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SOCCER ALUMNI GAME HIGHLIGHTS

The Northern Illinois men's soccer team celebrated its annual Alumni Day, Saturday. Among the festivities (other than former NIU goalkeeper Joe Zimka scoring a hat trick in the actual alumni game) was the Huskies' 4-0 defeat of Green Bay in the team's final game of the spring season. Check out highlights from the game above.

NORTHERN STAR, DRAFT EXPERT CHAT ON ENGLISH

Steve Nitz of the Northern Star had a conversation with longtime draft analyst Scott Wright. You can check out what Wright had to say about Larry's draft status here.

The Northern Star also continued its Top-50 Huskies feature with Nos. 40-31. Included are NBAerPaul Dawkins, and women's basketball points leader Lisa Foss.

WRESTLING RECRUITS PLACE NATIONALLY

Dave Grant is always watching.

This straight from Associate Head Wrestling Coach Ryan Ludwig on how the 2009-10 wrestling recruits did at NHSCA Senior Nationals, basically the biggest high school tournament of the year:

Two of the three recruits we signed in the early recruiting period last fall competed in the NHSCA Senior National tournament in Virginia Beach, VA. Jon McGookey made it to the national semi-finals, before placing 6th to garner All-American status at 152. Zack Benzio lost his first bout and battled all the way back through a really tough field to place 7th at 189. Benzio defeated the 2008 NHSCA Junior national champion (Boley) en route to garnering all-american status. Zach Neibert did not compete in the event, however, he was the NHSCA junior national champion a year ago at 119. You can find complete results from the tournament at www.nhsca.com.

PRACTICE MOVED TO WEDNESDAY

Today's football practice has been moved to tomorrow. The wind and rain today will just slow things down, and since you're only allowed a limited amount of spring practices (15), I think the coaches want to take full advantage of each one. As always, tomorrow's practice will be open to the public for you early-risers.

RICK CHRYST INTERVIEW

On March 30, Nick Gerogosian of VanDelaySports.com had the opportunity to spend time with MAC Commissioner Rick Chryst, resulting in this interview. Chryst announced in late January that he will be stepping down this June and pursuing other interests after leading the Mid-American Conference for the past decade.

Event Calendar
Women's Golf
Monday, Feb 8 at MAC Match Play
Men's Basketball
Tuesday, Feb 9 at Kent State
Women's Golf
Tuesday, Feb 9 at MAC Match Play
Women's Basketball
Wednesday, Feb 10 vs Miami (Oh)
Men's Tennis
Friday, Feb 12 vs Illinois State
Men's Tennis
Friday, Feb 12 vs Nebraska-Omaha
Women's Gymnastics
Friday, Feb 12 vs Central Michigan
Women's Gymnastics
Friday, Feb 12 vs Temple
Women's Gymnastics
Friday, Feb 12 vs Alaska-Anchorage
Women's Track
Friday, Feb 12 vs Iowa State Classic
Women's Track
Friday, Feb 12 vs Fred Wilt Invite
Men's Basketball
Saturday, Feb 13 vs Akron
Women's Basketball
Saturday, Feb 13 vs Central Michigan
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Feb 13 at Milwaukee
Women's Track
Saturday, Feb 13 vs Iowa State Classic
Women's Track
Saturday, Feb 13 vs Fred Wilt Invite
Men's Tennis
Sunday, Feb 14 vs Cleveland State
Wrestling
Sunday, Feb 14 at Buffalo
Women's Gymnastics
Sunday, Feb 14 vs Western Michigan
Men's Basketball
Tuesday, Feb 16 vs Bowling Green
Women's Basketball
Wednesday, Feb 17 vs Ball State
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