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SOCIAL SOCCER

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 4:09 pm on Friday, April 9, 2010

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Get your Socialize on with NIU men's soccer. Start by becoming a fan on Facebook, then following the program on Twitter. If you want something a little more tangible, check out the Huskie Men's Soccer Alumni Day, Saturday. Game against Milwaukee starts at noon, with plenty of alumni festivities around.


WOMEN'S SOCCER ALUMNI WEEKEND

By Megan Wallace | Posted at 1:35 pm on Friday, April 9, 2010

Missing some of your favorite fall sports action? Come check out the Northern Illinois women's soccer team this weekend when the Huskies hold their 2010 Alumni Game. Huskie hall of famer Anne Mucci will join former NIU women's soccer alum as they take on the current NIU women's soccer team in the Sunday afternoon match-up. The game is set to begin at noon at the NIU Soccer and Track and Field complex.

If you're not able to make it out to the game Sunday, be sure to check back next week to view some of the video highlights from this weekend's action! 


MEN'S GOLF UPDATE --- FROM THE COACH

By Zach Peters | Posted at 12:48 pm on Friday, April 9, 2010

After the NIU men's golf team posted its best finish under head coach Tom Porten, the first-year coach provided this update:

NIU Golf Family & Friends:

Hello again, I hope all the HUSKIE NATION enjoyed a wonderful Easter weekend with family and loved ones!

"Building a Foundation for Success"

I will jump right into the detail as we returned to action in Branson, Missouri for the Branson Creek Invitational (hosted by Missouri State).

We arrived in Branson on Saturday evening with one goal in mind, to win our first event of the season.  The field of teams was small and we were prepared to challenge one of the better golf courses we have competed on this season.  The Tom Fazio, 7,000 yd. scenic layout was in great shape and the warm temperatures gave our young men the feeling we were still in Florida (high 70's to low 80's).  Following a solid practice round on Easter Sunday, the team felt the course was one we could win on.  In addition, in his inaugural travel with the Huskies,  Assistant Coach, Kurt Sroka was on board providing good information about the course, especially the fast greens.  As a former student athlete at Illinois State, he competed at Branson Creek and his insight and perspective proved to be beneficial!

The Huskies came out of the gate quickly on Monday, with Jeff Dick making birdies on three of his first five holes.  The rest of the team did not jump out as fast but with winds approaching 30mph (scoring would be difficult) we kept our composure and shot a solid 293 in round #1.  Jeff and Griffin Bauman led our scoring with 68 and 72 respectively, putting us in first place at the completion of the morning round with 18 still to play that afternoon.

As play continued the winds softened but the Huskies kept their focus, managing the conditions well, completing the 36 hole day with a three shot lead!  We matched our morning round of 293 to total 886, giving us a small cushion on Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, and Stephen F. Austin.  We finally had the lead in a tournament, with one round to play our goal was within reach!

The final round began with high winds (over 40mph) and the Huskies clinging to a three shot lead but our start was troublesome as each player made a bogey in the first three holes. As the morning progressed it was evident we were struggling to get the ball in the hole, in particular, around the greens.  By the turn our lead was gone and we had fallen to 4th place just trying to stop the damage.  But unfortunately, on this day, we did not play good team golf, with our two "horses" carrying us most of the way (Jeff & Griffin) it was not enough to keep the other teams from taking advantage and passing us by.   We finished the tournament in 4th of 9 teams only a shot behind Southern Illinois and five behind both Western and Stephen F. Austin.

On the bright side, Jeff  finished off a masterful performance with a solid 73 to earn medalist honors!  He was dominant beating the field by five shots with rounds of 68, 69, 73 = 210 (3 under par).  I have spoken often of Jeff's ability but he is beginning to display his talent to the midwest region this spring, well done JD!!

In summary, the foundation for our future is bright and our coaching staff is committed to bringing championships to DeKalb.  With Jeff Dick (Jr) and Griffin Bauman (redshirt Fr) as the core of our team coupled with the return of redshirt seniors Andrew Frame and Tim Kay next season looks promising.   Sprinkle in our first recruiting class (2010) with our current roster and our foundation is strong and our expectations high.  HUSKIE NATION IS ON THE RISE! 

