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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
TICKET CONTEST COMING TO A CLOSE
Can you top this patriotic entry from fifth-grader Jackie Lalla?
Friday is the last day to submit your entry for the 2009 Football Ticket Design Contest. NIU athletics is encouraging all kids from grades K-8 to participate in the "Show Your Huskie Spirit" Ticket Design Contest. Three winners will have their design printed on thousands of Huskie football tickets. For more info, and to submit your entry, click here!
NOT FOR THE HARDWARE, BUT GOOD NONETHELESS
The NIU men's soccer team took to the field for its first official spring game yesterday, beating Milwaukee 1-0. The Huskies controlled the run of play, and generated a handful of dangerous chances, including one that resulted in Luis De La Cerda scoring the game-winning goal. NIU picked up the win despite competing shorthanded due to some light spring injuries. The teams annually compete for the LeWang Cup in the fall, which the Huskies currently control, and though this game wasn't for the trophy, the coaches noted that it was still a real positive to pick up the win.
GOING ONCE... GOING TWICE...
"Coach Limegrover, could you order me a pizza?"
Share in the excitement of NIU Football on April 25th during the Spring Football Fest, with a true close-up of our football team. The winner of this auction will be treated to a rare view of Huskie football during the practice of April 25th held as a part of Spring Football Fest. The winning bidder will not only watch the practice from the sideline, the winner will also be wearing a headset to be able to listen in to what plays the NIU coaches are calling and to be able to hear the inside coaching talk during practice. This is as close as a fan can come to being a division one college football coach, without making a serious career change! Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!
BASEBALL TODAY... CANCELED
Today's Northern Illinois baseball game against Valparaiso (9-12, 4-2 Horizon League) at Ralph McKinzie Field has been postponed until April 29 at 3:05 p.m. CT as the recent snow and rainfall in the area has left the field in an unplayable condition.
The Huskies (10-14, 4-1 Mid-American Conference) play UW-Milwaukee (5-15, 1-2 Horizon League) tomorrow at 3:05 p.m. at Ralph McKinzie Field. The game will be available on GameTracker and will be broadcast on internet radio only through Huskie All-Access on www.niuhuskies.com.
GOODEN'S 09ers LOOK STRONG
While it's not quite April yet, we've still seen plenty of showers in late March. Must mean that fall sports are around the corner, and their spring prep is in full swing. As the Northern Star's Chris Dertz writes, with a strong crop of returning players, as well as a group of freshmen with lots of potential, NIU head volleyball coach Ray Gooden is looking to improve on the designs of his team's 2008 season.
Now that I have your attention... the NIU men's tennis team will be hosting Western Michigan, and giving out FREE PIZZA to fans who show up to support the Huskies on senior day, Sunday, April 5. Admission is FREE, with first serve at 1 p.m. at the NIU Tennis Courts (just northwest of Huskie Stadium).
STAR PROFILES THE PLAN
Several weeks ago, the NIU Athletic Department released its strategic plan, which includes the department's new mission statement: "We develop champions in the classroom, in competition, and in life." Ben Gross of the Northern Star has chewed on the report and come up with this story.