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NIU

Area roundup: NIU announces makeup date; Kish names soccer coach

The Northern Illinois men’s basketball team announced Monday that its game against St. Francis will be played at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Convocation Center.

The game was slated to be the season-opener for the Huskies on Friday, but condensation on the court caused the game to be postponed.

The Huskies open the season at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Green Bay.

On Thursday, there will be specials on beer and pizza for fans. Tickets from Friday’s game will be honored. Exchanges for fans who can’t make the rescheduled game will be honored but must be done in-person at the Convocation Center.

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Wolowicz earns MAC honor: NIU volleyball player Meg Wolowicz was named the MAC West Offensive Player of the Week.

Wolowicz averaged 3.86 kills while hitting .404 in a weekend split against Ball State and Toledo.

It’s the first career offensive POTW award for Wolowicz, who was the defensive POTW twice last season.

COLLEGE SOCCER

Kishwaukee College to add soccer, names coach: Kishwaukee named Brenton Joseph coach of the resurrected soccer team.

Joseph has been the coach at Benedictine University in Aurora and Augustana. He then started his own soccer club, Elements FC, based in Naperville.

The program, along with a women’s program, will start in the 2018 season. It’s the first time in three years there will be a men’s program.

“We can’t forget our history, but this is also a new chapter in Kish soccer,” Joseph said. “We need to forge our own path.”

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

NIU softball signs nine for 2019: Sixth-year softball coach Christina Sutcliffe announced her 2018-19 signing class on Monday.

Kara Apato (Oak Lawn/Marist), Bianca Barone (Machesney Park,/Harlem), Amber Bumbalough (Bremerton, Washington/Klahowya Secondary), Hannah Goerke (South Bend, Indiana/St. Joseph), Carley Goetschius (Sioux Falls, South Dakota/Washington), Katie Keller (Geneva/Geneva), MacKenzie Mahy (New Lenox/Lincoln-Way West), Amber Rodriguez (Romeoville/Plainfield East) and Danielle Williams (Montgomery/Oswego East) have signed on to play softball with the Huskies.

“I am excited about this group of student-athletes,” Sutcliffe said. “This class as a whole is extremely talented and versatile, coming from some of the best travel programs in our region and country, and we believe this class will make an immediate impact to our program and provide additional depth and competition on our roster.”

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