Local sports briefs – August 2

The Red Deer Gary Moe Volkswagon Snowbirds rolled over BC Capital 11-1 in the final of the 50-plus Canadian Baseball Championship Sunday.

Gary Moe Snowbirds win 50-plus baseball championship

BURLINGTON, Ont. — The Red Deer Gary Moe Volkswagon Snowbirds rolled over BC Capital 11-1 in the final of the 50-plus Canadian Baseball Championship Sunday.

The Snowbirds combined for 13 hits and played errorless defence to regain the trophy they won in 2007.

The Snowbirds’ toughest game came in the semifinals where they needed to overcome a four-run deficit to beat the Burlington Silver 49ers.

Trailing 5-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth the Snowbirds exploded for six runs and held on for a 7-5 win.

Terry Tweedy got the win on the mound while Garry Kreye, Ron Zimmer, Lyle Lorenz and Pat Kawaliak contributed key hits in their comeback.


Pratt wins 4 gold medals at Western National races

MEDICINE HAT — Cody Pratt of the Red Deer BMX Club, came home with four gold medals from the Western National Series races five and six during the weekend.

Pratt won both the 20-inch and cruiser class events in race five Saturday and six Sunday.

Tymen Green was second in the 20-inch class Sunday and third Saturday.

Tim Pratt won bonze in the junior elite 20-inch class both days.

The club’s next action is Aug. 13-14 in the provincials in Lethbridge.


Snipers lose in quarter-final at roller derby championships

The Red Deer Snipers dropped a 5-3 decision to the Tour Roadrunners from New York in the U14 quarter-finals of the North American Roller Hockey Championships in Estero, Fla. during the weekend.

The Snipers posted a 2-0-2 record in pool play, beating Mission Mafia Black of Florida 6-4 and Tour Scorpions of Florida 4-2 while tying Tour Outcasts of Arizona 1-1 and Mission Mafia Red of Florida 0-0.

The Snipers reached the NARCh by winning the NARCh regionals in Red Deer in May. The team played in the Platinum Division in Florida, the highest division for their age group.


Somani takes two medals at provincials

Shaira Somani of Red Deer was a double medalist in the provincial 3.0/4.0/5.0 tennis championships at the Red Deer Tennis Club Sunday.

Somani won the 5.0 women’s singles title and combined with Ingrid McKibbon of Lacombe to take second in the women’s doubles.

Somani defeated Marianne Badenhorst of Red Deer 6-4, 6-2 in the singles final after stopping Ariel Wiebe of Edmonton 6-4, 6-0 in the semifinals. Badenhorst downed McKibbon 6-3, 6-2 in the other semifinal.

Somani and McKibbon lost 7-5, 4-6, 5-10 to Karla Lima and Christine Lilley of Calgary in the doubles.

Adrian Urteaga of Dundurn won the 5.0 men’s singles with a 6-4, 6-3 win over top-seeded Barret McKay of Edmonton.

Talia Jang-Stewart and Kyle Runzer of Edmonton downed Lima and Adam Bond 6-2, 6-4 in the mixed doubles.

Rob Gravells of Edmonton, formerly of Red Deer, was a double winner in the men’s 4.0 division.

He teamed with Don Seibel of Red Deer to down Roman Gabor and Arthur Bamboukian of Calgary 6-0, 6-2 in the men’s doubles and then hooked up with Ellen Toth to stop Lisa Wheadon of Edmonton and Seibel 7-5, 6-3 in the mixed doubles.

The men’s singles title went to Brian Ridout of Calgary with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 win over Thuan Tran of Calgary while Amber Zenith of Calgary stopped Gigi Navarro of Calgary 6-4, 6-3 in the women’s singles.

Luiza Elekes of Red Deer won the consolation title in the 3.0 women’s singles, downing Jill Groves of Edmonton 6-2, 6-3.

Wheadon won the women’s singles crown, beating Samina Khandwala of Calgary 6-3, 6-4. The men’s crown was won by Mark Hilborn of Calgary with a 7-6 (5), 6-1 win over James Wessman of Calgary.


Holland has one shutout at West finals

Madison Holland, of the Red Deer Firefly Fusion, competed in the Western Canada Bantam Fastball Championships for the Calahoo Erins during the long weekend in Saskatoon.

The Erins went 2-4 finishing one game short of the playoffs.

The highlight for Holland was a complete game four-hit shutout over the eventual champion Saskatoon Phantoms, the only loss for the Phantoms.

Holland also drove in an insurance run in the seventh inning and was named player of the game.

Two of Holland’s Firefly Fusion teammates are continuing their season as pick ups for the National Bantam Championships this month in Winnipeg.

Amy Lank will play for the Calgary Kaizan and Taylor Hall for the Calgary Diamond Devils.


Medals for Thunder

AIRDRIE — Keegan Soehn and Caiden Cline both won medals for the Red Deer Thunder Country Trampoline and Gymnastics Club in the individual categories at the Canada Cup meet during the weekend.

Soehn won silver in the senior men’s double-mini trampoline (DMT) while taking fifth in the individual trampoline.

Cline was third in the DMT in the novice 11-14 year-old men’s division while finishing sixth on the trampoline. He also teamed with Zachary Blake to take second in the synchronized trampoline in the category. Blakely was 11th in the DMT and 14th on the trampoline.

Also in senior men, Kyle Soehn was eighth in DMT and 12th on the trampoline while in youth women Amanda Martin was seventh on the trampoline and Brittany Lane sixth in DMT and 16th on the trampoline.

Kalena Soehn placed seventh on the DMT and eighth on the trampoline in the novice 11-14 year-old women’s division.

The competition, which included over 200 competitors from Canada, the USA, South Africa, Denmark, Georgia, Puerto Rico and Switzerland, qualified Kyle and Keegan Soehn as part of the Canadian team for the World Championships in Birmingham, England, in November.

Amanda Martin has also qualified for the Canadian team to compete in the World Age Group Championships in Birmingham.