Steelers advance at provincials
The Red Deer Steelers were the lone Central Alberta minor football team to come away with a victory in provincial play during the weekend.
The defending peewee Tier III champion Steelers beat the Calgary Foothills Eagles 28-0 in semifinal action and will face the Sherwood Park Sabrecats in the final Saturday in Edmonton.
The Sabrecats downed the Calgary Broncos 52-23.
Meanwhile, the Strathmore Spartans, who play in the Central Alberta League, advanced in Tier IV finals with a 30-22 win over the Edmonton Mill Woods Maulers. They face the Spruce Grove Cougars, who downed the Wainwright Guard Dogs 54-0.
l In bantam provincial semifinal play, the Lacombe Raiders lost 27-26 to the Edmonton Chargers in Tier II action while the Stettler Cougars dropped a 58-7 decision to the Calgary Colts in Tier III play and the Sylvan Lake Lions lost 40-20 to the Medicine Hat Colts in Tier IV action.
Trent Kondor led the Lions with a pair of touchdowns while Shon Zonert had a touchdown and Brian Vaillancourt two converts.
Zanussi, Lyver on top
EDMONTON — Red Deer Fencing Club members Zac Zanussi and Thomas Lyver finished one-two in the under-17 men’s epee event of the Wetterberg Open during the weekend.
Zanussi defeated his teammate in a close final and also won bronze in the under-20 category, in which Red Deer’s Nathaniel Johnson was sixth.
Petar Toshkov cruised to a gold-medal finish in the men’s epee. David Coates placed seventh, Norman Wiebe was ninth, Zanussi 10th, Johnson 15th, Karren Lyver 18th and Thomas Usher 20th.
In the veteran men’s epee, Wiebe was fifth, Coates sixth and Thomas Usher 10th.
Optimist Rebels rebound
The Red Deer Optimist Rebels rebounded from a Friday loss at Lethbridge to defeat the host Calgary Buffaloes 4-2 in Alberta Midget Hockey League play Saturday.
Cole Berreth, Ty Clay, BJ Duffin and Conner Hartley scored at Calgary, where Tanner Jaillet made 24 saves for the win.
At Lethbridge, the Rebels got two goals from Joel Topping and one from each of Duffin and Trent Hermary in a 6-4 setback. Jaillet and starter Brendan Mandrusiak combined to stop 21 shots for Red Deer.
The Optimist Rebels will host the Leduc Oil Kings Friday at 8 p.m. at the Arena, and will take on the visiting Lloydminster Bobcats Sunday at 3 p.m.
Rebels Black fall to Lethbridge
Dylan Houston fired three goals in a losing cause as the visiting Red Deer Rebels Black dropped a 7-4 decision to the Lethbridge Golden Hawks in Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League play Saturday.
Jordan Steenbergen also scored for the Rebels Black, who held a 46-42 advantage in shots while getting a 35-save effort from Joey Desrosiers.
Sanguin edged out
FREDERICTON, N.B. — RDC star Jodi Sanguin was edged in a photo finish at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association cross-country running championships Saturday.
Sanguin, who won the Alberta title, was edged by ACAC teammate Fiona Benson of Grande Prairie at the line after both runners finished the five-kilometre run in 18 minutes, one second.
Former champion Liliane Sparkes of Fanshawe College of London, Ont., was third at 18:13.
RDC and Grant MacEwan tied for second in the women’s team competition with 80 points, back of Fanshawe, who had 23. But RDC was placed third because their fourth highest finisher — Alesha Miller — placed behind Grant MacEwan University’s fourth-place finisher.
Jesslyn Begin was 15th for RDC with a time of 19:41 with Natasha Dorsey 34th at 21:05 and Miller 40th at 21:29. Dorsey actually placed 30th and Miller 36th in the team competition.
Overall RDC took 11 women and three men to the championships. Willy Kimosop of Lethbridge won the men’s eight km run in 24:45 with Emmanuel Boisvert of Sainte-Foy College of Quebec at 25:39. Jon Fuller was the top RDC runner, placing 63rd at 29:39.
Fanshaw won the men’s team title with 55 points while Sainte-Foy had 60 points.