Local sports briefs – December 14

The Notre Dame Cougars senior boys took full advantage of their home court advantage at the annual Cougar Classic basketball tournament and beat rival Hunting Hills 75-67 in the final.

Cougars win Classic

The Notre Dame Cougars senior boys took full advantage of their home court advantage at the annual Cougar Classic basketball tournament and beat rival Hunting Hills 75-67 in the final.

Kyle Devine lead the Cougars with 18 points while Travis Chynski had 15 to top the Lightning.

Hunting Hills didn’t leave the tournament empty handed, however, as they ran away with the senior girls’ title.

The Lightning beat the Lindsay Thurber Raiders 65-37 to take the championship game.

Brooke Hanson lead Hunting Hills with 11 points while Emily Sylvester had 14 for Lindsay Thurber.

Grizzlys rally past Oilers

OKOTOKS — Marc Boulanger made 33 saves and Corey Campbell scored the winner at 8:59 of the third period as the Olds Grizzlys knocked off the Okotoks Oilers 4-3 in Alberta Junior Hockey League action Saturday.

The Grizzlys, who trailed 2-0 after one period, got additional goals from Jordan Kwas, Taylor Bourne and Nicholas Bourgeois. Scoring for the Oilers were Kyle Reynolds, Jordan Principalli and Chris Duszynski, while netminder Michael Matyas turned aside 18 shots.

The Grizzlys are in Calgary to face the Royals tonight, then host the Grande Prairie Storm on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Eagles topple Border Kings

The Innisfail Eagles, with Sean Fischer scoring three times and Tylor Keller and Aaron Boyer each connecting twice, downed the visiting Lloydminster Border Kings 8-6 in a Chinook Hockey League game on Sunday.

Dustin Keller notched the other goal for the Eagles, who led 5-3 after 40 minutes and received a 38-save performance from Archie Henderson. Adam Creasy led the Border Kings with two goals, while B.J. Boxma also made 38 saves.

The Bentley Generals defeated Lloydminster 4-1 on Saturday night as Kevin Smyth, Darryl LaPlante, Jared Smyth and Tyler Haarstad scored for the winners. Scott Wagner was the lone Border King to put a puck past Jordan Alford, who finished with 23 saves. Boxma, meanwhile, faced 41.

• The West Central Alberta Rams were 0-2 versus the Stony Plain Eagles, falling 9-3 on Friday night at Sylvan Lake and 7-1 on Saturday at Stony Plain.

Rob Turville, Colin Spencer and Scott Murphy were the Rams marksmen in the first game. Andy Sinclair and Joel Richard combined to make 23 saves for West Central, outshot 32-25. Turville potted the only Rams goal at Stony Plain.

O’Connell fighting for the triple

Red Deer lightweight boxer Cam O’Connell completed the second leg of the ‘Triple’ during the weekend by winning the Western Canada championship in Regina.

The ‘Triple’ for an Alberta boxer consists of a provincial championship and a Western Canada championship, followed by the much more difficult Canadian national title. With the nationals a little over a month away, O’Connell can hardly wait.

“I need it so bad,” said the former two-time Ringside World Champion, and nine-time provincial champion. “I have so much drive and ambition right now, and I think it is my year.”

The door in the lightweight division is wide open this year as former national team member Ibrahim Kamal is turning pro.

O’Connell staked a claim for that spot in spectacular fashion, knocking out Jake Seeva of B.C. in the second round on Saturday and then beating Edmonton’s Erik Taylor 24-11 in the final on Sunday.

“The first fight was an extremely technical fight, I was winning 5-0 when I caught him with a really clean short right hand to his chin,” said O’Connell who competed in his 120st and 121nd amateur bouts on the weekend. “In the second fight, he (Taylor) was brawling, arms everywhere, swinging wild. I kept my composure, and went down the pipe. He’s a tough fighter.”

The Western Canada championship was O’Connell’s fifth in the last six years.

Skating to Alberta Winter Games

Five members of the Red Deer Skating Club earned berths in the 2010 Alberta Winter Games during weekend Zone 4 run-offs at Indus.

Morgan Kreil (junior) and Sevan Schmidt (senior) each finished first in the ladies senior bronze freeskate event, while Aubri Webster (senior) was second.

Meanwhile, Robyn D’Assumpacao-Ng was first in the pre-novice ladies freeskate and Amy Severtson placed second. Cassandra Compton finished third and Kylie Pelletier fifth.

The top two skaters in each category advanced to the Winter Games, set for Feb. 4-7 at Cold Lake.

Johnson golden

Nathaniel Johnson of the host club took top honours in the open sabre event of the Red Deer Fencing Club end of semester recreational tournament during the weekend.

Zac Zanussi placed second and Vincent Kiist and Thomas Lyver were awarded bronze medals.

Other Red Deer top-three placings:

Open epee: 2. Brandon Christensen; 3. Nathaniel Johnson, Dakota Wahl.

