Sports Digest: LaVonte Dority named Horizon League's Player of the Week

2014-02-03T22:00:00Z 2014-02-04T22:31:09Z Sports Digest: LaVonte Dority named Horizon League's Player of the Week nwitimes.com
February 03, 2014 10:00 pm

Men's basketball

IUN OUTLASTS SILVER LAKE: Cody Artuso pumped in a career-high 30 points on 13-of-18 shooting Monday night as Indiana University Northwest (7-16) rolled over Silver Lake College, 84-71.

Quentin Palmer added 18 points and Brandon Grubl 11 for the RedHawks, who outrebounded their guests 47-30 with Artuso grabbing 11.

DORITY IS HL PLAYER OF WEEK: Valparaiso senior guard LaVonte Dority has been named Horizon League Player of the Week after scoring 59 points in a pair of Crusaders wins.

Dority had 26 points as the VU handed Green Bay its first league loss of the season. He scored 14 points in the first 7:16 of the game and shot 9 of 12 from the field.

Playing in his hometown two days later, Dority erupted for 22 first-half points en route to a career-high 33 points against Illinois-Chicago. He went 10 of 15 from the floor, hitting 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Dority also matched his career highs with five rebounds and three steals in the win.

Dority is tied for second in the league in scoring at 20.3 points per game. He is also among the league leaders in field goal percentage at 54.1, which ranks first among guards.

Women's basketball

REDHAWKS TROUNCE SILVER LAKE: Portage grad Nicki Monahan scored 26 points, Megan Holland 22, Valerie Zulevic 15 and Annmarie Keller added 10 in leading Indiana University Northwest (15-7) past Silver Lake College, 86-52.

Pro hockey

BLACKHAWKS' CORNELISON WILL SING AT VU GAME: Blackhawks national anthem singer Jim Cornelison will sing The Star-Spangled Banner prior to the Crusaders' nationally-televised game against Detroit on Friday. The game will tip off at 8 p.m., with Cornelison singing the anthem at about 7:45.

Cornelison is best known for his role as the anthem singer for the Blackhawks, a gig he took over full-time in 2007 after serving as the part-time anthem singer since 1996. He gained recognition during the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup championship runs in 2010 and 2013, during which time his anthems were often televised during the pregame coverage and accompanied by the Blackhawks' fans cheering throughout the song, a Blackhawks tradition since the mid-1980's.

Pro football

PACKERS TO OFFER NEW PLAYOFF TICKET PLAN: The Green Bay Packers expect to offer a "pay as we play" option for postseason tickets after fans complained about the team's playoff ticket policy, the team said Monday.

The Packers also announced plans to increase seat prices next season.

The Packers had trouble selling out the Jan. 5 home wild-card game against the San Francisco 49ers before sponsors stepped in and bought the remaining tickets, ensuring the game would not be blacked out in most Wisconsin TV markets. Team policy required the purchase of two possible home playoff games, with any games that are not played credited to next year's season ticket purchase.

While the policy is still under review, the Packers said they anticipate having payment applied only when a game is certain to occur.

The Packers, Colts and Cincinnati Bengals all needed an extra day to sell out their home playoff games this past season. In each case, corporations stepped up to buy big blocks of the remaining tickets, including retailer Meijer in Indy, Associated Bank in Green Bay and P&G in Cincinnati.

Pro hockey

CANUCKS COACH RETURNS FROM SUSPENSION: Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella has returned from his 15-day suspension.

Tortorella was behind Vancouver's bench for Monday night's game against the Detroit Red Wings.

He was punished without pay for his conduct after a brawl in a game against the Calgary Flames. Tortorella went to Calgary's locker room following the first period, which began with several fights.

NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said Tortorella's actions were "dangerous and an embarrassment to the league."

During the suspension that lasted six games, Tortorella wasn't allowed to interact with the Canucks before, during or after games.

Tortorella was suspended for Game 6 of the 2009 playoffs when he was coaching the New York Rangers for throwing a water bottle into the stands in Washington.

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