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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 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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