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Local Sports

Local roundup: Folliard named MAC West defensive POW

Northern Illinois linebacker Sean Folliard was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week after his career game Saturday at Ball State in a 31-24 victory.

Folliard had a career-best 17 tackles, the most by a Huskie since Tyrone Clark had 17 against Army in 2012. Folliard also had 2.5 tackles for a loss and got his first sack of the season.

The Huskies travel to Western Michigan for a game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, then play host to Central Michigan at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 15.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Huskies sweep MAC honors: For the second straight week, NIU athletes won both the offensive and defensive players of the week awards from the MAC.

Jenna Radtke earned the defensive honor, while Lauren Zielinski was the offensive pick after the Huskies swept Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan to improve to 12-4 overall and 4-0 in the conference.

Radtke, who is the first player in the MAC this season to earn both offensive and defensive player of the week accolades, closed the weekend with a 2.17 blocks-per-set average on the road. She posted 10 blocks at CMU on Friday night, including two solo stops, to tie her career-high.

Zielinski registered a clip of .600 on the attack with 2.5 kills a set last weekend to repeat the honor. 

NIU will begin a four-match homestand this weekend as it plays host to Ball State and Toledo on Oct. 7 and 8, respectively. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER

H-BR tops Indian Creek: Hinckley-Big Rock knocked off the Timberwolves in the first round of the Little Ten Conference tournament.

Trevor Guerra had the lone goal for the Timberwolves, which put them ahead, 1-0.

Cogs roll past Marengo: Damen Tijerina scored three times as Genoa-Kingston won, 5-1. Carson Riggs and Sammy Smith added goals as G-K improved to 12-5.

GIRLS GOLF

Nolan medalist, but Timberwolves lose: Indian Creek lost, 220-274, to Plano, despite Katherine Nolan earning medalist honors for the ninth time in 10 matches. Individual scores were not available.

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CROSS COUNTRY

Sycamore dominates Wheaton Academy meet: The Spartans had all 10 of their runners finish in less than 16 minutes to win at West Chicago.

Stephen Poorten was the top individual with a time of 15:15.9 – almost 35 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Connor Farrell was fourth in 16:03.9, Jake Carani was seventh in 16:11.9, Quinton Benzshawel was ninth in 16:17.5, and John Lehrol was 11th in 16:25.3

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