Local sports briefs – November 2

Red Deer Rebels forward Andrej Kudrna is the Western Hockey League player of the week

Kudrna player of week

Red Deer Rebels forward Andrej Kudrna is the Western Hockey League player of the week after lighting up the Vancouver Giants and Saskatoon Blades during weekend games at the Enmax Centrium. Kudrna scored once and added two assists Friday in a 5-2 win over the Giants, then recorded a hat trick — his fourth in WHL play — and contributed a single helper in a 7-1 victory over the Blades 24 hours later. Kudrna, a 19-year-old from Nove Zamsky, Slovakia, was acquired from the Vancouver Giants in September of 2009 and is in his third WHL season. With 24 points (12g,12a) this fall, he sits in fourth place in league scoring.


Kings rally, beat Raptors

Tyreke Evans scored 23 points and the Sacramento Kings rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Toronto Raptors 111-108 on Monday night.

The Kings, who won three of their first four games for the first time since the 2003-04 season, have won their last five home openers.

Beno Udrih scored 17 points, rookie DeMarcus Cousins had 16 points, and Omri Casspi had 14 for the Kings, who rallied from an 18-point deficit to pick up a road win Saturday in Cleveland.

Andrea Bargnani scored 28 points for the Raptors and DeMar DeRozan had 24.


Basketball camp planned

The RDC Queens will hold a basketball camp, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at RDC.

The camp, which will be run by Queens head coach Dawn Smyth and assistant coach Janine Day, is open to boys and girls in Grades 4-8.

Individuals can register by calling 403-35703663 or visit www.rdc.ab.ca/continuing education for more information.


Top teams will compete at Lightning tournament

The top three girls’ teams in the province are on hand for the 17th annual Hunting Hills Lightning invitational volleyball tournament, which opens Thursday.

William Aberhart and Centennial, both of Calgary, are tied for first in the latest rankings with Spruce Grove third.

All three teams will compete in Pool A along with seventh-ranked Notre Dame Cougars, eight-ranked Lethbridge Collegiate Institute (LCI) and 10th-ranked Western Canada of Calgary.

The Lightning, who drew honourable mention in the rankings, will compete in Pool B with the Lindsay Thurber Raiders, Lord Beaverbrook of Calgary, W.P. Wagner of Edmonton, Salisbury of Sherwood Park and Grande Prairie.

Second-ranked Grande Prairie leads the boys’ division and will compete in the A Pool with fourth-ranked Lindsay Thurber, seventh-ranked Hunting Hills, 10th-ranked Western Canada, Notre Dame, who received an honourable mention, and Lethbridge’s Catholic Central.

William Aberhart, LCI, Lord Beaverbrook, Archbishop O’Leary of Sherwood Park, Salisbury and Centennial make up Pool B.

Pool play opens at 5 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. Friday.

The top four teams in each pool receive a bye into the quarter-finals, set for 10:45 a.m. and noon Saturday.

The semifinals go at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. with the bronze medal matches at 5 p.m. and the finals at 7 p.m.


Sting splits doubleheader

The Central Alberta Sting split a junior AA ringette league doubleheader with the Edmonton Elite Sunday.

The Sting dropped the opener 6-3 before coming back to take the second contest 8-3.

Kelsey Guse had two goals and Cheyenne Coon one in the first game.

Kelsie Cain scored three times in the second contest with single goals added by Emma Newton, Emma West, Meghan Kelly, Meghan Gabert and Kirsten MacGregor.

Shenyce Justason was solid in net for both games. The U16 Sting consists of Cara Vandervlis, Kirsten MacGregor, Marie Taylor, Meghan Kelly, Cheyenne Coon, Kelsey Guse, Shenyce Justason,

Kelsie Caine, Emma Newton, Meagan Gabert from Red Deer and Kensey Lunn, Meaghan Karas and Emma West from Lacombe.


Minor Hockey

Midget

Taylor Steele stopped 53 shots to lead the Red Deer Pro-Stitch Chiefs to a 1-0 victory over Strathmore in AA league action Sunday.

Kyle Moore scored the only goal.

• The Red Deer Day’s Inn Chiefs had a tie and a loss in A league play during the weekend

The tied the Eckville Eagles 3-3 Sunday after losing 8-5 to Bashaw Friday.

Dylan Evans, Teagan Calonna and Ty Elliot scored against Eckville with Alec Mitchell making 33 saves in goal.

On Friday, Evans scored twice with Calonna, Brandon Way and Elliot potting single markers. Ryan Pfeifenroth stopped 39 shots.

l The Red Deer Kings Energy Chiefs won one of three starts in A plus action during the weekend.

The Chiefs beat Stettler 6-4 while losing 6-5 to the Thunderstars and 6-2 to Kneehill.

Rylan Gallant and Chandler Knibb scored twice each against Stettler with Dustin Spearing and Dylan Cole adding single markers. Ejaz Samji faced 30 shots in goal.

Brent McMullen had a pair of goals against the ‘Stars with singles added by Seth Hallman, Kane Weik and Spearing. Brady Jewan faced 36 shots.

Connor Einhorn and Spearing connected against Kneehill.

Midget Girls

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs downed Stettler 3-2 in A exhibition play during the weekend.

Taylor Heinzlmeir, Marianne Currie and Whitney Sveinson scored for the Chiefs.

Peewee

The Red Deer TBS Chiefs lost to Bow Valley 8-3 in AA action Saturday.

Justin Paarup, Tyler Graber and Brady Park scored for Red Deer.