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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 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 First Round
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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