Sports briefs – July 16

Red Deer’s Carson Kallis jumped took the lead at the Alberta Junior Boys Championship at the Sundre Golf Club on Thursday.

Kallis leads Alberta Junior Boys Golf Championship

Red Deer’s Carson Kallis jumped took the lead at the Alberta Junior Boys Championship at the Sundre Golf Club on Thursday.

Kallis fired an even-72 in the second round to sit at 3-under for the tournament, one shot ahead of Round 1’s leader Sang Gyun Lee of who fired a 2-over 74 to fall to 2-under.

Ponoka’s James Ursulak shot an 82 to sit at 16-16-over 160 and in a tie for 49th place.

Red Deer’s Matt Codd also shot an 82, and sits in a tie for 59th at 18-over 162.

Spencer Dorowicz of Olds dropped to a tie for 71 at 20-over 164 after and 86. He is knotted with Red Deer’s Jesse Terron who fired an 88.

Red Deer’s Brett Pasula was one shot further back after an 83 to sit at 21-under 165,

l In girls provincial play at the Glendale Club in Edmonton, Cara Vanderham of Innisfail shot an 11-over 83 and is tied for 10th. Christie Lin of Calgary Country Hills leads after a two-over 74.

The tournament will conclude today after being cut to 36 holes because of wet grounds.

Griffiths tied for 32nd

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Red Deer’s Zak Griffiths moved into a tie for 34th in the 15-17 year-old division following the third day of the 72-hole Callaway Junior World Golf Championship being play on the Torrey Pines South Course.

Griffiths shot a two-over par 74 Thursday for a nine-over 225 total and sits 18 strokes back of Jorge Fernandez Valdes of Argentina, who had a 69 Thursday. There was 199 entered in the division.

Branleys wins ball hockey opener

Branley’s struck first in the Men’s ball Hockey League best-of-three final with a 4-2 win over Boston Pizza Thursday.

Justin Fudge led the way for Branley’s with two goals while Chad Bourassa and Nathan Perninsky added singles.

Darcy Wilson scored both of Boston Pizza’s markers.

Game 2 goes Tuesday at Rink A at 8 p.m. and if Game 3 is needed it will go Thursday at 7 p.m.

Hunt for inline hockey three-peat at Summer Games

The Parkland Zone 4 inline hockey team will be looking to three-peat when they attend the Alberta Summer Games, which open Sunday in Peace River.

Eight of the 14 players are from Red Deer including the only female on the team — goaltender Jennifer West. The other Red Deer athletes are Kwyn Hiebert, Bryce Lightbown, Dallas Link, Eric Moltzahn, Jordy Potter, Trystin Rebman and Conner Veroba.

Chase Cornford, Matthew Johnson, Brett White and goaltender Brett Frisneth are from Sylvan Lake with Quinn Brown from Lacombe and Jordan Rathwell from Innisfail.

Joh and Jonathan Rathwell return to the team as coaches with Geary Howe the director of operations.

The team begins competition Monday with the final Thursday.

• Meanwhile, 20 members of the Red Deer Titans Rugby Club will compete in the girls’ rugby division at the Games.

Zone 4 will field two girls’ teams, made up of players 15-17 years of age.

Jalaine and Jennifer Anderson of Rimbey, Denise Holt of Lacombe, Courtney Hueppelsheuser, Ashley Maze, Devan Mercereau, Jenn Peturson and Jenna Ronnie of Red Deer, Taylor Lappage of Olds, Bernadette and Christy Weiss of Rimbey and Amber Goossens of Rocky Mountain House are on Team A.

Cassandra Bargholz, Bailey England, Sophie Falls and Dacey Livingstone of Red Deer, Megan Berlinguette of Olds, Madison Hatch of Lacombe and Laramie Hollingsworth and Janessa Matthew of Rimbey are on team B.

Mike Haugen, Derek Tarling and Jordyn Hansen will coach the teams, which open play Monday with the finals Thursday.

Special Olympic medal haul

LONDON, Ont. — Red Deer athletes captured six medals in swimming at the 2010 Special Olympics Canada competition Wednesday.

Michaella Clark won gold in the 25-metre butterfly and silver in the 25m freestyle while Samuel Rahbek-Ward struck gold in the 25m freestyle and silver in the 50m backstroke.

Tara Reist won bronze in the 50m backstroke while Murray Gauthier found bronze in the 25m freestyle.

The Red Deer team is coached by Hayley Goring with assistance by Jan Gair of Red Deer and Cole Davis of Brooks.

Synchro swimmers off to Texas

Two members of the Red Synchronized Swim Club are competing for Team Alberta at the U.S. Open championships, which opened Wednesday in Irving, Tex.

Lisa Dahlke is on the Alberta junior team with April Connolly on the senior team.

