Local sports briefs – August 12

Red Deer’s Mitch Evanecz was two-under par on the day and four-under overall when the second round of the 72-hole Canadian men’s amateur golf championship was called because of darkness Tuesday.

Evanecz tied for fifth at amateur championship

BLAINVILLE, Que. — Red Deer’s Mitch Evanecz was two-under par on the day and four-under overall when the second round of the 72-hole Canadian men’s amateur golf championship was called because of darkness Tuesday.

The round was delayed because of rain earlier, which resulted in the majority of the field either still on the course, or never even starting, when the round was called.

Evanecz, who is tied for fifth, finished 17 holes.

Kyle Morris of Red Deer managed to get in 13 holes and was two over on the round and five over overall.

Tom McKinlay Jr., of Lacombe finished his round and had a solid one-over par 73 and is six over.

Carson Kallis, 17, shot a 76 and is 11 over.

Matt Hill of Forest, Ont. is even after 13 holes and is seven under, one stroke ahead of Mitch Sutton of London, Ont, who shot a five-under 67.

Duncan second at seniors’ golf

HIGH RIVER — Pete Duncan of Red Deer shot a one-under par 69 to sit second following the opening round of the 54-hole Alberta senior men’s golf championship at the Highwood Golf and Country Club Tuesday.

Duncan sits three strokes back of Frank Van Dornick of Camrose and three ahead of Ken Sissons of Calgary.

Dave Raabis of Rocky Mountain House is tied for 12th at 76 while Merv Dusyk of Red Deer shot a 77 and is tied for 20th.

Tom Skinner of Red Deer and Denny Humbke of Ponoka both came in with a 78 and are tied for 27th with Eric Brodie of Red Deer in a tie for 42nd following an 80.

Les Swelin of Sundre shot an 82 and is tied for 57th while Aro Dudley of Ponoka and Ron Hilz of Erskine are deadlocked in 66th place following an 83.

Don Longmore of Red Deer had an 86 and is tied for 85th.

George Wallace of Red Deer came in with a 91 while Sim Koopmans of Red Deer had a 92 and Charles Dallas of Innisfail a 97.

U14 soccer championships set

The Red Deer City Soccer Association will host the provincial U14 Tier II boys’ and girls’ soccer championships at Edgar Park from Friday to Sunday.

The Red Deer United squad will play in the boys’ division with the Red Deer Renegades in the girls’ category.

As well, the Red Deer United boys and girls will compete in the U16 Tier II championships in Calgary while the U18 Tier II championships in Lethbridge will see the Renegades in the boys’ division and the United crew in the girls’ section.

Peewee AAA teams confirmed

The Vancouver Yankees and the Cloverdale Spurs are the final two teams confirmed for the Western Canadian peewee AAA baseball championships to be held Aug. 21-23 at Great Chief Park.

The Spurs play in a pool with the Red Deer Braves, Brandon Knights and Saskatoon Cardinals.

The Yankees play the Sherwood Park Athletics, Regina White Sox and the North Winnipeg Pirates.

Play gets underway Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. with the Braves facing Saskatoon on Diamond 2.

The Braves clash with Brandon in the feature game Aug. 21 at 6:15 p.m. on Diamond 1, following the 5 p.m. opening ceremonies.

The Braves conclude pool play Aug. 22 at 12:15 p.m. against Cloverdale on Diamond 1.

The semifinals are set for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Aug. 23 with the final at 4 p.m.

Renegades complete Scotland trip

The Red Deer Renegades U16 international soccer team completed a week-long trip to Scotland on a high with a 2-0 win over Drumchapel United.

Overall the Renegades posted a 2-2-1 record, with both their losses by one goal.

Shane Gasser led the team with three goals in the five games while Nathen Narong had two and singles were added by Rushton Davis-Hall, Brett Dennie, Colton Alexander and Cale Jacobs. Brody Slagman was strong in goal in all the games.

Parkland Zone 4 boys are zone baseball champs

LETHBRIDGE — The Central Alberta Parkland Zone 4 boys’ 14-15 year-old team are the Alberta zone baseball champions.

Parkland squad downed Zone 6 (Edmonton) 8-0 in the gold medal game, behind the four-hit pitching of Red Deer’s Reign Letkeman, who was named the tournament’s leading pitcher.

Wyle Cunningham of Red Deer had a pair of singles and Jonah Penner of Red Deer a double.

The Zone 4 team beat Zone 3 (Calgary) 6-3 in the semifinals with Joe Pasychnyk of Bawlf recording the victory, allowing one earned run on three hits.

Penner had a triple and three RBIs.

In pool play, Parkland lost 10-0 to Zone 5 (Black Gold) while beating Zone 1 (Sunny South) 1-0 and Zone 7 (Northeast) 11-1.

The Parkland team managed only one hit against Zone 5 with Penner starting on the mound, followed by Dylaney Brown and Taylor Mulder of Lacombe.

Tyson Ethier of Sylvan Lake tossed a seven-inning five-hitter against Zone 1 and also collected the team’s only hit.

Cunningham started and went four innings against Zone 7 and allowed one hit while fanning six. Letkeman tossed a hitless fifth inning.

Ethier had a double and a triple while Chance Wheatley of Bawlf and Pasychnyk added doubles.

The other members of the team were Reid Stoyberg, Chaz Piché, Stephon Fontaine and Nathan Damiani of Red Deer, Tayden Haverstock of Lacombe and Sam Schierman of Innisfail.

Terry Letkeman and Pat Penner of Red Deer and Fred Wedgewood of Edmonton were the coaches.

BMX club wins gold

Three members of the host Red Deer BMX Club captured four gold medals each in the fifth and sixth races of the Provincial Series during the weekend at the Red Deer track.

Ilana Just, Cody Pratt and Timothy Pratt all won the 20-inch and the cruiser class races on Saturday and Sunday.

Tyson Best won the cruiser class titles both days and the 20-inch title Saturday while finishing second in the 20-inch division Sunday.

Kade Best won the 20-inch title both days while Nicholas Cymbaluk took the same title in his division both days.

Abby Graalman captured the junior female 20-inch title Saturday and Sunday with the 20-inch title going to Wesley Hackl both days.

Dakota Lute also captured the 20-inch crown both days.

On Saturday other gold medals went to Ryan Dubrule, Levi Evans and Taylor Strome, all in the 20-inch class, while on Sunday gold was picked up by Tobi Duckering in the cruiser class and Matthew Pidhirney and Evan Stahl on the 20-inch class.

Other medal winners were:



20-inch: Quinn Doll, Daniel Dubrule, Landon Ferris, Reid Peterson, Jordin Riguidel.

Cruiser: Chase Harrison, Taylor Mulligan.

Female elite cruiser: Abby Graalman.


20-inch: Daniel Dubrule, Kara Duckering, Kiera Hopkins, Mitchell Muttitt, Jordan Riguidel, Taylor Strome, Iain Turpin, Keith Warren.

Cruiser: Chase Harrison, Taylor Milligan.

Female elite cruiser: Abby Graalman.



20-inch: Rory Braconnier, Kara Duckering, Kaden Corrigan, Owen Green, Matthew Pidhirney, Evan Stahl, Iain Turpin.

Cruiser: Chris Evans.

Junior female 20-inch: Kelsey Gerlitz.

Junior male cruiser: Josh Woolman.


20-inch: Rory Braconnier, Aydin Delane, Ryan Dubrule, Landon Ferris, Ryder Graham, Reid Peterson, Josh Ritter.

Cruiser: Tanor Milligan, Josh Woolman.

Junior female 20-inch: Kelsey Gerlitz.

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