Sports briefs – October 13

Skylar Sargeant rushed for 117 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns, leading the Lacombe Rams to a 28-18 win over the visiting Camrose Trojans in a Central Alberta High School Football League game Tuesday.

Rams run over Trojans

Skylar Sargeant rushed for 117 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns, leading the Lacombe Rams to a 28-18 win over the visiting Camrose Trojans in a Central Alberta High School Football League game Tuesday.

Rams quarterback Cole Stewart completed 12 of 16 passes for 129 yards and tossed touchdown strikes to Sargeant, Darian Hippe and Brandt Kolybaba. Sargeant caught five passes for 38 yards, while Tanner Green had 43 yards on two receptions, Kolybaba hauled in three balls for 30 yards and Austin Erickson converted all four touchdowns.

The visitors got majors from Logan Woods and Tyler Henry, who scored on an 85-yard pass and run. Jon Heidebrecht converted both TDs and booted a single and a 32-yard field goal.

Trojans quarterbacks Eric Rust and Scott Backus combined to complete eight of 12 passes for 129 yards, with Henry grabbing six balls for 118 yards. Heidebrecht was the top runner for Camrose with 57 yards on eight carries.

Heywood to receive distinguished service award

Red Deer’s Ken Heywood will receive the Alberta Golf Association’s Distinguished Service Award at their annual Hall of Fame ceremonies, Nov. 24 at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club.

Heywood was raised in Crossfield, moving to Red Deer in 1974.

In 1977 he was elected to the RDGCC board and for the next six years was instrumental in developing a club attitude of contributing its facilities for the betterment of amateur golf. This attitude is embraced by the club to this day as the club has hosted a number of local, regional, provincial and national championships.

Heywood also served a second stint on the RDGCC board from 2001-05 to assist in the planning and implementation of the new club house and major course renovations.

Provincially Heywood was elected to the Alberta Golf Association (AGA) board in the 1980s where he once again played a prominent role in promoting amateur golf.

Heywood rose to the position of president in 1994 and while on the board was instrumental in forming the AGA Foundation, which raises funds for post secondary scholarships and golf industry research. The foundation has provided annual scholarship bursaries in excess of $600,000 to Alberta students.

Heywood also played a major role in the merging of the Alberta Ladies and Alberta Men’s Golf Associations, a trend that would be followed across Canada.

Sid Puddicombe of Edmonton will also receive a distinguished service award while Olds native Kareen Qually and Frank Van Dornick of Camrose will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Kings face tough test on the court

The RDC Kings didn’t give themselves an easy test in the annual Sandman Inn Fall Royalty Classic college basketball tournament.

The Kings face defending national champion University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at RDC before clashing with the SAIT Trojans Friday at 8 p.m. and the NAIT Ooks, who are one of the top ranked teams in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference, Saturday at 6 p.m.

Other games Thursday has NAIT meeting Olds College at 4:30 p.m. and Augustana University College of Camrose taking on SAIT at 6:30 p.m. in Penhold.

On Friday NAIT clashes with UNBC at 4 p.m. at RDC and Olds meets Augustana at 6 p.m. in Penhold while on Saturday Camrose takes on UNBC at noon and Olds faces SAIT at 2 p.m., both at RDC.

Meanwhile the RDC Queens meet the high-power Grant MacEwan Griffins at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, UNBC Friday at 6 p.m. and Olds College Saturday at 4 p.m. All games are at RDC.

Also on Thursday Olds meets Medicine Hat at 6:30 p.m. at RDC and UNBC clashes with SAIT at 8:30 p.m. at Penhold.

On Friday, MacEwan and Medicine Hat meet at 4 p.m. and Olds takes on SAIT at 8 p.m., both in Penhold. Saturday’s action sees Medicine Hat clashing with UNBC at 10 a.m. at RDC and SAIT facing MacEwan at noon in Penhold.

• The RDC hockey Queens open their regular schedule Thursday at 7 p.m. against the SAIT Trojans. The teams meet in Calgary Saturday.

