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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.

 

TURF TEAR-UP TRUCKS-ON

CONVO'S COLOSSAL CLEAN SWEEP THIS WEEKEND

Love garage sales? Hit up DeKalb/Sycamore's biggest garage sale this weekend: The Convo Colossal Clean Sweep. For just a buck, you can get in and shop at more than 70 vendors. Parking for the event is free at what Dana Herra of the Daily Chronicle calls an "indoor flea market." I'm not sure how many fleas will be for sale, Dana, but I am looking forward to finding a new vacuum cleaner, so I'll be there.

SOFTBALL LOOKS TO LOCK UP TOURNEY BID AT KENT STATE

The Northern Illinois softball team embarks on its final road trip of the season when the Huskies travel to Kent State and Buffalo this weekend, looking to solidify a spot in the 2009 Mid-American Conference Softball Tournament.

Heading into this weekend's games, the NIU softball team sits in third place in the MAC West. Only the top two teams from each division plus the next four teams with the best conference winning percentage regardless of division make the 2009 MAC Tournament, which is taking place May 7-10 in Akron, Ohio. Follow Friday's doubleheader LIVE HERE with Kent State's live stats.

BASEBALL GETS CHIPPY

With only two Mid-American Conference series remaining after this weekend, the Northern Illinois baseball team will look to improve upon its fifth-place position in the Mid-American Conference-West Division, as the Huskies take on MAC West third-place holder Central Michigan in a three-game set this weekend with games on Friday at 2 p.m. CT, Saturday at 1 p.m., and Sunday at noon.

The Huskie offense that had scored at least seven runs in 10 of its last 11 games before its recent three-game slump of scoring just eight combined runs, will look to get back on track against a Chippewa pitching staff that has a 5.81 ERA, which is fourth in the MAC. CMU starters Taylor (2nd) and Teno (8th) both rank in the top ten in the league in ERA, while also ranking in the top three in strikeouts with 54 (3rd) and 58 (1st), respectively.

Follow Friday's series opener live!

FOLLOW THE MEN'S GOLF TEAM AT THE MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS!

The Northern Illinois men's golf team sits in seventh place at the Mid-American Conference Championships at the par 72, 6,994-yard Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis. Nine MAC men's golf teams are vying for the crown over 72 holes, and you can follow Friday's and Saturday's results here.

SPEAKING OF GOLF

Rich Harvest Farms cracked the top 50 in Golf Digest's recent list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses. The home of Huskie golf, Rich Harvest Links moved up five spots from last year and was rated No. 46 in this year's list. Rich Harvest Farms, an 18-hole par 72 course located in Sugar Grove, Ill., is the longest course on the list at 7,758 yards.

Rich Harvest is not only the home course for NIU, but will serve as the site of the 2009 Solheim Cup August 17-23, 2009. The Solheim Cup features matches between the top European-born players from the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the top U.S.-born players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association competing in a format similar to the Ryder Cup.

If you just can't get enough golf, you can check out Golf Digest's complete list of its top-100 courses in the U.S.

LOOKING FOR A SUMMER CAMP?

Numerous summer camps are still open for registration on NIUHuskies.com. Registration is available online, and you can also download a brochure with detailed information and dates! With over 40 camps available in 11 different sports programs, there's bound to be something for you!

 

Event Calendar
Men's Soccer
Friday, Aug 22 at DePauw
Women's Soccer
Friday, Aug 22 at Illinois State
Women's Soccer
Sunday, Aug 24 at Western Illinois
Football
Thursday, Aug 28 vs Presbyterian
Men's Soccer
Friday, Aug 29 vs Hofstra
Women's Soccer
Friday, Aug 29 at Hawai'i
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Aug 29 vs Presbyterian
Women's Cross Country
Friday, Aug 29 vs NIU Night Race
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Aug 30 vs Colorado
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Aug 30 vs Northwestern
Men's Soccer
Sunday, Aug 31 vs Quinnipiac
Women's Soccer
Sunday, Aug 31 vs Seattle University