The Columbia Chronicle

Journey to Big Ten championship game begins early

By Etheria Modacure

April 18, 2011

The road to the first annual Big Ten Conference Championship game on Dec. 3 hasn’t started yet, but programs have already begun implementing new offensive and defensive schemes and working to sustain cohesion throughout the summer.Without the sound of roaring fans and a marching band, all 12 Big Ten teams are practicing in the milder weather to get acclimated to the new season in September.The conference will welcome the ...

Northwestern ends season on high-note

By Etheria Modacure

March 3, 2011

Northwestern University’s basketball team (17-12, 7-11 Big Ten) came into the season with high hopes of making its first NCAA tournament appearance in the college’s history. With the disappointments stemming from the season, the Wildcats were able to end it on a high note on March 2.After a string of injuries to their leading scorer, forward John Shurna, and struggling on scoring defense, the Wildcats were able to end th...

Northwestern down and out in Big Ten

By Etheria Modacure

February 25, 2011

After two consecutive victories over the University of Iowa and Indiana University, Northwestern University (16-11, 6-10 Big Ten) failed to sustain any momentum, losing to Penn State University (15-12, 8-8 Big Ten), 66-52 on Feb. 24.The Big Ten standings are in a log jam between fifth and ninth place as four teams are within two games of each other. The Penn State University Nittany Lions and Northwestern University Wildcat...

Special season over for quarterback

By Etheria Modacure

November 22, 2010

Trailing the University of Iowa Hawkeyes 17-14 with 4:08 remaining in the game, the Northwestern University Wildcats had the ball on their 9-yard line and needed a touchdown to take the lead. Junior quarterback Dan Persa marched the Wildcats down the field with an array of runs and passes.After the Wildcats were able to get to the Hawkeyes 20-yard line, Persa got the signals from the sidelines for the next play. He hiked ...

Purdue unfazed by adversity

By Etheria Modacure

October 18, 2010

The Boilermakers of Purdue University didn’t show any signs of intimidation when the team started a redshirt freshman quarterback in its Big Ten opening game against the Northwestern Wildcats on Oct. 9.Under the bright lights at Ryan Field, the Boilermakers torched the Wildcats for 255 rushing yards, as Purdue capitalized on special team miscues by Northwestern for a 20-17 victory in front of 33, 847 attendees. The Wild...

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