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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!

HORTON TO ENTER SPARTAN HoF

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Isn't he a little young to be a hall-of-famer?

Thanks to Jon Styf of the Daily Chronicle for this tidbit. Men's soccer player Brad Horton is being inducted into the Sycamore High School Hall of Fame. Last year, Horton led the Huskies with six goals and 15 points. He was an NSCAA High School All-American that scored eigth hat tricks and totaled 44 goals as a senior. They turn that Hall of Fame class around pretty quick; Horton's only going to be a sophomore this year.

HASF SPRING DRIVE-ING ME CRAZY!

We hear that things are still progressing at an excellent pace for our 2009 HASF Drive. This is the most important effort of the year for the HASF, as the annual fund dollars go directly support our sports programs and student-athletes.  So, if you are reading this and are not one of the almost 1,000 donors to date to the HASF this year, please renew or join today.  A simple call to (815) 753-1923 can take care of your donation in a matter of minutes!  For information on the HASF, click HERE.

HOOD EYES THE NEXT LEVEL

As the DeKalb Daily Chronicle's John Sahly writes, the Major League Baseball Draft started yesterday and runs through Thursday, Jordin Hood unquestionably has the talent to be selected at some point in the draft. The question is, when? Just one day in, Hood is still on the board.

SPEAKING OF BASEBALL ...

Brian Smith put up dazzling numbers as a freshman pitcher for Northern Illinois in 2005. He had six wins, three complete games and an ERA of 2.85. The next season, his ERA jumped to 6.03 and he needed surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow.

He hasn't thrown a pitch for the Huskies since 2006, but after getting another year of eligibility, Smith will be back next season
Event Calendar
Men's Soccer
Friday, Aug 22 at DePauw
Women's Soccer
Friday, Aug 22 at Illinois State
Women's Soccer
Sunday, Aug 24 at Western Illinois
Football
Thursday, Aug 28 vs Presbyterian
Men's Soccer
Friday, Aug 29 vs Hofstra
Women's Soccer
Friday, Aug 29 at Hawai'i
Women's Volleyball
Friday, Aug 29 vs Presbyterian
Women's Cross Country
Friday, Aug 29 vs NIU Night Race
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Aug 30 vs Colorado
Women's Volleyball
Saturday, Aug 30 vs Northwestern
Men's Soccer
Sunday, Aug 31 vs Quinnipiac
Women's Soccer
Sunday, Aug 31 vs Seattle University