Triathlon ready to go
The Michener Centre area will be swarming with athletes this weekend with the staging of the 2009 Woody’s Triathlon.
The weekend opens with the Kids of Steel competition on Saturday. A field of 240 racers five to 15 years of age will participate in swim, bike and run events, starting at 8 a.m.
The Kids of Steel bike courses will range from 1.5 kilometres to 10 km in length, while swimmers will cover from 50 metres to 500m and the runners will race 500m to four km.
On Sunday, the 16 and over Sprint and Relay competition will start at 7 a.m. with the swim event at the Michener Centre pool. The swim courses will range from 750m to 15 laps, and from there bikers will travel a 19.4 km course and runners will complete a five km course.
The Red Deer Riggers and Red Deer Stags Sunburst Baseball League game at Great Chief Park on Thursday was postponed with the Stags headed out to Kelowna for a tournament. The Riggers were also to host the St. Albert Tabbies today but that game is also postponed as the Tabbies are short players. Make up dates have not been determined.
Sports World Braves win
Dom Tait cracked a double and drove in a run for the Red Deer Sports World Braves on Thursday in a 13-3 midget AA baseball win over the First Nation Braves.
Riley Elliott had two singles, a double and knocked in a run for the winners, while Sean Tuff stroked a two-run double, Kaley Gilham contributed two singles and two RBIs, Kyle Howard drove in three runs on two hits, Zach Gilham had two singles and two RBIs, and Heather Northcott chipped in with an RBI double.
Ryan Clark pitched two innings for Red Deer, giving up three runs without allowing a hit. Clark walked three batters, hit one and fanned four.
Justice Letkeman mopped up over three innings, allowing one walk and two hits while recording one strikeout.
Slemp on fire
Eric Slemp scored all five goals in the Raiders’ 5-2 win over JacX Machine during opening night play of the Red Deer Ball Hockey League playoffs
In other action Boston Pizza beat the Eh Team 7-5 with Eric Lodge scoring three goals and an assist in the win. Elliott Marion scored twice and added an assist for the Eh Team.
Bart Tenhove scored twice to lead the Canadiens to a 4-1 win over Blarney Stone/Just Cuts, and Brett Cameron scored four times in a five-point night as the Sharks feasted on Bo’s/Sports World 11-1.
Braves belt black
The Red Deer Carstar Braves erupted for seven runs on seven hits in the top of the seventh Inning Wednesday to defeat the host Okotoks Black 8-4 in midget AAA baseball action.
Colin Amendt paced the Braves with two hits, including a three-run double, while Curtis Mazurkewich had two hits and drove in a run. Brady Porter also contributed a pair of hits and Kalem Hamilton knocked in two runs.
Starting pitcher Matt Davis allowed four runs on six hits and struck out five batters over six and one-third innings to get the win.
Jordanna Krentz struck out six batters over five innings Wednesday to lead the Red Deer Motors Rage to a 12-8 peewee girls’ softball win over the Red Deer Lock Solid Lightning at Great Chief Park.
The Rage scored five runs in the fifth and final frame to pull out the win, with Ayssa Peterson stroking a two-out single to ignite the rally. Jaden Robinson cracked a double for the winners, while Emily Eisenhawer slugged a home run in a losing cause.