Sports briefs – May 29

Red Deer Rebels defenceman Alex Petrovic is among the 40 players invited to the Canadian National Under-18 Summer Team selection camp Aug. 1-4 at Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary.

Invited to U18 camp

Red Deer Rebels defenceman Alex Petrovic is among the 40 players invited to the Canadian National Under-18 Summer Team selection camp Aug. 1-4 at Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary. The list of prospects will be trimmed to 22 and the Canadian squad will then compete in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament Aug. 11-15 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Petrovic, 17, played with Team Pacific in the 2009 World Under-17 Challenge in Port Alberni, B.C. The Edmonton product, a WHL rookie during the 2008-09 season, is eligible for the 2010 NHL entry draft. He scored one goal and added 12 assists in 66 games this season.

Buccaneers ready to kick off AFL season

The Red Deer Buccaneers will kick off their 2009 Alberta Football League season with an exhibition game against the Edmonton Seahawks Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Collicutt Centre football field.

The Buccaneers will play six home games — instead of four as originally scheduled — during the AFL regular season, due to facility scheduling problems by the Calgary Gators and Calgary Wolfpack.

The Red Deer squad will open at home June 6 versus the Lloydminster Vandals at 6 p.m. at Great Chief Park and will host the Edmonton Stallions June 13.

The Bucs were slated to meet the Gators June 20 in Calgary, but that game has been switched to Great Chief, as has the Aug. 8 contest against the Wolfpack. Red Deer’s other home games are July 11 versus the Wolfpack and July 25 against the Parkland Panthers.

There will be no admission charge to Saturday’s game at the Collicutt field.

Red Dawgs rally past Braves

OKOTOKS — The Okotoks Dawgs Red scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to record a 3-2 victory over the Red Deer Carstar Braves in NorWest Midget AAA Baseball League play Wednesday.

The Dawgs scored both runs off reliever Colin Amendt, who replaced starter Matt Davis, with two on and none out in the top of the seventh.

Davis worked six innings, allowing three runs on three hits and six walks while fanning five. The Braves managed six hits with Cal Ireland collecting a single and a double and drove in one run. Bryce Cox added a solo home run.

Fetaz edges Snider for Jr. Girls’ Track title

CAMROSE — The junior girls division turned out to be a battle in the Central Alberta high school zone track and field championships Wednesday.

Jennifer Fetaz of David Thompson and Telaina Snider of Lindsay Thurber fought it out for top spot, with Fetaz finishing with 32 points and Snider 31. Jamie Bell of Lacombe was third with 22 points. The winner of each individual event received nine points with seven for second, six for third down to one for eighth.

Fetaz won the 100-metres in 12.94 seconds, the 200m in 26.85 seconds and the long jump with a leap of 5.20m while Snider won the 80m hurdles in 13.05 seconds and the triple jump in 10.57m.

Snider finished second in the long jump at 4.90m.

The two tied in the high jump along with Tashelle Vanderschee of Central Alberta Christian of Lacombe at 1.50m, back of Ainsley Wright of Hunting Hills, who cleared 1.52m. Vanderschee was placed second, Snider third and Fetaz fourth.

Emily Cole of New Norway and Rachel Christensen of Wetaskiwin tied for top spot in the senior girls’ division with 27 points each, two more than Breann Coupal of Notre Dame.

Cole won the 800m in 2:36.16, the 1,500m in 5:33.21 and the 3,000m in 12:10.66.

Christensen captured the 80m hurdles in 13.84 seconds, the long jump in 4.85m and the triple jump in 10.68m.

Coupal was second to Chelsea Schwartzenberger of Stettler in the 400m with a time of 1:04.54. Schwartzenberger finished at 1:04.47.

Coupal was also second in the long jump, although she tied with Christensen at 4.85m, and was third in the shot put and fourth in the javelin.

Tessa Krause of Wetaskiwin captured the intermediate girls’ title with 27 points with Fallon Schalin and Jill Thomas of LTCHS second and third respectively with 21 and 19 points.

