Local sports briefs – July 3

Red Deer athletes won 47 medals in the Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games in St. Albert, with Thomasina Payne and Sam Rahbek-Ward leading the way with three gold medals apiece.

Special Olympians haul home Summer Games medals

Red Deer athletes won 47 medals in the Special Olympics Alberta Summer Games in St. Albert, with Thomasina Payne and Sam Rahbek-Ward leading the way with three gold medals apiece.

Payne also picked up three silver medals in athletics and Rahbek-Ward also earned a bronze in aquatics.

Rhonda Schochenmaier, Michael Sugden and Chantal Payne each snared two gold medals in athletics, as did Murray Gauthier and Jenna Bobyak in aquatics. Gauthier also won a silver medal, while Schochenmaier earned two silver and a bronze, Sugden picked up a silver and two bronze, and Payne won a bronze.

Michaella Clarke was the recipient of a gold and silver medal in aquatics, with Mark Saltvold winning a gold and four bronze, Katie Gair and Garrett Guttau each garnering a gold and bronze, Tara Reist winning two silver and two bronze and Mikel McGiver earning a bronze. Jackson Parrish was a silver-medal winner in athletics.

The five-pin bowling team of Jenny Kopeck, Suzanne Howells, Eileen Mundorf, Jenna McGarva and June Coleman settled for silver, as did the A division softball team.

Softball team members: Johnny Cherviakoff, David Fodchuk, Ron McTeer, Alfred Pillman, Brenda Schewalje, Keith Clark, Rob Hemley, Josh Metcalf, Mike Reitmeier, Harp Coutre, Graham Kryzanowski, Matt Mundorf, Tim Robertson.

Arraial swims to silver

Tristin Arraial of the Sylvan Lake Nauticals Swim Club earned a silver medal in the girls’ 10-and-under 400-metre freestyle at the long course provincials with a time of 1:29.73.

Arraial also finished seventh in the 200m individual medley and was eighth in the 100m free.

Meanwhile, Arraial, Marshal Parker and Tasheena Sjolie qualified for the finals in various events. Marshal missed getting his Age Group Nationals qualifying time by .02 of a second. Sjolie was recognized for being in the top 25 in Canada for her 200m butterfly event and Tristan Arraial for being in the top five in the country for the 400m free.

Carstar Braves sweep double header

The Red Deer Carstar Braves, with Travis Steinke driving in two runs with a double and two singles, doubled the host Westlock Legionnaires 6-3 to complete a sweep of a midget AAA baseball doubleheader.

Tyson Denham contributed two hits and one RBI for the Braves, while Chayse Marion, who also had two hits, and Curtis Mazurkewich each drove in a run. Mark Fay had the other extra-base hit for the winners, a double.

Winning pitcher Brett Littlefair faced 20 batters over four and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits while issuing two walks and recording four strikeouts. Taze Steeves allowed two hits in one and one-third innings and Steinke retired all three batters he faced.

The Braves were easy 18-3 winners in the opening game, as Steinke stroked a double and single and knocked in two runs and Marion and Mazurkewich each drove in a pair. Marion and Littlefair, who also contributed an RBI, each had two hits for the Braves, who got an additional RBI from Blair Mulder.

Matt Davis worked all five innings on the Red Deer mound, surrendering two earned runs on just one hit. He walked two batters and fanned four.

DQ Braves drop Cardinals twice

The Red Deer Dairy Queens Braves emerged victorious from both ends of a peewee AAA baseball doubleheader with the visiting Edmonton Cardinals on Wednesday, prevailing 12-10 and 10-2.

Niklas Fischer was two-for-four at the plate with a home run and a double in the first game. He also scored three times and drove in a run.

Meanwhile, Brendan Baker contributed two singles, scored twice and knocked in three runs, and Mike Pruss stroked a pair of RBI singles. Reliever Justin Van Tetering picked up the win, giving up one run on three hits while fanning three batters over three and one-third innings.

In the second contest, Brett Barrett went two-for-four at the plate with a double, one run scored and three RBIs, Levi Moon was two-for-four with a double a run and one RBI, and Mitchell James, Allan Pruss and Joel Mazurkewich chipped in with two hits apiece. Fischer, as the starter, earned the win by allowing just two hits and recording three strikeouts over four innings.

Exelta earns bronze

A 10-member demo troupe from the Red Deer Exelta Gymnastics Club were bronzed in their first international competition, the 2009 International Sport and Cultural Festival in Fort Worth, Tex.

The contingent of Brigit Whitley, Brittany Walliser, Callie Cocke, Cheyenne Cocke, Ceri Richards, Dariann Houston, Jade Gould, Jasmine Wallace, Summer Littlechild and Tayla Phypers earned a bronze medal in the Gymnastics for All challenge event.

The girls, accompanied by coaches Amanda Wilson and Jenn Callihoo, also performed in several Gymfest Display events and were invited by USA Gymnastics to perform in the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique Gala, but were not able to attend because they had already booked their return flights.

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