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Oct. 12, 2009


By Joe Summins | Posted at 2:40 pm on Friday, October 9, 2009

The NIU softball team's final game of the fall season game has been cancelled due to inclement weather. If you were planning to drive out to Loyola to catch the Huskies in action, you'll have to wait until February 12 when the Huskies travel to San Marcos, Texas to compete in the CenturyTel Classic hosted by Texas State University. In case you missed it, NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard released the 2010 slate Wednesday.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 2:24 pm on Friday, October 9, 2009

Did you ever want to know how it feels to throw a 30-yard touchdown pass with a linebacker in your face? Or what it's like to elude the blitz and run for 25 yards? Maybe you just want to know how today's student-athletes balance class work and practice. Here's a perfect chance to get those questions and so many more answered. NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish will be conducting a live chat on Monday, October 12 at 4 p.m. You can send in your questions now if you won't be able to join the chat on Monday.

Vol E. Ball @ Victor E. Court Friday and Saturday

By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:55 am on Friday, October 9, 2009

The NIU volleyball team has a pair of home Mid-American Conference matches this weekend starting with tonight's 7 p.m. (CDT) contest against Central Michigan.  The Huskies will then face Eastern Michigan tomorrow at 7 p.m. as well.  The Huskies are coming off a huge sweep of Miami (Ohio) last Saturday and will be hungry to improve upon their 5-3 record at Victor E. Court this season.

To get ready for the matches, be sure to read our preview along with Jackie Thyfault's preview for the Northern Star.  If you cannot make it out to the matches, follow along with live stats on GameTracker --- Here's the CMU link and here's the EMU link for live stats. 


By Zach Peters | Posted at 4:32 pm on Thursday, October 8, 2009

Tickets are now on sale for the 2009 NIU Hall of Fame Banquet that is on Friday, October 30 at the Duke Ellington Ballroom located in NIU's Holmes Student Center.  For more info on the historic event and to order tickets, click here.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 1:54 pm on Thursday, October 8, 2009

To get your Huskie football fix during the bye-week, catch "Inside Huskie Sports" today at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Host Brad Hoey welcomes NIU head football coach Jerry Kill, quarterback Chandler Harnish and cornerback Patrick George to break down the Huskies' 38-3 victory over Western Michigan this past weekend.

Be sure to tune into "NIU Live" tonight at 5:30 p.m. on 1360 AM WLBK and catch a little early hoops talk as men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton and Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher joined host Andy Garcia to preview the upcoming 2009-10 season. If you're unable to listen to the show on WLBK, it will also air at 10 p.m. tonight on The Score, 670 AM WSCR.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:21 am on Thursday, October 8, 2009

Lately, the Rockford Register Star has been profiling former great college athletes from the Rock River Valley area and today the paper has profiled former NIU volleyball standout Kori Schauer.  Back in the early 1990s, Schauer was an important cog for the volleyball program that in her time won three conference championships and went to the NCAA Tournament second round in 1993. 

However, Schauer was more than just a volleyball player --- she could play other sports really well too.  Click here to read more about Schauer's athletic accomplishments.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:10 am on Thursday, October 8, 2009

Which is more important --- scoring points or stopping your opponent from scoring points?  That's the question because you win by doing both, but is one really more critical than the other?  Read Northern Star writers Jackie Thyfault and Ben Gross' stances on the question in regard to the Huskie football team.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 3:02 pm on Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Huskie golfer and fifth-year senior Matt Triplett has come a long way since his freshman year, both on and off the links.  Learn more about Triplett's improvement at NIU by reading Jimmy Johnson's article that ran in the Northern Star today.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 2:48 pm on Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Red Team took a 2-0 advantage over the Black Team yesterday in NIU baseball's annual Red/Black Series at Ralph McKinzie Field in a weather-shortened seven-inning intrasquad contest.

Red got on the board first with a big three-run second inning as sophomore Alex Jones came through with a two-out bases-loaded triple.  Black countered in the bottom half with a bases-loaded RBI by junior Marvin Sanchez and a two-out bases-loaded triple of their own from freshman Jayme Wells to give Black a 4-3 lead.

In the third, Red came right back to tie it on a sac-fly by freshman Cody Jacobson.  An inning later, Red jumped out on top again behind a grand slam from senior Jordin Hood that sealed the game, 8-6, giving his squad a chance to sweep the series on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Red was led by Hood's (3-for-3, BB, 2 R) four RBI and Jones' (2-for-3, BB, 1 R) three RBI, while Black was led by sophomore Alex Beckmann, who went 2-for-2 with two runs, a single and a triple, and sophomore Brandon House, who went 2-for-3 with two runs, a single and a triple.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:40 am on Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Something is going on at the Nuclear Power Rankings Plant...

So much for local biases. (The DeKalb Daily Chronicle) has Northern Illinois second in the MAC in its power rankings. Meanwhile, Central Michigan Life, the Chips' student paper, says "Northern Illinois has made its case for the best team in the conference," in this article.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 1:10 pm on Tuesday, October 6, 2009

As you know, Huskie tailback Chad Spann had a pretty good against Western Michigan, Saturday. It was so good (three touchdowns good) that the College Football Performance Awards put him on its honorable mention list for tailback of the week. Only they didn't really PUT him on it, because, according to the site ( they list is automatically compiled by computers each week. I'll tell you something, these guys (and gal) know football.

This from the site's "Methodology" section:

1. CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings.
2. Objective scientific rankings are based upon meta-algorithms derived from Differential Equations, Statistics, and Probability.
3. Meta-algorithms are empirically justified based upon millions of data collected from the past 9 seasons of FBS college football.
4. Meta-algorithms are internally valid, externally valid, significantly predictive, non-arbitrary, non-exclusionary, and quantitative.

