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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

 ORDERING SEASON TICKETS EASIER THAN EVER

Football season ticket ordering is now easier than ever. Check out the redesigned Tickets page here at NIUHuskies.com to pick up your home or away tickets for the 2009 season. To help plan, here's next years football schedule.

 SO CLOSE

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The Northern Illinois softball team opened play at the MAC Tournament today against Miami (OH). in Akron, Ohio. The Huskies lost a heartbreaking 2-1 decision, but with the tournament format of double-elimination, the Huskies still have a shot. You can relive the game with the Huskie Gameday Blog. Also, you can view the bracket. Like we mentioned, the Huskies had won three-straight, which helped freshman Morgan Bittner to a MAC West Pitcher of the Week award last week. Hopefully, they can get back on the winning track tomorrow!

ENGLISH ON ESPN

Larry English will join ESPN 1380 AM out of Janesville, Wis., today on "Jock Talk." Click here for details.

"DANCE"-IN OVER HURDLES

Northern Illinois assistant men's basketball coach Sundance Wicks is a man of many talents and expertise.  During his high school athletic days at Campbell County High School in Gillette, Wyoming, Wicks was part of a "triple crown" of domination.  As a standout wide receiver, he helped lead the Camels to the 1999 state championship (their first in 30 years), and also was a part of state championship teams in both basketball and track and field.  He was named Wyoming's Millward Simpson Athlete of the Year as a senior.    

Wicks' expertise in track and field is on the hurdles, where he also was an all-conference performer at his alma mater, Northern State University.  That was after not running or practicing hurdles for two years, while he was playing professional basketball in Sweden's top division.  He returned to Northern State to begin his graduate assistantship under legendary head coach Don Meyer, but decided to "give the conference championships a shot" in his last semester of college eligibility.  He beat every hurdler on his own team, and in the league, to chalk up one more honor.  I'm sure his teammates that had been practicing all season were happy for him.


Why is this relevant to Huskie Happenings?  To celebrate the NIU track and field team's first home meet in more than 30 years, Wicks will be the PA Announcer at the event.  He wanted to re-live some of that track glory, and everyone else was going home for Mother's Day, so we decided to give him a shot.  Make sure to come out and support the Huskies Saturday! 

Event Calendar
Men's Soccer
Friday, Sept 5 at Cal Poly
Women's Soccer
Friday, Sept 5 vs Nebraska-Omaha
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Sept 5 vs Tennessee
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Sept 5 vs Omaha
Men's Golf
Friday, Sept 5 vs Northern Intercollegiate
Football
Saturday, Sept 6 at Northwestern
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Sept 6 at Iowa State
Men's Golf
Saturday, Sept 6 vs Northern Intercollegiate
Men's Soccer
Sunday, Sept 7 at Santa Clara
Men's Golf
Sunday, Sept 7 vs Northern Intercollegiate
Women's Volleyball
Tuesday, Sept 9 at Northern Iowa
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