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By Zach Peters | Posted at 2:55 am on Friday, February 26, 2010

A mix of video highlights from the baseball team's trip to face Baseball America No. 5 Arizona State from Feb. 19-21 has been uploaded onto YouTube and is posted above.  Enjoy!

Also, be sure to catch the Huskies taking on Austin Peay State in Clarksville, Tenn. this weekend, starting today at 4 p.m. CDT.  The Huskies and Governors will also play at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Click here for a preview of the series. 


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:35 am on Friday, February 26, 2010

The lone senior of the NIU women's basketball team, Kylie York, will be making her final Convocation Center appearance of her career this Saturday when the Huskies play host to Eastern Michigan at 3 p.m. York, who has already set NIU's record for career three pointers has her sights set on another milestone, the 1,000-point plateau. The native of Fishers, Indiana enter Saturday's action just 15 points shy of the mark.


By Donna Turner | Posted at 2:35 pm on Thursday, February 25, 2010

Only five more installments of NIU Live left this school year so it's no time to be missing the weekly 30 minute show that is all about Huskie sports.  Especially when head coach Ricardo Patton joins host Andy Garcia to discuss an exciting last second win over Central Michigan!  Hear Coach Patton break down last night's game and meet NIU Senior Associate Athletic Director Christian Spears on this week's show, which airs at 5:30 p.m. on WLBK 1360 AM in DeKalb and on WSCR 670 AM The Score in Chicago.  


By Donna Turner | Posted at 2:30 pm on Thursday, February 25, 2010

Congratulations to incoming Huskie gymnast Kim Gotlund, a senior at Warren Township High School, who won the 2010 Illinois State title in the all-around at last weekend's state championship meet in Palatine, Ill.  Gotlund totaled a score of 38.275 to take the all-around title Friday night and won the uneven bars (9.65), while taking second on both vault (9.75) and balance beam (9.575) on Saturday.

"To me, she's a college athlete, a college gymnast -- right now," said Dana Klemm, one of Gotlund's coaches at Warren.

Gotlund, who took second in the all-around at the state meet as a sophomore, did not compete for her high school team as a junior in order to concentrate on improving her skills while competing on her club team.

She is one of two signees added for 2010-11 by the Huskies in the fall.  There are plenty of stories of her triumphs this season, including this one from the Gurnee Review.  The Daily Herald, Sun Times news group and Chicago Tribune have all featured Gotlund in their prep pages this season.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:23 am on Thursday, February 25, 2010

2010 baseball signee Anthony Andres (Western Springs, Ill./St. Rita of Cascia) is a core member of the No. 13th nationally ranked St. Rita of Cascia high school baseball team, according to Baseball America's preseason high school top 50 rankings. 

Andres was a second team All-Chicago Catholic League Blue as a junior on last year's Illinois class 4A state runner-up squad that went 35-7, 11-3 in league play.  In his junior campaign, he hit at a .440 clip with 20 runs, three home runs and 21 RBI in 38 games, and was 5-0, with 39 strikeouts, one save and a 3.87 ERA in 38 innings over 13 games on the mound.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:35 am on Thursday, February 25, 2010

Miss NIU's thrilling 67-65 victory over Central Michigan last night? James Nokes of the Daily Chronicle was on the scene and filed this story in today's paper. Darion "Jake" Anderson drove the lane and scored the game winning shot on a layup with 00.1 on the clock.


Nate Rucker, pictured at left, celebrates Melrose's district championship Tuesday night.

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 12:09 pm on Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Nate Rucker is making the most out of his final season of high school basketball.  The 6-foot-7 Northern Illinois men's basketball signee scored nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter during Melrose High School's 71-64 win over White Station in the District 16-AAA title game Tuesday night.  


By Joe Summins | Posted at 10:02 am on Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The NIU men's basketball team is in action tonight in its second to last home game when the Huskies take on Central Michigan in the Convocation Center. The Huskies' Xavier Silas is averaging 19.7 points a per game, and 20.5 points per contest in conference game in his first season in the MAC.


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:59 am on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mike Buda of the Northern Star went one-on-one with Lindsay Chouinard, Northern Illinois' head softball coach, in the latest version of "Coaches Corner."  Check it out RIGHT HERE.   


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:41 am on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Brian Smith of the NIU baseball team will be blogging for throughout the season.  He filed his latest entry Monday, after the Huskies' three-game set at Arizona State.         


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:34 am on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Huskie women's basketball team will invade Worthen Arena in Muncie, Ind., tonight, beginning at 6 p.m. CST.  With a win, Northern Illinois would leapfrog Ball State into the eighth slot of the MAC standings. While the teams would have the same record, the Huskies would hold the tiebreaker by virture of their win over Ohio.   

Ben Gross of the Northern Star provided this preview.  


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 1:11 pm on Monday, February 22, 2010

Thanks to Lew Freedman of Basketball Times, for this feature on junior guard Xavier Silas.  Freedman caught up with "X," the "Late, Great James Silas" (Xavier's father, who starred in the NBA) and head coach Ricardo Patton last week.  He was also in attendance for NIU's BracketBusters game at Eastern Illinois last Saturday.   



By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:40 am on Monday, February 22, 2010

Memphis native Nate Rucker, a 6-foot-7, highly-recruited power forward that signed his National Letter of Intent at NIU in November, is thoroughly enjoying his final season of high school basketball.  Rucker scored 18 points, including five in the final 1:46 of regulation, and eventually led his Melrose High School team to a 62-53 win in overtime on Saturday. 

If you haven't check out Rucker's game via the internet, go ahead and check out his YouTube selection.  His offensive skill-set and ability to get to the rim should immediately help the Huskies offensively.  


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:24 am on Monday, February 22, 2010

John Sahly from the DeKalb Daily Chronicle and had a great feature story on the NIU wrestling team's Dan Ruettiger over the weekend.  The Huskies' real-life Rudy, Ruettiger paints the picture of what it feels like to taste success after all hope appeared to be lost.  


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:42 am on Monday, February 22, 2010

It was a busy week in NIU athletics.  The women's basketball team picked up a nice win over preseason MAC-West favorite and league leader Toledo on Saturday, and HuskieWire's John Sahly was in attendance.  Click HERE for a box score, recap and photo gallery.  The Huskies will continue their quest toward hosting a first-round MAC Tournament game, when NIU travels to Ball State on Tuesday night. 

The men's basketball team dropped a 73-70 decision at Eastern Illinois in Saturday's ESPNU BracketBusters game.  The Huskies have lost the last five games by an average of just 5.1 points per game.  The good news: Two-of NIU's final three MAC games will be held at the Convocation Center, and the Huskies will be eyeing regular season sweeps against two of those foes (Eastern Michigan and Toledo).

The Huskie women's tennis team posted its second-straight win, 4-3 over Eastern Illinois, despite having a shortened lineup for Sunday's matinee in Rockford.  Quite the day for sophomore Emily Rogers, who picked up her first-career win at the No. 1 singles position.

Notably, the baseball team came up short with three losses versus No. 5 Arizona State last weekend -- the Huskies will head to Tennessee for a three-game set at Austin Peay this weekend.  The Huskie grapplers dropped a 25-8 decision versus Buffalo, and the gymnastics squad dropped a tough decision at Kent State.       


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:21 am on Monday, February 15, 2010

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