Local sports briefs – August 6

The Canadian National women’s hockey team will make a pair of stops in Red Deer as part of their preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Team Canada to face midget AAAs

The Canadian National women’s hockey team will make a pair of stops in Red Deer as part of their preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

The national team will face the Red Deer midget AAA Optimist Rebels Oct. 2 and Dec. 1 at the Arena.

The Canadian team will play a 30-game schedule against the 18 midget AAA teams in the Alberta Midget Hockey League. This will include a four-day tournament, Sept. 24-27 at Calgary’s Father David Bauer Arena, along with 26 other games.

To ensure a high level of competition, the first time each team faces the national squad, it will be an official AMHL game that counts in the standings.

“We’re excited to announce a partnership between Hockey Canada and the Alberta Midget Hockey League,” said Julie Healy, director of female hockey with Hockey Canada, in a press release. “This series will be an important part of the schedule for the national team as it works toward the Olympic Games.”

The Canadian team will also face the United States national team six times, Sweden once, the Canadian U-22 national team three times and the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Calgary Canucks once. The national team will also compete in the Canada Cup, Aug. 31-Sept 6 in Vancouver and the 4 Nations Cup in Finland Nov. 3-8 prior to the Olympics, set for Feb. 13-25.


Central Alberta represented at Canada Games

Central Alberta will be well represented at the Canada Summer Games, which run Aug. 15-29 in Summerside, PEI.

Twenty-six athletes, coaches and managers will represent Alberta in the prestigious event.

Stephen McPhee of Bentley, Thomasina Payne of Clive and Michelle Gerwing of Olds will compete in track and field with Heather Roberts of Red Deer on the coaching staff.

Volleyball will be well represented with Jamie Thibeault of Sylvan Lake and a Lindsay Thurber grad, Katie Graves of Lacombe, Jessica Clutton of Innisfail and Quinn Schulzke of Red Deer on the women’s team and Spencer Leiske of Lacombe and Mikiah Schalk and Mitch Irvine of Red Deer on the men’s squad. Coach Chris Wandler, who coaches at Notre Dame, and manager Paul Armbruster of Three Hills are on the staff.

Graves, Clutton and Schulzke are all members of the RDC Queens while Irvine plays with the RDC Kings. Schalk was with Trinity Western University of Langley, B.C. while Thibeault attends university in Montana and Leiske, a former King, is with the University of Alberta.

The baseball team has five Central Albertans on the roster, including head coach Harold Northcott of Rocky Mountain House and coaches Dwayne Lalor and Darcy Warawa of Red Deer.

Joel Peterman of Red Deer and Chad Northcott of Rocky, both members of the Red Deer Riggers program, are on the playing roster.

Other athletes attending the Games include swimmer Nicole Palardy of Olds, Grady Bowd of Red Deer, who is on the rugby team, soccer’s Brad Hughes of Red Deer and Kendice Ogilvie of Delburne, a member of the women’s softball team.

As well Chantel Hutchison of Bentley will compete in the National Artist Program.

Annette Svederus of Innisfail will go as a cycling coach and Cathy McMillan of Ponoka a golf manager.

Two members of the team — Peterman and Ogilvie — also competed in the Canada Winter Games.

Peterman won the men’s curling and Ogilvie, who attends Cornell University on a hockey scholarship, was with the women’s hockey team.


Kureluk takes PGA Alberta Assistant’s title

MEDICINE HAT — Jamie Kureluk of DeWinton matched his opening-round score with an even-par 72 on Wednesday to take top honours in the PGA Alberta Assistant’s Championship at the Connaught Golf Club.

Kureluk, with a 144 total, edged Darryl James of the Calgary National Golf Academy by one stroke and earned $4,200 in the process. James (73-73) picked up a cheque for $2,800.

Jamie Gerlitz of Lacombe led the Central Alberta contingent with a 156 total (79-77), winning $600.

Scott Anderson of Wolf Creek pocketed $340 for his 157 total that included scores of 78-79.

James Phillips of Sundre (80-78—158), Roy Hide of the Red Deer Golf and Country (RDG&CC) (81-80—161), Jeff Potter of Pheasantback (87-78—165), Marty Wheaton of the RDG&CC (83-83—166), and Tye Friesen of Lacombe (87-87—174) each failed to earn a cheque.


Griffiths well back of leader

KITCHENER, Ont. — Zac Griffiths of Red Deer turned in a 1-over par 74 on Wednesday but trailed leader Justin Shin of Maple Ridge, B.C., by 13 strokes heading into today’s final round of the Canadian junior men’s championship at the Westmount Golf and Country Club.

With earlier scores of 79-73, Griffiths had a 54-hole total of 7-over 226. Shin (69-71-73) had 213 strokes through the first three rounds. Carson Kallis of Red Deer carded a 1-under 72 on Wednesday and sat at 227, while Mitch Bach of Sundre missed the 36-hole cut.

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