As always you can catch up on all our results by visiting http//www.niuhuskies.com or follow the links below for all the latest Men's Golf action.  We are back in Missouri, (in Columbia) on April 11 - 13th for the MIZZOU Intercollegiate.   We are taking a young lineup on the road with no seniors.  Have a great weekend, GO HUSKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


MORE ON THE HUMANITARIAN BOWL

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:10 am on Friday, April 9, 2010

 

As announced by the Mid-American Conference Thursday, the league's new bowl tie-in will be the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho, beginning next season.  The Idaho Statesman had this review of the announcement, including comments from executive bowl director Kevin McDonald.  


WEEKEND TENNIS BONANZA STARTS TODAY!

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:57 am on Friday, April 9, 2010

 

The Northern Illinois men's and women's tennis teams will both be in action versus Mid-American Conference foes at the Huskie Tennis Courts in DeKalb this weekend, beginning with TODAY'S 1 p.m. women's tennis match against No. 63 Akron, the lone unbeaten team remaining in the Division I ranks.  The women will also host Buffalo tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.  The Huskie men's tennis team will play host to Buffalo on Sunday afternoon.  Great weather is in the forecast, so come check it out!   


HUSKIES RETURN TO THE PRACTICE FIELD

By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:25 am on Friday, April 9, 2010

The Huskies returned to the practice field Thursday after Tuesday's workout was washed out by rain. The Chronicle's John Sahly was out there and filed this report.

BUTLER COMING INTO HIS OWN

By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:10 am on Friday, April 9, 2010

Pembroke Pines, Florida-native Devon Butler has emerged this spring as one of the Huskies top linebackers. Butler, who will be a sophomore in 2010, has played exceptionally well at middle linebacker through three weeks of spring practice. John Sahly of the Daily Chronicle talks about what Butler brings to the Huskie defense and how he's progressed this spring in this story.

MORE RECOGNITION FOR SILAS ON ESPNCHICAGO.COM

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:31 pm on Wednesday, April 7, 2010

It's official; college basketball season is over.  You can check out the NCAA's final statistics right here, per their release from the national office today.  The official RPI, through the Final Four, is also available.  Now it's time to look forward to the 2010-11 campaign, and ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers is doing just that.  In his latest blog, he recognized NIU junior guard Xavier Silas in his "Five Predictions for the 2010-11 Season."      


SILAS' BALL STATE OUTBURST APPLAUDED ON ESPNCHICAGO.COM

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 1:42 pm on Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Junior guard Xavier Silas, who recorded his first-career double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds versus Ball State at the Convocation Center on Feb. 13, saw his performance recognized as one of the "Best individual performances of the year" in the state of Illinois by ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers.  In case you missed it during the season, Powers wrote a feature story on Silas in early February.    


WHAT IT'S LIKE...

NIU's senior class is very familiar with playing baseball during the early spring months.

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 11:28 am on Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Many of you have undoubtedly become familiar with HuskieWire.com's new feature series, "What it's Like."  John Sahly has spearheaded the series, and in this latest report, reveals "what it's like" to play northern baseball.  In case you've missed any other of Sahly's "What it's Like" features, here are a few: Delivering signs and being a relief pitcher.    


RAINED OUT

By Joe Summins | Posted at 8:55 am on Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Northern Illinois University football team cancelled this morning's practice due to those thunderstorms that rolled through the DeKalb area early this morning. No make up date has been announced yet, but as soon as one is determined we'll pass that information onto you.


SATURDAY PRACTICE REPORT

By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:35 am on Monday, April 5, 2010

The Northern Illinois University football team conducted a scrimmage during its sixth spring practice at Huskie Saturday morning. The Daily Chronicle's John Sahly was on hand as well and filed this report over the weekend.


HAVE A HAPPENING?

By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:21 am on Monday, April 5, 2010

Have a Huskie Happening we missed? Let us know by e-mailing us here! We only have so many sets of eyes, but the Huskie Nation sees all!

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