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June 1, 2010


By Joe Summins | Posted at 10:04 am on Friday, May 28, 2010

College Football ranked the MAC's skill positions for 2010 and three Huskies represented NIU on three of the five positions. Chandler Harnish was the highest placed Huskie ranking as the No. 2 quarterback in the MAC, while Chad Spann was fourth among the conference's running backs. Landon Cox made the list of the league's top wide outs placing 12th. The Web site also broke down the Huskies' offseason and previewed the 2010 season back in February. Here's the post in case you missed it.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 1:26 pm on Thursday, May 27, 2010


NIU and national top-50 golf couse Rich Harvest Farms have teamed up on a bid to host the NCAA Men's Golf Championships. RHF has already hosted the 2007 NCAA Regional and 2009 Solheim Cup. Check out this story on the bid in today's Aurora Beacon News.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 1:20 pm on Thursday, May 27, 2010


Big update from China. In addition to the blog below, you can check out this Facebook Photo Gallery is Xavier Silas and Sean Kowal with Reach USA. Below is a blog entry, courtesy of Rob Spear, co-founder of Reach USA.

Trailing by one with 3.4 seconds to go, Peyton Siva went coast-to-coast for a twisting layup game winner over the 7 ft. 4 Russian as Reach USA pulled out a thrilling 70-69 win over the Russia Peak All Stars.

In a game that was sloppy from the outset, the Russian team controlled the tempo with their size and ability to get to the offensive glass. The upset was in the making as the Reach team could not hit anything from the field and was in foul trouble much of the game.  With 5:45 to go the Russians led by 5 but the US team battled back to take a one point lead.  Carlton Fay then hit 1 of 2 free throws to give Reach a two point edge.  With 5 seconds on the clock a last ditch shot stuck between the rim and backboard and Peak had possession.  On the inbounds play, a lob to the 7' 4" big man found the bottom of the net and Reach fouled. After a made free throw with 3.4, the stage was set for Siva's fantastic finish.  Driving through two defenders, he used his bottom to shield the big Russian and kissed it off the glass for the winner.  Siva led the winners with 15 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 assists.  Josh Harrellson was the only other Reach member in double figures with 11.  Reach USA closes the trip with a 6-3 record.  


By Joe Summins | Posted at 8:49 am on Thursday, May 27, 2010

If you're down in the Wrigleyville area after today's Cubs' game (1:20 p.m.), then head on down to Goose Island for the Chicago stop on NIU's 2010 Spring Coaches Caravans. Slated to speak this afternoon are head football coach Jerry Kill, head men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton and the leader of NIU's men's soccer program, Eric Luzzi. Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher we be on hand as well giving fans an update on all the goings on in NIU athletics.


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:26 am on Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Below is a blog entry, courtesy of Rob Spear, co-founder of Reach USA. 

Trailing early, but taking the lead at the 4:16 mark, Reach USA jumped on the Russian Peak All Stars, 98-78, in its first date outside of the seven-game series against the Bayi Rockets. The Russian team is made up of 12 All-Stars from the pro leagues in Russia, which are on an eight-game tour.  They were 2-0 coming into the contest.

Reach put together a complete game with four players in double figures, led by Carlton Fay with 21; Josh Harrellson added 13 and Peyton Siva along with Skylar McBee tossed in 12.   Harrellson grabbed a team high 12 rebounds while Siva joined the double-double night with 11 assists.

Xavier Silas scored nine points, while Sean Kowal chipped in four points off the bench. 


Ferrell is ready to drop some tennis knowledge on the DeKalb/Sycamore community.

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:44 am on Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Head women's tennis coach Ryun Ferrell announced the dates for the Northern Illinois Tennis Clinics and High School Team Camp on Wednesday.  The program begins with two free clinics, on Wednesday June 2 and Thursday, June 3.  
Ferrell and head men's tennis coach Patrick Fisher will hold seven elementary school clinics, and seven junior high/high school sessions.  Both programs will be kicked off with a free clinic - the complimentary elementary clinic is scheduled for June 2 from 6-7 p.m., while the junior high/high school session will be held the next day (June 3), beginning at 6 p.m., free of charge.  

Elementary School Clinic -
June 2, 2010 - FREE CLINIC - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
June 9, 2010 - $10 per person - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.                
June 16, 2010 - $10 per person - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
June 23, 2010 - $10 per person - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
July 7, 2010 - $10 per person - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
July 14, 2010 - $10 per person - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
July 28, 2010 - $10 per person - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Junior High and High School Clinics -
June 3, 2010 - FREE Clinic - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
June 10, 2010 - $10 per person - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
June 17, 2010 - $10 per person - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
June 24, 2010 - $10 per person - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
July 8, 2010 - $10 per person - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
July, 15, 2010 - $10 per person - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
 July 29, 2010 - $10 per person - 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Junior High and High School Camp -
July 12 - 15, 2010 - $120 per person - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

With questions, please contact Ferrell in the NIU Women's Tennis Office (815.753.9536), or via e-mail at


By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:16 am on Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Sun-Times had a great feature story on Garrett Wolfe yesterday. Wolfe helped out former Huskie teammate Travis Moore, the football coach at Eisenhower High School, donating new jerseys, and football equipment to the Cardinals. Moore and Wolfe were members of the Northern Illinois squad that beat Troy State in the 2004 Silicon Valley Bowl. As the story points out, donating to local high schools is a habit with Wolfe.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 4:14 pm on Monday, May 24, 2010

After being a 31st-round draft pick by the Detroit Tigers in 2008, former NIU right-handed hurler Trevor Feeney (2005-08) has worked his way to the top of the Midwest League as a member of the West Michigan Whitecaps, Class A affiliate of the Tigers.

