Local sports briefs – January 26

Red Deer Exelta Gymnastics Club’s Findley McCormick made an impressive debut in the high-performance argo division, qualifying for the Canadian National artistic championships.

McCormick impresses in artistic division

EDMONTON — Red Deer Exelta Gymnastics Club’s Findley McCormick made an impressive debut in the high-performance argo division, qualifying for the Canadian National artistic championships.

McCormick finished eighth all-around, but reached the qualifying score in the division.

He placed second on vault, seventh on the floor, 10th on rings and high bar and 12th on the parallel bars.

Meanwhile, three members of the club took the first step toward earning a berth in the Western Canadian finals in the level 4 10-and-under division.

Connor Trepanier was first, Alan Ng second and Dylan Patsula fourth following the first of three trails to the Westerns.

The top six qualify for the Alberta team.

Trepanier won the pommel horse, high bar and parallel bars while taking third on the vault, fifth on the rings and ninth on the floor.

Ng won the floor exercise while finishing second on the horse and parallel bars, sixth on the rings and seventh on the vault and high bar.

Patsula won the rings, took second on the vault, third on the high bar, fifth on the parallel bars, sixth on the horse and eighth on the floor.

Mitchelle Kalan placed fifth all-around in the level 2 10-and-under division while placing third on the high bar and fourth on the parallel bars and horse.

Five-pin Bowling

Shantelle Szuch of Red Deer captured the women’s singles crown in the Central Alberta five-pin bowling championship at Leduc during the weekend.

Szuch averaged a score of 277 through 20 games and joins Nancy Gervais (248 average) and Bev Gigliuk (230) of Red Deer, Linda Seitz (234) of Ponoka, Deanna Champigny (233) of Wetaskiwin and Andrea Leavitt (230) of Drumheller on the Central Alberta squad for the provincials to be held at Calgary in April.

The Central Alberta men’s team for the provincials consists of Lawrence Fobert of Lacombe, who posted a 258 average and was runner-up in the singles competition, Gary Baird (255 average) of Blackfalds, Harvey Von Hollen (255) of Red Deer, Gene Ziebarth (255) of Millet and singles champion Karie Kreutz of Wetaskiwin, who threw a perfect 450 game en route to a 272 average.

The Central Alberta team is made up of Greg Gigliuk (248 average) of Red Deer, Kelly Budd (217) of Ponoka, Nicole Corbett (214) of Bentley, Geraldine Parsons (216) of Irma, Derek Ware (245) of Didsbury and Blair Pizzey (243) of Wainwright.

Terry Ell of Innisfail is the Central Alberta women’s coach, while Bob Guthrie of Leduc and Eric Anderson of Ponoka will handle the men’s and mixed teams, respectively. The Central Alberta contingent manager is Kerry Fincaryk of Olds.

• Red Deer Heritage Lanes will host the provincial Youth Challenge Friday and Saturday. A field of 150 bowlers in girls’, boys’ and mixed events will compete for the right to advance to the Canadian championship March 25-28 at Edmonton.

Warrener wins double gold for freestyle ski club

Megan Warrener was a double gold medalist for the Central Alberta Freestyle Ski Club during a competition at Canyon Ski Area during the weekend.

Warrener won the moguls Saturday and the table top Sunday in the female F5 category.

Meanwhile, Shane Harris took top spot in the male M3 category in the moguls with Graham Vanderkley third, Kieran Mill sixth and Matthew Brus 13th.

Vanderkley won the table top title Sunday with Mill second, Harris fifth and Brus 11th.

Taylor Bosch placed second in the M4 moguls with Dustin Cressey fourth, Tanner Glover ninth, Bryce Scott 10th, Toben Spencer-Lang 15th. Scott took 10th in the table top with Bosch 11th and Thomas Corsiatto 15th.

Neil Jefferies was third in both moguls and table top in the M5 category.

Megan Cressey took third, Lyrah Thomson sixth and Lia Sayers ninth in the jumps and bumps moguls division for girls while Sayers was second, Bryanna Cressey third and Megan Cressey fifth in table top.

Logan Cressey was 10th in moguls and 14th in table top in the jumps and bumps boys’ division.

Minor Hockey


Red Deer Prairie Bus Lines defeated the Thunderstars 6-2 in A-plus league action Sunday.

Jordan Hemstad scored twice for Red Deer with singles added by Kane Weik, Thomas Baggaley, Brock Forbes and Rylan Gallant. Eijaz Samji made 44 saves im goal.


The Red Deer Parkland Transmission Chiefs lost a pair of games in South Central AA League action during the weekend, losing 3-1 to the Red Deer TBS Chiefs Saturday and 8-5 to Blackie Sunday.

Kale Howarth scored the lone goal for Parkland against TBS while Brandon Bilodeau made 35 saves in goal.

Howarth, Brenden Baker, Blake Vander Linden, Charlie Thompson and Andrew Kartusch scored against Blackie.

Peewee Girls

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs won a pair of league games during the weekend, downing Viking 3-2 Saturday and Camrose 11-1 Sunday.

Becky Davidson had two goals and Shaina Davis one against Viking.

Davidson had three goals against Camrose with Brooke Cassidy potting a pair and Holly Wells, Emily Lachance, Jenna Levie, Shaina Davis, Mairead Bast and Lexi Davis one each.

Kali Vail picked up the win in goal both games.


Red Deer Motors Chiefs downed Rimbey 12-3 Saturday and Kneehill 8-6 Sunday in A league action.

Austin Price and Jordan Volk scored three times each against Kneehill with Andrew Schoen and Luke Puto potting single markers. Joshua Anderson made 17 saves in goal.

Price added three goals against Rimbey with Brandon Heidinger and Ryan Bergheim scoring twice each and Puto, Trey Cooper, Jaxon Ward, Shaelynne Bilodeau and Volk once each.

Klayton Sandquist made 31 saves for the win.

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