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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
Men's Basketball
Friday, Mar 6 at Ball State
Baseball
Friday, Mar 6 at Southern Illinois
Women's Basketball
Saturday, Mar 7 at Western Michigan
Baseball
Saturday, Mar 7 at Southern Illinois
Softball
Saturday, Mar 7 vs Florida A&M
Softball
Saturday, Mar 7 vs Sacred Heart
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Mar 7 at DePaul
Wrestling
Saturday, Mar 7 vs MAC Championships
Women's Gymnastics
Saturday, Mar 7 vs State of Illinois Classic
Baseball
Sunday, Mar 8 at Southern Illinois
Softball
Sunday, Mar 8 vs Southern Illinois
Wrestling
Sunday, Mar 8 vs MAC Championships
Men's Basketball
Monday, Mar 9 vs First Round
Women's Basketball
Monday, Mar 9 vs Central Michigan
Baseball
Tuesday, Mar 10 at Murray State
Softball
Tuesday, Mar 10 vs Saint Peter's
Softball
Tuesday, Mar 10 vs Bucknell
Women's Tennis
Tuesday, Mar 10 at Bucknell
Men's Basketball
Wednesday, Mar 11 vs Second Round
Women's Basketball
Wednesday, Mar 11 vs Second Round
Baseball
Wednesday, Mar 11 at Murray State
Softball
Wednesday, Mar 11 vs Jacksonville
Women's Tennis
Wednesday, Mar 11 vs Bethune Cookman
Women's Tennis
Wednesday, Mar 11 vs Hampton University
Men's Basketball
Thursday, Mar 12 vs Quarterfinals
Women's Basketball
Thursday, Mar 12 vs Quarterfinal
Men's Basketball
Friday, Mar 13 vs Semifinals
Women's Basketball
Friday, Mar 13 vs Semifinal
Baseball
Friday, Mar 13 at Purdue
Women's Golf
Friday, Mar 13 at Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational
Women's Track
Friday, Mar 13 vs NCAA Indoor Championships
Men's Basketball
Saturday, Mar 14 vs Final
Women's Basketball
Saturday, Mar 14 vs Final
Women's Golf
Saturday, Mar 14 at Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational
Women's Track
Saturday, Mar 14 vs NCAA Indoor Championships
Women's Golf
Sunday, Mar 15 at Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational
Women's Gymnastics
Sunday, Mar 15 vs Eastern Michigan
Men's Golf
Sunday, Mar 15 at Talis Park Challenge
Men's Golf
Monday, Mar 16 at Talis Park Challenge
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