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Former Purdue Calumet athletic director John Friend will be honored by Purdue Northwest in an upcoming special dinner and ceremony that celebrates a career of nearly 40 years affiliated with the school.

Friend will be honored at the Fitness & Recreation Center on Purdue Northwest’s Hammond campus on Nov. 16 in an event that will feature a social hour, dinner and special program.

“John has meant so much to Purdue Northwest Athletics and he is the cornerstone for the growth and success that this department has seen in recent years,” Purdue Northwest director of athletics Rick Costello said in a statement. “The focus of this event is to honor the impact and legacy that he has embedded in Pride Athletics and to honor his amazing career in college athletics.”

Friend retired in 2001 after served as the Purdue Calumet director of athletics for 20 years. Friend returned to head the program on an interim basis in both 2007 and 2011. Friend helped develop Dowling Park in Hammond and has aided in fundraising for the complex.

Friend was inducted into the Purdue Calumet Hall of Fame in 2008 and is also a member of the NAIA, Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, Lipscomb and Munster Halls of Fame.

Tickets for the event are available on Purdue Northwest’s website for $50 per person.

Peters makes the Suns: Former Valparaiso men’s basketball player Alec Peters enters the 2017-18 season as a member of the Phoenix Suns. Peters, who was drafted by Phoenix with the No. 55 pick of last June’s NBA Draft, signed a two-way contract with the club last month.

The contract allows Peters to spend up to 45 days with the Suns while splitting time with the Northern Arizona Suns, Phoenix’s G-League affiliate.

Peters appeared in three preseason games with the Suns and had 12 points, four rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes of action. If Peters makes his NBA debut this season, he’ll be the first Valparaiso player since Bryce Drew to appear in a NBA game. Drew last played on Feb. 18, 2004 when he logged six minutes for the New Orleans Hornets against the Washington Wizards.

Local volleyball teams clash: The Indiana Northwest volleyball team traveled to Calumet College of St. Joseph on Saturday afternoon for the Crimson Wave Invite. The RedHawks came away with a 25-14, 25-19, 26-28, 25-11 win, marking the third time this season that IUN has beaten the Crimson Wave.

While the Crimson Wave (3-20) dropped all four of their matches at their tournament, the weekend did show some improvement for CCSJ. The team won its first NAIA set of the game against the RedHawks and followed that up with its most complete match of the year in a 14-25, 18-25, 25-20, 21-25 loss to Governors State on Tuesday night.

The RedHawks (8-19), who went 1-3 at the Crimson Wave Invite, will travel to Governors State next Thursday before finishing up its season with road games at St. Francis and Trinity Christian College.