Press Box

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The final weeks of 2009 finds the Northern Michigan University athletic schedule with home games for the fans and families to enjoy. Special deals are being offered for the post-Christmas basketball doubleheader. 

Hockey (6-8-4, 5-6-3-0 CCHA) will close out the 2009 calendar with a non-conference single game against the Michigan Tech Huskies from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Friday night (Dec. 18) at 7:35 p.m. This will be the second game this season between the two U.P. schools as they met the first game of the season in Houghton with the Huskies taking a 5-3 decision. This game will be the Wildcats last game before playing at the Dodge Holiday Classic which will be held at the University of Minnesota (Jan. 2-3). 
Earlier in the day there will be a Blue Line Luncheon at the University Center. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the cost per person is $8.50. The public is invited. Head coach Walt Kyle and selected Wildcats are scheduled to speak. 
There will be a social for Blue Line and Wildcat Club members in the Wildcat Room beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 18) before the hockey game. During the first intermission will be the annual Teddy Bear Toss; all fans are encouraged to bring a teddy bear to the game to toss onto the ice. The toss is being coordinated by the NMU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). All the teddy bears collected will be donated to the Mining Journal Cheer Club.  
The NMU men’s (3-3, 1-2 GLIAC) and women’s (4-3, 2-1 GLIAC) basketball teams hit the road before Christmas for two conference games. Thursday (Dec. 17) the squads will be in Detroit taking on the Warriors of Wayne State University. The women play first at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men at approximately 7:30 p.m. This will be the second meeting for both this season. A couple of weeks ago In Marquette the women won its game against WSU (74-59) while the men lost (67-60). 
Saturday (Dec. 19) the squads move up the road to take on the Timberwolves of Northwood. The women’s game is set for 1 p.m. with the men to follow at approximately 3 p.m.   Both teams defeated the Timberwolves a couple of weeks ago in Marquette by scores of 88-76 for the women and 75-58 for the men.
All four games can be heard on The Point (100.3 FM) or off the NMU web site (
After taking some time off for Christmas the teams come home for a doubleheader Dec. 29. The women face Minnesota-Duluth at 5:30 p.m. while the men take to the court against Bemidji State at approximately 7:30 p.m. The NMU women’s team faced the Bulldogs earlier in the season and lost 53-49.
A Holiday Special will be offered for the basketball games (Dec. 29). Tickets for groups of 15 or more people are available for $3 per person. Also children ages 6-18 will be admitted free to the games with a paid adult. 
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Prepared By
David Faiella
Sports Information Director