Sports briefs – May 22

The two Alberta volleyball teams, selected to compete in the Canada Games, have a definite Central Alberta flavour.

Team Alberta has central feel

The two Alberta volleyball teams, selected to compete in the Canada Games, have a definite Central Alberta flavour.

Four Central Albertans — three off the RDC Queens — will compete in the U20 women’s division while three Central Albertans and one former RDC King are on the men’s U21 team.

Power hitter Katie Graves, setter Quinn Schulzke and right side hitter Jessica Clutton are all members of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference champion Queens while middle blocker Jaimie Thibeault, a Lindsay Thurber grad, plays university ball in Montana.

Notre Dame Cougars head coach and Queens assistant coach, Chris Wandler, is an assistant coach on the team.

Kings right side star Mitch Irvine of Red Deer joins former Kings Spencer Leiske of Lacombe and Tanner Nault of Sherwood Park along with Mikiah Schalk of Red Deer, who played at Trinity Western University, on the men’s squad.

Both teams compete in the Canada Games, Aug. 16-30 in Prince Edward Island while the women will also play in the High Performance championship July 22-26, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

• In other volleyball news, Red Deer’s Julie Young, who is listed at libero, is one of 13 players who will play with both the A and B Canadian senior national women’s volleyball teams this summer.

Overall 30 players are still in camp in Winnipeg.

The A team will be looking to qualify for a berth in the 2010 World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games while the B squad will compete in the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia.

Young, who graduated from the University of Calgary this spring, will look to play professionally in Europe next season.

Local golfer qualify for Alberta Open

Six Red Deer and area golfers earned berths in the Alberta Open during the Open Qualifying South tournament Wednesday at Olds Central Highlands.

Ted Bach of Sundre placed first in the field of 109, firing a two-under par 70. Bach was one stroke better than Ryan Tofani of Red Deer, whose 71 score placed him in a four-way tie for second place.

Kurtis Baehl of Lacombe and Chase Bingham of Red Deer each shot 76 to tie for 22nd place. Tofani, Baehl and Bingham all play out of Wolf Creek. Jason Thiels of Olds tied for 36th with a 78 and Chase Teron of the Red Deer Golf and Country Club (RDG&CC) tied for 52nd with an 80.

Kyle Morrison of Red Deer carded an 81 and is listed as an alternate for the Open, which is scheduled for Tuesday to Thursday in Dewinton.

Among the players failing to grab one of the 69 Alberta Open berths were Chad Cargill of Red Deer, who plays out of Lacombe, and Justin Morrical of the RDG&CC, who both shot 82 and tied for 83rd, Robert Weseen of Olds (84, 90th) and Jesse Teron of the RDG&CC (85, tied for 94th).

Davis shuts down Okotoks

OKOTOKS — The Red Deer Carstar Braves, behind the outstanding pitching of Matt Davis and Colin Amendt, downed the Okotoks Dawgs Black 3-1 in NorWest Midget AAA Baseball League play Wednesday.

Davis started and worked six innings, allowing one run on three hits and three walks while fanning three.

Amendt picked up the save tossing a hitless seventh inning.

Curtis Mazurkewich led the offence, driving in two runs on a pair of hits. Mark Fay and Blair Mulder added two hits each.

The Braves scored twice in the third inning and increased their lead to 3-0 in the fifth before the Dawgs got to Davis for a run in the sixth.

Petrie homer downs Sundre

Jade Petrie lined a two-run inside-the-park home run to lead Red Deer Glover International Blue Cross to a 12-6 victory over Sundre in bantam B girls’ fastball league play Wednesday.

Ashtyn Glover, who just returned from a concussion, went the distance on the mound, allowing four hits and fanning four.

Centre-fielder Sophie Falls made the defensive play of the game for the Red Deer squad with an outstanding running catch with the bases loaded.

• In peewee league action, the Red Deer Lock Solid Lighting beat Delburne 13-5 in Delburne.

Lakers blank Rams

The Sylvan Lake H.J. Cody Lakers bounced the visiting Lacombe Rams 3-0 Thursday in a Central Alberta High School Soccer League boys match. Greg Reddekop, Andrew Jevne and Howie Gray each scored once.

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