Sports briefs – January 17

RDC goalie Kendra Lakeman helped the Queens to take three-of-four points from the Grant MacEwan University Griffins this week, keeping their playoff hopes alive in the Alberta Colleges Women’s Hockey League.

Athlete of the week

RDC goalie Kendra Lakeman helped the Queens to take three-of-four points from the Grant MacEwan University Griffins this week, keeping their playoff hopes alive in the Alberta Colleges Women’s Hockey League. Lakeman made 16 saves on Thursday as the Queens won 2-1 at the Arena, then made 21 more stops in a 1-1 tie in Edmonton. The Queens host the SAIT Trojans this Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Arena.


Smith earns bronze in ACAC badminton

The newest member of the RDC badminton team — Mary Smith — turned in a solid performance during the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference tournament during the weekend.

Smith placed third in the women’s singles and teamed with Keelan Stefanik to give eventual tournament mixed doubles champion NAIT Ooks a battle before losing 2-1.

RDC returns to action Feb, 5-6 when they host a the final regular tournament of the season.

In other news the RDC Kings basketball squad downed the homestanding Grande Prairie Wolves 95-83 Saturday.


Optimist Rebels blow past Storm

It took the Red Deer Optimist Rebels much of the first period to get over the long bus ride to Grande Prairie Sunday, but once they did the Alberta Midget Hockey League contest was all theirs.

The Rebels, who beat the Edmonton K of C Pats 3-1 Saturday in Edmonton, downed the last-place Grande Prairie Storm 8-0.

“We were a little sluggish and they outplayed us for the first eight to 10 minutes,” said Rebels head coach Doug Quinn. “It was also a smaller rink and it took us time to adjust. Plus they played with a little more intensity than we expected. I just told the guys that you can’t take anyone for granted in this league and we responded and played well over the last two periods.”

Brady Bakke led the Rebels with three goals while Trent Hermary added two and Ty Clay, Joel Topping and Jon Finnigan added one each. Tanner Jaillet was solid in goal, especially early and finished with 29 saves for the shutout. His mates had 64 shots.

Bakke, Landon Hiebert and Wyat Haustein scored for the Rebels Saturday.

The Rebels are off next weekend because of the league all-star game.


SF Chiefs tie Bruins

CALGARY — The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs dominated their Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League game against the Calgary Bruins Saturday, but could only manage a 2-2 tie.

The Chiefs held a 36-18 edge in shots, but only Ashley Graf and Emily Lougheed managed to beat Calgary netminder Kiera Olson, both in the second period.

Camille Trautman was beaten by Cassidy McTaggart in the first period and Sydney Laurin in the third.

The Chiefs have five games remaining, including a pair in Grande Prairie next weekend.


Renegades roll

The Red Deer Renegades downed the Edmonton SW United 5-1 in U16 tier 1 boys’ seven-on-seven indoor soccer action Sunday.

Julien Boothby, Eric Gopal, Sam Day, Jordan Bottcher and Quade Smith scored once each with Vu Ndhlovu earning the victory in net.


Rimbey wins home hoops tourney

The Rimbey Spartans downed Edmonton McNally 75-69 to capture the Rimbey senior boys’ high school basketball tournament Saturday.

Spencer St. Denis led the Spartans with 25 points while Riley Properzi and Kevin Vandenhoven added 22 each.

The Spartans, who are ranked seventh among 2A teams in the province, edged J.C.Charyk of Hanna 66-64 in the semifinals after beating Holy Redeemer of Edson 91-69.

Properzi had 19 points, Vandenhoven 18 and St. Denis 15 against Hanna while Properzi hit 29 points, St. Denis 27 and Vandenhoven 13 against Edson.