuskies.com.  Click here to see the list of Huskies on the roster as NIU inches closer to the start of spring drills on March 23.  Newcomers include a trio of 2010 signees already on campus: early high school grad Akeem Daniels, a wide receiver and running back and the younger brother of NIU corner Kiaree Daniels, and junior college transfers Jasmin Hopkins (TB) and Demetrius Stone (DB).  Also new to the roster are local products and walk-ons Rodderick Bell and Daniel Green, both defensive linemen.

As always, it will be strange to see newcomers wearing the numbers previously sported by departing seniors and not to see the familiar faces of the graduated Eddie Adamski, Jason Onyebuagu and Cory Hanson, among others, on the field.  Members of last year's signing class who have spent last season on the work team will make their "re-debut" and veterans will likely share quite a bit of time with youngsters as the spring is used once again to build depth for next fall.

Spring drills end on Saturday, April 24 with the Annual Spring Preview.  Changes to the roster are, of course, ongoing and we especially expect to see some different numbers assigned for spring.  Stay tuned to www.NIUHuskies.com for the most complete, accurate and up-to-date coverage of Northern Illinois football this spring!


HOW 'BOUT DEM HUSKIES

By Joe Summins | Posted at 4:05 pm on Monday, February 15, 2010

Former Huskie football letterwinner and current NIU marketing GA Evans Adonis will be joining former teammates Sam Hurd and Doug Free next month when he starts his new position as group sales account excecutive for the Dallas Cowboys. Adonis is the second-straight NIU football player/marketing GA to leave NIU for a job in the NFL. Keenan Blalark accepted a similar post with the Minnesota Vikings last year. His last day is Friday and will start with the Cowboys March 1. Good Luck Evans!


HUSKIES HELPING HUSKIES

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 3:32 pm on Monday, February 15, 2010

It was only a matter of time after NIU built it's top-notch track & field and soccer complex...

Northern Illinois Athletics is looking for volunteers to work a pair of upcoming track and field meets! The facility's inaugural meet last season went so well, the Huskies have scheduled two more. Help the Huskies by volunteering on either April 17 or April 29 for a three-hour shift. Shifts are 9 a.m.-Noon, Noon-2 p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Contact Sue Hansfield at (815) 751-0066 or shansfield@niu.edu.


THE ODEEN MACHINE

By Russell Houghtaling, Courtesy Erin Houghtaling | Posted at 9:55 am on Monday, February 15, 2010

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John Odeen of the Huskie wrestling team got a little love in the Morris Daily Herald. Huskie wrestling coach Dave Grant says this in the story:

"He is consistent and dependable," said Grant of the redshirt sophomore. "We would like him to get to the NCAA Division I tournament this year. Before he finishes his career with us, we would like for him to be an All-American and a national champion."


ANOTHER TRACK RECORD FALLS

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:45 am on Monday, February 15, 2010

Another women's track and field record has fallen, this one at the fleet feet of Rhonda Lee. The sophomore set a new Huskie record in the 60-meter dash that had stood for 31 years. You can read more about her accomplishment right here.


THE WEEK AHEAD

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:42 am on Monday, February 15, 2010

A belated Happy Valentine's Day to Huskie Nation! The week ahead starts at a slow pace, but prepare yourself for a big weekend. The Huskie men's basketball is the only mid-week competitor with a divisional match-up Wednesday at Western Michigan. But start Friday, Huskie Athletics pick up with track and field at Ball State,  gymnastics at Kent State, and the start of the 2010 NIU baseball season! The NIU "boys of summer" (read: spring [read: winter]) open their season at Arizona State. Saturday, the Huskie women's basketball team hosts Toledo in the annual Pink Zone game at 3 p.m. Wrestling is also at home, hosting Buffalo for senior day at 2 p.m. Other teams in action in include women's tennis vs. Eastern Illinois on Sunday.

Got all that? If not, just check out the events calendar here.

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