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Huskie Happenings Archive Jun 21-25
HUSKIE HALL OF FAMER PASSES AWAY
By Joe Summins | Posted at 11:10 am on Friday, June 25, 2010
The NIU athletics family would like to extend its heart-felt condolences to the family of Huskie Hall of Famer Orville "Ollie" Krahenbuhl who passed away Wednesday. Mr. Krahenbuhl was 92 years old and played football, basketball and baseball at NIU from 1937-41 and was a 1985 inductee into NIU's Hall of Fame. Visitiation is set for Sunday, June 27 from 2-5 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, with services scheduled for June 28 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Lee, Ill.
TEABERRY TO SPEAK ABOUT OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE
By Megan Wallace | Posted at 12:14 pm on Thursday, June 24, 2010
NIU head track and field coach Connie Teaberry will be speaking to local youth about her Olympic experience at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga. in honor the 2010 Olympic Day in the United States on Friday, June 25. As part of a nation-wide effort to teach youth in local communities about the Olympic ideals of fair play, perseverance, respect and sportmanship coach Teaberry will speak to children and members of the Kishwaukee YMCA in DeKalb at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
Click here to read about the details of tomorrow's event and make sure to check back with us next week for video from the event!
COMMUNITY SERVICE TOTALS ARE IN...
By Megan Wallace | Posted at 12:09 pm on Thursday, June 24, 2010
Congratulations to our NIU student-athletes who logged a record 8,110 community service hours during the 2009-10 academic year. Surpassing last year's hours by nearly 3,000, this record-breaking number is the most community service hours logged by student-athletes in NIU history. The totale is a compilation of community service hours recorded by all student-athletes and is representative of how involved the NIU Huskies are within the community. Congratulations and keep up the hard work!
FORMER HUSKIE HURLER FEENEY FLOURISHING
By Zach Peters | Posted at 11:52 am on Thursday, June 24, 2010
Since leaving campus in 2008 for the Detroit Tigers organization after being drafted in the 31st round, former NIU starting pitcher Trevor Feeney (2005-08) has progressed from dominating Mid-American Conference hitters to frustrating future Major Leaguers. Dick Goss of The Herald-Newsrecently featured Feeney and several other Joliet area players on their successes in professional baseball.
MORE ON MAC EXPANSION
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:35 am on Thursday, June 24, 2010
John Sahly, the newly appointed Sports Editor of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, caught up with Mid-American Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher about the topic of conference expansion, and filed a report Wednesday night.
2010 HOF INDUCTEE O'NEILL INTERVIEWED
By Zach Peters | Posted at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The Northern Star's Jimmy Johnson recently caught up with Northern Illinois Athletics 2010 Hall of Fame inductee Tom O'Neill in an article about the newest Huskie Hall of Fame class.
When asked if someone had told him back in 1966 that he'd end up being an NIU Hall of Famer, O'Neill said, "I would have told them they were absolutely crazy."
The outstanding long-time NCAA men's basketball official was grateful for being selected as an NIU Hall of Famer saying, "To be honored for what I've accomplished in my field is phenomenal. I'm really in awe of the other people [I'm going in with.]"
The former NIU baseball player (1966-68) was then asked about fellow 2010 inductee T.J. Lux, who O'Neill officiated a few times during Lux's remarkable Huskie hoops career (1995-2000). O'Neill's response was simply, "He was a very hard-nosed tough player."
By Zach Peters | Posted at 12:51 pm on Tuesday, June 22, 2010
For the third time in the last four years, the Huskies will be represented at the USGA National Amateur Public Links Championship. Both Matt Triplett and Andrew Frame qualified for the championship on Monday at Oak Grove Golf Course in Harvard, Ill. Triplett took the top spot at the event and Frame heads to the championship for the second straight year. The two Huskies will next head to Greensboro, N.C. in mid-July for the 2010 USGA National Amateur Public Links Championship. For more info on their achievements, click here, and stay tuned in July for their results!
KILL PROFILED IN SPORTING NEWS TODAY
By Joe Summins | Posted at 11:11 am on Tuesday, June 22, 2010
What's NIU head coach Jerry Kill reading now? What was his first job? What's his worst habit? These questions and more are answered in the latest edition of Sporting News Today digital magazine.
