Athlete of the week
Third-year forward Lauren Loyek has stepped forward to become one of the leaders on the RDC Queens basketball squad this season. Loyek showed her talents during the weekend helping the Queens split a doubleheader against the Lethbridge Kodiaks. Loyek, who is in the nursing program, compiled a pair of double-doubles — her fourth and fifth of the season — as she had 15 points and 13 rebounds to go with five assists and three steals in a 77-61 loss Friday, then pumped in 26 points to go with 12 rebounds, five assists and a steal in a 70-46 win Saturday.
Kleibrink wins Provincials
CAMROSE — Cheryl Kleibrink’s Calgary foursome scored a deuce in each of the first, fourth and ninth ends en route to defeating Heather Nedohin of Edmonton 9-4 Sunday in the final of the Alberta women’s curling championship.
Earlier in the day, Nedohin slipped past Cheryl Bernard and her Vancouver Olympics crew of out Calgary 7-6 in a semifinal.
Kleibrink earned a berth in the final with a 9-8 win over Bernard in playoff action Saturday. Kleibrink qualified out of the A event and Bernard was the B-event winner.
Nedohin, meanwhile, moved on to the semifinal with an 8-4 victory over Dana Ferguson of Edmonton after both rinks had qualified out of the C event.
RDC misses ACACs
The RDC team with the best record failed to make the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference curling championships.
The RDC women’s team posted an 8-4 overall record — 4-2 in both the fall and winter regionals — but lost 7-3 to Concordia in a tie-breaker game which determined the fourth and final playoff spot.
The RDC squad beat Lakeland 11-3, Olds 8-2, Grande Prairie 6-5 in an extra end and Augustana 6-5 while losing 8-6 to Grande Prairie and 8-3 to Concordia in the winter regional bonspiel in Olds during the weekend.
Meanwhile, the RDC men had a 4-2 record to give them a 6-6 overall mark, which tied them for third. The mixed team was 1-4 during the weekend and posted a 3-7 record, which was still good enough for fourth.
The RDC men beat Grande Prairie 4-2, Olds 8-2, Grant MacEwan 7-1 and Lakeland while losing 7-4 to Augustana and 6-5 to NAIT in an extra end.
The mixed team downed Grande Prairie 7-1 while losing 7-6 to Grant MacEwan, 8-4 to NAIT, 9-7 to Lakeland and 8-4 to Augustana.
The championship ‘spiel goes March 4-6 in Vermilion.
Raiders finish fourth
OKOTOKS — The Lindsay Thurber senior girls came up just short of a bronze medal at the Foothills High School basketball tournament on Saturday, losing the third place game 65-55 to the St. Francis Browns out of Calgary.
Talaina Snider led the Raiders with 21 points in the final while Keitlyn Williams had seven.
The Raiders advanced to the bronze medal game earlier on Saturday by beating Chestermere Lakers 64-57 with Snider scoring 15 points and Trish Peter and Williams both adding 13.
The senior boys didn’t have much better luck losing the Consolation final to Chestermere 92-79 at the Bishop Grandin tournament in Calgary.
Brock Embury led the Raiders with 11 points while Spencer Klassen and DeMarcus Adamson both had 10 points.
The Raiders beat William Aberhart Trojans 67-50 Saturday morning to advance the consolation final. Houston Flaman and Adamson led the
Raiders with 14 points each.
The Raiders host Ponoka Tuesday with the girls tipping off at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m.
Blarney Stone tops Carstar
Ray Teskey dropped in 20 points and Justin Hicks added 19 as the Blarney Stone downed Carstar 72-68 in Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association play Sunday.
Jamie Brown had 17 points in a losing cause.
In other action Well’s Furniture stopped the Warriors of Time 75-69.
RDSC hauls home medals
OLDS —The Red Deer Skating Club recorded 14 wins in the Olds Funskate during the weekend.
Presley Busch, Molly Severtson and Alex MacLeod placed first in the A, C and D flights of the introductory elements, while Dannelle Sheppard was first in flight B of the nine and under pre-preliminary elements and Jenna Le and Madison Buckland took top honours in the B and F flights of the 11 and over preliminary elements.
Meanwhile, Katelyn Jensen was a winner in the junior bronze elements flight C, as were Avery Knecht in flight A of the introductory freeskate; Sheppard in flight B of the nine and under pre-preliminary freeskate; Amy Nasewich in the 10 and over pre-preliminary freeskate flight A; Buckland in flight E of the introductory interpretive; Le in flight D of the 11 and over preliminary freeskate; Britney Goodwin in flight C of the junior bronze freeskate; and Morgan Kreil in flight A of the bronze interpretive.
