CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES, COME ON!
Happy (early) Mother's Day, and Happy (slightly early) Graduation to all those folks celebrating this weekend!
Included in this weekend's celebration is Huskie Baseball Senior Day, Saturday, prior to NIU's 1 p.m. game against Ball State. Northern Illinois will honor seniors Nick Badgley, Justin Behm, Matt Behren, Brandon Copp and Pat Minogue for their time as Huskies, and will present NIU baseball alumn Adam Holdenrid with his 2008 Rawlings Gold Glove Award. All Huskie baseball alumni in attendance will also be recognized, and are encouraged to arrive early and sign in at the Alumni Tent behind the NIU dugout.
DEAR DIARY, TODAY I HAD TWO SACKS...
Former NIU defensive end Larry English is journaling/bloging/writing a diary at Chargers.com. You can get straight to it with this link. Here's just a nugget from the first entry:
"I feel blessed that I was drafted to a team with so many quality veterans. It's a great locker room. Shaun Phillips and Shawne Merriman have both been really helpful to me, showing me the ropes. Kevin Burnett is another guy who helped me out last weekend. I'm going to benefit from playing with those guys."
It's a good read. I recommend it, and think it will be a fun thing to look forward to all season long.
HISTORY IN THE MAKING
Northern Illinois Athletics history will be made tomorrow, when the Huskie track and field team hosts the first meet at the new NIU Track & Field and Soccer Complex. You can catch the NIUHuskies.com preview of the event, which starts at 11 a.m. and should run through about 3 p.m.
Of course, tomorrow is also graduation at the Convocation Center, so here's some important parking information to remember: Lots 24 and 25 (by the water tower), Lot 33 (Dorland Building lot), Stadium Drive South, Lot 31, Lot 31A, and Stadium Drive North are all open to fans for parking at athletic events, Saturday. There should be some folks around, so if you have any trouble figuring out where to park, just ask!
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
After stayin' alive yesterday with a 9-4 win over Bowling Green (box score) the Huskies face Kent State today at 12 p.m. (CST). NIU and the Golden Flashes split the season series a week ago, with each team winning a game 3-0. If the Huskies win, they'll be ready for some Saturday Night Fever in a rematch against fourth-seeded Miami (OH). The Huskies lost a tough 2-1 decision to the Redhawks in the opening round of the tournament, and would be out for a little revenge.
BUSY SUMMER CONTINUES FOR OWENS
NIU head women's basketball coach Carol Owens is keeping busy this summer. In addition to coaching USA Basketball Women's U19 Championship Team which will be competing at the FIBA World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand July 23-August 3, she is participating in the NCAA's Women of Color Symposium that starts Thursday night and continues Friday. The NCAA national office is partnering with the Black Women in Sports Foundation. Owens is part of a group of 24 administrators, coaches and academics representing all three divisions, various backgrounds and areas of expertise and multiple sports that were selected to participate in the symposium and will be charged with generating recommendations. You can read more by clicking here.