Local sports briefs – October 6

The Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League fired head coach Dan MacDonald on Saturday.

MacDonald sacked by Okotoks Oilers

The Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League fired head coach Dan MacDonald on Saturday.

The former Red Deer midget AAA, major bantam and RDC Kings head coach was in his third season with the Oilers.

“This has been a very difficult decision for the Oilers board of directors, but it was felt that the hockey club was not progressing and the change was necessary,” Oilers president Wayne Lauinger said in a press release. “Dan has worked extremely hard during his tenure with the Oilers and has positively impacted the lives of many aspiring hockey players. The Okotoks Oilers wish Dan and his family all the best with their future endeavours.”

Former Oilers GM/coach Garry VanHereweghe will take over behind the Okotoks bench. VanHereweghe, who won a Royal Bank Cup as head coach of the Camrose Kodiaks in 2000-01, left the Oilers two years ago to pursue a private business opportunity.

“Garry’s return to the bench marks an exciting time for the Oilers organization and the community. We look forward to the future,” said Lauinger.

Pyper earns spot at world championship

CALGARY — Rozanne Pyper of Red Deer turned in an impressive performance at a natural body building and fitness competition during the weekend.

The 36-year-old won both the overall figure competition and the Miss Fit Body competition, receiving her professional cards in both divisions of the World Natural Body Building and Fitness Federation.

Pyper won the figure tall division, then defeated the figure short winner to take the overall figure title.

Because of her showing she’ll compete in the world championships in New York.

Goaltender named to Team Alberta

Rimbey native Camille Trautman, a goaltender with the major midget girls Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs, has been named to Team Alberta for the 2009 Canadian women’s hockey championship Nov. 4-8 in Surrey, B.C.

A field of 47 players attended an evaluation camp June 30 to July 5, from which 26 attended a final selection camp in late September. The 20-player provincial team was then selected.

Transmission Chiefs split weekend games

The Red Deer Parkland Transmission Chiefs split a pair of AA weekend games, losing 6-2 to the Medicine Hat Hounds and beating Strathmore 8-3.

Brenden Baker and Jackson Oborne tallied for the Chiefs against Medicine Hat while Branden Bilodeau made 38 saves in goal.

Baker, Oborne, Lane Sim, Matt Lyons, Jordy Quinn, Kale Howarth, Andrew Kartusch and Blake Vander Linden scored for the Chiefs against Strathmore while Bilodeau earned the win in net.

• In A division action, the Red Deer Versa-Line Chiefs had a great start to their preseason beating the Rocky Mountain House Vipers 8-5 and the Innisfail Flyers 5-1.

Kirt Fortney, Blayne Friesen and Tanner Zentner scored two goals each against Rocky with singles added by Abagael Thiessen and Josh Ho. Matthew Atchison picked up the win in goal.

Layne Bensmiller got two goals for the Vipers with Cooper Wood, Brennan Schweeder and Mitchel Willert adding singles.

Vance Lacey lead the way for the Chiefs against Innisfail with two goals while Brody Kalinowski, Ho and Nolan Dore adding one each. Nick Bilodeau was in net for the win.

Josh Gette replied for Innisfail.•l In other A play, the Red Deer Holiday Inn Chiefs downed the Forestburg Thunderstars 4-2 with Ryan Vandervlis and Kyle Rideout scoring twice each.