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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.

 

HUSKIE WOMEN'S GOLFERS CELEBRATE 2008-09

The Northern Illinois University women's golf team celebrated its 2008-09 season over the weekend by holding its annual banquet Saturday night. Junior Kim Hunley, who has turned in an outstanding season thus far, was named NIU's Most Valuable Performer and Sportwoman of the Year and was recognized as one of the team captains along with senior Ashley Lods.

Lods and fellow senior Nicci Schultz were given their senior awards for all their hard work and dedication over the last four years. Freshman Kelsie Passolt was named the team's scholar-athlete after posting a 3.8 grade point average. Passolt, Anna Coil and Carissa Burdi earned the Coaches Award. Michelle Caporusso picked up the Newcomer Award, while Kim Bailey, who showed improvement throughout the season, earned the team's Progress Award.

The Huskies close out their 2008-09 season this weekend at the 2009 MAC Women's Golf Championships in Nashport, Ohio. The tournament begins Friday, April 24 at Longaberger Golf Club.

IHS TAPES TONIGHT

Be sure to swing by Fatty's today at 5 p.m. for the final IHS taping of the 2008-09 season. Head football coach Jerry Kill will be there along with baseball coach Ed Mathey and softball coach Lindsey Chouinard. Ed and Lindsey will be discussing their seasons, while coach Kill will talk about the upcoming spring game and how the 2009 football team in shaping up.

HUSKIE HOOPSTERS HONORED FOR WORK IN CLASSROOM
Senior women's basketball players Jessie Wilcox and Becky Smith were selected to the 2009 Academic All-MAC Team. Wilcox, a guard, is an art education major and leaves NIU as the 24th Huskie in NIU history to score 1,000 points for her career. Smith led the Huskies in field goal percentage, hitting 52.7 percent of her shots, and in blocked shots with 26. She is a kinesiology-preventive exercise science major.

 

FLECK COMPLETES MARATHON

PJ Fleck kept the pencil in his ear while running the marathon, just in case he came up with any new plays along the way.

Huskie wide receivers coach PJ Fleck ran the Go! St. Louis Marathon over the weekend, finishing the 26.2 mile course in 3:32.36. He placed 194th overall in a field of 1,798 finishers. Congratulations to PJ!


FULL DISCLOSURE ON I-BOWL

John Sahly has a very thorough story on the financial breakdown and selections process for the Independence Bowl. The long-term impact of going to a bowl game can't really be measured just a few short months from the game (Coach Jerry Kill said on signing day "there's no questions [the bowl game] had an impact" on recruiting), the general consensus is that the Independence Bowl was a big success for Northern Illinois University and Huskie Athletics.

Sahly also has a practice report from Friday, and another video interview, this time with Brandon Bice.


TRACK TOPS SPARTAN OPEN WITH 10 GOLDS

The NIU track and field team gained confidence and momentum for next week's Drake Relays. Huskies took first place in 10 events, as Mike Buda writes in today's Northern Star. You can also check out the recap from NIUHuskies.com. While we're on track, be sure to check out Thursday's edition of Huskie Happenings for video reactions to the final step in the construction of the Track & Field and Soccer Complex, the lines and markings.


SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY

Who says a grand slam has to go out of the park?

One of the things I love about baseball is that there's always something new, something you've never seen before. During Friday's 12-5 win over Toledo, center fielder Pat Minogue had one of the moments. With the bases loaded, Minoque hit a line to center field. Toledo's man gave chase, and dove to make the catch, but the ball slipped through his grasp and rolled to the wall. In the meantime, all three runners scored, and Minogue beat the throw at the plate to complete an in-the-park grand slam. You can read the complete recap from the game here.


NORTHERN STAR INITIATES THE COUNTDOWN

The Northern Star started today a week-long countdown of its top-50 NIU student-athletes. You can check out profiles in 50-41 in today's edition of the Star or at its web-site.

Event Calendar
Men's Soccer
Wednesday, Oct 22 vs SIU Edwardsville
Women's Soccer
Friday, Oct 24 vs Eastern Michigan
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Oct 24 at Kent State
Wrestling
Friday, Oct 24 vs Red/Black Dual
Football
Saturday, Oct 25 at Eastern Michigan
Men's Soccer
Saturday, Oct 25 at Buffalo
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Oct 25 at Ohio
Women's Soccer
Sunday, Oct 26 vs Bowling Green
Women's Soccer
Thursday, Oct 30 at Western Michigan
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Oct 31 at Ball State
Men's Tennis
Friday, Oct 31 vs MAC Fall Indoor Chmpionships
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