Local sports briefs – September 8

The Red Deer College Royals opened their Alberta Colleges women’s fastball season on a positive note on Saturday, posting three straight wins at Great Chief Park.

Royals win three

The Red Deer College Royals opened their Alberta Colleges women’s fastball season on a positive note on Saturday, posting three straight wins at Great Chief Park.

The Royals, with an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh inning, downed McEwan College 2-1 in the opening contest. Jenn Potts was the winning pitcher, allowing just two hits while recording 16 strikeouts, while Alyssa Cook contributed two of the seven RDC hits.

Sarah Walz went the distance on the Royals’ mound in a 7-2 win over the SAIT Trojans. Potts had three hits and Amanda Lemieux chipped in with two singles as the Royals scored all of their runs in the first thee innings.

In the Royals’ final game, Potts got the win in relief of Cook in a 6-3 victory over McEwan. Cook, Rolanda Rowland and Erin Beaudin each had three hits for RDC.

Soccer Queens down Calgary

Kayla Rogers netted the lone goal — from a wind-aided corner kick — and returning keeper Brittany Baker recorded the shutout as the visiting Red Deer College Queens downed the provincial tier 2 under-18 girls champion Calgary Blizzard 1-0 in exhibition soccer action on Sunday.

Queens head coach Jerry Gerling lamented his team’s lack of offensive finish, but praised his club’s defensive performance.

“We pretty much dominated in all areas of the game, but being early in the season we just can’t seem to score despite creating lots of opportunities,” he said. “Defensively, we played well. We’ve gone to a three-four-three formation and the girls have settled in.”

The game marked the end of the exhibition season for the Queens, who host Medicine Hat in their Alberta Colleges regular-season opener this Sunday at 12 noon. The men’s game goes at 2 p.m.

Stettler, Olds win in football action

Braden Nelson scored four touchdowns in leading the Stettler Cougars to a dominating 54-0 win over the visiting Springbank Phoenix on Saturday in Central Alberta Bantam Football League action.

Ty Page added two majors while Bryce Fisher and Parker Cassidy also found the end zone. Morgan Loshny kicked three of eight converts.

Meanwhile Ryan Greene, Ryan Gerl, Fisher and Loshny each recovered a fumble. In other action the Old Bulldogs bit the Sylvan Lake Lions 46-8.

Local trio make the cut

Three Red Deer and area players are on the Hockey Alberta short list for Team Pacific, the combined Alberta/B.C. team that will compete in the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge Dec. 29-Jan. 4 at Timmins, Ont.

Red Deer defenceman Mitch Topping, Lacombe rearguard Sam Jardine and Olds forward Daulton Siwak, a Red Deer Rebels rookie, are among the 32 players on the Hockey Alberta short list, from which 11 will be selected to Team Pacific.

The players will be scouted until October, when the Alberta portion of the roster will be announced.

Van Dornick finishes third

VICTORIA — Frank Van Dornick of Camrose led the Central Alberta contingent at the Canadian senior men’s golf championship.

Van Dornick, who won the Alberta title, shot a final round one-under par 71 and placed third overall with a 289 total, three strokes back of Graham Cooke of Hudson, Que, who had a 73 Friday. John Marlow of Kettleby, Ont., had a 72 and came in at 288.

Merv Dusyk of Red Deer also shot a 72 and tied for 11th at 297, three strokes better than Peter Duncan of Red Deer, who came in with a 75 and tied for 19th.

Tom Skinner and Eric Brodie of Red Deer tied for 52nd at 311. Skinner had a final round 76 and Brodie a 79.

Les Swelin of Sundre shot an 80 and tied for 62nd at 314.

Rams dominate Lakers

Rams 30 Lakers 0

It didn’t take the Lacombe Rams long to let it be known they’ll be one of the premier teams in the Central Alberta High School Football League this season.

The Rams opened the year with an impressive 30-0 victory over defending champion Sylvan Lake Lakers in Lacombe Friday.

The Rams dominated both sides of the ball accumulating 405 total yards on offence — 367 on the ground — and limiting the Lakers to a minus 34 yards.

Skylar Sargeant led the Rams, rushing 15 times for 207 yards and two touchdowns. In fact the first time the Rams had the ball Sargeant went 100-yards to make it 6-0 33 seconds into the game.

Tyler Green added a pair of touchdowns and a two-point convert while Julian Sacher was credited with a safety, Cale Jacobs kicked a convert and Steve Thesen booted a single.

Green added 71 yards rushing on seven carries for the Rams, who were without star running back Brady Olsen. Brandt Kolybaba added 58 yards on seven carries and Kyle Winder had 35 yards on seven tries for the Lakers, who were also missing running back Justin McCartney.

Rebels 19 Wildcats 14

Meanwhile, the Rocky Mountain House West Central Rebels pulled off a major upset, downing the visiting Stettler Wildcats 19-14.

It was the first win in three seasons for the Rebels.

Jesse Cooling scored the winning major on a 40-yard run with 1:57 remaining in the game.

Jordan Hare, on a 55-yard run, and Riley Hunt, on an interception, added the other West Central majors. Cooling added a convert.

Josh Meyer and Landon Potter scored second-quarter touchdowns for the Wildcats while Jared Steinwand had a two-point convert, which gave the ‘Cats a 14-13 lead at the half.

Hare led the Rebels with 92 yards rushing on eight carries while Cooling had 86 on 12 tries and Connor Heap 85 on 14.

Meyer had 93 yards on 15 carries and Steinwand 54 on eight for Stettler.

• The Camrose at Wetaskiwin result was unavailable.

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