Sports briefs – January 29

Seniority has brought both pressure and perks for freestyle skier Warren Shouldice.

Vellner misses aerial final

CALGARY — Seniority has brought both pressure and perks for freestyle skier Warren Shouldice.

The Canadian men’s aerials team was deep with veterans for years, but is now in a rebuild after the 2010 Winter Olympics. Shouldice, a two-time Olympian, is the elder statesman at age 27.

“It’s different for sure and I was actually just thinking about it today,” Shouldice said Friday at Canada Olympic Park. “I have a lot more respect for Steve (Omischl) who was really the guy the last eight years. There’s a lot more pressure that comes with being your country’s best hope in every event.”

Shouldice, from Calgary, was among four Canadians who qualified for Saturday’s final of the Canada Post Freestyle Grand Prix.

Shouldice was second, Remi Belanger of Mascouche, Que., and Montreal’s Jean-Christophe Andre were fifth and seventh respectively and Gerrits of Milton, Ont., was ninth. Jonathan Vellner of Red Deer, finished out of the top 10 qualifiers in 14th.

Grizzlys maul Canucks

The Olds Grizzlys gave the Calgary Canucks a 1-0 first-period lead then took over in the second period and went on to a 5-1 victory in Alberta Junior Hockey League play Friday.

Spencer Copp gave the Canucks the first-period lead with Tanner Dunkle and Taylor Bourne scoring for Olds in the middle stanza.

Corbin Karl, Zane Jones and Brandon Clowes connected for the Grizzlys in the third period.

Brandon Thiessen finished with 23 saves for Olds, who had 54 shots on Calgary’s James D’Andrea.

Ooks beat Queens

EDMONTON — Another game against the NAIT Ooks, another loss for the RDC Queens hockey team.

If there is any school that has the Queen’s number it’s the Ooks who won 4-2 on Saturday to sweep the season’s series 4-0.

“They really do, maybe it’s because I hate losing to them so much there’s some bad Karma there,” said Queens head coach Rob Weddell.

The Ooks jumped out to a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes, but Montana Noyes chopped it 2-1 early in the second period. The Ooks, however, managed to re-established their two-goal lead before the period was out.

Weddell pulled starting goalie Grace Gaska for Kendra Lakeman during the break and that seemed to spark the Queens as Jessica Apt scored an early shorthanded goal, but that’s as close as the Queens would come.

Gaska finished with 20 saves while Lakeman made 15 in her 20 minutes between the pipes.

The Queens are still three points behind Grant MacEwan University for the final playoff spot but will play first-place Mount Royal University next week — Thursday at the Arena at 7 p.m.. and Friday back in Calgary at 7:15 p.m.

Coaches picked for Alberta Cup

Three Red Deer coaches will run the Central Thrashers bench during the Alberta Cup tournament for the province’s top graduating bantam hockey players April 14-17 at Lethbridge.

Dallas Gaume, the head coach of the major bantam Red Deer Rebels White, will handle the same duties with the Thrashers, with Erik Lodge and Rebels Black head coach Bob Rutz serving as assistants.

Gary Mahura of Red Deer has been named as the Central team’s director of operations.

Minor ball camp set

The Red Deer Minor Baseball Association will run their winter conditioning camp at the Springbrook Recreation Centre south of the city.

The camp will be for mosquito to midget aged players (10-and-up) and will begin in early February and run until late March.

Individuals will receive between 10-14 hours of training time. Schedules will be determined after registrations are compete and will be posted on the camps page at the website (www.reddeerminorbaseball.com).

A registration night will be held Monday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Dawe Community Centre. Cost of the camp is $75 per player.

For addition information go to the contact us feature on the website. As well registrations for the 2011 season is now open at the registration page on the website.

More done at provincials

CAMROSE — Val Sweeting’s Edmonton-based foursome, with Whitney More of Red Deer tossing second stones, bowed out of the Alberta provincial women’s curling championship Friday.

The Sweeting crew, which captured the provincial title and competed in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts last year, was eliminated with a 9-7 C-event loss to Dana Ferguson of Edmonton.

Sweeting opened the Alberta championship on a positive note, downing Tanilla Doyle of High River 11-2 Wednesday. But a 10-3 loss to Jessie Kaufman of Edmonton later in the day and Thursday’s 5-3 loss to Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge dropped the defending champs into the last-chance C event.

Veteran Calgary skip Shannon Kleibrink, who lost to Sweeting in last year’s provincial final, guided her rink into tonight’s playoffs with a 10-4 thrashing of Calgary’s Crystal Webster in Thursday’s A-event final.

In the B-event final Friday evening, Cheryl Bernard of Calgary downed Edmonton’s Heather Nedohin 6-5.

The two C-event qualifiers will be determined this afternoon.