Local sports briefs – June 1

Red Deer’s Mitch Evanecz, a member of the University of Victoria Vikes team and also a member of Team Canada, is tied for second place heading into today’s second round of the Canadian University/College men’s golf championship.

Evancz tied for second

ASHBURN, Ont. — Red Deer’s Mitch Evanecz, a member of the University of Victoria Vikes team and also a member of Team Canada, is tied for second place heading into today’s second round of the Canadian University/College men’s golf championship.

Evanecz, 24, posted a 2-under par 70 Tuesday which included six birdies. Garrett Rank of the University of Waterloo also carded a 70.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better morning,” said Evanecz. “

It was good we got out before the heat and I hit the ball really well today and key putts fell for me.”

Josh Wytinck of the University of Manitoba Bisons shot a 4-under par 68 to grab the individual lead through 18 holes of play.


Annual squirt tournament set

The Red Deer Minor Softball Association will host their annual squirt tournament this weekend at the West Park Diamonds, located just north of the West Park Shopping Centre.

Nineteen teams from Alberta and Saskatoon will compete in the A, B and C categories.

Red Deer will field one team each in the A and B divisions and two teams in the C category.

Action gets underway Friday at 6:30 p.m. with games running from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The final round-robin action goes Sunday at 9 a.m. with the A and C finals at 1 p.m. and the B final at 3 p.m.


Young, Thibeault named to Nats volleyball team

A pair of Red Deer athletes have been named to the National women’s volleyball team for the 2011 season.

Julie Young will return to the A team at libero while middle blocker Jaimie Thibeault made the 24-player roster for the first time after playing with the B development team last season.

Young played professional volleyball in Germany during the winter while Thibeault finished her university career at the University of Montana.

The group of 24 will train together for the summer with players selected to compete internationally at the Pan-American Cup in July in Chihuahua, Mexico, the NORCECA Continental Championship in September in Puerto Rico, the Pan-Am Games in October in Guadalajara, Mexico and the FIVB Olympic qualifier in January in Mexico.

“There were 14 middle blockers trying out and they were all amazing athletes, which made it a little intimidating,” said Thibeault in a news release.

“But I just focused on myself and my play instead of worrying about the other players.

“In my meeting after the camp (head coach) Arnd Ludwig told me he was very impressed with my tryout and wanted me to stay and train with the A team. I was completely stunned.

“I have dreamed of playing for the national team since I can remember, so to hear those words come out of his mouth was breathtaking. Words can not describe how happy I am that all my hard work has paid off. To be able to represent your country is one of the best feelings in the world.”