Last week, the 23-year-old was honored as the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week following a complete-game effort in a 3-1 win against the South Bend Silver Hawks.  In tossing 107 pitches, the Channahon, Ill. native and Joliet Catholic High School graduate worked around six hits and one walk, striking out seven, while giving up just an earned run. 

On the season, Feeney is 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA in eight starts.  He ranks first in the league with 56 innings pitched and third with 47 strikeouts. 


By Joe Summins | Posted at 11:17 am on Monday, May 24, 2010

The Huskies got a little love from's Graham Watson in her post today. While the other bloggers were ranking the BCS conferences, Watson broke down the non-AQ conferences. She ranked the Mid-American Confernece 10th, and cited Northern Illinois as one one of the top teams in the league.


Kowal is a big eater; my guess is that he powered a couple of these down en route to nine points and six boards.

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 11:01 am on Monday, May 24, 2010

After six very competitive affairs, Reach USA broke out in Game 7 of its series against the Bayi Rockets, posting a convincing 97-60 win in Fuling, China.  Xavier Silas (13 points) and Sean Kowal (9 points, 6 rebounds) combined for 22 tallies in the win.  Below is a blog entry from Rob Spears about the game.  Thanks alot to Rob for keeping us all so informed!

Hard to believe what happens when you get to eat a little KFC before the game! Following the first taste of some good ole Kentucky Fried Chicken, Reach USA came out like gangbusters, taking a 20-5 lead after 3:30 minutes into the game, and cruised to a 97-62 win in the 7th game to take a 4-3 series win.

Peyton Siva came out with his best early in the game, getting eight points, four rebounds, two steals and four assists in the first 3:30. Carlton Fay hit for 10 in the first quarter and Reach took a 37-9 lead at the end of the first.  Things did not get any better for the Chinese team as the halftime score was 61-24.  Reach USA stretched to a 79-41 lead at the end of the third and rolled how with the 37 point win.


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 10:34 am on Monday, May 24, 2010

Pete Conrad of the Dayton Daily News filed an interesting piece today focusing on the growing possibility for expansion in college athletics.  While the article focuses much on Miami (Ohio), there are also some comments from MAC commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, and Conrad touches on the success of the league last year in both football and men's basketball.

Something to consider: if the Big Ten grows to 12, 14 or even 16 teams, how would that affect the non-conference scheduling for MAC members, particularly in football? 



By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:40 am on Monday, May 24, 2010

The NIU Huskies Facebook "Like" drive flew past 1,000 people over the weekend. New goal? Up to 2,000. So get back on your Facebook account (what's it been, 10 minutes since you were last on? Addict.), search NIU Huskies and "like" us. We alredy like you. And post something on our wall. We'd love to hear from you! If you don't have a Facebook account, I'd encourage you to sign up. Everybody's doing it.


By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:15 am on Monday, May 24, 2010

Blog Entry, Courtesy of Rob Spear, co-founder of Reach USA

Yes, there is a game seven some where.  While the NBA seems to be lacking in the seven game exciting series fianale , Reach USA and Bayi will get it on in game seven of their series as a result of an 88-81 Bayi win in game six.

Reach USA jumped out to a 9-2 lead early as a result of Carlton Fay's hot start hitting seven-of the first nine.  They could only hold on to a three-point lead at the end of one and Bayi fought back to tie the score, 38-38, at half. 

Bayi came out hot and out-scored the U.S. squad 12-1, and built up a 14-point lead and led by eight at the end of three. Reach was able to cut the lead down to three with 1:30 to go, but missed a three to tie and could not get closer.



By Brett McWethy | Posted at 4:17 pm on Saturday, May 22, 2010

2010 Day off Update; Courtesy of Rob Spear
We had a great off day yesterday and a good start to our day today as well.  We had a five-hour bus ride yesterday that was not too bad.  We had a chance to stop and take pictures at some amazing places.  We arrived in what was referred to as a small country town, which has 2,000 in population called Shizhou.  It is an older quiet town, but as usual, we have been so well received.  The hotel is an older Chinese hotel, without an elevator, so it is a slight change from the other ones, yet real nice.  We got a opportunity to walk around and found an old favorite of ours, Diko's.  This is an American style fast food place that is a chain in China.  They have fried chicken, chicken sandwiches, fries, ice cream, and home made donuts.  It was a nice snack for some.

We went to eat what is known as "Hot Pot."  It is a place where you cook your own food in boiling something, (i.e. water, oil, spices).  Then you drop everything into the spicy side or moderate side.  The spicy is HOT!   We ate cow intestines, eel, beef, potatoes, squid, crab, noodles, and some things I was not sure about.  The guys did great in trying some new items.  Though some were different they were pretty good.  We went to Diko's afterwards for ice cream.  I needed that to just get the taste back in my mouth from the heat.

This morning, we were going to a temple, but the roads up in the mountains were muddy from the rain so we just walked down by the park on the river.  We got to see some monuments and headed back to the hotel.  We are getting ready to go to a shoot around.
I would like to say how great we are being treated here in China. The host people are great.  The hotels and food have been the best we have had to date on all of our trips.  The Chinese people are, well what can I say, they are the most hospitable and friendly people you can imagine.  We have made a lot of new friends and are real excited about what is to come.   


Head men's tennis coach Patrick Fisher is a new daddy!

By Brett McWethy | Posted at 11:56 am on Friday, May 21, 2010

The Huskie family keeps growing!  Head men's tennis coach Patrick Fisher and his wife Tegan gave birth to their second child, a baby girl, Thursday night at about 9:30 p.m.  The couple hasn't selected a name yet, but the baby weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long.  Congrats to the Fisher's, and welcome to the Huskie family!   


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:18 am on Monday, May 24, 2010

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