Local sports briefs – July 11

Thomasina Payne of Red Deer twice struck gold in the recent Special Olympics World Games in Greece. Her second gold-medal conquest came in the 1,500 metre event as she turned in a personal-best time of six minutes, 28.24 seconds in the qualifying heat and then improved that mark by more than eight seconds in the final.

Athlete of the week

Thomasina Payne of Red Deer twice struck gold in the recent Special Olympics World Games in Greece. Her second gold-medal conquest came in the 1,500 metre event as she turned in a personal-best time of six minutes, 28.24 seconds in the qualifying heat and then improved that mark by more than eight seconds in the final.

U16 Renegades earn gold at July Classic

Turner Johnson scored twice and Jonathan Wecker and Nathan Milavong each netted a goal as the Red Deer Renegades downed the Edmonton Millwoods Selects 4-1 Sunday in the under-16 boys tier 2 final of the Red Deer July Classic soccer tournament.

Vu Ndhlovu and Kirkland Moody shared keeper duties for the Renegades, who were 4-0 in the tournament while outscoring their opponents 20-2. The Red Deer squad defeated the Saskatoon Arsenix 5-0 in a semifinal after recording 8-1 and 3-0 wins over Coaldale and Grande Prairie.

Wecker netted three goals, Milavong and Sam Day each had a pair and Eli Palm scored once in the win over Coaldale, with Moody and Ndhlovu sharing the victory. Wecker, Milavong and Moody scored against Grande Prairie, while Ndhlovu earned the victory in net.

• The Renegades under-18 tier 2 boys struck gold with a 5-0 win over the Saskatoon Spartans.

The U18 squad defeated Camrose 4-1 in a semifinal after recording wins of 7-0 and 1-0 over Calgary Pegasus and Saskatoon in pool play.

• The under-16 Renegades United girls settled for silver, falling 2-1 to Camrose in the final.

United beat the Renegades teStroete 1-0 in semifinal action. The Renegades teStroete won bronze with a 3-2 win over Saskatoon Smitty’s.

• Silver was the colour for the Renegades U18 tier 2 girls team, which fell 3-1 to Coaldale in the championship final.

The Renegades won their first three games — 4-3 over Medicine Hat, 3-1 over Camrose and 8-1 over Battlefords, Sask.

• The U12 tier 1 girls Renegades fell 3-2 to Edmonton Millwoods in the gold-medal match.

The Red Deer side defeated the Edmonton Trojans 4-0 in semifinal play after downing the Edmonton Strikers 6-1 and the Sherwood Park Phoenix 4-3 in pool play.

• In the under-14 girls tier 2 division, the Renegades were bronze medalists.

Red Deer lost 4-3 to Sherwood Park in semifinal play, which followed a 7-0 loss to the Edmonton Xtreme and a 2-1 win over Swift Current in pool play.

Rampage finish on a high

The Red Deer Rampage closed out the regular-season portion of their Rocky Mountain League junior B tier 1 lacrosse season by blasting the Rockyview Silvertips 17-5 Sunday at Cochrane.

Trevor House scored three goals for the Rampage, who finished second in the South Division and will take on the Calgary Chill in a playoff series starting Friday at the Kinex. Mitch Vellner, Scott Ebbert and David Reykdal each scored twice and added an assist, Spencer Lee also had two goals and Dugan Dougherty, Adrian Dreschler, John Goranson, Cole de Graaf, Spencer Einhorn and Tucker Dougherty each netted a single.

The Rampage fell 13-9 to the Calgary Mountaineers Saturday as Tucker Dougherty sniped two goals and added an assist in the loss. Dugan Dougherty, House, Lee and Adam Ferguson each scored once.

• The Red Deer Sword Transport Revenge saw their junior B tier 2 lacrosse season end during the weekend by managing just a tie in two playoff games against the host Medicine Hat Sun Devils.

Troy Klaus netted four goals in a 14-8 loss in the opening game. Alex Randall scored twice for the Revenge, who got single goals from Kane Weik and Karsten Banack and a 42-save performance from Orin Farries.

On Sunday the Revenge pulled out an 11-11 draw with the Sun Devils, who have suffered just one loss this season. Klaus, Jordan Hemstad and Braeden Krips each tallied twice, Banack, Jarrik Morisette, Skyler Sargeant, James Smith and Matthew Gibson potted single goals, and Sam Simenson made 43 saves. The Revenge were 9-5 in regular-season play.

Tough weekend for U19 Titans

The Red Deer Titans MGM Ford Lincoln under-19 boys rugby squad posted a 1-2 record in the Calgary Stampede Swarm tournament Friday.

Playing two men short due to work commitments, the Titans opened with a 24-5 loss to the Lucky Rugby Club from Brightside, Sask. Logan Sabourin scored the Titans’ try and Santiago Allier was selected as the team’s man of the match.

