October 17, 2013

Sports briefs, Oct. 17


---- — Logan’s Penny named preseason All-Big East

NEW YORK — DePaul senior Jasmine Penny has been chosen as preseason All-Big East in women’s basketball by the conference’s coaches.

Penny, a 6-1 senior forward from Logansport, averaged 12.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per outing for DePaul last season. She finished the year ranked 12th in the nation and second in the Big East with her 53.8 field goal percentage. Penny reached the 20-point scoring mark in five contests.

DePaul, which earned an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship a year ago, is the top choice to win the 2013-14 league title based on the results of the preseason coaches’ poll. The Blue Demons, who have seven letterwinners and three starters back from last year’s NCAA squad, finished with 79 points in the poll and received eight of 10 first-place votes.

Head coach Doug Bruno led DePaul to an overall record of 21-12 and 9-7 in the conference last season.

DePaul junior forward Brittany Hrynko has been selected preseason Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players. The league’s top returning scorer averaged 14.7 points per game as a sophomore and contributed 4.8 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals an outing.

Cass volley tops Heights in 4 games

WALTON — Lewis Cass’ volleyball team defeated Hamilton Heights 25-22, 25-17, 23-25, 25-15 on senior night Wednesday.

“We had a strong defensive performance from everyone,” Cass coach Gretchen Crum said.

Kassi Zeck led the defense with 25 digs. Claire Crum had 13 digs to go with nine kills and two aces.

Gabi Hartley dished 24 assists to go with four kills. Trisha Hartley had 11 kills and 5.5 blocks. Tori Powell floored 17 kills and two aces to go with five digs, and Aubrey Young had nine kills and six digs. Bailey Gremelspacher added 24 assists and Karley Arion had 11 digs.

“We had a great effort from the outsides Tori and Claire, one hitting error in 65 swings between the two of them,” Gretchen Crum said. “Great decisions and defense by the setters; the back row serve received and covered well. Not a lot gets past Arion and Zeck in the back row. Trisha had five solo blocks to help our defense and our M2 Aubrey Young made some really good decisions where she sent the ball. She sees the court well. We missed Brooke Langley’s help tonight as she is on her way to D.C. on a 4-H awards trip.

“This was a fun win for senior night honoring Gabi, Claire and Kassi for their contribution to Lady Kings volleyball for six years, and to our very special managers Shelby Sanders and Whitney Lawson for their encouragement to the players and loyalty to the program.”

Next up for the Kings is Class A No. 6 Pioneer at the Cass County Tournament on Saturday at the Berry Bowl.

Cardinal speaking at alumni event

The Purdue Alumni Club of Cass County Fall Banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at the 4-H Community Center.

The speaker for the event is Brian Cardinal. Cardinal was born and raised in Illinois, attended and graduated from Purdue University where he was a four-year outstanding member of the Boilermaker men’s basketball team.

He went on to play 12 years in the NBA with his final year being on the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. He has returned to Purdue University where he is an assistant director of the John Purdue Club.

Event cost is $15 per person that includes meal. Reservations are due to Dan Layman (574-722-1032) by Wednesday, Oct. 23. Guests are encouraged to bring items for autographing.