Jaime Thompson of Red Deer and Jewely Walton of Calgary are coaches with the Alberta team.

Teams from B.C. and Quebec are also competing at the championships, which wrap up Saturday.

Dawgs bite Braves in doubleheader

The Red Deer Bantam AAA Servus Credit Union Braves had a tough evening in Okotoks on Wednesday, dropping the first game of the doubleheader 9-6 then tieing the second half 8-8 — called after seven innings due to darkness.

Macinnon Guckert got roughed up for five runs off two hits while striking out four in four innings during the first game. But it was Ty Elliott who took the loss in relief allowing two runs on two hits.

Joel Mazurkewich led the Braves’ at the plate with three-for-three performance, collecting two RBI and on run one run. Mitchell Vanson had a single and two RBIs and Jason Garrett a double and one RBI.

In the night cap starting pitcher Jayden Hulet lasted three innings, and surrendered four runs on seven hits. Garrett replaced him and struck out six while giving up four runs on eight hits.

Reign Letkeman led the Brave’s attack, going three-for-three with three singles and three RBIs. Vanson also chipped in with two singles.

Most of the Braves will be representing Zone 4 at the Alberta Summer Games next week in Peace River.

Sports World Braves clinch playoff spot

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HEISLER — The Red Deer Sports World Braves assured themselves of a berth in the midget AA Tier I provincial baseball championships with a 6-2 win over the Heisler Cardinals Wednesday.

The Braves turned in a solid all-round performance.

Tyson Ethier, backed by solid defence, tossed a complete game on the mound and also added a double and two singles in four trips to the plate.

Jay Letkeman added a single and a double and scored twice while Alex Heinzlmeier had a pair of RBI singles.

Jeff Ireland added two singles and Alec Mitchell singled and walked.

The Braves will compete in the provincials, July 23-25 in Elk Point and Bonnyville.

The Braves are one of the younger teams at the AA level with three 17-year-olds and the rest 15 and 16 year-olds — eight of whom played with last year’s Alberta bantam AA champions. Many of the teams in the league are made up of 18-year-old players and teams can also use two 19 year-olds.

Peewee

The Red Deer Boston Pizza Braves dropped a 12-5 decision to the St. Albert Cardinals in AAA league action Wednesday.

The Braves got off to a slow start, allowing three runs in the first inning and four in the second.

The Red Deer crew scored four times in the fourth with Brad Pope and Brendan Baker each driving in a run with a single. Matt Lyons added an RBI single in the seventh.

Pope and Baker had two hits each with Lyons and Dave Coley working on the mound.

Markov now a Canadian

MONTREAL — He is now a true Montreal ’Canadian’ — in every sense of the word.

Star defenceman Andrei Markov will receive his Canadian citizenship at a ceremony Friday.

The Russian-born Markov will take the oath of citizenship with 27 other people, from 11 different countries, in Montreal. The 31-year-old has been among the Habs’ top-scoring players in recent years and is considered among the league’s best defencemen.

Markov, who has played with the Canadiens for his entire 10-year career, is eligible for free agency after next season.

Big Z completes anger management

CHICAGO — Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano has completed has anger management sessions and reported to Arizona on Thursday to resume throwing.

Zambrano, who has been on the restricted list since June 29, has not been with the club since his June 25 dugout tirade that led to a verbal confrontation with teammate Derrek Lee.

The Cubs do not have a timetable on Zambrano’s return to the majors.

The team suspended him without pay for three games then placed him on the restricted list and sent him to New York for anger management therapy.

After struggling in the rotation, the Cubs moved Zambrano to the bullpen, but not before moving him back to the rotation. He is 3-6 with a 5.66 ERA in 22 games this season.

Giants sign Willis

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants have signed former 20-game winner Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract.

The team announced the deal with the Bay Area native Thursday. Willis had been designated for assignment by Arizona earlier this month. In six games with Arizona, Willis was 1-1 with a 6.85 earned-run average and 27 walks in 22 1-3 innings.

Willis was traded from Detroit to Arizona in June. The Tigers are still paying the bulk of his US$12 million salary. Willis won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2003, made two All-Star teams and won 22 games one season for Florida. He helped the Marlins win the World Series in 2003. But he is 13-24 with a 5.81 ERA since the start of the 2007 season.

Morneau still out

MINNEAPOLIS — Hoping to use the all-star break as a slump-busting springboard, the Minnesota Twins must start the second half without Justin Morneau. The big-swinging first baseman from New Westminster, B.C., was out of the lineup again, still recovering from the effects of a concussion. He said Thursday.

“It’s a lot better than it was, especially the last few days,” Morneau said. “Woke up this morning feeling pretty good. We did 25 minutes on the elliptical and felt pretty good. But as the day has gone on, the plan was to try and come in and hit today. We decided not to do that with what we did this morning. Just not feeling that great.”