Local sports briefs – August 21

The Red Deer Riggers won the provincial senior AAA baseball championship earlier this month, now they’ll share the Sunburst Baseball League (SBL) title with the Fort Saskatchewan A’s.

Riggers sharing Sunburst title

The Red Deer Riggers won the provincial senior AAA baseball championship earlier this month, now they’ll share the Sunburst Baseball League (SBL) title with the Fort Saskatchewan A’s.

The Riggers won the SBL’s South Division title while the A’s took the north, but because of scheduling conflicts and poor weather the final won’t be played.

“There was just no time for the game to be played,” said Riggers playing manager Curtis Bailey. “There wasn’t the time last weekend and Fort Saskatchewan left Monday for the nationals (this weekend in Dartmouth, N.S.).

“I know most of our players are going back to school so we’ll be shorthanded, and Fort Saskatchewan doesn’t want to play right after returning from the nationals. I know neither of us will have the players to play in September.”

The SBL isn’t the only league to share their title.

Western Major Baseball League shared their title between Melville, Sask., and the Okotoks Dawgs.

Grizzlys hitting the ice

OLDS — Roughly 70 players will hit the ice at the Sports Complex at 9 a.m. Saturday for the opening of the Olds Grizzlys training camp.

The Grizzlys camp will run through Sunday, culminating with the Black and Gold game at 6 p.m.

Olds will open Alberta Junior Hockey League preseason play with a home-and-home series with the Drumheller Dragons Aug. 28-29. The teams will play Friday at Drumheller and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Sports Complex.

The Grizzlys will also be in Okotoks Sept. 3 for an exhibition meeting with the Oilers, and will host the Oilers two nights later. The Grizzlys’ regular-season opener is Sept. 11 versus the Eagles at Canmore. The club’s home-opener is Sept. 12 against the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.

Trinidad and Tobago in charge at Ames Cup

CALGARY — Trinidad and Tobago were squarely in the driver’s seat following Thursday’s foursome matches of the Stephen Ames Cup at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club.

Jesse Teron of Red Deer and playing partner Matt Williams of Calgary were one of two Canadian pairs to post a positive result against the visitors in the two-country junior men’s event, earning a single point in an all-square match with Jake Delaney and Jessel Mohammed.

Trinidad and Tobago won three of the five matches to grab a 7-5 to 2.5 lead heading into today’s 10 singles matches which will conclude the international team competition.

Teron and Williams fell 3-and-2 to Delaney and Mohammed in a four ball match Wednesday.

Peterson leads U17 Alberta to silver

Red Deer’s Jen Peterson helped Team Alberta to a silver medal at the Canadian U17 rugby championships.

Alberta beat Saskatchewan, Quebec and B.C. before losing to Ontario in the final.

Van Dornick seven shots back

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Frank Van Dornick of Camrose was the only Central Alberta competitor within range of leader Craig Doell of Victoria heading into today’s final round of the Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur championship at Cooke Municipal Golf Course.

Van Dornick turned in the low score of the day — a 4-under 66 — during the third round Thursday and with a 54-hole total of 210, sat seven strokes back of Doell, who shot a 1-over 71.

Daniel Brown of Kelowna also carded a 71 and held down second place, six shots off the lead.

Meanwhile, Tom McKinlay Jr. of Lacombe turned in a 1-under 69 and moved into a tie for seventh place at 213.

Red Deer golfers Tom Skinner and Kevin Campbell missed the 36-hole cut.

Bantam nationals delayed by tornados

VAUGHAN, Ont. — The first day of the bantam AAA baseball national championships were interrupted by severe weather that sprouted reported tornados.

The Red Deer Servus Credit Union Braves were trailing Quebec 1-0 in the second inning of their first game when play was called Thursday.

Games will be completed or made up later in the tournament.

The Braves were originally scheduled to play Manitoba at 12:30 p.m. (MDT) and the host Vaughan squad at 6:30 p.m. today. They finish pool play Saturday at 12:30 p.m. against P.E.I.

The top three teams make the A-side playoffs with the quarter-finals Saturday. The semifinals and final goes Sunday.

• In the senior AAA nationals in Dartmouth, N.S., the Fort Saskatchewan A’s downed Nova Scotia 16-4 in their opening game Thursday. The A’s meet New Brunswick today and Newfoundland and B.C. Saturday.

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