Local sports briefs – September 20

Volleyball Queens couldn’t beat Hokusho The RDC Queens took a step forward against Hokusho University volleyball team from Hokkaido, Japan, Saturday at Olds College, but it wasn’t enough to come out on the winning side.

Volleyball Queens couldn’t beat Hokusho

The RDC Queens took a step forward against Hokusho University volleyball team from Hokkaido, Japan, Saturday at Olds College, but it wasn’t enough to come out on the winning side.

The Queens dropped an 18-25, 20-25 decision to Hokusho in the best-of-three match.

The teams also met Sunday afternoon at RDC in a “couple of” unofficial games before the Japanese squad left for home today.

“We were better than the previous couple of matches against them and even led in the second set, but the problem was we’d let them score three or four straight points, which you can’t do and expect to win,” said Queens head coach Talbot Walton, who was glad to get the chance to face the Hokusho squad, who were making their 11th trip to RDC in the last 23 years.

“It was a great opportunity for us to face a quality team,” he said.

Thurber Red captures junior boys Classic title</b

The Lindsay Thurber Red downed Lacombe 25-15, 25-9 to capture the junior boys’ division of the RDC Fall Classic junior high and middle school volleyball tournament Saturday.

The Hunting Hills White squad beat Prairie Christian Academy of Three Hills in the girls’ final at RDC while in the middle school category Alexandra of Medicine Hat stopped Central in the boys’ division and St. Francis downed Central in the girls’ final.

Admirals add Lightbrown

The Sylvan Lake Admirals of the Chinook Hockey League have added Tyler Lightbown to their coaching staff.

Lightbown, who played the last seven CHL seasons with the Innisfail Eagles and the West Central Alberta Rams (now the Admirals), will be an assistant to general manager/head coach Jason Stephens.

The Admirals have also added equipment manager Brent Sage to their staff.

Vipers’ Gillette slices Blackfalds

The Red Deer Vipers got a four-goal performance from Kolton Gillette in a 5-3 Heritage Junior B Hockey League preseason win over the visiting Blackfalds Wranglers Saturday.

Kaden Helgenson also scored for the winners, who got a 33-save effort from Jason Pohl.

Derek Wiedmer, Brandon Regush and Chane Abbott scored for the Wranglers. Blackfalds netminder Tanner Schalin stopped 29 shots.

Optimist Rebels finish third

STRATHMORE — The Red Deer Optimist Rebels finished third in the Strathmore midget AAA hockey tournament during the weekend.

The Rebels downed the UFA Bisons 4-2 in the bronze medal game Sunday after losing 5-3 to the Calgary Buffaloes in the semifinals.

In pool play, the Rebels downed the UFA Bisons 3-1 Thursday and the Buffaloes 8-3 Friday while losing 3-1 to the Calgary Northstars Saturday.

The Northstars stopped the Buffaloes 4-2 in the final.

RDC third in college golf

LETHBRIDGE — The RDC men’s team sits third following the opening day of the 36-hole Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference South Regional golf tournament Sunday.

Mount Royal leads with a 295 among their top three scores with Grant MacEwan at 317 and RDC 323.

Braden Oehlerking led RDC with a 77 while Jonathan Laniel had a 78, JD Morrical a 79 and Ben Stang and Jeff McLean 80s.

The RDC women didn’t finish their round because of darkness.