Sports briefs – March 16

Brad Hoban’s hat trick lifted the Swift Current Broncos to a 6-0 win over the Pats, eliminating Regina from Western Hockey League playoff contention Tuesday.

WHL roundup

Brad Hoban’s hat trick lifted the Swift Current Broncos to a 6-0 win over the Pats, eliminating Regina from Western Hockey League playoff contention Tuesday.

Hoban scored at even strength and on the power play in the first period and added a short-handed goal in the third.

Justin Dowling and Reece Scarlett added power-play goals 37 seconds apart in the second as Swift Current finished 3-for-5 on the man-advantage.

Ice 4 Tigers 1

Max Reinhart scored twice as the Kootenay Ice beat the Tigers.

Oil Kings 8

Hurricanes 1

Stephane Legault scored twice and added an assist, while Marek Hrbas added a goal and two helpers as the Oil Kings crushed Lethbridge.


Lacombe is double winner in the Ladies’ basketball League

Lacombe was a double winner in the A Pool of the Red Deer North Star Sports Ladies’ basketball League.

They downed the North Stars 55-49 Sunday then beat the Collin Barrow Storm 63-37 Monday.

Veronica DenOudsten had 26 points and Amy McKenzie 12 against the North Stars, who got 14 points from Kelsey Sinclair and eight from Nadine Cunningham.

DenOudsten had 14 points and Jody McElroy 12 against the Storm, who got 13 points from Krista Sawatsky and eight from Kayla Newans.

In other A Pool play Sunday the Triple Threat beat the Storm 52-22 with Tamara Steer hitting 14 points and Ingrid Kleinlugtenbeld 12.

Shannon Van Parys had 10 points in a losing cause.

On Monday, the Hot Shots downed the North Stars 75-56 and the RDC Royals stopped Triple Threat 41-37.

Erika Pottage had 25 points and Jill de Jonge and Trudie Lefurgey 15 points each for the Hot Shots while Shari Demale had 19 and Fiona Hicks 16 for the North Stars.

Heather Oke had 14 points and Melissa Grabski 10 for RDC with Steer dropping in nine points for Triple Threat.

In Pool B play Monday the Spartans downed the Funk 63-61 to secure first place in the pool heading into the playoffs.

Carla Stewart had 24 points for the winners with Lisa Leatherdale hitting 16 for the Funk.

In other Pool B play, the Big Ballers downed The Bank 68-20 and Wild Bills stopped the Ligers 50-45.

Amber Vick led the Big Ballers with 14 points while Jill Richardson added 12. Sarah Dreger had seven for The Bank.

Wild Bills was led by Tricia Gosselin, who had 13 points, with Jacquie Myers and Jill Lobante hitting 12 each for the Ligers.


Mighty midgets to be part of pro wrestling card

The ‘mighty midgets’ will be part of a pro wrestling card April 6 at the Westerner Prairie Pavilion.

Included among the half-pint brawlers will be star attraction Short Sleeve Sampson, who has made numerous appearances for the WWE on Monday Night Raw with the likes of The Undertaker, Kurt Angle and Triple H.

“I’ve always been active,” Sampson said in a press release.

“But given my size, I have to be realistic. The NBA isn’t going to put me on their roster to play basketball, major league baseball doesn’t have anything for guys my size, the NFL . . . forget it. Professional wrestling is the only sport that will give me an opportunity to perform. This is where I need to be and this is where I want to be.”

The four-foot-two, 115-pound Sampson will grapple with ‘Giant’ Araujo, who checks in at four-foot-11 and 121 pounds.

In other bouts, Red Deer’s Vance Nevada will take on The Storm Bringer, Kyle Sebastian will trade holds with T-Bone Sloan, Principal Pound will face Tyler James and, in tag-team action, Massive Damage and a partner will tangle with Mr. Intensity and a partner of his choice.

Tickets, at $20 for front row and $14.95 for general seating, are on sale at the Capri Centre front desk.


Smith continues to show top form,

wins eight gold at Speedo event

CALGARY — Rebecca Smith of the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club continued to show she’s the top 10-year-old swimmer in the country.

Smith won eight gold medals at the Speedo 2011 Alberta Age Group provincials during the weekend, setting seven clubs record and six provincial marks.

She also recorded the fastest time in the country for 10-year-olds in all eight events — the 50, 100, 200 and 400-metre freestyle, 50 and 100m backstroke, 200m Individual Medley and 50m butterfly.

She set provincials record in all but the two backstroke events. Meanwhile, Madalyn Smith, 12, won the 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke while setting two club records.

Emma MacDermaid, 12, was second in the 1,500m freestyle and third in the 50, 400 and 800m freestyle while 11-year-old Kristen Trepanier placed second in the 200m butterfly and 400m I.M. and third in the 100m butterfly.

Breana Menzel, 12, was third in the 50m breaststroke.

The Catalina Club placed second among middle teams, which consist of 100 members or less.


Collicutt Centre to host indoor soccer championships

The Collicutt Centre will host the provincial under-12 tier 2 boys’ and girls’ indoor soccer championships this weekend.

The Red Deer Renegades and Lacombe Renegades are competing in the boys’ division, along with teams from the Calgary and Edmonton associations, Peace River and Medicine Hat.

In the girls’ category, the Red Deer Renegades will be joined by clubs from Medicine Hat, Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Sherwood Park.

The girls’ gold-medal game is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Sunday. The boy’s championship final will start at 3 p.m.


Titans win medals at Alberta indoor provincial championship

Three members of the Red Deer Titans Track and Field Club captured medals at the Alberta indoor provincial championship in Edmonton during the weekend.

Eric Lutz finished second overall in the bantam boys’ events with Kassi McKain taking third overall in the bantam girls’ events. Brian Chiles placed third in the youth high jump.


Blarney Stone beats Warriors

The Blarney Stone got 26 points from Ray Teskey and 20 from Justin Hicks in downing the Warriors of Time 100-55 in Central Alberta Senior Men’s Basketball Association play.

Brand Hatala had 15 points and Darren Wright nine for the Warriors.


Skiers compete at Snow Valley

Carter Copland-Blair finished fourth in a Sport Chek Regional Series Sundance Cup race at Snow Valley during the weekend.

Meanwhile, Austin Schimmel placed seventh and 10th in a pair of Banff Lodging K1 Series races at Jasper, and Ryan Oakes managed a ninth-place finish.