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Election Day sports personalities

Chris Dudley wasn’t the only sports figure involved in Tuesday’s Election Day shuffle.

Election Day sports personalities

Chris Dudley wasn’t the only sports figure involved in Tuesday’s Election Day shuffle.

Shawn Bradley, also a former NBA center, had his name on a ballot in Utah and baseball Hall of Fame member Jim Bunning retired from the U.S. Senate. Dale Ford, a former baseball umpire, will soon be calling bills and laws in the Tennessee Legislature.

Former quarterback Heath Shuler and once-lineman Jon Runyan each ran for congressional seats, and Football Hall of Famer Alan Page is expected to keep his place in Minnesota’s Supreme Court.

Former Virginia football player Kenny Golden ran for Virginia state congress, but lost. Also failing to secure a congressional seat was former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon, who attempted to enter the ring of politics via a U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut.

Vikings to be inducted into H.O.F.

Portland State’s Hall of Fame will include six more names next week.

Vikings from six teams and four sports will be honored during halftime of the Nov. 13 PSU football game and inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame the following day. Four of the former athletes earned All-American honors: Cynthia Macom (softball), Matt Mandigo (golf), Shelley Rumberger (volleyball) and three-time honoree Chuck Seal (wrestling).

Former PSU football player, and later arena football star, Orshawante Bryant and basketball record-holder Karen Strong are the remaining inductees.

Those interested in attending should contact Scott Boyd at 503-725-9744. The induction ceremony will begin with a brunch at 11 a.m. on Nov. 14 at the NW Natural Building in downtown Portland.

Big Sky suspends MSU player

The Big Sky Conference issued a Montana State football player with a half-game suspension this week, according to a league statement.

League Commissioner Doug Fullerton announced Wednesday that MSU sophomore defensive lineman Caleb Schreibeis will not be allowed to play for the first half of Saturday’s football game for fighting during MSU’s Nov. 6 game.

Schreibeis was penalized for throwing a punch at an opposing player late in the third quarter of MSU’s overtime win over Idaho State.

PSU prepping for volleyball championships

By way of the Vikings winning last year’s regular season volleyball title, Portland State will host the 2010 conference postseason tournament later this month.

The Big Sky Volleyball Championship will pit the league’s top four teams in a two round, single-elimination tournament at the Stott Center Nov. 26–27. The winner is given the conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.

The two semifinal matches will be held Friday, Nov. 26, with the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds playing at 5:30 p.m., and the No. 1 and No. 4 seeds facing off at 7:30 p.m. The two winning teams will then meet at 7 p.m. the following day in the championship match.

All-session tickets to the tournament went on sale Tuesday, and single-match tickets will be available at the door on game days. To purchase all-session tickets, call 1-888-VIK-TIKS. ?