Local sports briefs – July 23

Half way through the Sun Life Financial Men’s Amateur Championship and Red Deer Golf and Country Club’s Mitch Evanecz has himself in shape to make another run at the title.

Evanecz back in the running

CALGARY — Half way through the Sun Life Financial Men’s Amateur Championship and Red Deer Golf and Country Club’s Mitch Evanecz has himself in shape to make another run at the title.

Last year’s 54-hole leader had a share of second place after 36 holes on Wednesday at one-under par 141 after firing a 71 to follow up his 70 from Tuesday.

He is tied with Karl Parrington of DeWinton and Cole Chelle of Edmonton.

They all trail Edmonton’s Neil Thomas who is comfortably in the lead at four-under par after firing consecutive rounds of 69.

Carson Kallis, of RDCC, is also in the running, tied for seventh at one-over par 143 after a round of 71 Wednesday.

Tom McKinlay Jr. of Lacombe is sitting at two-over after a tough round of 75 dropped him back to a tie for 11th — he opened with a 69 on Tuesday.

Red Deer’s Kyle Morrison also had a rough go on Wednesday shooting a 74 to drop him to a three-over 145 and a tie for 16th.

Several local players did not make the cut line of nine-over par.

Red Deer’s Justin Morrical came in at 10-over while Derek Chrichton missed at 11-over.

Ron Harder of Red Deer, but competing out of the Innisfail Golf and Country Club, finished at 13-over, while Derek Hanson of Sylvan Lake is out at 24 over, and Jason Thiels of Olds stumbled to a 27-over.

Teron in contention

CALGARY — Jesse Teron of the Red Deer Golf and Country Club moved into contention following the second round of the 54-hole CN Future Links Western Junior Championship at River Spirit Golf Club Wednesday.

Teron shot a four-under par 68 to grab a share of third place at 141, three strokes back of John Lee of Pitt Meadows, B.C.

Lee had a six-under 66 and is two strokes ahead of Scott Lowe of Calgary, who came in with an even-par 72.

Teron is tied with Ryan Pitzel of Winnipeg and Mackenzie Osborne of Comox, B.C.

Zak Griffiths of Red Deer slipped into a tie for 14th at 147 after a 75 Wednesday.

Riggers ready to host baseball tournament

The host Red Deer Riggers will open their 29th annual tournament against the St. Albert Tigers Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Great Chief Park.

Action begins Saturday with the Red Deer Stags clashing with the Fort Saskatchewan A’s at 9 a.m. with the Tigers and Calgary Redbirds meeting at 11:30 a.m. the A’s and Team Alberta at 2 p.m., the Riggers and Redbirds at 4:30 p.m. and Stags and Team Alberta at 7 p.m.

The third-place teams in each pool meet Sunday at 10 a.m. with the second-place teams clashing at 12:30 p.m.

The championship game is set for 3 p.m.

Soccer tourney set

Sixteen Red Deer teams are among the 73 teams entered in the 25th annual Red Deer City Soccer Association’s Coca-Cola Classic outdoor tournament Saturday and Sunday.

The tournament, which has five age categories ranging from U10-U18, begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and goes to 9 p.m. with action Sunday running from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parker solid at Nationals

Marshall Parker of the Sylvan Lake Nauticals Swim Club didn’t hit the podium, but turned in a solid performance at the Canadian national championships in Montreal.

The 14-year-old bettered his previous best times in the 400, 800, 1,500 and 5,000-metre freestyle events. He also equalled his qualifying times in the 200m freestyle and 100 and 200m backstroke events.

Parker was the first member of the Nauticals to qualify for the nationals.

Ladies fastball all tied up

Two games into the Red Deer Ladies Fastball League semifinals and both series are tied at 1-1.

The Panthers beat the Bandits 9-4 in nine innings to tie their best-of-three series Wednesday.

Jen Potts collected the win while Mandi Smith was on the hook for the loss. Karissa Burnsted and Rayell Rowland both homered for the Panthers in the ninth inning to win.

The Bandits beat the Panthers 5-3 on Tuesday as Smith picked up the win and Potts was hit with the loss.

Meanwhile the Topco Oilsite Sliders crushed Budal Ice 19-0 on Wednesday to tie their series after the Ice won the opener by default on Tuesday.

Sarah Waltz shut down the Ice for the Sliders while Nicole Fournier was collected the loss for the Ice.

Game 3 in both series is set for tonight at 7 p.m. at Great Chief Park.

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