Local sports briefs – September 21

Former Red Deer Catalina Swim Club member and Lacombe native Sean Penhale has been named to the Canadian team for the Commonwealth Games, set to open Oct. 3 in New Delhi, India.

Penhale named to Canada’s Commonwealth swim team

Former Red Deer Catalina Swim Club member and Lacombe native Sean Penhale has been named to the Canadian team for the Commonwealth Games, set to open Oct. 3 in New Delhi, India.

Penhale made the team after an impressive showing at the Pan Pacific Games where he took eight seconds off his previous best time in the 1,500-metre freestyle.

He’ll compete in the 1,500 and 400m freestyle in the Games.

The Canadian team leaves Wednesday for Singapore where they train for five days prior to leaving for India.

Lightning go 5-2 at U of A tournament

The Hunting Hills Lightning posted a 5-2 record in the girls’ division of the University of Alberta high school volleyball tournament during the weekend.

The Lightning beat W.P. Wagner, Archbishop MacDonald and Archbishop O’Leary of Edmonton, St. Albert’s Paul Kane and Grande Prairie while losing to Spruce Grove and Edmonton’s Ross Sheppard.

They finished sixth out of 28 teams.

The Hunting Hills boys also placed sixth, losing to Grande Prairie in the quarter-finals after winning their pool.

• Hunting Hills will host their 17th annual junior varsity volleyball tournament Friday and Saturday, with 10 teams in each division.

Hunting Hills, Lindsay Thurber, Lillian Osborne, Memorial Comp and Jasper Place are in the A Pool and Notre Dame, William Aberhart, Spruce Grove, Strathcona and Catholic Central in Pool B in both divisions.

Play gets underway at 4 p.m. Friday with both finals at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Rebels edge Medicine Hat

The Red Deer Rebels Black edged Medicine Hat 4-3 Saturday in Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League play.

Trey deGraaf, Gabe Bast, Tyler Steenbergen and Bryce Lightbown connected for the Rebels.

Golf teams finish fourth

LETHBRIDGE — The RDC golf teams both finished fourth in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference South Regional golf tournament Monday.

Grant MacEwan won the men ahead of Mount Royal and Lethbridge while Mount Royal, Lethbridge and Grant MacEwan took the top three spots on the women’s side.

J.D. Morrical led the RDC men Monday with a 74 while Aaron Dick shot a 79 and Ben Stang an 81.

Caitlin Kelliher was second overall on the women’s side with an 86-94—180 total.

RDC will host the North Regional championships Sunday and Monday at River Bend.

Midget girls hockey

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs opened their Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League regular schedule with a win and a tie during the weekend.

The Chiefs downed the St. Albert Slash 6-2 in their home opener Saturday at the Arena and tied the Highland Raiders 3-3 Sunday in High River.

Jade Petrie and Reanna Arnold scored twice each for the Chiefs Saturday with Krista Wilson and Suze Vanderlinde potting single markers.

Camille Trautman finished with 24 saves in goal.

On Sunday, Hanna Mousek scored her second goal of the game at 17:14 of the third period to give the Chiefs the tie. Janelle Froehler added the other Red Deer marker while Trautman made 16 saves.

The Chiefs host the Lloydminster Steelers Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:45 p.m. at the Kin City Arenas.

They will be missing three players — Taryn Baumgardt, Mousek and Trautman — who will be in Regina with Team Alberta in preparation for the Canada Winter Games next spring.

• Former Chief Megan Innes has joined St. Francis Xavier University X-Women in Antigonish, N.S. St. FX is ranked fifth in the country and also includes former Chiefs Janelle Parent and Leah Boucher.

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