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The student news site of the University of Northern Iowa

Northern Iowan

The student news site of the University of Northern Iowa

Northern Iowan

RJ blows by the competition.

RJ Taylor ready to rock the court in sophomore season

MALLORY SCHMITZ, News Editor May 2, 2024

When freshman guard RJ Taylor steps onto the court, he’s nothing if not a spark plug. In his own words, he’s the “Road Runner” or “Energizer Bunny” of the team, and anyone who’s seen his...

Kyle Pock fires one from beyond the arc.

Kyle Pock: resident sharpshooter

MALLORY SCHMITZ, News Editor May 2, 2024

This past winter in the McLeod Center, Panther fans got used to hearing a new name announced over the loudspeakers after sinking key 3-point baskets: “Kyle Pock.” From Bolivar, Missouri, 6’6”...

Khristian Boyd became the latest Panther drafted in the NFL. Boyd was drafted by the New Orleans Saints with the 199th pick.

UNI alum Khristian Boyd drafted by Saints

MICHAEL SPAHN, Sports Writer May 1, 2024

From the UNI-Dome to the Superdome, Northern Iowa defensive tackle Khristian Boyd saw his dreams come true on Saturday. The New Orleans selected him with the 199th pick in the 2024 NFL draft.  “It...

NC States Payton Wilson was taken by the Pittsburg Steelers.

2024 NFL biggest draft winners

COHEN KAMAUS, Sports Writer May 1, 2024

After three eventful days in Detroit, the NFL draft has officially come to an end. 257 athletes heard their names called and lived out their childhood dream of being selected to play professional football....

Panther volleyball looks to continue their dominance on the court as they introduce fresh faces to the team.

Panthers bring in new recruits for 2024 season

NICOLE WATERS, Sports Writer May 1, 2024

Panther volleyball hopes to continue their momentum from a great season into next year. The Panthers finished this past year 26-7 and went 18-0 in conference play. They were the regular season MVC Champions...

While Sports Editor Caden Shea may have lost his backpack, water bottle, and AirPod case this year, he did find a sense of camaraderie and friendship in the Northern Iowan offices.

Losing things while finding myself

CADEN SHEA, Sports Editor May 1, 2024

When I started writing for the Northern Iowan, I was a very young staff writer who just wanted to make some extra money while writing about sports. I never talked to anybody who worked there and just wanted...

Several of the athletes interviewed mentioned that they find the most support from their fellow teammates and coaches. Since the creation of the part-time counselor position, athletes say there have been many more open conversations about mental health.

Struggles beyond the scoreboard

MALLORY SCHMITZ, News Editor May 1, 2024

Senior Issa Sullivan wears many hats: captain of the UNI women’s tennis team, movement and exercise science major on the pre-physician’s assistant track, member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Though...

Over the past few weeks, the Panther mens basketball scene has been shaken with the news of seven players entering the transfer portal.

End of an Era: UNI hit by transfer portal

CADEN SHEA, Sports Editor Apr 24, 2024

The Panthers have been hit by the dreaded transfer portal over the past couple of weeks. Seven players have announced their plan to leave the school in favor of somewhere else next year. Nate Heise, Bowen...

Iowa’s Cooper DeJean looks to be one of the most sought after cornerbacks in this year’s NFL draft.

NFL draft 2024: Late first round steals

MICHAEL SPAHN, Sports Writer Apr 24, 2024

The NFL draft kicks off tomorrow in Detroit. Teams will be looking for a player to not only help them in the long run, but for the upcoming 2024 season. Here are five must-have players teams should have...

Caitlin Clark poses with her Indiana Fever jersey after being drafted by the
team earlier this month.

Caitlin Clark is taking WNBA to new heights

NICOLE WATERS, Sports Writer Apr 24, 2024

In this year's WNBA draft, Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark was taken No. 1 by the Indiana Fever. It was a no-brainer that Clark was going to be drafted first and she has shown no signs of slowing down. She...

The above graph presents data collected by the Northern Iowan from the official UNI Athletics X account. Every tweet from 2023 was counted and categorized based on which sport it was. Original tweets as well as retweeted content was counted. Note that the men’s and women’s golf teams do not have individual team accounts on X.

@UNIAthletics by the numbers

MALLORY SCHMITZ, News Editor Apr 24, 2024

Whether looking for score updates, exciting highlights or the latest sports news, Panther fans know one place they can always check: the official UNI Athletics social media accounts. Social media is...

USC’s Caleb Williams is all but confirmed to be the Chicago Bears first
pick in the NFL draft.

2024 NFL Draft Predictions

MICHAEL SPAHN, Sports Writer Apr 18, 2024

We are about a week away from the NFL draft kicking off in the city of Detroit. A time of year where teams look to improve, or even change the course of their franchise for years to come. This draft class...

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