Sports briefs – March 11

Connor Hartley fired home a hat-trick and the Red Deer Optimist Rebels beat the UFA Bisons 4-2 to take a 2-0 lead in their Alberta Major Midget Hockey League South Division final Thursday night.

Optimists one win from AMHL final

STRATHMORE — Connor Hartley fired home a hat-trick and the Red Deer Optimist Rebels beat the UFA Bisons 4-2 to take a 2-0 lead in their Alberta Major Midget Hockey League South Division final Thursday night.

Dylan Hillman tallied the other Red Deer goal and Tanner Jaillet made 25 saves in the win as the Rebels were outshot 27-20.

The Rebels will be out to wrap up the best-of-five series tonight with Game 3 back in Red Deer at the Arena at 8 p.m. The winner of the series will play winner of the Leduc Oil Kings and Sherwood Park Kings in the AMHL final. The Oil Kings won 6-3 Thursday to take a 2-1 lead in the North Division final.


Thompson top coach

Red Deer’s Greg Thompson will receive the atom/peewee coach of the year award at the Football Alberta annual awards night, Saturday at the University of Calgary.

Thompson directed the Red Deer Steelers to the provincial peewee Tier III championship for the second year in a row.

Last year the Steelers were the first team from Red Deer ever to win a provincial football title. In 2009 he took the Steelers to second in the Tier IV.

This year was especially sweet for the Steelers, who started off with a 1-2 record before settling down and not allowing another point the rest of the season until the provincial final.

Thompson is known as a great team builder who instills a good work ethic and respect for the game in his team.


Football practice continues

Central Alberta’s midget football club — the Battle River Shock — continues to practice for the upcoming season that begins in April.

This year’s edition of the Shock is expected to field two teams with representatives in both the Tier I and Tier II divisions.

The Shock is still taking registration for players in Grade 9-11 with the deadline Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at the Camrose Field House.

Additional information is available at camroseminorfootball.com.


Warriors slaughter Royals

Brandon Hatalla netted 29 points and Monica Lewing drained 25 to lead the Warriors of Time to a 109-57 win over the RDC Rec Royals in Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association play on Thursday.

Jeff Diep scored 16 points for the Royals, who got an additional eight from Riley Kadatz.


Bronze pair splits

TORONTO — Three-time Canadian pairs champions Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison are ending their partnership.

The 2008 world bronze medallists announced their decision Thursday, nearly five months after Davison underwent season-ending knee surgery.

Dube, 23, skated singles this season after the 25-year-old Davison had surgery on Oct. 26 to replace a broken bone chip in his knee, the result of a joint disorder called osteochondritis dissecans.

Dube, from St-Cyrille-de-Wendover, Que., and Davison, from Huntsville, Ont., who were sixth at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, plan to remain involved in the sport.