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Huskie Happenings Archive - April 26-30
RECORD-BREAKING HUSKIE OPEN
By Megan Wallace | Posted at 2:02 pm on Friday, April 30, 2010
NIU track and field sprinter Rasheta Butler set an NIU school record in the 100-meter dash, outpacing her competition with a time of 11.83 at the second-annual Huskie Open, Thursday. The video above captures Butler's record-breaking feat. The Huskies captured multiple first-place and career-best finishes at the meet, read the full story here.
RE-LIVE THE VICTORS AWARDS SHOW!
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:18 am on Friday, April 30, 2010
Northern Illinois student-athletes, coaches and staff from all 17 Huskie sports programs came together Monday night at Victor E. Court in the Convocation Center to celebrate "The Victors," a unique awards ceremony that featured both traditional and new awards. Check out a visual montage of the festivities in our Photo Gallery.
FREE TO START FOR COWBOYS
By Joe Summins | Posted at 3:08 pm on Thursday, April 29, 2010
Former Northern Illinois tackle and current Dallas Cowboy Doug Freereceived a promotion this week. Free, who's entering his fourth season with the Cowboys, was given the starting nod early in the offseason. This story by David Moore of The Dallas Morning News talks about the decision and Free's reaction.
MEN'S TENNIS GOES GLOBAL
By Brad Taylor | Posted at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2010
It took some time for Ukraine-native Maksym Bartiuk to adjust to America and college life, but the standout freshman has been dominant since mid-February and is a leading contender for the Mid-American Conference Newcomer and Player of the Year awards. Bartiuk and first-year head coach Patrick Fisher recently took time out of practice to discuss Bartiuk's immediate success at NIU and the Huskies' chances at the MAC Championships, which start today with a first round contest versus Toledo.
HUSKIE RUNNING GAME SOLID
By Joe Summins | Posted at 11:08 am on Thursday, April 29, 2010
One of the deepest positions on the Huskie football team is running back. The Daily Chronicle's John Sahly breaks down the spring turned in by NIU's running backs as his Spring Review continues in today's paper.
CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR MAC EXPANSION?
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:41 am on Thursday, April 29, 2010
Certainly nothing is imminent, but with all the talk surrounding expansion in the BCS Conferences, including the Big Ten, it doesn't hurt to prepare for expansion/re-alignment changes that may affect the membership of the Mid-American Conference. The Toledo Blade's Zach Silka interviewed MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher on that issue, and filed this story in today's paper.
HUSKIES HOST SECOND ANNUAL HUSKIE OPEN
By Megan Wallace | Posted at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Come out and support your Huskies tomorrow when the track and field team host the second-annual Huskie Open at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. The Huskies will host Robert Morris College in a final tune-up before they head to the MAC Championships, May 12-15
Events will kick-off with field events at 11:30, while running events slated to begin shortly after at 12:30 p.m..
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:23 pm on Wednesday, April 28, 2010
As an added benefit for Huskie All-Access subscribers, we'll be broadcasting a handful of Huskie baseball and softball games throughout the middle of this week and this weekend. TODAY's 3:35 non-conference contest against in-state rival Bradley will be broadcast live, with Russell Houghtaling and Zach Peters providing the call. Friday's softball doubleheader versus visiting Ball State will be carried live, as will the third game of the Miami (Ohio) series on Sunday. Last year's award-winning crew of Houghtaling and Brett McWethy will be the brains behind that operation. Check it out, and to sign up for Huskie All-Access, CLICK HERE!
FOOTBALL TALK CONTINUES
By Joe Summins | Posted at 2:10 pm on Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The Daily Chronicle's John Sahly gives a post-spring practice break down of the Huskies' quarterback situation in today's paper. He was also on yesterday's MAC Football Coaches Conference call and filed this story about the Huskies and other topics around the league.
EXERCISE ILLUSTRATES COOPERATION WITH COMMUNITY
By Joe Summins | Posted at 1:23 pm on Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Huskie Athletic Training; in collaboration with the NIU Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education Athletic Training Program, DeKalb Fire Department, NIU Department of Police and Public Safety, KishHealth Emergency Medical Services System, OSF St. Anthony's Lifeline; performed a joint cervical spine management exercise on the Northern Illinois campus Tuesday morning.
Former NIU defensive lineman Alex Krutsch suited up in his pads one more time to make the training as real as possible for the participants. The purpose of the exercise was four fold, education, equipment, protocol coordination and collaboration between multiple agencies. First and foremost was the educational opportunity it afforded NIU's athletic training staff and its undergraduate athletic training students.
"We were able to interact with all of the organizations that would assist us in providing the best care to our injured student-athlete," NIU assistant athletic director for sports medicine and athletic training Phil Voorhis said. "By planning on one of the worst case scenarios, we can be better prepared to provide care. We were also able to coordinate the equipment and protocol for immediate stabilization and transportation of the injured."
Unfortunately, due to a "real life" call, OSF's Lifeline was unable to be on site. However, the participants and observers were educated on the procedures for coordinating a medical helicopter evacuation. Tuesday's exercise was a prime example of the cooperation between Northern Illinois University and the public safety agencies of DeKalb and surrounding community.
"We have a great working relationship with NIU police and NIU athletic training," DeKalb assistant fire chief Scott Love said. "Any chance we can preplan for situations like this, helps us in the future. We were in front of 40 future allied health professionals Hopefully this will encourage them to work well with their local fire and EMS providers."
The NIU men's soccer team completed an undefeated spring season and won the Governor's Cup (Illinois soccer bragging rights). Full story here. Video above.
TRACK HUSKIE TENNIS THIS WEEKEND WITH MAC TOURNEY CENTRAL
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:56 am on Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The men's and women's tennis teams head to the Mid-American Conference Championships this weekend, and the women's matches, in Kalamazoo, Mich., can be tracked via live scoring. The ninth-seeded Huskie women's squad will take on No. 8 Ball State Thursday beginning at noon, while the fifth-seeded men's team will take on No. 4 Toledo at 1 p.m. Stay tuned for NIUHuskies.com later this afternoon for preview stories, and while you're here, take a gander at the men's and women's MAC Tournament Central pages.
DOWNLOAD THE FREE OFFICIAL NIU "B-LINE" DESKTOP CHANNEL!
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:33 am on Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The new, upgraded version of the free NIU Huskies B-Line Channel App - adding speed, ease of use, and greater capabilities, is now available ... the application includes a free team logo screensaver, free news and video alerts, a five-day weather forecast and MUCH MORE! Download it here TODAY!
THREE OF A KIND
By Joe Summins | Posted at 3:02 pm on Tuesday, April 27, 2010
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:03 am on Monday, April 26, 2010
Northern Illinois men's tennis freshman standout Maksym Bartiuk caught up with Jon Styf, sports editor of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, on Friday afternoon, to recap what has been a stellar first campaign. Bartiuk was just returning from Wal-Mart, where he picked up some bare essentials. Take some time out for this great read. Also, watch out for a YouTube video we'll have later this week.
COACH KILL ANALYZES MAC'S GRADUATED QB'S IN "THE TRIB"
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:38 am on Monday, April 26, 2010