Finishing second and third in various events were:
Second — Nnya Schultz, flight E of introductory elements; Rachel Valentine, flight C of junior bronze elements; Severtson and MacLeod, flights B and C of introductory freeskate; Brianna Murray, 10 and under preliminary freeskate; Buckland, flight F of 11 and over preliminary freeskate; Jensen in flight C of junior bronze freeskate; Maegan Nasewich, senior bronze freeskate; Cassandra Compton, senior silver freeskate; Danielle Bouchard, gold interpretive.
Third — Knecht, introductory elements; Murray, 10 and under preliminary elements; Busch, flight A of introductory freeskate; Le, flight D of introductory interpretive; Kennedy Fahrenschon, 11 and over preliminary freeskate; Valentine, flight C of junior bronze freeskate; Bouchard, senior silver freeskate.
Raiders win Lightning tournament
The Lindsay Thurber Raiders downed the host Lightning 48-31 in the boys championship final of the Hunting Hills Grade 9 basketball tournament Saturday.
Thurber advanced to the final with a slim 52-51 win over Ponoka, while Hunting Hills defeated Stettler 45-43 in the other semifinal.
Ponoka went on to beat Stettler 70-27 in the bronze-medal contest.
In the boys consolation final, Red Deer Lake was a 58-33 winner over the Sylvan Lake H.J. Cody Lakers. In the consolation semifinals, the Lakers dumped Crowther Memorial of Strathmore 58-32 and Red Deer Lake beat Morinville 44-37.
Morinville beat Crowther Memorial 38-22 in the seventh-place contest.
In Friday’s opening games, Hunting Hills defeated H.J. Cody 55-44, Lindsay Thurber beat Morinville 56-45, Stettler was a 42-21 winner over Crowther Memorial and Ponoka defeated Red Deer Lake 56-41.
On the girls side, Red Deer Lake took top honours with a 31-13 win over Hunting Hills.
The Lightning moved on to the championship match with a 42-26 victory over Crowther Memorial and Red Deer Lake topped Lindsay Thurber 46-38 in another semifinal.
The Raiders took the bronze-medal game, 38-35 over Crowther Memorial.
H.J. Cody beat Morinville 43-37 in the consolation final. To get there, the Lakers downed Rocky Mountain House West Central 39-24 and Morinville doubled Ponoka 44-22.
Ponoka defeated West Central 32-26 in the seventh-place game.
On Friday, Hunting Hills opened with a 28-25 victory over H.J. Cody, Lindsay Thurber turned back Morinville 36-24, Crowther Memorial dumped West Central 35-9 and Red Deer Lake got past Ponoka 41-19.
CALGARY — Hometown favourite Nadine Chyz remained unbeaten Sunday after five draws at the Canadian junior curling championships.
The Calgary native routed Newfoundland and Labrador’s Erin Porter 11-1 in Draw 5, improving her record to 5-0 to tie undefeated Trish Paulson of Saskatchewan atop the women’s standings. Paulson was a 13-6 winner over P.E.I.’s Sarah Fullerton to move into a share of first. Saskatchewan’s Braeden Moskowy (5-0) is the only undefeated rink on the men’s side after 12-3 win over Spencer Pitre of P.E.I in Sunday’s late draw. Moskowy took down Quebec’s Vincent Bourget, 9-3 in the afternoon.
In other men’s action, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Colin Thomas (4-1) moved into second place with a 7-6 victory in 11 ends over local favourite Colin Hodgson (3-2), of Lacombe, who dropped to fourth place. Ontario’s Mat Camm (3-1) is in third after his easy 12-2 win against Bourget (2-3) in Draw 5, and New Brunswick’s Jon Rennie (3-2) moved up to fifth by winning 8-2 over Manitoba’s Sam Good (2-3).
On the women’s side, Ontario’s Clancy Grandy and B.C.’s Dailene Sivertson moved into a third-place tie with 3-1 records after Draw 5. Grandy handled Quebec’s Alanna Routledge 8-3, while Sivertson needed 11 ends to edge Northern Ontario’s Kendra Lilly (1-3).
Draws 6 and 7 continue Monday.
Thrashers sweep Flyers
The Three Hills Thrashers completed a Heritage Junior B Hockey League weekend sweep of the High River Flyers with a 4-1 win at home Saturday.
Michael Stoetzel fired three goals for the hosts, who also got a single from Blaine Hoppins. Devon Dell made 32 saves for the Thrashers, who held a 46-33 advantage in shots.
