Local sports briefs – September 28

Red Deer’s Shannon Court collected player of the game accolades Saturday night in leading the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women’s rugby team past the University of Calgary Dinos 66-0 in Canadian interuniversity Sport action.

Court dominating for U of L Pronghorns

LETHBRIDGE — Red Deer’s Shannon Court collected player of the game accolades Saturday night in leading the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns women’s rugby team past the University of Calgary Dinos 66-0 in Canadian interuniversity Sport action.

Court scored three tries in the first half to set the pace for the two-time defending national champs. The team also features Red Deer’s Kessi Stefanyuk, Amanda Richardson and Jenn Wickwire — who also scored a try — of Olds, and Emily Stearns from Rocky Mountain House.

The Pronghorns make a trip out to the west coast next weekend as they take on the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia.


Royals rolling

LETHBRIDGE — The RDC Royals posted a 2-1-1 record in Alberta Intercollegiate Women’s Fastball Association during the weekend.

On Saturday the Royals beat the University of Lethbridge 9-2 and tied the University of Calgary 7-7 after squandering a 5-0 lead.

Jenn Potts tossed a four-hitter in the win over Lethbridge while Alyssa Cook had a pair of home runs and Shay Hovdestad a single and a double.

Cook added a home run against Calgary.

On Sunday the Royals beat Calgary 5-0, behind the two-hit pitching of Potts, and dropped an 8-4 decision to Lethbridge.

Potts also had a pair of RBI singles against Calgary while Kyla Morrice and Nicole Tweet had two hits each against Lethbridge.

The Royals host Mount Royal University and the University of Alberta next Saturday and Sunday. They play both teams on each day.


Wranglers handle Vipers

BLACKFALDS — Kurtis Ross fired two goals to lead the Blackfalds Wranglers to a 7-2 Heritage Junior B Hockey League exhibition win over the Red Deer Vipers on Sunday.

Also scoring for the winners were Karson French, Jared Lenz, Reed Watts, Jared Williams and Kyle Maas. Matt Belich and Brennan Tymshyshyn replied for the Vipers, who trailed 1-0 after one period and 4-1 after 40 minutes.

Wranglers netminder Layne Suiler made 21 saves, two fewer than Chris Mauer of the Vipers.

The Vipers open their 2009-10 regular season on Saturday versus the Airdire Thunder at 8 p.m. at the Arena. Blackfalds opens on Oct. 11 at home against the Strathmore Wheat Kings.

• The Stettler Lightning, on goals by Brett Ouellette, Mitch Finkbiner and Lanny Duncan, downed the visiting Ponoka Stampeders 3-1 in a preseason game on Saturday.

Travis Kirchner tallied for the Stamps, who got a 48-save effort from Garrett Montour. Landon Schmidt and Tanner Schalin combined to stop 21 shots for the Lightning, whose regular-season opener is on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against visiting Banff Academy.

Ponoka opens on Friday at Rimbey. Game time is 8 p.m.


Sutter Fund split

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs split a pair of Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League games during the weekend, beating the Calgary Chaos 8-1 at home Saturday and losing 5-3 to the Calgary Flyers on the road Sunday.

Alexandra Gustafson and Jade Petrie scored twice each against the Chaos with Rebecca Glackin, Hannah Mousek, Rachel Hoppins and Chelsea Peterson adding single markers.

Megan Kirkland finished with 15 saves in goal.

Olivia Sutter had two goals and Ashley Wilson one against the Flyers. Kirkland made 15 saves.


In medal contention

CALGARY — The RDC golf team is in position to grab a pair of medals at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference championships, which conclude today at the Wintergreen layout.

The RDC women’s team will get a medal as they sit second out of three teams while the men are third out of six.

MacEwan leads the women’s standings with a 184 total, eight strokes ahead of RDC with Mount Royal at 246.

Caitlin Keliher leads the RDC women with a 92, which leaves her in a tie for first place in the individual standings. Paulene Johnson had a 100.

On the men’s side, Mount Royal leads with a 298 total with MacEwan at 312, RDC 322, Lethbridge 323, NAIT 332 and Medicine Hat 341.

Jordan Stevens shot a one-over par 73 for RDC and is tied for second, three strokes back of Phil Konerak of Mount Royal.

Jordie Weich shot an 82, Aaron Haakman an 83 and Eric de Wit an 84, despite a 13 on one hole.


Queens fall to SFU

REGINA — The RDC Queens women’s volleyball team fell 3-2 (20-25, 16-25, 25-19, 25-18, 13-15) to Simon Fraser University in the consolation final at the University of Regina volleyball tournament on Sunday.

The Queens came out slow but rallied to take the match the distance.

“We were not ready for the first two sets, but we made some adjustments and won the next two,” said Queens coach Talbot Walton. “We could have easily won the last set if we got some bounces — it could have gone either way.”


Old Bulldogs crush Rocky Mountain House Rebels

Taylor Jacobson ran for two touchdowns and Quade Smith kicked six converts as the Olds Rotary Bulldogs crushed the visiting Rocky Mountain House Junior Rebels 48-6 in Central Bantam Football League play on Saturday.

In other weekend contests, the Lacombe Raiders raked the Hunting Hills Lightning 46-12, the Notre Dame Cougars were 54-26 winners over the Lindsay Thurber Raiders, the Sylvan Lake Lions ripped the Innisfail Cyclones 50-1, Springbank was a 15-3 winner over Wetaskiwin and Strathmore defeated Drumheller 16-6. Details were unavailable.

• Lacombe whipped Wetaskiwin 38-6 in one of four weekend Central Peewee League contests.

In the other games, the Red Deer Hornets blanked Strathmore 22-0, Innisfail shut out Sylvan Lake 12-0 and Olds slammed Stettler 30-6.


Cougars golden

The Notre Dame Cougars captured the boys’ division of the Hunting Hills junior varsity volleyball tournament Saturday.

The Cougars, led by tournament MVP Nik Krushelnicki, downed Edmonton’s Harry Ainlay 25-23, 25-19 in the final.

The Cougars beat Catholic Central of Lethbridge 24-26, 25-8, 15-13 in the semifinals and Archbishop O’Leary of Edmonton 25-19, 26-28, 15-11 in the quarter-finals. Harry Ainlay downed Spruce Grove 26-24, 14-25, 15-13 in the semifinals and stopped Hunting Hills 25-22, 25-18 in the quarter-finals.

Catholic Central downed Lindsay Thurber 25-17, 25-23 and Spruce Grove beat Edmonton Strathcona 26-24, 23-25, 15-8 in the other quarter-finals. Spruce Grove took third place with a 25-18, 25-23 win over Catholic Central.

On the girls’ side, William Aberhart of Calgary downed Strathcona 25-23, 25-19 in the final.

Aberhart beat Harry Ainlay 25-16, 25-16 in the semifinals and Hunting Hills 25-10, 26-24 in the quarter-finals.

Strathcona defeated Catholic Central 25-9, 26-27 in the semifinals and Archbishop O’Leary 25-23, 28-26 in the quarter-finals.

Other quarter-finals saw Catholic Central down Notre Dame 25-17, 25-21 and Harry Ainlay beat Spruce Grove 23-25, 25-19, 16-14.

Catholic Central beat Harry Ainlay 25-17, 24-26, 15-13 in the third-place game.


Chiefs tie Oilers

Blake Vander Linden and Andrew Kartusch scored for the Red Deer Parkland Transmission Chiefs in a 2-2 peewee AA hockey tie with the visiting Okotoks Oilers during the weekend.

Branden Bilodeau made 29 saves for the Chiefs, who opened their regular-season schedule.

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