Sports briefs – June 8

The Red Deer Sports World midget AA Braves reached the final of the Camrose baseball tournament during the weekend, but had to settle for runner-up status after a 7-3 loss to the Heisler Cardinals.

Braves finish second at Camrose

The Red Deer Sports World midget AA Braves reached the final of the Camrose baseball tournament during the weekend, but had to settle for runner-up status after a 7-3 loss to the Heisler Cardinals.

Starting pitcher Brandon Bodemer took the loss despite giving up only six hits over five innings. Chad Wolchuk had three hits for the Braves, while Tyson Ethier stroked a triple and single and Bodemer cracked a run-scoring double.

The Braves downed previously undefeated Edmonton East Park 16-7 in semifinal action, getting four strong innings from starting pitcher Chaz Piche´ and effective relief from Ethier, who recorded four strikeouts over the final three frames.

Piche´ helped his own cause by contributing a single and triple and driving in three runs. Ethier doubled and singled and scored three runs, and Wolchuk had two hits and scored twice.

Ethier started on the Red Deer mound in a tournament-opening 9-1 thrashing of the Lloydminster Twins, and allowed two hits over three innings before Chapman and Dylan Hollman mopped up.

Hollman was four-for-five at the plate with a double and three RBI, while Alec Mitchell went three-for-five with a double and two RBI.

In their first meeting with Heisler, the Braves were hitless into the sixth inning until Mitchell cracked a one-out triple.

Piche and Alex Heinzlmeir each drove in a run in the sixth, while Joe Ireland was the losing pitcher with relief from Bodemer, Wolchuk, Heinzlmeir and Jeff Ireland.


Raiders win over Christian

Sierra Bonham and Kaitlyn D’Arcy shared the shutout as the Lindsay Thurber Raiders blanked visiting Central Alberta Christian 3-0 in a senior high girls’ soccer match Monday.

Scoring for the Raiders were Mikaela Kykkanen, Sarah Lamb and Jill Thomas.


Fofanah turns golden for Ponoka in Track and Field

Isatu Fofanah of Ponoka captured two gold medals and a silver medallion in the provincial high school track and field championship at Medicine Hat during the weekend.

Fofanah was golden in the intermediate girls’ 100-metres with a time of 12.12 seconds, took top honours in the 200m in 24.86 seconds and helped the Central B team take silver in the 4×100 relay in a time of 52.29 seconds. Joining Fofanah on the relay squad were Katelyn Mah, Jennifer Fetaz and Janna Soukup.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame’s Wane Kruger struck gold in the senior girls’ discus event with a toss of 34.80 metres, and settled for silver in the shot put (10.07m).

Other Central Albertans winning gold in the girls’ competition were Alana Skocdopole of Stettler in the junior 3,000m (10:32.50), Royal Richardson of Lindsay Thurber in the senior javelin (41.76m), Megan Engman of Spruce View in the intermediate shot put (9.94m), Meg Jorgensen of Olds in the senior pole vault (2.60m) and Kailey Fauville of Caroline in the senior shot put (11.61m).

Silver medalists included Rayle Jorgensen of Olds in the senior pole vault (2.40m), Skocdopole in the junior 1,500m (4:55.40) and Jennifer Fetaz of David Thompson in the intermediate high jump (1.67m) and long jump (5.11m).

Claiming bronze medals were Shael Bourne of Delburne in the junior shot put (9.92m) and javelin (33.22m), Christy Hackenbrook of Lindsay Thurber in the senior 3,000m (11:16.73), Rae Koot of Olds in the senior shot put (9.83m) and Mica Pettibone of Lacombe in the senior discus (28.18m).•l Central Albertans failed to win a single gold medal in the boys competition, but silver medallions were handed out to Roman Justinen of Rocky Mountain House in the junior 3,000m (9:34.13), Adam Beukeboom of Stettler in the junior discus (33.91m), Dean Saunders of Bentley in the senior high jump (1.94m), William Nel of Ponoka in the senior pole vault (3.60m) and Sundre athletes Neil Tarnasky (13.42m) and Greg Kruger (37.42m) in the senior shot put and discus, respectively.

Picking up bronze medals were Buddy Brown of Stettler in the intermediate 1,500m (4:16.21), Tanner Green of Lacombe in the intermediate javelin (44.60m), Beau Jackson of Sundre in the senior 100m hurdles (14.94 seconds), Ryan Clark of Lindsay Thurber in the senior discus (37.23m) and Brady Olsen of Lacombe in the senior javelin (46.64m).

• In the team standings, Sundre took top honours among 2A schools, racking up 247.75 points to finish well ahead of runner-up Hillside. David Thompson placed third, while Delburne was 19th, Central Alberta Christian finished 26th, Rimbey came in at No. 51 and Three Hills was 54th.

Meanwhile, Bentley was second among 1A schools with 89.75 points, just back of Glendon. Among other Central Alberta schools in the same category, Spruce View was eighth, Consort 17th, Caroline 19th, Bashaw 26th, Eckville 33rd and Alix 39th.

Lindsay Thurber was third overall among 4A schools with 256.60 points, well back of first-place Edmonton Strathcona. Notre Dame and Hunting Hills were 24th and 28th.

In the 3A category, Lacombe finished sixth, with Stettler placing 14th and Olds 16th. In addition, Ponoka was 19th and Rocky West Central was 32nd.

(See Central Alberta results, excluding medal winners, in Scoreboard on Page A10)