The Thrashers sniped three goals in the first three minutes of the game en route to a 6-4 win Friday at High River.
Three Hills employed a balanced attack in the victory, getting single goals from each of Connor Ablett, Clinton Nigh, Jesse Scheunert, Stoetzel, Corbin Weston and Zachary Bauer.
Cody Boeckman stopped 34 shots to earn the win, while Flyers goaltenders Myles Dunne and Sean Wegener combined to make 25 saves.
Elsewhere Friday, the Red Deer Vipers travelled to Stettler and managed a 5-5 with the Lightning.
Troy Klaus scored twice for the visitors, who got additional goals from Maverick Blair, Stephen Pietsch and Justin Moir. Myles Rindal, with two goals, Tyson Glazier, Jake Schwarzenberger and Brett Ouellette replied for the Lightning.
Travis Weber made 33 saves for Red Deer and Landon Schimdt turned aside 38 shots at the other end. The clubs split 10 minor penalties.
The Ponoka Stampeders dropped a pair of road games, falling 11-4 and 8-5 at Cochrane and Okotoks Saturday and Sunday.
Anthony Pickering notched two goals against Okotoks, where Tyler Poskus, Mason Milgate and Ryan Blades also tallied for the Stamps. Garret Montour made 35 saves as Ponoka was outshot 43-27.
At Cochrane, the Stamps trailed 6-1 after one period and never recovered. Brandon Regush, with two goals, Bryce Hunker and Scott Rarick scored in a losing cause, while Montour and Aaron Shukin combined to make 31 saves.
Generals down Chiefs
The Bentley Generals closed out their Chinook Hockey League regular-season slate on a positive note Saturday, downing the host Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs 5-4.
Kevin Smyth’s third-period power-play goal was the winner for the Generals, who finished atop the league standings with a 19-1-0-0 record. Brandin Cote pulled Bentley even four minutes earlier.
Darryl LaPlante, Dustin Claffey and Scott Hood also scored for the Generals, who trailed 1-0 after one period and 4-3 after 40 minutes. Corey Rut, Mike Hurley, Aaron Agnew and Brian Woolger replied for the Chiefs, who got a 41-save effort from David Tetrault. Scot Galenza stopped 27 shots for Bentley.
Elsewhere Saturday, the host Sylvan Lake Admirals got two goals from Jeff Topilko in a 4-2 victory over the Innisfail Eagles. Kurtis Ross and Chevan Wilson also tallied for the Admirals, who finished third in regular-season play with a 10-8-0-2 record.
Andrew MacKenzie and Daryl Blais were the Innisfail snipers. Sylvan Lake netminder Jordan Ramstead made 30 saves, while Wade Waters blocked 37 shots for the Eagles, who finished fifth at 5-15-0-0.
Sylvan Lake also beat the visiting and last-place Lloydminster Border Kings 4-1 Friday as Topilko sniped a pair of goals and Ike Hanna and Jim Lawrence also scored. The Admirals fired 40 shots at Border Kings goalie Jody Lehman. Steve Wagner faced 26 shots in the Sylvan Lake net.
Rebels White win twice
The Red Deer Rebels White posted a pair of Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League weekend wins, downing visiting Grande Prairie 7-5 Sunday and defeating host Okotoks 8-3 Saturday.
Carter Sawicki fired three goals in Sunday’s victory, while singles were added by Ty Mappin, who also contributed three assists, Chase Thudium, Andrew McLennan and Allan Pruss. Rylan Bardick made 17 saves for the Rebels White, who held a 57-22 advantage in shots.
On Saturday, Sawicki and Mil Doel each tallied twice for the Rebels White. Mappin, Matthew Krusky, Justin Alcorn and Kaleb Denham also scored for the winners, who were outshot 32-28 while getting a 29-save performance from Jayden Sittler.
In other league action, the Rebels Black split a pair of contests, falling 8-4 to the visiting Calgary Bisons Saturday after posting Friday’s 7-1 victory over Grande Prairie.
Chris Gerrie, Ryan Swier and Jaden Sveinson each notched two goals against Grande Prairie. Jesse Freeborn also tallied for the Rebels Black, while Brody Dirk made 18 saves.
Sveinson tallied twice and Colton Levie and Teegan Kooman also connected in the loss to the Bisons. Red Deer netminders Dirk and Joey Desrosiers combined to stop 23 shots.
The Rebels Black outshot Grande Prairie 37-19 and were outshot 31-30 by the Bisons.