• The soccer teams finish their regular season at home this weekend.

They host SAIT Saturday and Mount Royal Sunday. The women kick off at noon both days with the men to follow.

Both RDC teams need a win over SAIT to secure a playoff berth.

• The RDC golf team is competing in the 54-hole national college championship, which begins today in Kamloops.

• The badminton team is involved in their first interlocking tournament of the season Saturday and Sunday at Concordia University College in Edmonton while the cross-country team will compete in a Grand Prix event in Camrose Sunday.

• The volleyball Kings are at the Mount Royal mini-tournament Friday and Saturday at the Edge Academy in Calgary.

• A pair of soccer players received the Boston Pizza RDC athlete of the week awards — Lauren Bowman of the Queens and Connor Kiddey of the Kings.

Despatie dives to another gold

Alexandre Despatie added to his medal haul at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday, winning a third gold in as many days.

The 25-year-old diver from Laval, Que., combined with Reuben Ross of Pilot Butte, Sask., to win the three-metre sychronized springboard title.

Despatie defended his three-metre springboard title on Monday and won the one-metre event Sunday. Despatie now has won a Canadian record nine Commonwealth golds dating back to his first as a 13-year-old at the 1998 Games in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, a second doping case involving a Nigerian runner has cropped up at the Games.

Samuel Okon, who was sixth in the 110-metre hurdles final last Friday, tested positive for the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine, Commonwealth Games Federation president Mike Fennell said Tuesday.

“I again regret to inform you that we’ve had a second anti-doping violation,” said Fennell, who has had to preside over the most trouble-plagued edition in Commonwealth Games history.

In other Canadian action, diver Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que., won gold on the one-metre springboard while teammate Emilie Heymans of St-Lambert, Que., was third.

Norway sends teams to tourney

The Notre Dame senior volleyball tournament will have an international flavour this year with the addition of a team from Norway in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions.

Nyborg will compete in the girls’ Gold Pool with Notre Dame, Memorial Composite of Stony Plain and Paul Kane from St. Albert.

Lindsay Thurber, Hunting Hills, Bow Valley from Cochrane and Dr. E.P. Scarlett of Calgary are in the Blue Pool.

Nyborg, Notre Dame, Archbishop Jordan of Sherwood Park and Paul Kane make up the Gold Pool on the boys’ side with LTCHS, Hunting Hills, Memorial and Scarlett in the Blue Pool.

Girls’ action begins at 9 a.m. Friday with Notre Dame clashing with Nyborg and LTCHS meeting Hunting Hills.

Notre Dame and Nyborg meet in boys’ action at 1:30 p.m.Pool play wraps up Friday with the playoffs beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The girls’ final goes at 4:15 p.m. with the boys at 5:45 p.m.

Esks send Prefontaine back to Argonauts

Noel Prefontaine is returning to Toronto.

The veteran CFL punter/kicker has been traded back to the Argonauts by the Edmonton Eskimos.

The deal sends defensive lineman Etienne Legare and the negotiation rights to defensive back Damaso Munoz to Edmonton.

Prefontaine played 10 seasons for the Argos before he was traded to Edmonton in May 2008.

The 36-year-old is Toronto’s second-leading scorer with 935 points.

He also ranks second in punting with 57,246 yards and leads the club in kickoff yards with 36,265 yards.

“It’s a pleasure to be back in the place where my career started and I’m looking forward to continuing to build the strong relationships I have with many of the coaches, players and fans in Toronto,” Prefontaine said in a statement.

Edmonton general manager Eric Tillman said the “trade has four dynamics for the Eskimos:

“In Etienne Legare we are getting a promising Canadian defensive lineman; in Damaso Munzo we are getting a young and very athletic linebacker whose skill set is perfect for this league; it also allows us to pass the torch to (kicker/punter) Derek Schiavone who has earned this opportunity; and lastly, there is a significant financial component which gives us very valuable cap flexibility for 2011.”

Legare has appeared in eight games this season, recording one tackle.