Sports briefs – May 6

Nicole Cossey led a 13-member Red Deer Catalina Swim contingent by winning a gold and two silver medals in the Edmonton Keyano International meet during the weekend.

Cossey leads Catalina parade

Nicole Cossey led a 13-member Red Deer Catalina Swim contingent by winning a gold and two silver medals in the Edmonton Keyano International meet during the weekend.

Cossey, 17, was victorious in the women’s 50-metre freestyle with a time of 27.86 seconds and earned silver medallions in the 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke events.

Amy Andrew,14, was the other Catalina medal winner, claiming a silver in each of the 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly events with respective times of 29.22 and 1:09.56.

The Catalina Club will host the Freeze or Fry meet June 5-7 at the Rec Centre outdoor pool.

• Various time standards were established by Catalina swimmers at the LA Spring Challenge in Lethbridge during the weekend.

Results are as follows:

MQT standards — Emma Barschel (10), Korben Johnson (10), Xenia May (11), Kirstin Stayer (12) in the 400m freestyle; qualified for age group trials in June.

Provincial B standards ­— Tait Loyek (nine) in the 50m and 100m breaststroke, Korben Johnson (10) in the 50m free.

Provincial A standards ­— Emma MacDermaid (10) in the 50m butterfly and 1500m free, Kaitlyn Hounsome (11) in the 1,500m free, Lainie Wareham (11) in the 1,500m free.

Dairy Queen Braves have perfect weekend to end season

Brenden Baker and Joel Mazurkewich each went three for four at the plate and both scored three runs as the Red Deer Dairy Queen Braves downed host Spruce Grove 10-6 to complete a perfect opening weekend of their peewee AAA baseball season.

Baker rapped three singles, while Mazurkewich had a single, double and triple. Meanwhile, Michael Pruss contributed a single and a triple and starting and winning pitcher Mitchell James allowed two runs on two hits over three innings.

The Braves, who were 4-0 on the weekend, also blasted Spruce Grove 14-1 and swept the visiting Edmonton Cardinals 15-4 and 23-4.

Allan Pruss hit two singles and a double and drove in two runs in the one-sided win over Spruce Grove, while Mazurkewich contributed two triples and knocked in three runs.

Levi Moon started on the Red Deer mound and earned the win while giving up just one run on two hits and fanning two batters in three and two-thirds innings.

Mazurkewich was four for four at the plate in the first game against the Cardinals, stroking two singles, a double and a triple and driving in four runs.

Niklas Fischer slugged a home run and added a single and triple, Brett Barrett had two singles and Mazurkewich allowed three runs on three hits and recorded four strikeouts over three innings to get the win.

Moon drove in four runs on two singles and a double and Pruss had three RBI and scored three runs on two singles and a double in the second victory over the Cards.

In addition, Justin Van Tetering hit two singles and starting pitcher Blake Thomson picked up the win while allowing three runs on three hits and fanning five batters over three innings.

Langvand gets fencing bronze

Karis Langvand of the Red Deer Fencing Club claimed a bronze medal in the Western Canada championship in Winnipeg during the weekend.

Langvand suffered just one loss in the junior women’s epee event, falling to eventual gold medalist Gillian Turnbull of Winnipeg. Langvand also finished fifth in the women’s division.

Shane Carritt, meanwhile, placed 14th in the men’s epee.

The Red Deer Fencing Club is accepting new students for the final two months of the season. For further information call 403-358-6828 or visit the club’s website at

Vernon improves to 3-0

VICTORIA — Cole Ikkala scored in overtime as the Vernon Vipers remained undefeated and earned provincial bragging rights with a 5-4 win over the Victoria Grizzlies in Tuesday’s round-robin action at the RBC Cup.

The Vipers improved to 3-0 at the national Tier II junior A hockey championship, and can finish the round-robin with a perfect record by beating the Ontario-based Kingston Voyageurs on Thursday.

After having his first attempt blocked Ikkala snapped a shot from the slot past the blocker of Victoria netminder Anthony Grieco, giving the Pacific Region champions their third win in as many tries.

The Cougars (1-2) took a 4-2 lead to the dressing room after 40 minutes and appeared poised to hand Vernon its first loss of the tournament. But Kellen Jones and Mike Collins scored in the third period to set up Ikkala’s heroics.

Ikkala assisted on Collins’ game-tying goal, which came with less than two minutes to play in regulation.

Chris Crowell and Bryce Kakoske also scored for Vernon.

Cody Bremner, Brian Nugent, Sam Higgins and Jonathan Milhouse replied for Victoria.

The Grizzlies play the Summerside Western Capitals from P.E.I. today, while Kingston meets the defending champion Humboldt Broncos from Saskatchewan.