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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.

 

WOMEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS UPDATE

The Northern Illinois women's golf team just wrapped up a practice round at the MAC Championships. The Huskies are playing at Longaberger Golf Club, one of just 16 five-star courses in the country, and a course that's on both the Golf Digest and Golf Magazine top public courses lists. The Huskies tee off tomorrow at 8:05 (CST) in a group with Ball State and Ohio. Reports from Longaberger say it's sunny but windy. Good luck to our women's golfers this weekend!

GETTING TO KNOW Tracy Wilson

Get to know Harvard, Ill. native Tracy Wilson, who loves calculus and his mother's cooking with this Q&A.

A RETURN TRIP TO SOLDIER FIELD

For the second time in as many seasons, a Northern Illinois team will be playing at historic Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. The Huskie women's soccer team will take part in the KICKS Against Breast Cancer Collegiate Soccer Invitational, Sunday. You can catch all the details of the event here, including game times.

PRACTICE REPORT

The NIU football team completed its next to last practice Thursday morning under cold and windy conditions. It's a far cry from the forecast for the Huskies' final practice of the spring, which is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Huskie Stadium.

With the lack of numbers, and the desire to stay healthy, Saturday's Spring Preview will not be a game but rather a typical practice. It will give fans a great opportunity to see what Huskie football players go through day in and day out. However, the practice is just a small component of what will be taking place Saturday.

Before practice, fans are invited to come out for the Huskie Athletic Scholarship Fund's Third Annual Tailgate Showdown on the west side of Huskie Stadium. The Tailgate Showdown begins at 11 a.m. and will feature 18 teams of cooks and admission to the event is $10. It will be fans last chance to get a glimpse of former NIU defensive end Larry English as he will be in attendance before heading home to watch the NFL Draft.

Also, check out the Daily Chronicle's practice report here.

GYMNASTICS, VOLLEYBALL ACE APR

The Northern Illinois University women's gymnastics and women's volleyball programs were publicly recognized by the NCAA Wednesday as the latest multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR) for those two teams rank in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. Gymnastics, under head coach Mark Sontag, scored a perfect1,000, while Ray Gooden's volleyball team hit 995. You can check out all the details on NIU's top teams here, and read the NCAA's announcement.

THIS IS HOW HE TRAINED...

In case any of you were wondering how wide receivers coach PJ Fleck trained for the marathon he ran over the weekend, you can check out this video from his time with the San Francisco 49ers. It's an absolute gem.

WOMEN'S NETTERS SET TO FACE BALL STATE AT MAC TOURNEY

The women's tennis team is up first on championship weekend. The eighth-seeded Huskies take on No. 9 Ball State in the opening round of the Mid-American Conference Championships in Bowling Green, Ohio, Thursday, beginning at 11 a.m. Click here for MAC Women's Tennis Championship Central, and follow the Huskies in their quest to advance to the quarterfinals for the second-consecutive year!

MEN'S TENNIS BEGINS POSTSEASON QUEST AGAINST CHICAGO STATE

The men's tennis team is the only team seeded in the top-three of the Mid-American Conference Championships scheduled to play a quarterfinal match, but it may be just what the Huskies need, as the team enters the postseason on a three-match winning streak. Keep up with the "happenings" of the event in MAC Men's Tennis Championships Central, and read the NIUHuskies.com preview here.

HUSKIES JOIN LIFE GOES ON

Secretary of State Jesse White jokes with members of the Huskie men's basketball team..

As announced at a press conference yesterday, Northern Illinois University Athletics has joined Secretary of State Jesse White to promote the "Life Goes On" organ and tissue donation program. You can watch the press conference, which features comments from Jeff Compher, Jesse White, and Jarrett Payton, son of former Chicago Bears great Walter Payton. You can also catch all the details in this release.

Dana Herra of the Daily Chronicle also wrote a story on Jesse White's trip to DeKalb. And the Northern Star put together this story on the new partnership.

Event Calendar
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Oct 31 at Ball State
Men's Tennis
Friday, Oct 31 vs MAC Fall Indoor Chmpionships
Men's Soccer
Saturday, Nov 1 vs Akron
Women's Cross Country
Saturday, Nov 1 vs MAC Championships
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Nov 1 at Toledo
Men's Tennis
Saturday, Nov 1 vs MAC Fall Indoor Chmpionships
Women's Soccer
Sunday, Nov 2 at Miami (OH)
Wrestling
Sunday, Nov 2 at Michigan State Open
Men's Tennis
Sunday, Nov 2 vs MAC Fall Indoor Chmpionships
Football
Wednesday, Nov 5 at Ball State
Women's Volleyball
Thursday, Nov 6 at Western Michigan
Women's Soccer
Friday, Nov 7 vs Semifinals
Men's Basketball
Saturday, Nov 8 vs Roosevelt
Women's Basketball
Saturday, Nov 8 vs Lewis
Men's Soccer
Saturday, Nov 8 vs Bowling Green
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Nov 8 vs Bowling Green
Women's Soccer
Sunday, Nov 9 vs Finals
Wrestling
Sunday, Nov 9 vs Rider
Wrestling
Sunday, Nov 9 vs SIU Edwardsville
Wrestling
Sunday, Nov 9 at Illinois
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