Farewell North Central, hello Northern Sun

Saturday, September 27, 2008


With the closing in June of the North Central Conference (NCC), one of the premiere National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II leagues in the country, St. Cloud State has joined the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

The NCC has been home to St. Cloud State men’s athletics since 1981 and women’s athletics since 1984. The Huskies helped make the league a success, winning 41 conference championships, including 15 men’s tennis team championships and five women’s tennis team championships. In addition, 247 men and 120 women have won individual conference titles.

The Stan Marshall Award is the highest recognition given to NCC student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through academic performance, athletic ability and community activities. St. Cloud State winners included wrestler Ryan Marx ’00 (1999), men’s basketball player Alex Carlson ’04 (2004), and football and track and field standout Ryan Koch ’05 (2006). St. Cloud State women who won the award competed in basketball and track and field, with Julie Eisenchenk ’90 honored in 1990 and Jennifer Higgins ’01 in 2001.

Alumni may recall that the Huskies were charter members of the Northern Intercollegiate Conference (NIC) and the Northern Sun Conference (NSC). The NSIC, formed from a merger of the NIC and NSC in spring 1992, is a relatively young conference.

NSIC members are:

  • Augustana College
  • Bemidji State University
  • Concordia University-St. Paul
  • University of Mary
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • University of Minnesota Crookston
  • University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Minnesota State University Mankato
  • Northern State University
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Upper Iowa University
  • Wayne State College
  • Winona State University
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