Local sports briefs – March 12

The Camrose Trojans have earned a berth in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions of the Central Alberta zone 3A basketball playoffs.

Camrose takes boys and girls’ provincial berths

The Camrose Trojans have earned a berth in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions of the Central Alberta zone 3A basketball playoffs.

The Trojans beat Lacombe 64-55 in the A final on the boys’ side while in girls’ action the Trojans downed Wetaskiwin 58-34.

The losers of the A final drop down to the B final to determine the second zone berth in the provincials to be held March 18-20 in Medicine Hat.

The Lacombe boys will host Wetaskiwin tonight while the Stettler girls travel to Wetaskiwin. Both games are at 6 p.m.

The Wetaskiwin boys remained alive with a 66-56 win over No. 1-ranked Ponoka in the B semifinal Wednesday while Stettler downed Ponoka on the girls’ side.

• Meanwhile, the zone 4A playoffs continue tonight with Lindsay Thurber at Hunting Hills. The girls tip off at 6 p.m. with the boys to follow.

The LTCHS Raiders lead the best-of-three girls’ playoff following a 59-51 win Wednesday while the Lightning are one up in the boys’ division, following an 78-57 win over the Raiders.

If third games are needed they go Saturday at LTCHS. Action begins at 6 p.m. no matter if there are one or two games.

HMI takes out Knights

Kaye Kronebusch dropped in 14 points to lead HMI to a 74-62 victory over the Knights in Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association play Tuesday.

Devin Bennett added nine points for the winners while Steve Gouw had 13 in a losing cause.

In other action, the Burnt Lake Stables Stallions edged the RDC Royals 64-62 with Aaron Lucas hitting 21 points and James Johanson 12.

Royal Purple bonspiel in the hack

Rinks skipped by Ron Hiebert of Blackfalds and Garren Battle of Red Deer will compete in the National Elks and Royal Purple curling championship March 24-27 at Sylvan Lake.

Teams from Ontario through to British Columbia are entered in the championship, which will include 24 rinks in each of five events — men’s, women’s, mixed, senior men and master men. Battle and Hiebert are in the senior men and master men categories, respectively.

The opening ceremonies at the Sylvan Lake Curling Club are set for March 24 at 11 a.m.

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