Local sports briefs – October 15

The RDC golf team has some work to do at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Conference Championships.

Royal struggle at CCAA golf nationals

Windsor, Ont. — The RDC golf team has some work to do at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Conference Championships.

Both the men’s and women’s teams struggled during the first day of the three-day national championship.

The Queens currently sit fourth out of nine teams with a 184 score. They trail CEGEP Champlain St. Lawrence won is in first at 153, Humber College at 162 and UBC Okanagan 167.

Pauline Johnson was the top Queen in ninth place, shooting a 91, while Caitlin Kelliher, tied for 10th, battled two injured wrists to a 93 and Lauren Goranson in 15th shot a 100 — the top two scores from each team formed the team score.

“(Kelliher) toughed it out,” said RDC head coach Scott Bergdahl. “She had both her wrists bandaged up before the round and she couldn’t even hold on to the club. It just makes her round that much more impressive.”

The Kings find themselves in 14th out of 15 teams and well off the pace after shooting a 331. CEGEP is in first with a 289, Camouson College is second at 299 Humber College is third at 300. Jordie Weich Eric deWitt led the Kings with rounds of 80, Aaron Dyck shot an 85, Aaron Haakman and 86 and Jordan Stevens an 87. The top four individual scores counted towards the team score.

Grizzlys hunting for a win

The Olds Grizzlys will attempt to get back on the Alberta Junior Hockey League winning track on Friday when they host the Calgary Canucks at 7:30 p.m.

The Grizzlys suffered their ninth loss of the season on Tuesday, falling 3-2 in overtime to the visiting Spruce Grove Saints, the top-ranked junior A team in the country.

Taylor Bourne and Taylor Elliott scored for the Grizzlys, who twice rallied from a one-goal deficit. Scott Allen notched a pair of goals, including the overtime winner, and Brett Cameron also tallied for the Saints. Olds netminder Marc Boulanger turned aside 18 shots. Travis Rolheiser made 27 saves for Spruce Grove.

Lightning zap Vipers

STETTLER — Netminder Garret Laider made 42 saves to lead the Stettler Lightning to a 3-2 victory over the Red Deer Vipers in Heritage Junior B Hockey League action Tuesday.

Mitch Finkbiner, Cody Smitten and Jordan Vincent scored for the Lightning, who led 2-1 and 3-1 by periods.

Braden Corbett and Chad Knowles replied for the Vipers, who got a 32-save performance from Mike Stonehouse.

The loss was the first in five starts for the Red Deer crew while Stettler ran their record to 3-2.

Sergeant wins Sask Skate Invitational

SASKATOON — Jessica-Amy Sergeant of the Red Deer Skating Club turned in an outstanding free skate and ran away with the senior ladies championship at the Sask Skate Invitational event at the Sask Open meet during the weekend.

Sergeant was fourth following the short program, but beat her closest rival by 20 points in the free skate to capture overall gold.

Meanwhile, Mackenzie Larsen was third in the novice ladies program in the open competition. She was third in the short program and second in the free skate.

Amy Severtson placed eighth and Kylie Pelletier ninth in the pre-novice ladies division. Severtson was 10th in the short program and seventh in the free skate while Pelletier was 13th and eighth respectively. In the Star Skate competition, Jessica Kish took third in the junior silver ladies free skate and Sevan Schmidt was fourth in the senior bronze ladies free skate.

Renegades rise past Phoenix

The Red Deer Under-16 Tier 2 Renegades, with Josh Cruickshank scoring twice, opened their boys seven-on-seven indoor soccer season with a 5-1 win over the Sherwood Park Phoenix during the weekend. Josh Simons, Chandler Harder and Ethan Brown also scored for the winners, with Joel Richards getting the win in net.

Pavelich takes third

Tammy Pavelich of the Shotokan Karate Club of Red Deer turned in a medal-winning performance at the ISKF/Canada Shotokan Karate National tournament in Calgary on the weekend. Pavelich finished third in the women’s individual kata.

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