Krause won the 800m in 2:39.09, the triple jump in 9.66m and the pole vault at 2.00m.

Schalin won the 400m in 1:03.86 while taking second in the 800m in 2:40.91 and fourth in the triple jump.

Thomas placed second to Kelsey Richard of Camrose in the 100m and to Krause in the triple jump with a leap of 9.58m. She came in with a time of 13.49 seconds in the 100m with Richards at 13.27.

Thomas also took fourth in the long jump.

The intermediate boys’ division was a battle between Dean Sanders of Bentley, Jayden Wiebe of LTCHS and Justin McCartney of H.J. Cody of Sylvan Lake.

Sanders finished with 30 points while Wiebe and McCartney had 28 each.

Sanders won the triple jump in 12.52m and the high jump in 1.92m while taking second to Joel Peter of Hay Lakes in the long jump at 5.96m and fourth in the 400m. Peter finished had a leap of 5.99m.

McCartney won the 100m in 11.69 seconds and the 200m in 24.63 seconds while taking fourth in the shot put and javelin.

Wiebe was second in the 100m at 12.10 seconds while winning the 100m hurdles in 14.50 seconds and finishing third in the triple jump and 400m.

Colin Horan of Ponoka won the junior boys’ title with 25 points while Brandt Kolybaba of Lacombe had 23 and Daniel Grenier of LTCHS 19.

Horan won the long jump at 5.75m and the triple jump at 11.76m while taking second to Grenier in the high jump, clearing 1.63m.

Grenier cleared 1.70m while he also finished third in the 200m and fifth in the 100m.

Kolybaba won the 100m hurdles in 15.11 seconds while taking second in the 100m with a clocking of 12.05 seconds, behind Tylor Henry of Camrose, who came in at 11.88 seconds.

Kolybaba was also second in the triple jump with a leap of 11.72m.

David Shantz of Wetaskiwin took top spot in the senior boys’ category with 36 points while Stephen McPhee of Bentley was second with 27 points and Sean Tuff of LTCHS third with 25.

Shantz won the 800m in 2:16.21, the 1,500m in 4:53.64, the 3,000m in 10:09.25 and the pole vault at 2.60m.

McPhee captured the 100m in 11.39 seconds, the 200m in 22.70 seconds and the long jump at 6.49m.

Tuff won the triple jump at 12.20m while finishing third in the 100m and high jump and fifth in the long jump.

The top two competitors in each event advances to the provincial championships June 5-6 in Calgary.

Renegades ready for new season

Red Deer Renegades head coach Vic Michalchuk isn’t making any wild predictions, but he’s confident his Alberta Major Women’s Soccer League squad will take a step forward this season.

“We’re young and don’t have the number of university players that the big city teams do, but I’m confident we can compete and can finish in the middle of the pack,” he said. “The thing is to take a step forward this year and then build on that the following year.”

The Renegades finished last in the eight-team league last season with a 1-11-2 record.

They have a solid group of returning veterans, several of whom played university soccer last season.

Striker Heather Lund was with the University of Alberta last season after playing with the RDC Queens, while midfielder Sheila Morrison and keeper Courtney Heffernan were both at the University of Calgary.

Defender Amber Regnier, who played for Grande Prairie College and midfielder Jackie Michalchuk are other veterans expected to anchor the team.

Michalchuk has a number of new faces in camp, including Gina Hisey-Brown and Katherine Marshall of Camrose and Sheena Stasiuk of Lethbridge.

Hisey-Brown is a striker and played with the University of New Brunswick while Marshall is a defender, who may be switched to the midfield. Stasiuk is a two-time Canada West all-star with the University of Lethbridge and plays on defence although she may also play in the midfield.

“We also have a number of younger players up from the Red Deer minor programs, who will fit in nicely,” said Michalchuk.

The Renegades open their season Sunday at 2 p.m. in Edmonton against the Angels, who Michalchuk feels is the second-ranked team in the province.

“It will give us an indication where we stand right off the bat,” he said.

The Renegades return home June 6 against the Calgary Callies and June 7 against Lethbridge.

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