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.
...To NIU volleyball head coach Ray Gooden and his wife Stephanie, who welcomed their second child, and first son, Donovan Isiah (7 pounds, 8 ounces, 19.5 inches), into the world and Huskie family yesterday. Stephanie and Donovan are doing great. Their oldest daughter one-year-old Gianna Ella, one of the stars of the Convocation Center offices, now has a little brother and coach Gooden finally gets a male in his life that is surrounded by females.
John Tranchitella and Kyle Jenkins from the Northern Illinois football team graduated from Driscoll Catholic in Addison, which Christian Brothers of the Midwest district announced would be closing at the end of this academic year because of a drop in enrollment and financial struggles. Read John Sahly's feature about how Tranchitella and Jenkins are attempting to save Driscoll.
ME'CO FEATURED ON VIDEO!
BASEBALL STARTS ZIP SERIES TODAY
The Huskie baseball team opens a three-game series with Akron today. Northern Illinois enters the series with an 11-18 record (4-4 MAC), and the Zips come in at 6-23, 3-6 in the conference. The Huskies sit in fourth place in the MAC West, while Akron sits at fifth in the East. Catch the complete NIUHuskies.com preview here, and follow along with live stats all weekend from GoZips.com.
It's a busy weekend in NIU Athletics, as men's golf, women's golf, men's tennis and softball are all in action in addition to baseball. The Huskie softball team is the only host this weekend, as it plays Western Michigan Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. at Mary M. Bell Field.
RECEIVERS GONE WILD
Will Nate-Palm's off-season improvement land him in the starting line-up come fall?
Focusing on NIU's wide receivers, the Northern Star's Steve Nitz writes that both Landon Cox and Nathan Palmer point out the fact that with the seniors gone, that leaves more reps in spring practice for both of them, as well as guys such as sophomore Willie Clark, junior Tyler Clasey and seniors Marcus Lewis and Preston Williams. Read the entire story here.
LAST CHANCE TO BID!
Today is your last chance to bid on the Spring Football Experiences! Bid items include a spring football sideline experience, along with a coaches box experience! Click here for more information!