The Titans then fell 28-0 to the Canford School from the United Kingdom. Ryan Clark was MGM’s man of the match.

In their final game, the Titans pull out a 21-5 win over Saskatchewan U18 provincial team as Kyle Pickett scored two tries, Orrin Farries added one and Jake Curtis contributed three converts. Pickett was named Red Deer’s man of the match and also the team MVP for the tournament. In addition, Pickett and teammates Sabourin, Clark, Farries, Curtis, Mike Soley, Karel Baier and Jeff Sharma were invited to the Calgary Mavericks U19 representative team selection camp Friday to Sunday at the University of Calgary.

• Johannes Smith scored five tries for the Red Deer U13 boys Titans in a 45-35 win over the host Calgary Saracens Saturday.

Shelby Smith, Ryan McLeod, Sheldon MacLeod and Steven MacLeod each added a try for the winners, who host the Calgary Canucks at 1 p.m. this Saturday.

• Courtney Hueppelsheuser and Aly Bowd led the way offensively as the Red Deer senior women’s Titans took top honours in the Stampede Sevens Rugby Social event Saturday at Calgary.

The Titans were 5-0 in the tournament, capping their successful day by running over the Edmonton Lep-Tigers 25-0 in the final.

• The Titans hosted a U13 and U15 girls festival Saturday and lent three to four players to each of the visiting teams — the Calgary Saracens, St. Albert and the Edmonton Druids.

The Titans/Druids team finished with a 3-0 slate, with the Titans/St. Albert finishing 2-1 and the Titans/Saracens side coming in at 0-3.

Red Deer players Sydney Doan, Rebekah Maciborsky and Elizabeth Maciborsky each scored two tries. Brelynne Mailhoit added one.

The next training session for the girls teams is today at 5:30 p.m. at Titans Rugby Park. New players are welcome.

Bateman wins Jr. boys championship

DRAYTON VALLEY — Rain washed out the scheduled final round of the Alberta junior boys golf championship Friday, leaving third-round leader Wilson Bateman of Edmonton Blackhawk as the 2011 winner.

Bateman fashioned a 54-hole total of 208 that included rounds of 70-68-70, while finishing two strokes clear of runner-up Emmett Oh of Calgary Bearspaw (70-72-68).

Riley Fleming of Crossfields Collicutt Siding placed third (71-73-68—212) and will join Bateman and Oh to represent Alberta in the team competition of the Canadian junior championship in Surrey, B.C., next month.

Spencer Dorowicz of Olds was the low Central Alberta golfer with a 54-hole total of 229 that featured rounds of 77-77-75. He finished tied for 22nd.

Brett Pasula of the Red Deer Golf and Country Club (RDG&CC) (84-71-76) and James Ursulak of Ponoka (73-75-83) tied for 28th at 231.

Meanwhile, Matt Codd of the RDG&CC finished 46th with a 240 total (85-79-77); Michael Pruss of Red Deer tied for 47th at 241 (80-82-79); Jesse Teron of the RDG&CC tied for 58th at 245 (82-82-810); Brayden Thorogood of Sundre had a 249 total (85-79-85) and placed 70th; Kolby Vold of Wolf Creek tied for 71st at 250 (84-84-82); Allan Pruss of Red Deer was 81st at 256 (83-85-88); and Nolan Bruin of the RDG&CC tied for 82nd at 257 (84-84-89).

Simao headed to worlds

Jaquina Simao of Red Deer captured gold in the under-17 men’s division of the Canadian judo championship at Sept Isles, Que., and earned a bronze medal in the under-20 category.

With his gold-medal achievement, Simao earned the right to compete in the world championship at Kiev, Ukraine, in August.

Meanwhile, Cole Hogarth finished 11th in the U17 men’s division with a record of two wins and two losses.

In other under-20 results, Mark Antonio was 11th and Jordan Simao 15th in the men’s competition, and Kayla Thompson was 11th in the women’s event.

Riggers drilled in Kamloops

KAMLOOPS — It was a tough week for the Red Deer Riggers in Kamloops as they went 0-3 at the senior AAA tournament.

The Riggers got off to a rocky start with a 7-3 loss to the host Kamloops Sun Devils. Alex Fay was their top batter going two-for three with two runs scored while James Dykstra collected the loss.

Things went from bad to worse in the second game as they got smoked 10-0 by the Alaska Gold Panners. Denver Wik was one-for-one at the plate with a walk while Davin Gulbranson was tagged with the defeat.

Looking to salvage a win out of the tournament in their final game, the Riggers instead were left with one last sting as the Northwest Honkers rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning for an 11-10 win. Byron Whitford was the Rigger’s best batter going three-for-four with two RBIs and John Brassa was credited with the loss.

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