Local sports briefs – February 25

Kira Mercereau of Red Deer captured bronze in the compound individual female archery competition at the Canada Winter Games Thursday.

Mercereau nabs bronze in female archery

HALIFAX, N.S. — Kira Mercereau of Red Deer captured bronze in the compound individual female archery competition at the Canada Winter Games Thursday.

The 17-year-old beat Kim Maquire of Sussex, N.B. 109-102 in the bronze medal match after losing 114-109 to eventual gold-medal winning Jenah Smith of Prince Albert, Sask., in the semifinals.

Mercereau, who won both the 2010 indoor and outdoor provincial champion, beat Sidney Evangeline Watson of Quesnel, B.C. 131-130 in the quarter-finals.

• In judo, Jaquina Simao of Red Deer lost to Lorena Ellis of Prince Edward Island in one of the two bronze medal matches in the 57-63 kilogram division after dropping a decision to Emily Schaan of Saskatchewan in the semifinals.

Simao beat Kristal Lukas of Duncan, B.C. in her opening bout.

Catherine Beauchemin, Pinard of Quebec beat Schaan in the final.

Mark Antonio of Red Deer had a tough time in the men’s 80-90 kg division, losing all three of his bouts in Pool A competition.

Josef Hamraev of Manitoba went on to win gold.

l• Team Alberta advanced to the semifinals in girls hockey after drilling Prince Edward Island 12-0.

Alberta was paced by a hat trick from Karlee Odland of Vauxhall and a four point night by Amy Helfrich (1 goal, 3 assists) of Cochrane.

The team also features Red Deer Sutter Fund Chief defencemen Taryn Baumgardt of Innisfail and Hannah Mousek of Olds,.

They play Saskatchewan today in the semifinal at 5:30 p.m.


Optimist Rebels ready for semis

The Red Deer Optimist Rebels will open their best-of-five Alberta Midget Hockey League South Division semifinal series against the Calgary Royals tonight at 8 p.m. at the Arena.

The second game goes Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Stu Peppard Arena in Calgary, with the third game March 1 at 7:45 p.m. at the Arena.

If a fourth game is necessary it’s slated for March 2 in Calgary with the fifth, if needed, March 4 back at the Arena.

The other south semifinal sees the Calgary Flames meeting the UFA Bisons, while in the north the Edmonton Boston Pizza Athletics take on the Sherwood Park Kings and the St. Albert Raiders meet the Leduc Oil Kings.


KFC Chiefs dropped by Lakers

The Red Deer KFC Chiefs dropped an 8-2 decision to the Sylvan Lake Lakers in atom AA hockey action Wednesday.

Connor Dawes and Josh Tarzwell scored once each for the Chiefs while Caileb Berge had two goals and Austin Gallant, Rylan Gyori, Brett Porter, Khale Skinner, Hayden Clayton and Elijah Johanson one each for the Lakers.

Brayden Laturnus made 22 saves in goal for the Lakers, who had 42 shots on a pair of Red Deer netminders.


JV Cougars and Raiders splits

The Notre Dame Cougars and Lindsay Thurber Raiders split a Central Alberta Junior Varsity Basketball League doubleheader Wednesday.

The Raiders took the girls’ contest 50-37 with the Cougars winning the boys’ game 89-36.

The Cougars led the girls’ game 29-28 after three quarters, but led by Blyss Gellerts, who hit six of her game-high 15 points in the final quarter, and a tight defence the Raiders pulled away in the final 10 minutes.

Danae Nielson had eight points for Notre Dame.

In the boys’ game, the Cougars, 6-1, started slow and led 13-11 after the first quarter, but extended their lead to 44-15 at the half.

Kelvin Agonoy and Louie Recto had 18 points each for the Cougars while Lorne Baile had 12 for LTCHS.


Blarney Stone tops All-stars

Jason Nicolay and Ray Teskey had 19 points each as Blarney Stone downed the Grandview All-stars 92-76 in Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association play.

Greg Carritt had 24 points and Bob Schurman 23 in a losing cause.


Mustangs trample the Grizzlys in Game 1

CALGARY ­ — The Calgary Mustangs took it to the Olds Grizzlys 7-2 to open their Best-of-five Alberta Junior Hockey :League South quarter-final on Thursday in Calgary.

The Grizzlys got goals from Bart Moran and Taylor Burns but it was not near enough as the Mustangs opened a 3-0 lead midway through the second period and never looked back.

The Mustangs got two goals from Chase McMurphy and singles from Liam Norris, Alexander MacMillan, Zach Beisel, Simon Skrudland and Steven Fernie.

Jay Deo made 27 saves for the win while Riley Parker gave up five goals on 10 shots in 35:13 of play to take the loss for the Grizzlys. Brandon Thiessen also got beat twice on 10 shots in the Olds net.

Game 2 goes Saturday in Calgary with Game 3 set for Sunday in Olds at 3:30 p.m.