Athlete of the week
Red Deer’s Carson Kallis has been one of the premier young golfers in the province over the years as he progressed up through the ranks. On Friday the 18-year-old, who plays out of the Red Deer Golf and Country Club, took over as the No. 1 ranked junior, winning the provincial men’s title going away. Kallis was the only competitor to finish under par on the final day at the Sundre Golf and Country Club, shooting a 71, to finish the 54-hole event at four-under par 212, which placed him nine strokes ahead of his nearest competitor. He’ll lead the four-man Alberta team at the Canadian championships, Aug. 2-6 in Richmond, B.C.
Vandals dominate Buccaneers
Vandals 42 Buccaneers 16
LLOYDMINSTER — The Red Deer Buccaneers hit the road for the first time this season Saturday afternoon and it wasn’t to their liking.
The Buccaneers saw their Alberta Football League record drop to 1-4 with a 42-16 loss to the Lloydminster Vandals.
The Bucs were in the game in the first quarter, trailing only 7-0 despite going into the wind. The Red Deer crew got a punt single early in the second quarter, but the Vandals took advantage of some poor play on the defensive side by the Buccaneers and scored four times to grab a 35-1 lead at the half.
After a scoreless third quarter the Vandals blocked a punt following a bad snap to take a 42-1 lead before the Buccaneers offence found its footing.
Quarterback Josh Achtemichuk hit receiver Tylor Johnson on a 20-yard touchdown strike then connected with wide receiver Adam Donovan on a three-yard toss. Johnson kicked the convert on the first major and fullback Corey Pusey catch a pass for a two-point convert on the second.
Achtemichuk hit on 17 of 33 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns. He had one interception. He also led the Bucs in rushing with 49 yards. Marc Bartolf had five catches for 69 yards and 70 yards on three kick returns.
Defensively Linebacker Curtis Dreger had four solo and two assisted tackles while defensive back Jordan Willie had one solo and four assisted tackles and half a sack.
The Bucs, who have two games remaining on their schedule, return to action Saturday when they host the winless Sherwood Park Renegades at 6 p.m. at Great Chief Park. It’s also fan appreciation night.
Soehn earns Canada Cup bronze
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Keegan Soehn was the lone member of the Red Deer Thunder Country Trampoline and Gymnastics Club to finish on the podium in the Canada Cup trampoline and tumbling championships.
Soehn finished third in the senior men’s double-mini trampoline (DMT) and teamed with Sebastian St. Germain of Quebec to take third in the synchronized trampoline.
He was also 13th on the trampoline.
Meanwhile, Kyle Soehn was fifth in senior men’s DMT and ninth on the trampoline while taking sixth in synchronized trampoline with Phil Barbaro of Ont. Kyle Soehn was the third ranked Canadian on the trampoline.
The competition involved the best Canadians along with athletes from Japan, China, Germany and England.
In youth women, Amanda Martin was fourth on the trampoline and ninth in DMT.
Morgan Akins took fourth on the trampoline and eighth in DMT in the novice women’s 15-and-over division and also hooked up with teammate Brittany Lane to finish sixth in synchronized trampoline.
Lane was fifth in DMT and eighth on the trampoline and Karalyn Idland was 12th in DMT and 15th on the trampoline. Caiden Cline placed sixth in DMT and 11th on the trampoline in the novice men’s 11-14 year-old division.
Pratts win provincial BMX titles
MEDICINE HAT — A pair of Red Deer BMX Club members were double gold medalists in the provincial 3 race Saturday.
Cody and Tim Pratt both won the 20-inch and cruise class titles.
Shawn Lee and James Sekora won their respective cruiser class titles with Jordin Riguidel and Josh Snape taking first in the 20-inch division.
Kaden Corrigan, Sekora and Derry Vickery all struck silver in the 20-inch class while Chase Harrison and Shawn Lee were second in the cruiser class. Justin Mainville and Matthew Pidherney also picked up silver medals.Rory Braconnier, Nicholas Cymbaluk and Jack and Will Welikoklad all won bronze medals in the 20-inch class with George Vickery taking third in the cruiser class.
Competitors were also awarded the same medals on Sunday when the provincial 4 race was rained out.
Zone 4 fastball girls split
The Parkland Zone 4 girls’ fastball team, which is preparing for the Alberta Summer Games, which opened Sunday in the county of Peace River, split a pair of exhibition games at Great Chief Park Sunday.
The Parkland crew lost 7-1 to Zone 5 in the opener and won 14-1 over Zone 2 in the nightcap.
Kylie Simpson and Jenna Sparrow limited Zone 5 to just five hits in the loss. Simpson also chipped in with two singles while Kelsey Thompson and Taylor Hall doubled.
Madison Holland and Simpson combined on a one-hitter against Zone 2, fanning six. Megan Kirkland had two singles and a double while Brandy Buxton singled and tripled and Nancy Anderson and Thompson added two singles each. Amy Lank added a triple.
The Zone 4 team is made up of six players — Holland, Kirkland, Hall, Madison Lee, Lank and Cassidy LeMasurier — off the provincial bantam B championship Red Deer Firefly Fusion with Thompson and Tanisyn Willms from the Red Deer North Star Heat. Anderson, Buxton, Sparrow and Simpson are from Sedgewick, Michaela McConnell from Lougheed and Marla Sherrer from Lacombe. Brian Holland, Keith Kirkland and Dani Wheeler will coach the team, which opens play Friday in Manning
North Star Sports win midget B provincials
EDMONTON — Red Deer North Star Sports are provincial midget B lacrosse champions.
The North Stars downed Red Deer BDO Dunwoody 9-3 in the final to put the lid on an undefeated weekend.
In round-robin play the North Stars downed BDO 9-8, the Calgary Hornets 7-5, the Edmonton Warriors 10-4 and the Sherwood Park Titans 9-3.
Alberta third at U.S. Open
IRVING, Tex. — Team Alberta, which included Lisa Dahlke of Red Deer, captured third in the junior team event at the U.S. Open synchronized swim championship.
Meanwhile the Alberta senior team, which also included Red Deer’s April Connolly, was fifth.
The senior division included a team from China and the U.S. senior national squad.