Under 11 epee: 1. Riley Norman; 2. Matthew Godwin; 3. Michael Groenen, Kieran Mcginnis.

Under 13 epee: 1. Aidan Jones; 2. Hayden Krushelnicki; 3. Eric Prescott, Jordan Williamson.

Under 15 epee: 1. Thomas Lyver; 2. Cole Adam; 3. Chelsea Butler.

Under 17 men’s epee: 2. Brandon Christensen; 3. Wahl, Zac Zanussi.

Under 17 women’s epee: 2. Meagan McIvor; Butler; 3. Surina Elidrissi.

Demale notches hat trick

Shae Demale’s hat-trick performance helped the Red Deer Renegades under-12 girls earn a 4-4 tie with Edmonton Scottish in soccer action on Sunday at the Collicutt Centre.

Bailey Johnson also scored for the Renegades.

Cyclones blank Stars

The Red Deer Cyclones junior women’s hockey team played their first home game of the season on Saturday at the Centrium, posting a 1-0 win over the Spruce Grove Stars on an overtime goal from Chassity Knibb. The Cyclones will host Sherwood Park on Dec. 29 at 5 p.m. at the Collicutt Centre.

Minor Hockey briefs

Midget

The Red Deer Elks earned three of four weekend AA points, beating the Calgary NEAA Blazers 7-5 and battling the Okotoks Oilers to a 4-4 draw.

Justin Corbett lead the way against the Blazers with a pair of goals, with singles added by Jared Kambeitz, Justin Moltzahn, Stephen Pietsch, Dana Daoust and Dion Daoust. Brenden Mandrusiak stopped 32 shots for the win.

Dallen Hall, Robertson, Moltzahn and Corbett scored against Okotoks, while losing goalie Jarren Nickle faced 32 shots.

Midget 15-year-old

The Red Deer North Star Chiefs, with two goals from Trey Christensen, managed a 4-4 tie with the host Calgary Blazers.

Also scoring for North Star were Tyler Loomey and Sean Sayers. Cody Nicolay made 45 saves for the Chiefs.

Midget Girls

Two-goal efforts from Ashley Graf and Pamela Stewart helped the Red Deer Sutter Fund A Chiefs post a 6-2 win over the visiting Lethbridge Blaze.

The other Red Deer goals were scored by Madison Moskowy and Lara Steele. Graf added two assists.

Bantam

Teagan Colonna and Mat Thiesen scored and Nicholas Galenzoski made 24 saves in a losing effort as Red Deer Service Plus dropped a 4-2 AA decision to the Wheatland Warriors at Hussar.

Service Plus then rebounded for a 3-1 win over the visiting Taber Suns, coughing up the first goal but then rallying on markers from Ryan Strome, Mat Thiessen and Trystin Rebman. Winning netminder Joey Desrosiers made 22 saves.

In other AA action, the Red Deer Steel Kings doubled the Okotoks Oilers 6-3 and fell 6-1 to Taber.

Wyatt Weatherall tallied three times against Okotoks, with James Gaumes potting a pair and Chandler Knibb also scoring. Jayden Sittler made 44 saves for the Kings.

Chris Gerrie notched the lone goal against Taber, while Sittler and Brody Thomas shared goaltending duties.

• Ross Heidt scored once and added two assists for the Red Deer Frontier Chiefs in a 3-3 A tie with Drayton Valley. Colton Levie and Matthew Krusky also tallied for the Chiefs, while Zane Steeves made 28 saves.

Peewee

The Red Deer Pee Wee AA Parkland Transmission Chiefs split a pair of weekend home games, defeating the Wheatland Braves 5-3 and dropping a 4-0 decision to Taber.

Kale Howarth scored twice in the Red Deer victory, with Matt Lyons, Brenden Baker and Blake Vander Linden adding singles and winning goaltender Cole Sears making 26 saves. Branden Bilodeau stopped 32 shots in net in a losing cause against Taber.

• The Red Deer Hoilday Inn Chiefs posted a pair of A wins, downing Stettler 7-5 and doubling the Forestburg Thunderstars 4-2.

Parker Smyth recorded against Stettler, with Caden Shybunka, Curtis Johanson, Cory Owens and Ben Isaac also scoring and Ryley Bosch making 25 saves.

Smyth notched two goals against the Thunderstars, while Owens and Brenan Frame also connected and Michael Ozga stopped 31 shots.

In other A action, the Red Deer Versa-Line Chiefs defeated Rimbey 7-4 and lost 4-2 to Killam.

Tanner Zentner recorded a hat trick in the Chiefs’ victory. Josh Bussard scored twice, Jordan Muirhead and Vance Lacey added singles and Nick Bilodeau was the winning netminder.

Scoring against Killam were Bussard and Josh Ho. Matthew Atchison was the losing goaltender.

• In B action, Southside defeated the Stuart Lightning 8-3 as Brandt Burzuk fired three goals, Travis Mears and Kyle Skogan each added a couple and Jaxon Thompson contributed a single.

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