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March 31, 2009

Huskie Happenings


NIUHuskies.com, the official online home for Northern Illinois Athletics, is pleased to announce the launch of a new blog, "Huskie Happenings." The section includes links to a daily newsstand, online chats, feature stories and interviews, game-day and multimedia information, promotions, calendars and much more. We hope this will become your first and last stop everyday for all the information you crave about Huskie Athletics.

The "Huskie Happenings" addition will be more interactive with visitors of NIUHuskies.com. For that to work, this must be a a two-way street, or even one of those really confusing five-way stoplights. That means we need to hear from you. I know you're out there, Mr. or Ms. Fan Who Wants to Be Heard. So step up, and e-mail us at houghtaling@niu.edu.


IS CLEVELAND IN THE CARDS?

With just 25 days left until the NFL draft, former Huskie defensive end Larry English is working out for the Cleveland Browns. If he landed in Cleveland, Larry would be back in the Chicago area between Sept. 3-6 for a preseason game with the Bears.

Speaking of Larry, he will be at Fatty's April 18 from 2-4 p.m. for an autograph signing, and a silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting the Huskie Athletic Scholarship Fund. So come on out and meet not only one of the most athletically talented, but also nicest Huskies around.


AND THE WINNER IS...

Ebony "Look at them Pythons" Ellis accepts the award for being the team's best rebounder.


The NIU women's basketball team celebrated its 2008-09 season with its annual awards banquet, Saturday. Ebony "Look at them Pythons" Ellis won the award for best rebounder. You can check out the full story with all the team awards, and visit a photo gallery from the event.


RAY OF LIGHT

This straight from NIU head volleyball coach Ray Gooden:

The NIU Volleyball Huskies started off slow, but finished strong to have a positive day playing in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee spring tourney, over the weekend.

The Huskies competed in a four team round-robin against Green Bay, an UWM alumni team and the host Panthers. NIU started off slow and was humbled by the 2009 UWM team in two games. The Huskies were able to regroup to earn a split vs. the Milwaukee alums and go 2-0 versus Green Bay.

The Huskies won the afternoon wave with a 2-1 record, defeating both the current and alumni Milwaukee teams while falling to Green Bay in the finale.

There were not official stats, but just about every Huskie showed some improvement from the Salvani playdate last week.

Huskie volleyball will play compete in the Loyola University "Three Wise Men" tourney this Saturday, April 4th in Chicago, and will complete the competition portion of the spring Friday, April 10 at Bradley University.


FOOTBALL IN THE NEWS

Following Friday night's spring football session, the DeKalb Daily Chronicle's John Sahly sat down with offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover. Read in Sahly's "Huskie Wire" blog about the differences Limegrover sees between year one and year two of the new coaching staff's regime.

Sahly also engaged in another video interview, this time with senior safety David Bryant.

The Chicago Tribune's John Mullin has all the numbers from Larry English's pro day workout. Suffice to say he probably runs faster, jumps farther, and lifts more than you or me. Larry does, that is. Not John.

I might be able to beat John in the broad jump. And if that contest ever goes down, you can read about it right here.

Back to Larry, the Northern Star's Jerry Burnes writes in this feature how the two-time Vern Smith Award winner is expected to be the Huskies' highest draft pick in NIU history.

BROOMED

Rock, Paper, Scissors, SWEEP!

What a weekend for Huskie softball! NIU won four straight games (two on Friday over Akron, two on Saturday over Ohio) to open conference play, and the Huskies sit at the top of the MAC standings. Chouinard's group used every out available to get the first win of the weekend, and you can catch all the details with NIUHuskies.com's story, and the Northern Star's recap. The Huskie softball team is now the second-hottest thing this side of Annie Glidden, with five wins in their last six games.

THE SECOND-HOTTEST THING

Softball gets accolades for being the hottest thing west of Annie Glidden Road, but baseball isn't far behind. Winners of six of its last eight, including a 6-4 win over BGSU this weekend. The NIU baseball team is now 4-1 in conference play, one-half game out of first in the MAC West. Here is the skinny on their latest win. If you just can't wait for MLB opening day, check out some midweek baseball, as the Huskies take on Valpo, Tuesday and Milwaukee, Wednesday. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m. and fans can catch audio from both games through Huskie All-Access.

IT MEANS A THING

It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing. But NIU golfer Jeff Dick had that swing over the weekend at the FAU Spring Break Championships. Dick shot a five-under 66 in the final round of the tournament to finish 13th of 70 competitors. The field included golfers from Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Marquette, etc. Catch the full story here.

Event Calendar

Women's Volleyball
Friday, Oct 31 at Ball State
Men's Tennis
Friday, Oct 31 vs MAC Fall Indoor Chmpionships
Men's Soccer
Saturday, Nov 1 vs Akron
Women's Cross Country
Saturday, Nov 1 vs MAC Championships
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Nov 1 at Toledo
Men's Tennis
Saturday, Nov 1 vs MAC Fall Indoor Chmpionships
Women's Soccer
Sunday, Nov 2 at Miami (OH)
Wrestling
Sunday, Nov 2 at Michigan State Open
Men's Tennis
Sunday, Nov 2 vs MAC Fall Indoor Chmpionships
Football
Wednesday, Nov 5 at Ball State
Women's Volleyball
Thursday, Nov 6 at Western Michigan
Women's Soccer
Friday, Nov 7 vs Semifinals
Men's Basketball
Saturday, Nov 8 vs Roosevelt
Women's Basketball
Saturday, Nov 8 vs Lewis
Men's Soccer
Saturday, Nov 8 vs Bowling Green
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Nov 8 vs Bowling Green
Women's Soccer
Sunday, Nov 9 vs Finals
Wrestling
Sunday, Nov 9 vs Rider
Wrestling
Sunday, Nov 9 vs SIU Edwardsville
Wrestling
Sunday, Nov 9 at Illinois
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