Local sports briefs – July 2

The Red Deer Riot will take on the Edmonton Warriors in the opening game of the Alberta junior women’s lacrosse championship at 9 a.m. Friday at the Kinex.

Riot ready for junior women’s provincials

The Red Deer Riot will take on the Edmonton Warriors in the opening game of the Alberta junior women’s lacrosse championship at 9 a.m. Friday at the Kinex.

Also competing in the five-team tournament are the Calgary Sabrecats, whom the Riot face at 4:30 p.m. Friday, the Sherwood Park Titans and Calgary Cardinals.

Other games Friday will be played at 11:30 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the Red Deer squad will play the Titans at 11:30 a.m. and will tangle with the Cardinals at 7 p.m. The other games are set for 9 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m.

The bronze-medal game is slated for 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by the gold-medal contest at 1:30 p.m.

Gordon-Eddy and Armstrong top gymnasts

Rhian Gordon-Eddy and Mark Armstrong are the Red Deer Exelta Gymnastics Club female and male athletes of the year.

Logan Chaput was named most improved and Alyssa Hamill and Tess McLachlin shared the Donna Davis Dedication Award.

In women’s artistic, Alix Sutherland was named athlete of the year, Hannah Bilsborrow was the recipient of the Donna Davis Award, Brooke Antonsen was honoured as most improved and lifetime achievement awards went to Meghan Louis and Leanne Frank.

Findlay McCormick was recognized as the men’s artistic athlete of the year. Conner Trepanier was most improved, Dylan Patsula scooped the Davis Award and Patrick Vellner was presented with a lifetime achievement award.

The Exelta Gymnastics Club enjoyed an excellent season wth two athletes making the Alberta team for the national championship, several members recording top-10 finishes at the Western Canada finals, and athletes mining nine gold medals, 12 silvers, 11 bronze and 107 top-10 placings at the provincials.

The Exelta Cub was just one of two in the province to have two athletes quality for nationals in trampoline and tumbling as well as artistic, and was the lone Alberta club to host a competition for all three gymnastics disciplines.

Sutter Fund Braves kick off tourney

The host Red Deer Sutter Fund Braves will face Wetaskiwin at 9 a.m. Saturday in the opening game of a bantam AA Tier 3 baseball tournament at Great Chief Park.

The tournament will feature an additional three games Saturday and four more Sunday, including the Braves versus Wetaskiwin at 3 p.m. and Viking at 6 p.m.

Ronnie hits for the cycle in Riggers win

Mike Ronnie enjoyed a prosperous week at the plate Tuesday night at Great Chief Park.

Ronnie hit for the cycle and drove in a whopping eight runs as the Red Deer Riggers overwhelmed the Edmonton Rockies 14-4 in a Sunburst Baseball League mismatch that was halted after seven innings due to the mercy rule.

Matt Fay had two hits and knocked in three runs for the Riggers, while Kerry Boon collected three hits and Dwayne Lalor contributed two.

James Dykstra went the distance on the Red Deer mound, recording 10 strikeouts in the process.

The Riggers and Red Deer Stags will tangle in a Sunburst League contest Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Great Chief Park.

Pasula seventh

Brett Pasula of the Red Deer Golf and Country Club placed seventh in the 13-and-under boys’ category of the Maple Leaf Tour’s Okanagan Junior Championship which concluded Tuesday at Predator Ridge near Vernon, B.C.

Pasula carded rounds of 85-90-88 for a 263 total.

Brady Lee of Calgary defeated Lee Campbell of Kelowna in a five-hole playoff to win the overall title. Both had three-day totals of 220.

Canadiens rolling with shutout

Bart Tenhove scored once and added an assist and Tyler Rose provided flawless goaltending as the Canadiens blanked Blarney Stone/Just Cuts 3-0 in Red Deer Men’s Ball Hockey League playoff action Tuesday.

In other first-round games (the second round starts tonight with games at 7 and 8:15 p.m. at Kin City A):

• Erik Lodge fired three goals to lead Boston Pizza past the Eh Team 8-2.

• The Sharks, with Brett Cameron recording a hat trick and contributing two assists, downed Bo’s/Sports World 7-4. Brody Todd had two goals and one helper in a losing cause.

• Eric Slemp’s four-goal performance helped the Raiders roar past Jac X Machine 10-4. Shawn Cornell tallied twice and set up another goal for the losers.