Local sports briefs – February 23

The West Central Alberta Rams captured the Chinook Hockey League President’s Cup during the weekend, sweeping the Innisfail Eagles in a best-of-three series.

Rams capture President’s Cup

The West Central Alberta Rams captured the Chinook Hockey League President’s Cup during the weekend, sweeping the Innisfail Eagles in a best-of-three series.

The Rams, who finished dead-last in the six-game CHL this season, knocked off the fifth-place Eagles twice — including 6-2 Sunday at Sylvan Lake, where Trevor Welder scored twice and Jim Lawrence, Brian Pieper, Derek Werenka and Colin Shaw had singles for the victors. Ryan Kallis and Derek Jubb replied for the Eagles. Jordan Ramstead made 26 saves for the Rams. Eagles netminders Brandon Highton and Josh Seibel blocked 34 shots.

The Rams were 7-3 winners two days earlier at Innisfail.

Rustlers to enter Hall of Fame

The 1970-71 edition of the Red Deer Rustlers will be inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Rustlers, who won the inaugural Canadian junior A hockey championship, will be recognized at the Hockey Alberta awards gala, June 12, at the Red Deer Capri Centre.

The Alberta Junior Hockey League squad is one of two teams to be honoured, joining the 1977-80 University of Alberta Golden Bears, who won three consecutive CIS championships.

Former NHL player and coach Jack Evans will be inducted in the achievement category while Anne Hayden and Bob Barlett are in the builder category.

Hayden is a former Hockey Alberta South director from Vauxhall and Bartlett a former general manager of the Western Hockey League’s Lethbridge Hurricanes.

The Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald will receive recognition in the pioneer category after sponsoring the inaugural Alberta amateur provincial championship.

Minor hockey teams busy

Bantam

The Red Deer Frontier Chiefs won three starts in A league action during the weekend to secure second place in the North Central Tier II Division.

The Chiefs beat Leduc 3-1, Ponoka 5-4 and Rocky Mountain House 4-3.

Tyler Chavez-Leach, Brandon Magill and Ross Heidt scored against leduc while Zane Steeves finished with 37 saves in goal.

Heidt had a pair of goals against Ponoka with Blake Draper, Chavez-Leach and Matthew Krusky adding single markers while Raffiq Manji faced 40 shots. Krusky, Jacob Bottomley, Draper and Michael Pruss connected once each against Rocky with Steeves finishing with 19 saves.

Peewee

The Red Deer Parkland Transmission Chiefs ended their regular AA regular season with a 4-1 win over the visiting Foothills Bisons.

Brenden Baker and Kale Howarth scored two goals each with Cole Sears earning the win making 18 saves.

Peewee Girls

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs team I wrapped up first place in the North Central league with a pair of weekend victories, downing the third-place Sutter Fund Chiefs II 3-1 and Stettler 5-4.

Becky Davidson had two goals and Mairead Bast one against the other Red Deer squad, who got a single goal from Taylor Nyeste.

Shaina Davis had two goals and Breanna Martin, Bast and Brooke Cassidy one each against Stettler. Jayden Hogg had two goals and Morgan VanDusen and Shayla McLean one each for Stettler.

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The Red Deer KFC Chiefs won a pair of AA league games during the weekend, beating the Warriors 7-2 in Rocky Mountain House Saturday and downing the visiting Innisfail Flyers 6-0 Sunday.

Connor Dawes and Easton Leedahl scored twice each against the Warriors with singles added by Devon Fankhanel, Hunter Leslie and Eric Moore. Devin Desormeau faced 18 shots in net.

Justin Travis made 30 saves to record the shutout against Innisfail with Josh Freeborn, Moore, Adam Sandstrom, Leedahl, Nathan Kartusch and Kobe Williams scoring once each.

Fatboys thump Carpet Doctors

The Sorento Fatboys got 22 points from Keenan Fisher and 19 from Brendan Kelly in downing the Carpet Doctors 107-50 in Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association play Sunday.

In other action, the Burnt Lake Stables Stallions downed the Vikings 64-53.

Catalina swimmers qualify for nationals

A pair of Red Deer Catalina Swim Club athletes became the first members of the club to qualify for the Canadian senior national championships in three years during the Canadian Western Championships in Saskatoon during the weekend.,

Alana Skocdopole captured the silver medal and qualified in the 50-metre butterfly while Nicole Cossey qualified in the 100m butterfly.

Three members of the club recorded qualifying times for the Age Group Nationals.

Skocdopole reached the mark in the 200m breaststroke, Amy Andrew in the 1,500m freestyle and Morgann Bruin in the 200m butterfly.

Meanwhile, several members of the Catalina Development and Provincial squad turned in solid performances at the Valentine meet at the Michener Centre during the weekend.

Rebecca Smith, 9, and Kristen Trepanier, 10, both broke a 24-year-old club record in the 800m freestyle, which placed them in the top 10 in Canada in the event in the 10-and-under division.

Four more members of the team — Kristen Irvine, 12, Seung-Jae Yu, 11, Marcos Horschek, 11, and Daniel Stayer, 11 — qualified to join six of their teammates at the Alberta Age Group trials, this weekend in Sherwood Park.

RDC teams gearing up for playoff competitions

RDC teams will be busy in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference playoff action this weekend.

Both basketball squads will compete in best-of-three ACAC quarter-final action while both volleyball teams will be involved in the ACAC championships — the men at SAIT and the women at Grant MacEwan.

The hockey Queens open their best-of-five league semifinal against NAIT while the men’s and mixed curling teams will be involved in the ACAC finals at Camrose.

The basketball teams open on the road at 7 p.m. Thursday with the Queens at Concordia University College and the Kings at Grant MacEwan University.

The teams return home Friday with the women playing at 6 p.m. and the men to follow. If third games are needed, the teams return to Edmonton at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

The hockey Queens, who finished third in the standings, travel to NAIT Friday at 7 p.m. and host the Ooks Saturday at 4:15 p.m. at the Arena.

Game 3 is set for March 5 at NAIT with the fourth game, if necessary, March 6 at 4:15 p.m. at the Arena. If a fifth game is needed it’s set for March 7 at NAIT.

The Mount Royal Cougars and SAIT Trojans meet in the other semifinal.

The RDC Queens open defence of their ACAC volleyball championship Friday at 3 p.m. against Lakeland College. Other opening round games sees Grande Prairie meeting NAIT, Mount Royal taking on Keyano College and Grant MacEwan clashing with Briercrest.

The semifinals go at 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday with the final at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Kings go into the men’s championships ranked No. 2 in Canada and open at 1 p.m. Friday against Grant MacEwan. Grande Prairie takes on Briercrest while SAIT meets Lethbridge and Mount Royal clashes with The King’s University.

Friday’s games will be held at Mount Royal with the rest of the tournament at SAIT.

The semifinals are set for 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday with the final at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The RDC men’s curling team goes into the championships ranked No. 1 with Camrose Augustana second and Grande Prairie third.

The mixed team is also ranked first with Grant MacEwan second and Lakeland third.

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