Sports briefs – May 4

The Red Deer Sliders midget A girls’ fastball team has returned to the Calgary Women’s Fastball League.

Sliders return to fastball league

The Red Deer Sliders midget A girls’ fastball team has returned to the Calgary Women’s Fastball League.

The Sliders took last year off from the Calgary league and played in the Red Deer Ladies Fastball League.

“No irreverence to the Red Deer League, which is getting better each and every year, but we need to play in Calgary to get the competition we need to be successful at the midget A level,” said Sliders head coach Aaron Clements in a press release.

The Sliders played midget B last season, winning the provincial title.

They have five players returning from last season, including third-year pitcher/second baseman Sarah Walz and outfielder Shanelle Deardon.

Walz, who will leading the pitching staff, just returned from playing the winter season with Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. Shortstop Stephanie Miller, utility player Pam Stewart and outfielder Kayla Anderson are all in their second year with the Sliders.

Clements also has eight first-year players on the roster, all graduates of the bantam team, which placed second in the provincials and competed at the Canadian championships in Ontario.

Two of the new faces — Brianna Weinrauch and Bryanne Popadynec — will also work on the mound. Weinrauch also plays the outfield and Popadynec third base.

Other newcomers are second baseman/outfielder Nora Dreshler, catcher/third baseman Nicole Clutton, catcher/first baseman Cassandra Kirkham, outfielders Jocelyn Peterman and Alysa Baumgardt and utility player Jennifer Miller.

“With over half the roster being first-year players, we’ll be young, but very enthusiastic,” added Clements.

Marchuk nabs five martial arts medals

MEDICINE HAT — Nick Marchuk captured five medals for the Cheney Karate Studios in the Medicine Hat Open martial arts championship during the weekend.

Marchuk won the junior 14-17 year-old black belt weapon forms while finishing second in the 14-15 year-old junior black belt point sparring and continuous sparring and third in the weapon sparring and forms.

Jack Marchuk was second in the 8-9 year-old green belt forms and third in sparring and weapon sparring.

Tori Marchuk took second in the 6-7 year-old white-yellow belt forms and fourth in weapon sparring with Devin Clausen finishing third in the 12-13 year-old red-black belt forms and sparring and fourth in weapon sparring.

The Cheney Studio will host the 32nd annual Western Canadian Karate Championship May 22 at Hunting Hills.

Nepoose second at Lethbridge

Daryl Lynn Nepoose of Ponoka finished second in the university/college women’s section of a Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour event at Lethbridge Paradise Canyon during the weekend.

Nepoose turned in rounds of 91-86 to finish with a 177 total in the MLJ Tour’s Lethbridge College Classic, three shots behind winner Ashley Nantes of Calgary. Caitlin Kelliher of Red Deer College tied for fifth with a 183 total (87-96).

Kirk Williscroft of Innisfail was 14th in the university/college men’s category, his 160 total (82-78) leaving him 18 strokes back of winner Jace Barros of Edmonton. Four Red Deer College players finished well back, with Aaron Dyck placing 18th with a 165 total (81-84), Eric DeWitt 19th (81-84—165) and Jeremiah Guenter (91-89—180) and Ben Stang (87-93—180) tying for 20th spot.

Lacrosse

The Eastside Certigard Roughnecks were 1-2 during Red Deer novice lacrosse weekend action, their lone win being a 10-2 conquest of Red Deer Bottling.

Eric Clayholt fired four goals and added two assists in the Roughnecks’ victory. Eric Moore and Luc Hutchison each tallied twice and Devon Saunders and Isaac Lee also scored. Peter Larsen and Kale Moorman replied in a losing cause.

Eastside Certigard also fell 6-1 to Red Deer Bottling and 5-3 to Red Deer Occudent.

Ryan Mulder had the lone goal in the first loss. Larsen scored twice for RD Bottling, which got single goals from Moorman, Logan Zimmer, Elijah Johanson and Joshua Koger-Ebertz.

Hutchison, Clayholt and Devon Saunders scored against Occudent, which got a two-goal performance from Chad Mears and singles from Braiden Michnik, Carter Patrick and Riley Woytas.

• The Peavey Mart Rockets split a pair of novice contests with Red Deer II, losing 5-3 and then winning 7-4.

• The Red Deer Road Train Revenge dropped a 9-7 decision to the Edmonton Warriors in Rocky Mountain Junior B Tier II Lacrosse League action in Edmonton during the weekend.

Taylor Campbell had three goals for the Revenge with singles added by Sean Doyle, Colton Bell, Braeden Kripps and Pearce Just.

Queens Extreme finish first

SHERWOOD PARK — The Red Deer Queens Volleyball Club Extreme went into the provincial U16 girls’ championships ranked No. 1 in the province and they left the same way.

The Queens downed the Northern Alberta Volleyball Club Pandas 25-22, 25-18 in the final.

The Queens started a bit slow, finishing third in their four-team pool.

But they downed the Jaguars Black 2-1 in the cross-over match, beat Canada West Zen 2-1 in the quarter-finals and the FOG Storm 2-0 in the semifinals.

Setter Bronwyn Hawkes and middle Amber Adolf both received all-star awards.

The Queens will compete in the Western National championship, May 22-24 at the Olympic Oval in Calgary.

l In the U15 girls’ championship in Calgary the Lacombe Dynamite captured bronze, downing the Sherwood Park Heat 2-1.