Local sports briefs – July 29

The Ponoka Stampeders and Rimbey Rock of the Heritage Junior B Hockey League each have a new head coach for the 2009-10 season.

New Junior B hockey coaches named

The Ponoka Stampeders and Rimbey Rock of the Heritage Junior B Hockey League each have a new head coach for the 2009-10 season.

The Stampeders have hired southern Alberta product Randy Rook as their new bench boss. Rook, the author of ‘Winning Strategies To Unleash the Champion Within’ and a graduate of

Sports Management Worldwide, resides in Camrose.

Rook had a brief tryout with Kingston of the OHL before pulling the pin on his playing career due to an injury. He’s been involved in minor hockey at several levels through the past 30 years.

“One of my main goals this year is to get the players on the Stampeders as much exposure as possible,” he said. “I intend on being in communication with many scouts from various junior A, WHL and college teams. The more exposure our players get from outside sources the more opportunities open up.”

The Stampeders will conduct try-out sessions Sept. 12-13.

Meanwhile, the Rock have named Dean Norstrom as head coach and have appointed Rick Pankiw as general manager for the ‘09-10 Heritage League season. Both have served in the same capacities in previous years.

• Former Rock forward and Heritage League scoring champion Dallas Hand is the new marketing manager with the Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Hand, a Spruce View native, was selected by the Red Deer Rebels in the 2000 WHL bantam draft.

Lacombe’s Kuehn six strokes off lead

INNISFAIL — Lynn Kuehn of Lacombe trailed co-leaders Jackie Little and Joan Wilson by six strokes heading into today’s second round of the Alberta senior women’s golf championship.

Kuehn carded a 9-over par 81 (41-40) Tuesday and was tied for ninth in the 54-hole tournament, the best result among the eight Central Alberta competitors.

Little (36-39), of Port Alberni, B.C., and Wilson (37-38), of Calgary Country Hills, both shot 75 and were one shot up on Elly Cadieux of St. Albert (36-40—76).

Also shooting in the 70s were Alison Murdoch of Victoria,(37-40—77), Lynda Palahniuk of Kelowna (37-41—78) and Cheryl Van Dornick of Camrose (37-41—78).

Cathy McMillan of Ponoka toured the course in 84 strokes (41-43), while Red Deer Golf and Country Club (RDG&CC) members Sharon Peart (41-45) and Wendy Wiltzen (46-42) carded 86 and 88, respectively.

Other Central Alberta results:

Janet Mackenzie, Innisfail (41-51—92); Rubie Wallace, RDG&CC (46-48—94); Peggy Findlater, RDG&CC (46-50—96); Dorothy Dixon, Innisfail (48-49—97).

Riggers host Redbirds

The Red Deer Riggers host the Calgary Redbirds in the Sunburst Baseball League’s South Division semifinal tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Great Chief Park.

The winner will met the Red Deer Stags in the South final, which will be held following the seven-team provincial senior AAA championships, which run Aug. 3-9 and hosted by the Riggers.

The Riggers and Stags open their portion of provincial round-robin play Monday at 7 p.m. at Great Chief Park.

On Wednesday, the Stags host the Calgary Cardinals at 7 p.m. while the Riggers face the Redbirds in Calgary.

The rest of the provincial play will take place at Great Chief Park.

The Riggers clash with the St. Albert Tigers and the Fort Saskatchewan A’s Aug. 7 and the St. Albert Tabbies and Calgary Cardinals Aug. 8.

The Stags meet the Tabbies and Redbirds Aug. 7 and the Tigers and A’s Aug. 8

Times have yet to be officially set.

The semifinals and final goes Aug. 9

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