Friday, November 30, 2012
Northern Illinois University beats Kent State in 2 OTs at Ford Field and Randy Hultgren wins Boogie Board from Tim Ryan.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) won a friendly wager he initiated with Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH-17) on last Friday’s Mid-American Conference Championship game at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Hultgren represents No. 21 ranked Northern Illinois University (NIU) in DeKalb, Ill., and Ryan represents No. 17 ranked Kent State in Kent, Ohio. The NIU Huskies defeated the Kent State Flash at Ford Field in Detroit, MI, in two OTs Friday. The congressman representing the losing team will present the Congressman representing the winning team with treats from his district. Hultgren has offered up a holiday basket from Graham’s Chocolate in Geneva. “I look forward to sampling the gift basket of gourmet goods from Kent’s local bakeries and the …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Schiller's uncle, Charles Siebert, writes about "The Hard Life of an N.F.L. Long Shot."
In case you missed it, yes, that guy on the cover of the Nov. 21 New York Times magazine is none other than Geneva's very own Patrick Schiller. The cover story, titled "The Burden of Dreams—Hanging on to the fragile hope of an NFL career," was written by Schiller's uncle, author and NYT contributing writer Charles Siebert, and it's a wonderfully told tale of The Hard Life of an N.F.L. Long Shot. We all know Schiller's story, from Geneva Viking to Northern Illinois University standout linebacker, to his selection by the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL draft. But we don't know about the struggle to get there and the sacrifices and tough times his family went through. This story is nothing short of excellent. It's 13 pages of online reading, …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Genevan Joe Magliano study shows that people who concentrate hard enough can make time fly.
You’re on deadline, totally immersed in a project at work or school. You glance at your wristwatch and can’t believe where the time has gone. There’s a reason for this time-flies phenomenon, and it has to do with an individual’s working memory capacity, according to NIU researchers. “Individuals with high working memory capacity devote so much of their attention to a task at hand that they lose track of their internal clocks,” says Joseph Magliano, a Geneva resident and NIU professor of psychology who specializes in learning and memory. “When fully focused,” he says, “time flies.” Magliano and his doctorate student, James Woehrle, demonstrated how attention warps the perception of time in a study published earlier this year in the journal…
Friday, July 6, 2012
Reports say Frank Boenzi has been removed from the team, but no one's saying why this happened.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Geneva's very own Lauren Wicinski and four other volleyball players from Northern Illinois University file release requests, according to a story in the Daily Chronicle of DeKalb.
The DeKalb Chronicle is reporting that Geneva's Lauren Wicinski and three other volleyball players at Northern Illinois University have decided to transfer from NIU to another, unnamed college or colleges. The report says Wicinski and fellow sophomores Jessica Lubic, Haley Norris and Cheyenne Dawson, filed requests to be released from NIU. Lubic is a Kaneland graduate. Wincinski is the two-time Mid-American Conference player of the year. She recently had spend a weekend in Colorado Springs in open tryouts for the U.S. Women's National Team, U.S. Women's National A2 Program and U.S. Women's Junior National Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. According to a story on the NIU website, Wicinski's tryout "was a resounding success." "I …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Really nice articles by Rick Armstrong and Matt Trowbridge as well as some other kudos for the NIU linebacker who's got an All-Star invite and a shot at the pros. He's also training in Batavia.
NIU lineback Pat Schiller of Geneva is going to start training for the pros by doing some yoga and pilates at Pro Force in Batavia. That is, after he plays in the 2012 Astroturf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 21 at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles. Rick Armstrong of The Beacon-News has a great story on the former Geneva Viking, who was NIU's last scholarship pick in 2007. During his senior year, Schiller had 115 tackles for NIU's Huskies—the 11-win team that won the Mid-American Conference title and beat Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star has an equally great article on Schiller. I knew Schiller had been an underdog, but I had no idea just how far under until I read that story. Former …
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Geneva's Lauren Wicinski leads NIU with 23 kills.
The Northern Illinois volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 25 Miami in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum on Friday night. The loss in NIU’s sixth NCAA Tournament appearance was its first at a neutral site. Previously, the Huskies were 2-0 in neutral site matches. NIU is now 3-6 overall in the NCAA Tournament. The Hurricanes’ previous NCAA experience, size, and varied shot selection gave NIU fits all night as Miami racked up a 12-4 blocking advantage and held sizeable discrepancies in kills (63-56), hitting percentage (.338-.200), and digs (80-66). “I thought Miami did a really nice job tonight of playing experienced volleyball,” said NIU Head Coach Ray Gooden. “They have seniors and other …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Geneva's Lauren Wicinski wins conference's top honor for second straight year.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Northern Illinois volleyball sophomore outside hitter Lauren Wicinski of Geneva was named Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, and senior Kristin Hoffman earned MAC Setter of the Year, as the league announced its regular season awards Thursday. Additionally, five Huskies were named to All-MAC teams, which are the most selections NIU has had in its affiliation with the league and the most in the MAC since Ohio's six selections in 2006. Hoffman, Wicinski, and junior middle blocker Mary Kurisch (La Crosse, Wis./West Salem) all earned first team honors. The three first team honorees are the most NIU has had in the MAC and most in the league since Ohio's four in 2009. Sophomore middle blocker Sarah Angelos (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) and …
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Geneva's Lauren Wicinski's sophomore season might be even better than her Freshman Play of the Year 2010 campaign.
Lauren Wicinski's sophomore volleyball season at Northern Illinois University is picking up where she left off in 2010, when she was MAC Freshman Player of the Year. Affectionately known as "Wiz," she just reached the 1,000-kill mark. Here are some highlights, courtesy of NIU. Wiz In The National Spotlight Three weeks ago, the nation's kills and points leader Lauren Wicinski was featured in Volleyball Voices, the Chicago Tribune, and Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd." Check the Huskie Happenings (http://www.niuhuskies.com/blog/) blog for links to the features. Wiz Becomes Fastest In MAC History To 1,000 Kills Lauren Wicinski needed just 54 matches to become the 18th member of NIU's 1,000 Kill Club as she tallied the milestone …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
The Huskies are off to a comparatively slow start at 3-2, but Geneva's Lauren Wicinski is still making headlines. Sophomore adds to her NIU career record total with sixth selection.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Just as she did last season, Northern Illinois volleyball outside hitter Lauren Wicinski garnered the first Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week honor of the year, the league announced Tuesday. The sophomore’s sixth selection of her career extends her NIU school career record total. The reigning MAC Player and Freshman of the Year earned an all-tournament selection at the NIU Invitational as she compiled MAC-best 5.43 kills per set with a .312 hitting percentage and five aces. In NIU’s season opening win over IUPUI, she hit .383 with 23 kills and three aces, adding 11 digs and three blocks. In a 3-0 win over Cincinnati, who received votes in the AVCA Preseason Top 25 Poll, she hit a career-best .550 with 25 kills, 10 …