MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University campus and surrounding area will be a hub of activity this weekend. Saturday will see the third tripleheader of the season at the Berry Events Center. Also this weekend NMU is hosting a conference championship.
Thursday (Feb. 11) will get things rolling when the Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team (16-5, 13-3 GLIAC) takes on the Grand Valley State Lakers at 5:30 p.m. The game is important for NCAA regional rankings and a position in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). NMU is currently ranked fifth in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Rankings while Grand Valley State is sixth. The two teams enter the weekend tied for second place in the GLIAC North Division. The Wildcats defeated the Lakers a couple of weeks ago in Allendale, Mich. 66-54.
Also on Thursday the NMU men’s basketball team (9-11, 6-10 GLIAC) will face the Lakers at approximately 7:30 p.m. The men cagers also defeated the Lakers in Allendale a couple of weeks ago (61-58). NMU is still in the hunt for a GLIAC post-season spot.
Friday (Feb. 12) will begin with the Blue Line Luncheon at the University Center at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon will preview the NMU hockey (12-10-8, 8-8-6-3 CCHA) series against the Western Michigan Broncos. Scheduled to speak will be NMU head coach Walt Kyle along with WMU’s Jim Culhane. Also selected Wildcats will be on hand to say a few words. The event is open to the public with the cost of the luncheon $8.50 per person.
Later that day will be the first game of the weekend tilt against the Broncos. The puck will drop at 7:35 p.m. NMU is coming off a five of a possible six-point weekend against the Ferris State Bulldogs.
Saturday (Feb. 13) will be a busy day around the area. The Berry will be the center of the activities as it will transform from a basketball court to a hockey rink. Women’s basketball will tip-off the day with an 11 a.m. game against the Ferris State Bulldogs. The men’s game against Ferris State will follow at approximately 1 p.m. After a couple of hours of conversion from basketball to hockey, the ‘Cats and Broncos take to the ice for the second game of the weekend at 7:35 p.m. Before the game junior player trading cards will be given out.
The NMU men’s and women’s Nordic skiing teams will be hosting the Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) Championships at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming, Mich. Saturday’s events are the men’s 10K classic and the women’s 5K classic. Sunday’s (Feb. 14) races will be the women’s 15K freestyle followed by the men’s 20K freestyle. Skiing gets underway both days at 10 a.m. with the first race of the day and then at noon with the second race. The event is free and open to the public.
Two NMU teams will be away from Marquette this week. The NMU women’s swimming and diving team is at the GLIAC Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Action in the pool begins Wednesday (Feb. 10) and will conclude Saturday evening (Feb. 13) at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.
In its final tune-up before the GLIAC Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships (Feb. 26-27) the NMU women’s indoor track and field team will be at the Lake Superior Challenge Saturday (Feb. 13). The competition begins at 10 a.m. in Duluth, Minn.
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