Ever have that "You know who was a great Huskie athlete/coach/administrator..." conversation? Well nominate that person for the Northern Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame. Nominations are needed for the 2009 class, and you can get all the details here.
Emily Gooding lays down the game-winning bunt in NIU's 7-6 comeback win over BGSU, Saturday.
Huskie softball continues to roll. NIU swept Bowling Green on Saturday to improve to 6-2 in the MAC. The Huskies are tied for second with Western Michigan, and just a half game out of first place in the league. Check out the video highlights (free!) of Lindsay Chouinard's squad coming back from two runs down and using a squeeze bunt to get in the game-winning run. In game two, the Huskies opened up with eight runs in the first two innings before cruising to a 9-6 victory. If you're more old-school, you can read the recap from the Northern Star, or NIUHuskies.com, where you can also find this photo gallery.
Sophomore gymnast Holly Reichard wrapped-up her sophomore season by finishing eighth in the all-around at the NCAA South Central Regional. The placement is the best by a Huskie at the regionals since 1998, the same year Titanic won 11 Oscars, the Winter Olympics were held in Nagano, Japan, and the Chicago Bulls won their sixth NBA title. So, she did pretty well. The competition also marked the end of a terrific career for Jennifer Naughton, the MAC Senior Gymnast of the Year, who finished 11th on the balance beam.
A group of football players came out and watched softball's win from the berm in the outfield. They were coming from their sixth of 15 spring practices, which was well-covered by John Sahly of the Daily Chronicle and Jerry Burnes of the Northern Star. Sahly posted this story on the emergence of fullback-turned-linebacker Victor Jacques, and this video interview with quarterback Chandler Harnish. Burnes also talked to Harnish for his latest Northern Star file.
Senior track and field team member Shoshanna Brown is making some noise in her final season. Brown tied the Northern Illinois triple jump record with a 38-4.25 leap, finishing second at the Mike Poehlein Invitational. The second-place finish was pretty good, considering the meet featured No. 24 Louisville, along with Notre Dame, Purdue, and DePaul, but the record was even better. The NIU track and field team has now set three school records in as many outdoor meets this year. In addition to Brown's performance, Nancy Nieto set a new 3,000-meter run record, and Jennene Anthony set a new javelin record.
The Huskie women's soccer team is moving along with its spring season with the inclusion of 2009-10 freshman Mary Usedom. As Jay Taft of the Rockford Register-Star writes here, Usedom graduated a semester early from Guilford High School to join the Huskies for the 2009 spring. The situation is similar to what men's soccer player Brad Horton did a year ago, and he ended up as a Freshman All-American.
And speaking of women's soccer, the Huskies will play in the inaugural Soldier Field KICKS Against Breat Cancer, April 26 at Soldier Field. The event not only includes a tournament featuring some of the best collegiate teams in Illinois, but also a "Soccer Moms" clinic, which will provide insight to parents, along with coaches and players looking to improve their game. You can read more about the even in this Daily Herald story, and of course, stay glued to NIUHuskies.com for more details on the event.
The Northern Illinois men's soccer team was also in action this weekend. The Huskies won the Governor's Cup, contested between NIU, Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, for the fifth time in seven seasons, Saturday. Huskies Luis De La Cerda and Kyle Knotek, both members of next season's senior class, were named co-MVPs, and you can catch all the details here.