Local sports briefs – November 24

The Red Deer IROC Chiefs dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the championship game of the Keystone Cup midget 15-year-old hockey tournament at Chestemere during the weekend.

Lethbridge takes Keystone Cup hockey title

The Red Deer IROC Chiefs dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the championship game of the Keystone Cup midget 15-year-old hockey tournament at Chestemere during the weekend.

Scoring regulation-time goals for the Chiefs were Freark DeVries, BJ Duffin and Nick Glackin. Tanner Kovacs was the losing goaltender and was selected as IROC’s player of the game. IROC advanced to the gold-medal contest with a 6-2 semifinal win over the St. Albert Flyers, getting two goals from Brady Bakke and singles from Duffin, Devries, player of the game Luke Scheunert and Bryce Boguski. Duffin also contributed three assists, while Scheunert picked up two assists, Bakke added one helper and Dasas Sydora was the winning goaltender.

The Chiefs opened the 12-team tournament with a 6-3 win over the Calgary Blazers. Bakke scored twice, Duffin, Glackin, DeVries and Adam Ferguson also tallied, Sydora was the winning netmnder and Cole Berreth was named the IROC player of the game.

The Red Deer squad, with player of the game Glackin sniping two goals, then knocked off the Lloydminster Bobcats 7-2. Brady Bakke, Duffin, who also added four assists, Berreth, DeVries and Dylan Hollman rounded out the Chiefs attack, while Kovaks picked up the win in net.

Under-12 Sting wins ringette gold

The Central Alberta AA Under-12 Sting, comprised of players from Red Deer and Lacombe, won gold in a northern Alberta ringette tournament during the weekend. The tournament champs posted a 4-2 win over a Zone 5 team in the final.

Meanwhile, the Central Alberta AA Under-16 Sting finished fourth in a nine-team division of the West Edmonton Mall tournament.

The U16 Sting opened with a 12-2 win over Regina, then doubled Saskatoon 10-5. From there, the team lost 9-5 and 8-3 to the Calgary Prime and the Zone 5 Pace.

Zanussi leads Red Deer Fencing Club

EDMONTON — Zac Zanussi captured three medals to lead the Red Deer Fencing Club at the Edmonton Open during the weekend.

Zanussi finished second in the U15 men’s sabre and bronze in the U17 sabre and U17 epee.

Dakota Wohl was second in the U17 men’s epee while Karis Langvand placed second in the senior women’s epee and Norm Wiebe second in the veteran men’s epee.

Karren Lyver placed fifth in the senior women’s epee and Thomas Lyver 11th in the U17 men’s epee.

Boxers win at provincials

LETHBRIDGE — Two Red Deer Boxing Club members were victorious in the provincial championships during the weekend.

Cam O’Connell of Red Deer defeated national team boxer Alex Rynn of Calgary 8-7 in the 132-pound senior open class on Saturday, and on Sunday beat Edmonton’s Eric Taylor 14-4 to nail down the provincial title. It was the ninth consecutive provincial championship for O’Connell, who is also a former two-time Ringside world champion and Canadian national champion.

Matt Scott of Sylvan Lake received a bye in the 151-pound senior novice division on Saturday and then defeated Ash Rowen of Drayton Valley on Sunday, winning the Alberta crown in the process.

Trojans, Knights qualify for provincial volleyball championships

The Camrose Trojans and Central Alberta Christian High School Knights of Lacombe qualified to compete in the provincial 3A boys’ high school volleyball championships in Spruce Grove, beginning Thursday.

The Trojans downed the Knights 25-17, 25-16 in the final of the Central Alberta zone championships in Camrose Saturday, but both teams had already qualified for the provincials.

The Knights reached the final with a 25-19, 23-25, 15-13 victory over Wetaskiwin in the semifinals while Camrose downed Stettler. Both Camrose and CACHS finished 2-0 in pool play.

Martin makes top 20 in world trampoline

Amanda Martin of the Red Deer Thunder Country Trampoline Club recorded a pair of top 20 finishes at the world age group championships in St. Petersburg, Russia. Martin placed 10th in the women’s 13-14 year-old synchronized trampoline division and 20th in the women’s double-mini trampoline.

Renegades win

A two-goal performance by Kayla Blacquiere led the Red Deer Renegades to a 3-2 victory over Edmonton Scottish Y team in Edmonton Interdistrict Youth Soccer Association U18 Tier II indoor action Saturday. Kelsey Paetz added a single goal for the Renegades with Jessie Stewart playing a strong game in goal.

RDC men’s, mixed teams lead divisions

LEDUC — The RDC men’s and mixed curling teams lead their divisions following the first of two Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference qualifying bonspiels.

The men’s team, skipped by Kalem Hamilton, posted a 6-0 record while Evan Asmussen’s mixed team sits at 5-1.

Hamilton, along with third Dustin Vikse, second Justin Shantz and lead Cameron Krejici, beat Portage 11-3, Olds 7-2, Grande Prairie 5-4 in an extra end, Lakeland 7-2, Camrose 6-5 and NAIT 5-4. Hamilton needed to steal a point in the eighth end against both Camrose and NAIT to pull out the victory.

Asmussen, who has Jennifer Roth at third, David Serft at second and Brittney Raab at lead, opened with a 7-4 loss to Concordia before downing Grant MacEwan 5-4, Grande Prairie 10-3, Lakeland 6-5 in an extra end, NAIT 8-3 and Camrose 5-2.

The RDC women’s team of skip Jessica Andruchow, third Melanie Charbonneau, second Kayla Parkins and lead Jillian Waddell, finished at 3-4 and sit in fifth place.

They beat Olds 10-3, Portage 8-0 and Camrose 8-1 but lost 10-2 to Grant MacEwan, 9-1 to NAIT, 8-5 to Grande Prairie and 7-5 to Lakeland.

The second qualifying ‘spiel is set for January 29-31 in Grande Prairie with the top four teams advancing to the ACAC finals, Feb. 26-29 in Camrose.