Help the Huskies Select The Victors
April 20, 2011
DEKALB, Ill. - The time has come for Huskie fans to select the Northern Illinois Athletics Play of the Year for "The Victors," an all-sports, ESPY-style awards banquet, May 2. Voting for the award ends Friday, April 29.
The five finalists include: men's soccer player James Stevenson scoring a spectacular goal at Bradley, football player Chad Spann's 61-yard touchdown run through the Minnesota defense, men's basketball player Xavier Silas' 39-point performance against MAC Champion Akron, women's basketball player Courtney Shelton's game-winning buzzer beater from half-court at Southern Illinois and wrestler Brad Dieckhaus winning the MAC Championship at 184 pounds.
Video from nine 2010-11 plays were considered and that group was narrowed down to five finalists. Video from those plays can be seen on this page and on the front page of NIUHuskies.com. To vote for your favorite, click the button corresponding to that play.
The Play of the Year is one of 24 awards that will be given out at The Victors, which will also recognize NIU's 2010-11 seniors in all sports. Awards will honor NIU's top male and female newcomer, scholar-athlete and community service participant, as well as the top male and female teams in terms of both athletic and academic accomplishment. The NIU Alumni Association will present the Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards. The Huskies will also feature awards for the top unsung hero, comeback of the year and non-scholarship student-athlete. Results from the 2010 spring, 2010 fall and 2010-11 winter sports were considered in the nominations and selection of winners.
Northern Illinois coaches nominated student-athletes for the awards and that list was narrowed down to four finalists in each category by members of the Huskie Athletics executive staff. The winners for every award except the Top Plays will be selected by the Northern Illinois Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), which is made up of representatives from every NIU intercollegiate athletics team. Following is a list of finalists for The 2011 Victors.
Academic Team of the Year - Men's Program
Academic Team of the Year - Women's Program
Team of the Year - Men's Program
Team of the Year - Women's Program
Community Service Team of the Year - Men's Program
Community Service Team of the Year - Women's Program
The Victors Cup Winner - Men's Program
The Victors Cup Winner - Women's Program