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May 13, 2009

Huskie Happenings


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!

BASEBALL HEADS TO "THE ROCK"

The Northern Illinois baseball team will take a break from Mid-American Conference play Tuesday, when the Huskies travel to Road Ranger Stadium in Rockford, Ill., to take on Milwaukee beginning at 7:30 p.m.  It will be the first NCAA Division I game at the three-year-old stadium and the first game in Rockford for the NIU baseball program.  Admission is $5 with tickets only available on a walk-up basis. There will be no presale tickets.   

The Huskies and Panthers have already met three times this year with UW-Milwaukee holding a 2-1 edge after sweeping a doubleheader (5-2, 6-4) on April 28 in Milwaukee behind a pair of late three-run home runs, one by Tim Patzman in game one and the other by Paul Hoenecke in game two. The Huskies got their win against the Panthers on April 1 in a 5-3 decision with strong performances from lefty Tom Barry and shortstop Alex Jones. Barry earned his second win of the year, giving up just one earned run on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts in five innings, while Jones went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI.

CLEANING DAY

It's cleaning day here at NIU Athletics. Once a year, we take a break from the run-around life of working in collegiate athletics to clean up the mess we've made over the last 364 (or 365 in a leap year) days. The entire department staff will take the day to scrub, dust, mop, file, organize, sweep, polish, bathe, blot, brush, deodorize, scrape, scour, sanitize, regine, purge, flush, dredge, wipe, launder, clear, expunge, exfoliate, soap, sponge and cleanse. You're welcome to come help ;) Time to get started!

SIMON SIGNS

Word around here is that the Saints have signed former NIU wide receiver Matt Simon. Stay tuned to NIUHuskies.com for more details later today.

PAPER OR PLASTIC? NEITHER. GO GREEN!

The Huskie Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is partnering with all the other schools in the MAC for a "Go Green" initiative. Northern Illinois' part was to collect plastic bags for recycling. Each NIU team competed to see who can collect the most. NIU officials (interns) are counting the bags now to find out who won.

The big lesson from bag drive: don't just throw your bags away! Plastic bags are recycled into many different products. Most plastic bags are recycled into composite lumber but can also be reprocessed into small pellets, or post consumer resin, which can become feed stock for a variety of products such as new bags, pallets, containers, crates, and pipe.

Another SAAC note, the 2009-10 Executive Board Members are set. They are:

Brian Smith, President (Baseball)
Dave Reynolds, Vice-President (Baseball)
Brooke Forsberg, Secretary (Women's Tennis)
Mary Bull, Treasurer & Athletic Board Rep (Track & Field)
Kaylee Walters, Director of Communication, (Track & Field)
Patricia Bautista, Challenge of Champions Director, (Track & Field)
Mauvolyene Adams, Athletic Board Representative (Women's Basketball)
In addition, Rachel Pinson (Track & Field) will serve as the CHAMPS-SAAC liason.
Event Calendar
Baseball
Friday, Apr 18 vs Central Michigan
Softball
Friday, Apr 18 at Central Michigan
Softball
Friday, Apr 18 at Central Michigan
Women's Tennis
Friday, Apr 18 vs Toledo
Women's Track
Friday, Apr 18 at Mt. SAC Relays
Men's Tennis
Friday, Apr 18 vs Buffalo
Football
Saturday, Apr 19 vs NIU Spring Game
Baseball
Saturday, Apr 19 vs Central Michigan
Softball
Saturday, Apr 19 at Eastern Michigan
Women's Track
Saturday, Apr 19 at Blue Demon Invitational
Women's Track
Saturday, Apr 19 at Beach Invitational
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Apr 19 vs Eastern Michigan
Men's Golf
Saturday, Apr 19 vs Boilermaker Invitational
Baseball
Sunday, Apr 20 vs Central Michigan
Softball
Sunday, Apr 20 at Eastern Michigan
Men's Golf
Sunday, Apr 20 vs Boilermaker Invitational
Women's Track
Tuesday, Apr 22 vs Penn Relays
Baseball
Wednesday, Apr 23 vs Milwaukee
Softball
Wednesday, Apr 23 at Loyola
Softball
Wednesday, Apr 23 at Loyola
Women's Track
Wednesday, Apr 23 vs Penn Relays
Women's Track
Thursday, Apr 24 at Penn Relays
Baseball
Friday, Apr 25 at Western Michigan
Women's Golf
Friday, Apr 25 vs MAC Championship
Women's Tennis
Friday, Apr 25 vs MAC Championships
Men's Tennis
Friday, Apr 25 vs MAC Championships
Baseball
Saturday, Apr 26 at Western Michigan
Women's Golf
Saturday, Apr 26 vs MAC Championship
Women's Tennis
Saturday, Apr 26 vs MAC Championships
Women's Golf
Sunday, Apr 27 vs MAC Championship
Women's Tennis
Sunday, Apr 27 vs MAC Championships