That sounds awesome, except I don't know what any of it means. Either way, Chad Spann, Honorable Mention Tailback of the Week!


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 12:49 pm on Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Tune in to 720 AM Chicago tonight at 8:35 if you love America.

Huskie Jake Coffman, senior defensive end and, oh yeah, former Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq, will be on WGN Radio (720 AM Chicago) with Dave Kaplan tonight at 8:35. Coffman recovered a fumble and returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown in NIU's big win over Western Michigan last Saturday. He was named MAC West Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts, and the Daily Chronicle wrote this about his very active day.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 12:49 pm on Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Artificial dirt. Yeah, artificial dirt. What? Mary M. Bell Field (the home of Huskie softball) is getting a truckload of artificial dirt for the infield. It sounds pretty weird to me, but the word is it will help keep the field playable a lot more than the real thing. Sounds good to me. More softball is a good thing.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 9:29 pm on Monday, October 5, 2009

The Northern Star's Jackie Thyfault recently caught up with NIU volleyball freshman outside hitter/middle blocker Mary Kurisch for a Q & A session after the Huskies' big first MAC win of the season on Saturday.  Click here to check it out.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 4:54 pm on Monday, October 5, 2009

Freshman golfer Kurtis Luedtke initially came to NIU as a preferred walk-on under former head coach John Cleary, but the Aurora, Ill. native has made quite an impression on current head coach Tom Porten.  Recently, Rick Armstrong of the Aurora Beacon-News wrote a feature on Luedtke and his Aurora freshman teammate Bryce Emory.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 4:45 pm on Monday, October 5, 2009

Game One of the NIU baseball team's annual Red/Black Series was played on Sunday as the Red Team came out on top in the 10th inning.  The Black team got on the board first when leadoff man Cory Krupp came around to score on a Troy White RBI groundout.  The Red Team struck back in the bottom of the first with a Dave Reynolds RBI single.  Krupp would single, steal two bases, and then score in the third inning to give the Black team a 2-1 lead.  Marvin Sanchez, Alex Beckmann, and Krupp would all swipe a base and score in the fifth to extend the Black lead to 5-1.  Red cut the lead to two in the sixth, and would push across two runs in the bottom of the ninth to force the game to extra innings.  Red's Alex Jones singled to lead off the extra frame, and would come around to score on Cody Jacobson's bases-loaded single to end the game.

Leading Black at the plate was Krupp, who went 2-for-4 with two runs and tallied five stolen bases.  Jones (3-for-4, two runs and a double) and Jake Hermsen (2-for-4, a double and two steals) led the way for the Red Team. 

Game Two of the five-game set is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Tuesday at Ralph McKinizie Field.

Huskies Try Out for Women's Professional Soccer!

By Megan Wallace | Posted at 2:27 pm on Monday, October 5, 2009

Former NIU women's soccer players Jestina Orlando and Christie Ehrhardt were among 76 elite women's soccer athletes invited to compete in the W-League Draft Combine for Women's Professional Soccer. Both Orlando and Ehrhardt joined competition from across the nation as they participated in the draft combine in hopes of playing soccer on a professional level.

Read more about the former Huskies' draft combine experience!


By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:36 am on Monday, October 5, 2009

The NIU football team capped an exciting homecoming weekend with a great 38-3 win over Western Michigan in the Huskies' MAC opener on Saturday at Huskie Stadium.  Chad Spann led the offense with career-bests of 132 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while Jake Coffman had an incredible day on defense with a tackle for loss, fumble recovery, pass break up and 79-yard interception return for a touchdown. 

Read our recap along with quotes, notes and a photo gallery.  Be sure to read Fred Mitchell's recap for the Chicago Tribune as well.

Also, dive a little deeper into Coffman's big day by reading Kevin Druley's story for the Northern Star.


By Zach Peters | Posted at 10:18 am on Monday, October 5, 2009

The NIU volleyball team earned its first MAC win of the season on Saturday as the Huskies swept Miami (Ohio), who entered the match 3-0 in the MAC, at Victor E. Court.  Sophomore Kristin Hoffman led the Huskies with 33 assists, nine digs, three kills, three aces and two blocks as NIU out-blocked Miami 15 to seven.  Click here for our recap and check out the Northern Star's recap done by Jackie Thyfault.


By Joe Summins | Posted at 10:01 am on Monday, October 5, 2009

Congratulations go out to a couple of former Huskies who achieved personal milestones Sunday. NIU's all-time leading rusher Garrett Wolfe, scored his first career rushing touchdown, and second TD of his career, on a two-run run against the Detroit Lions in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter to cap off a 48-24 victory. You may remember Wolfe scored his first career touchdown last season when he returned a blocked punt for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings. He ended the day with a touchdown, 22 yards rushing on five carries and 12 yards receiving on a pass reception.

Larry English, the first pick, and 16th overall, in the 2009 NFL Draft made his first career NFL sack Sunday night, dropping Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for a six-yard loss and forcing a fumble. English finished the day with two tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry. Unfortunately, the Chargers' fell to the Steelers 38-28.

While we're at it,we want to give a shout out to former Huskie wide out Sam Hurd who had a big day for the Dallas Cowboys against the Denver Broncos Sunday. Hurd led the Cowboys in receiving with 62 yards on three catches, including a 53-yard bomb from Tony Romo on Dallas' final drive of the game to put the Cowboys in scoring position. The Cowboys were unable to put it in the end zone, dropping a 17-10 decision to the Broncos.


By Russell Houghtaling | Posted at 9:58 am on Monday, October 5, 2009

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