September 8, 2009
MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Fall Sports Kickoff highlights this week’s athletic schedule. Free fun, free food and free entertainment will take place in front of the Superior Dome Saturday, Sept. 12 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Activities include pony rides, inflatable games, a dunk tank and carnival games. The public is invited to join in the activities.
The community engagement spotlight will benefit the United Way of Marquette County. NMU Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports along with Econo Foods, TCF Campus Banking, TV-6, The Mining Journal and The Point (100.3 FM) are partners in this community engagement event.
After spending a couple of hours at the Fall Sports Kickoff walk into the Superior Dome to catch the NMU home football (0-1, 0-1 GLIAC) opener against the Dragons of Tiffin University. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. The Wildcats lost a heart breaker to Northwood in the season opener Saturday on the road by a score of 23-21. NMU was down 14-0 at the half and came back in the second half to take a 21-20 lead.
Volleyball fresh off a West Coast swing over the Labor Day Weekend will jump into Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play this week. The Wildcats (4-4, 0-0 GLIAC) travel to University Center, Mich. Friday (Sept. 11) to take on the Cardinals of Saginaw Valley State at 7 p.m. in the first conference encounter of the season. Saturday (Sept. 12) the ‘Cats travel up the road a ways to take on the Lakers of Lake Superior State at 2 p.m.
The NMU women’s soccer team (2-2, 0-0 GLIAC) will make its home debut Sunday, Sept. 13 at noon against the Ashland University Eagles. After spending the first four games on the road the ‘Cats play their first game on the new and improved field. It will be the first conference game for both squads.
Cross country will run in its second meet of the season. The ‘Cats will compete at the Lake Superior State Open Saturday (Sept. 12) at 1 p.m. The team has not competed since running at the U.P. Collegiate Cross Country Opener in late August.
The NMU men’s golf team will hit the links this weekend for the first time this season. Playing at the Saginaw Valley State Invitational the squad will tee it off Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 12-13). A couple of new faces will walk the course for the ‘Cats this weekend.
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