Sports Digest: Five Crusaders volleyball players honored

2013-11-18T21:15:00Z 2014-06-24T20:06:21Z Sports Digest: Five Crusaders volleyball players honored nwitimes.com

Pro football

PETA NAMES TOP VEGGIE FOOD STADIUMS: Two cities where the signature food item is essentially a great big pile of meat topped PETA's list of most vegetarian-friendly stadiums.

For the fourth straight year, the Eagles' Lincoln Financial Field — in the city that invented the cheesesteak — topped the rankings by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium was second.

The organization cited the Linc's vegetarian hoagie, a faux-steak sandwich and veggie dogs among the "exceptional" options.

At Arrowhead, in one of the country's top barbecue cities, the stadium menu features veggie dogs, veggie burgers and a spicy vegan "Sloppy Jane." Naturally, they come with barbecue sauce.

Completing the top five were the Oakland Raiders' O.co Coliseum, with it meat-free chili, vegan chocolate fondue; the Detroit Lions' Ford Field, with its grilled veggie wrap, meat-free barbecue sandwich in premium seating; and the San Diego Chargers' Qualcomm Stadium, with its portabella carpaccio sandwich.

Women's volleyball

FIVE CRUSADERS HONORED: Five Valparaiso volleyball players have received postseason accolades from the Horizon League. Seniors Ellen Vanden Berg and Sarah Dooms and junior Morgan Beil earned spots on the all-league team, while Emily Campbell and Morganne Longoria were named to the all-freshman team.

The three all-league selections matches the number Valpo has had each of the last two seasons and the multiple freshman honorees marks the first the Crusaders have had more than one player named to that team since 2006, when they were in the Mid-Continent Conference.

Beil was named for the third consecutive year. Her attack percentage of .290 was good for fifth in the league. Her hitting percentage of .667 in a match at Youngstown State was the second-best in league play.

Vanden Berg is a repeat selection. Her 1.26 blocks per set ranked second in the league. Her hitting percentage (.271) stood ninth among Horizon League players.

Dooms became just the second Crusader to tally at least 1,000 career kills and 1,500 career digs. For the second straight year, she led all Horizon League non-liberos in digs, averaging 3.63 digs per set, which ranked seventh overall.

Men's basketball

PURDUE CAL CLOBBERS KOKOMO: Four players scored in double figures Monday night as host Purdue Calumet routed winless Indiana Kokomo College, 92-64.

Kaspars Brencans led the Peregrins (5-1) with 21 points. Noah Allen added 17, Dioscar Gomez 12 and Daniel McGee 10.

Purdue Cal shot 56 percent from the field and 82 percent at the line.

NO. 1 SPARTANS BEAT PORTLAND: Keith Appling matched a career high with 25 points to help No. 1 Michigan State pull away to beat Portland 82-67 on Monday night in its first game as a top-ranked team in 13 years.

The Spartans (4-0) struggled in the first half, leading by four points after seven lead changes and three ties.

Travis Trice's 3-pointer broke a tie with 12:26 left and he followed that up seconds later with a steal and layup. Gary Harris made a 3-pionter — the team's 11th from behind the arc — midway through the second half that put Michigan State ahead by 10 points for the first time.

Kevin Bailey had 12 points for the Pilots (1-2), who had a balanced offense and were pesky on defense and on the boards.

Adreian Payne scored 19 points and Harris had 15 for the Spartans.

ALABAMA ST. HOLDS ON TO BEAT CHICAGO ST.: DeMarcus Robinson scored 21 points as Alabama State withstood a Chicago State comeback to win 79-75 Monday night in the Global Sports Invitational.

After being tied at 29 going into half time, the Hornets (3-2) went on a 10-0 run to start the second half. Brandon Graham scored five of his eight points during the run. The lead would stay around 10 until later in the game.

Trailing 71-60, the Cougars (2-3) made their move, going on a 7-0 run and cut the lead to four with 55 seconds left. Chicago State's frantic comeback got the score got as close as 77-75, but Alabama State was clutch at the line, hitting all six of their attempts in the final 20 seconds.

Jamel Waters added 18 points and six assists for Alabama State.

Quinton Pippen led Chicago State with 21 points and eight assists.

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