MORE BASEBALL HUSKIES GOING PRO
By Zach Peters | Posted at 11:06 am on Tuesday, June 22, 2010
A week after Andy Deainwent pro, two of his former teammates joined him on the growing list of NIU baseball players to move on to wooden bats. Under head coach Ed Mathey, that list is now up to 23. Fourteen of those 23 have signed with Major League Baseball teams.
This week's pro Huskies are 2010 Friday starter Chuck Lukanen and 2005-08 rotation member Matt Jernstad. Oddly enough, both are left-handed pitchers. Lukanen inked a contract with the local Rockford RiverHawks, while Jernstad joined MLB's New York Yankees. To read more about these two former Huskies, click here.
COLLINS' RETIREMENT WILL BE CELEBRATED ON THURSDAY
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 9:47 am on Tuesday, June 22, 2010
A farewell reception is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, in the second floor atrium at the Yordon Center. Please enter at the north entrance. Parking is available in the surrounding lots or on the street.
Robert Collins has been a cornerstone in NIU Athletics as both a coach and administrator for close to 20 years: three as a coach, and 17 as an administrator overseeing the day-to-day operations of football, men's basketball, softball and student-athlete welfare (sports performance, athletic training, sports psychology, judicial affairs, housing and athletic equipment).
Selected as the Senior Associate Athletic Director of the Year by the All-American Football Foundation in 2006, Collins has an extensive teaching background having spent 15 years with the Chicago Board of Education as a physical education teacher and coach at Calumet High School (1977-1979) and Robeson High School (1980-1986). Collins was named the 1984 District 2 Coach of the Year and was later inducted into the Chicago Public School Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.
Following his stint at Robeson, Collins served as an assistant coach at NIU from 1986 to 1989. He then returned to Chicago as an assistant basketball coach for DePaul, where he helped recruit the No. 5- and No. 12-ranked recruiting classes in the country. A 1971 graduate of Tennessee State University, Collins received his master's degree from National-Louis University in 1984.
MAC GAME OF THE YEAR
By Joe Summins | Posted at 2:46 pm on Monday, June 21, 2010
When the 2010 NIU football schedule was released, many circled the Huskies' Oct. 9 game with Temple as a big game for both NIU and the Owls. CollegeFootballNews.com is calling it the MAC Game of the Year and a potential MAC Championship Preview. The two schools have split the last two meetings, with both teams winning at home. Temple edged the Huskies 16-15 at Temple Oct. 6, 2007 the last time the two met.
IT'S A BLOGGING WORLD
By Brett McWethy | Posted at 2:14 pm on Monday, June 21, 2010
If you're reading this blog entry, chances are that you are a regular visitor of "Huskie Happenings," the official blog of NIU athletics. Now, to keep up with the goings-on in the Mid-American Conference, the league office has developed its own series of blogs, one each for football and basketball. Enjoy, and remember to make Huskie Happenings a daily stop!
Reports are floating about that Rich Harvest Farms, the home of NIU men's and women's golf, could potentially host an annual LPGA Tour event by 2012. Kevin Druley reporting here on HuskieWire.com that Jerry Rich, owner of the course and first-class Huskie supporter, is confident of an annual tournament coming to RHF. The course hosted the 2009 Solheim Cup last year.
I'm very excited that for the next four years, I get to overuse "Thorp-edo" in any reference to incoming freshman women's basketball player Jenna Thop. This time, it's because Jenna was named The DeKalb Daily Chronicle Female Athlete of the Year. Congratulations, Jenna!
P.S. - Jenna also played in a 1A/2A Illinois All-Star Game, and was named the game's Most-Valuable Player! Double congrats!
LATEST FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW
By Joe Summins | Posted at 9:18 am on Monday, June 21, 2010
CollegeFootballNews.com posted its 2010 season preview on the NIU football team Friday. Like many of the prognosticators, the site feels the Huskies are the team to beat in the MAC West and NIU has its best chance since 2005 to bring home the MAC Championship.