Sports briefs – July 29

First-round leader Lynn Kuehn of Lacombe struggled to a second-round 82 Wednesday and is five strokes back of leader Alison Murdoch of Victoria, B.C., heading into today’s final 18 holes of the Alberta senior women’s golf championship at Calgary Silver Springs.

Kuehn struggles in second round

of Alberta senior women’s golf championship

First-round leader Lynn Kuehn of Lacombe struggled to a second-round 82 Wednesday and is five strokes back of leader Alison Murdoch of Victoria, B.C., heading into today’s final 18 holes of the Alberta senior women’s golf championship at Calgary Silver Springs.

Kuehn, who led by three strokes after carding an opening-round 75, is currently tied for fourth place with Calgary golfers Diane Williams (81-76), Marilyn O’Connor (81-76) and Gaylene Donald (78-79) at 13-over 157.

Murdoch shot 74 Wednesday after firing a 78 during the first round and has a 152 total. Vancouver golfers Karen Pultz (79-75) and Holly Horwood (81-74) sit second and third at 154.

Cathy McMillan of Ponoka is tied for 39th place with an 36-hole total of 176 (94-82).

• Red Deer’s Zach Griffiths fired a final-round 1-over 71 Wednesday to help the four-man Alberta squad finish third in the team competition of the Junior America’s Cup at Albuquerque, N.M.

Griffiths, who opened with a 69 Tuesday, finished at 1-under 141. His score was second-best on the Alberta team to Wilson Bateman (70-67—137).

Southern California and British Columbia finished one-two in the team competition.

Brian Jung of the B.C. team won the individual title with a 134 total (64-70).


Midget AAA Braves split with Cubs

Brett Littlefair stroked an RBI double as the Red Deer Carstar Braves downed the visiting Calgary Cubs 10-8 Tuesday to salvage a split of a midget AAA baseball doubleheader.

Corbyn Shields, Blair Mulder and Dom Tait each drove in a run for the Braves, who sent four pitchers — Hamilton, Mark Fay, Brady Porter and Taze Steeves — to the mound. Hamilton earned the win, allowing three runs on five hits while fanning two batters over two innings, while Fay and Steeves each worked two scoreless frames.

Curtis Mazurkewich drove in two runs with a single and double in the opener, but the Braves dropped a 6-5 decision. Shields also contributed a single and double and knocked in a run, with Hamilton and Scott Trapp adding an RBI apiece.

Jesse Scheunert was the losing pitcher, allowing all six runs on seven hits over five and two-thirds innings. He walked two batters and fanned four.


Senators hire Wamsley as goalie coach

OTTAWA — The Senators appear to be giving Pascal Leclaire every chance to take the No. 1 role in Ottawa’s crease this season after hiring Rick Wamsley as goaltending coach on Wednesday.

Wamsley, a 51-year-old native of Simcoe, Ont., joins the organization after spending the past four years with St. Louis, most recently as the interim coach of the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate in Peoria.

In Ottawa, the former NHL netminder will get a chance to help fix an area that’s often pointed to as a weak spot in the Senators’ lineup.

In doing so, he’ll get a chance to work again with Leclaire, whom Wamsley helped develop with Columbus after the Blue Jackets drafted Leclaire eighth overall in 2001.

“Pascal endorsed him fully,” Senators general manager Bryan Murray said. “He felt he provided a lot of good guidance for him.”

Leclaire, who will make US$4.8 million this season in the final year of his contract before becoming an unrestricted free agent, is coming off a largely forgettable first season in Ottawa.

The 28-year-old suffered through injuries and inconsistent form, playing in just 34 games. He went 12-14-2 with a 3.20 goals-against average and .887 save percentage, losing the No. 1 role to Brian Elliott.

Wamsley, who played 12 NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis, Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs, said he’s looking forward to returning to the role of goaltending coach.