Local sports briefs – April 29

The Central Lightning open the 2011 edition of the Alberta Challenge bantam girls hockey tournament today at 8:30 p.m. in Fort Saskatchewan against the South Sabres.

Central Lightning ready for action

The Central Lightning open the 2011 edition of the Alberta Challenge bantam girls hockey tournament today at 8:30 p.m. in Fort Saskatchewan against the South Sabres.

The Lightning have three players — goaltender Carrissa Fischer, defenceman McKenna Barthel and forward Jade Lee — on the 20-player team.

Chantal Fear of Cremona will share goaltending duties with Fischer while Cassidy Griffith and Jodi Hickle of Hanna, Hannah Fouillard and Kaylyn Powlik of Thorsby, Autumn Woelk of Stettler and Allison Goodreau of Airdrie round out the defence.

Others up front are Rebecca Davidson of Delburne, Mackenzie Ebel and Emily Power of Airdrie, Kennidy Fisher of Stettler, Shyann Kelndorfer of Killam, Sydney Lawson of Lacombe, Kortney Stafford of Innisfail, Raina Turnbull of Olds and Kelsie Litke of Forestburg.

Allyson Bendfeld of Innisfail is the head coach with Jason Stephens of Sylvan Lake and mentor coach and Jacey Villeneuve of Sylvan Lake the trainer.

The Lightning meet the Northwest Hawks Friday at 7:30 p.m. and play twice Saturday — at 1 p.m. against the Northeast Penguins and 6:15 p.m. against the Calgary Wild. They don’t face the Edmonton Flyers.

The top two teams meet in the final Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Spartans hammer Olds

The Rimbey Spartans employed their experience and superior outside speed Wednesday while rolling to a 43-17 high school girls’ rugby victory over Olds.

Christy Weiss scored two tries for the winners, while Kalen Lukocs, Annisa Lukocs, Jalaine Anderson, Christine Balding and Birdy Weiss each had one. Rebecca Olson added three converts and Christy Weis booted one.

Meagher’s pick-six downs Seahawks

Nolan Meagher of Lacombe returned an interception 42 yards for the game’s lone touchdown as the Battle River Shock defeated the Edmonton Seahawks 7-0 in midget tier 2 football action Wednesday at Clarke Park.

Meagher, a Grade 9 first-year player, picked off two passes and recorded a quarterback sack for an 11-year loss. He also had a fumble recovery and was in on a forced fumble.

The Shock defence came up with seven turnovers in total.

The tier 2 squad returns to action Saturday at 4 p.m. at Clarke Park versus the Millwoods Grizzlys. The midget tier 1 Shock will face the Edmonton Chargers at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the same location.

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