Local sports briefs – March 17

Red Deer Ski Club’s Joshua Schimmel had a trio of top-10 placings in the Norquay Caribou Cup Provincial Series for eight-10 year-olds during the weekend.

Schimmel skis to top 10

Red Deer Ski Club’s Joshua Schimmel had a trio of top-10 placings in the Norquay Caribou Cup Provincial Series for eight-10 year-olds during the weekend.

Schimmel was third and sixth on Saturday and sixth Sunday.

Owen Green had a sixth and a 13th on Saturday and 10th Sunday while Amber Conway was 12th and 18th Saturday and 17th Sunday,.

Jared Oakes placed 18th and 19th Staurday6 and 18th Sunday.

Meanwhile, Connor Bosnick finished 17th in the Sport Check Regional Race finals in Jasper during the weekend.

Graves wins college honours

Third-year power hitter Katie Graves of the RDC Queens volleyball squad was honored by RDC and the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference this week.

Graves, who helped the Queens win bronze at the Canadian championships during the weekend, was named the Moxie’s Classic Grill RDC female athlete of the week and an ACAC female athlete of the week.

Graves, who is in her final season at RDC, proved to be a real leader for the Queens at the nationals and was selected as a first-team all-star.

Junior B final starts Sunday

The Blackfalds Wranglers and Red Deer Vipers will open the best-of-three Heritage Junior B Hockey League championship series Sunday at 2 p.m. at Blackfalds.

The second game will go Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Red Deer Arena and a third and final game, if necessary, will be played March 25 at Blackfalds, starting at 7:30 p.m. As league finalists, both teams have qualified for the provincial championship tournament March 31 to April 3 at Peace River.

Ladies Basketball

The Hot Shots stormed into the North Star Sports Ladies Basketball League A Pool final with a 96-57 victory over the North Stars Monday.

Jody Potts led the Hot Shots with 27 points while Veronica DenOudsten and Erika Pottage added 22 each. Shari Demale had 20 points and Denise Vanson 12 for the North Stars.

The Hot Shots will face the RDC Black in the championship final Monday at 7:15 p.m. at Central Alberta Christian High School in Lacombe.

The North Stars meet the Storm in the consolation final at 8:30 p.m. at CACHS.

The Storm advanced with a 66-47 win over Wild Bills with Andrea Richard and Jen Stange hitting 18 points each and Becky Perrin 12, Sanela Sarcevic had 18 points in a losing cause.

Meanwhile in the B Pool, the RDC Royals reached the final with a 64-29 victory over the Funk as Shantelle Berry had 12 points and Heather Oke and Carla Stewart 10 each. Carmen Lundall had six points for the Funk.

The Royals will clash with Spartans in the final Monday at 7:15 p.m. at Lindsay Thurber.

The Funk takes on the Triple Threat in the consolation final at 8:30 p.m. at LTCHS.

The Triple Threat advanced with a 56-36 win over the Riff Raff.

Midget teams struggle at tournament

The Red Deer IROC Chiefs and North Star Chiefs struggled big-time in the Alberta Minor Midget Hockey League Southern Conference championship tournament at Calgary during the weekend.

IROC finished with a 1-2 win/loss record in the Sutter Cup tournament for elite 15-year-old players, while North Star was 0-3.

The IROC Chiefs opened with a 4-1 win over the Calgary Blue, getting goals from Myles Peck, Nicholas Glackin, Karsten Banack and Bryce Boguski, and a 27-save effort from Tanner Kovacs.

From there, the IROC squad fell 5-3 to the eventual champion Calgary Rangers and 7-3 to the Calgary Blazers.

Freark De Vries, B.J. Duffin and Dylan Holman tallied against the Rangers, while Kovacs blocked 25 shots. Duffin, Luke Scheunert and Brady Bakke connected in the loss to the Blazers, with Dasan Sydora making 29 saves.

Meanwhile, the North Star Chiefs were 7-1, 4-2 and 6-0 losers to the Calgary Stampeders, Calgary Blackhawks and Keystone Raiders.

Adam Beukeboom made 31 saves in the loss to the Stamps, while affiliate player Scott Feser provided the lone Red Deer goal.

Tyler Loomer and Trey Christensen scored and Beukeboom made 26 saves against the Blackhawks.

The Rangers defeated the Medicine Hat Hockey Hounds 5-3 in the final and advanced to the best-of-five league championship series against the Northern Conference champion Sherwood Park Squires.