OLDS — Olds Grizzlys netminder and Sundre product Marc Boulanger has earned a hockey scholarship to the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The 19-year-old and former standout with the Red Deer midget AAA Optimist Rebels will join the River Hawks of Hockey East at the start of the 2010 season. “Marc is a tremendously intense player that is very focused and goal driven. He enjoys the pressure of the position and has been a very committed student of the game, always seeking ways to improve,” Kevin Hasselberg, head coach of the Alberta Junior Hockey League Grizzlys said in a press release. In 50 games this year Boulanger had a record of 26-17-4-0-1, with a G.A.A. of 2.62 and a save percentage of .909. He played 84 games in his two seasons in Olds, posting an overall record of 39-27-7-0-1, with a G.A.A. of 2.77 and a save percentage of .902.
Rimbey edges Olds
The Rimbey Spartans scored a converted try with under two minutes remaining in the game to record a 12-7 victory over Olds in Central Alberta High School Girls’ Rugby League play Wednesday.
Bryn Holman and Alanna Fittes scored tries for the Spartans with Fittes adding a convert,
Amelia Hamilton had a try and Katherine Fair a convert for Olds, who was hampered by the loss of star player, Jen Wickwire, in the third quarter.
In other girls’ action Notre Dame downed Hunting Hills 26-0 and Lindsay Thurber battled West Central of Rocky Mountain House to a 0-0 tie in a friendly.
On the boys’ side Lindsay Thurber beat West Central 44-3 and Notre Dame downed Hunting Hills 17-5.
• In other rugby news the new Central Alberta Junior Rugby League (CAJRL) will begin play June 22, following the finish of the high school season.
All high school aged players are invited to register and play for their region under the Alberta Junior Rugby Association and Rugby Canada.
Player representing LTCHS, Notre Dame and Hunting Hills will represent urban centres while players from River Glen, Alix, Rimbey, Olds, Rocky and other Central Alberta areas will represent rural zones.
The CAJRL will be a seven-a-side format and will play at Titans Rugby Park.
The players will represent Central Alberta in the Alberta Junior Rugby Festival on June 27 at Titans Park, competing against teams from across the province in seven, 10 and 15-a-side games.
The day will coincide with the Red Deer Titans Ruby Club Open House, plus both Titans senior men and women will be involved in league action.
Players in the CAJRL will also represent the Titans Club in 15-a-side competitions against Edmonton and Calgary during the summer. The new league received sponsorship from Servus Credit Union, Red Deer Bottling and the County of Red Deer Recreation and Culture Board for Division II.
Tradition Lives this weekend
The 18th annual Red Deer Tradition Lives lacrosse B level tournament, opens Friday at the Collicutt Centre.
The Red Deer Certigard Chiefs meet the Red Deer Ocu-dent Chiefs in a novice division contest to open the four-day event at 6 p.m. The Red Deer Green Apple Chiefs take on Kneehill in a peewee contest at 7:15 p.m. in the only other game of the day.
Action runs both Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. in tyke, novice, peewee, bantam and midget divisions at the Collicutt Centre, Kin City Arenas and the Kinex.
The finals in each division go Monday at the Collicutt Centre, beginning with the tyke and midget championships at 10 a.m. The peewee final is slated for 10:15 a.m. with the novice title game at 11:15 a.m. and bantam final at 1:30 p.m.
The third-place games are also slated for Monday — midget and peewee at 11:15 a.m., novice at 12:30 p.m., bantam at 1:15 p.m. and tyke at 1:45 p.m.
Bantam AAA Braves bash Cubs
The Red Deer Servus Credit Union Braves took advantage of a porous Calgary Cubs defence to record a 12-2 victory in bantam AAA baseball league action Wednesday.
The Braves managed just four hits, but took advantage of seven Calgary errors in the game called after 4 1/2 innings on the mercy rule.
Wyle Cunningham, Jonah Penner, and Luke Scheunert all had triples.
Taylor Mulder started on the mound, throwing two innings of no-hit, two-run ball. He did walk four and fanned three.
Jonah Penner picked up the win, tossing two innings of one-hit ball while striking out four.
Tyson Ethier pitched the final inning and didn’t allow a hit.
Krentz delivers in call up
Jordanna Krentz, a call up from peewee C because of injuries, made her debut with the bantam B Red Deer Glover International Blue Cross a successful one.
Krentz tossed a seven-hitter while allowing three earned runs as the Red Deer crew downed Stettler bantam I team 17-5 Wednesday.
Tanisyn Willms led the Red Deer attack with a pair of two-run home runs while centre-fielder Madison Clark made a defensive play of the game with a running catch in the third inning with the bases loaded.
Cougars crush Olds
Dallas Hughes scored a pair of goals to lead the Notre Dame Cougars to a 4-0 victory over Olds in Central Alberta High School Boys’ Soccer League play Wednesday.
Caolan Lavery and Mason Kim added single goals for the Cougars.