Local sports briefs – December 4

The goaltenders were the stars as the Olds Grizzlys and Camrose Kodiaks battled to a 1-1 Alberta Junior Hockey League draw on Thursday.

Grizzlys, Kodiaks battle to draw

Grizzlys 1 Kodiaks 1

OLDS — The goaltenders were the stars as the Olds Grizzlys and Camrose Kodiaks battled to a 1-1 Alberta Junior Hockey League draw on Thursday.

Grizzlys netminder Marc Boulanger and Kodiaks stopper Kris Moore each turned aside 38 shots before 476 fans at the Sports Complex.

Both goals were scored during a brief span in the second period, as Corey Campbell gave Olds a lead with a power-play marker at 5:43 and Tom Kroshus pulled the visitors even just 15 seconds later.

The Grizzlys host the Brooks Bandits at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Kocher leads Canadian trio

ÖSTERSUND, Sweden — Zina Kocher of Red Deer led a trio of Canadian women in Wednesday’s 15-kilometre individual start competition of a Biathlon World Cup event, finishing in the middle of the pack.

Kocher finished in 56th spot with a time of 48:35.1.

“I was definitely nervous with it being the first competition of the year and seeing how it would play out,” said Kocher. “I had a good ski race, but was overly cautious. I know that my skiing is solid and my shooting in training has been excellent, so I have to convert that from training to competition more aggressively.”

Shooting is more important in the individual competition, with its one-minute penalty, than the other disciplines which have a penalty loop of 150 metres — which takes about 25 to 30 seconds to ski. The individual is the longest in skiing distance of all biathlon competitions, and has four bouts of shooting.

Men will start the individual by skiing four kilometres and then arrive at the shooting station, continuing the sequence until they have shot four times, with a four km ski loop between bouts. Women will follow the same procedure, with slightly shorter ski loops for the 15 km competition.

Sweden’s Helena Jonsson thrilled the hometown crowd after blasting her way to top spot of the women’s podium with a time of 43:01.4 after missing just one shot.

Jean-Philippe Le Guellec of Shannon, Que., kicked off the season by posting his best-ever finish in a 20-kilometre individual start competition with a 10th-place finish in the men’s division.

Men’s Basketball

Kaye Kronebusch netted 20 points to lead HMI to a 73-68 win over the Tagish Lakers in a Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association game on Tuesday.

Darren Andrews hooped 16 points for the Lakers.

In another contest, Tim Bobyk dropped in 15 points and James Johanson hit for 14 as the Burnt Lake Stables Stallions posted a 75-62 victory over Damage Inc., which got 19 points from Troy Normand and 16 from Alex Cormier.

White ties for 13th spot at LPGA qualifier

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Red Deer’s Adrienne White is in good shape following two rounds of the LPGA final qualifying tournament.

White fired a 1-under par 71 on Thursday and is tied for 13th with three rounds remaining. White turned in an even-par 72 on Wednesday and sits with a 36-hole total of 143.

The top 20 players following the five-round event will earn their LPGA Tour cards for the 2010 season.

High School Basketball

Krista Anderson netted 14 points and Jill Tennant added 10 as the Rimbey Spartans downed Delburne 48-24 in senior high girls basketball action on Wednesday.

The Spartans senior boys also pulled out a win, 77-44, getting 21 points from Spencer St. Denis and 15 from Sander Lekas.

Also hitting for double figures for the winners were Kevin Vandenhoven with 13 points and Reid Swier with 10, while Jordan Volker led Delburne with 14 points.

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