Local sports briefs – July 25

Cody Pratt, a dominant rider with the Red Deer BMX Club, struck gold on three occasions during the recent Alberta Series races 3 and 4 at Medicine Hat. Pratt, who’s accustomed to shuffling into the winner’s circle, was victorious in the 20-inch class both days and also raced to victory in the cruiser class.

Athlete of the week

Cody Pratt, a dominant rider with the Red Deer BMX Club, struck gold on three occasions during the recent Alberta Series races 3 and 4 at Medicine Hat. Pratt, who’s accustomed to shuffling into the winner’s circle, was victorious in the 20-inch class both days and also raced to victory in the cruiser class.

Buccaneers earn home playoff date

The Central Alberta Buccaneers closed out their Alberta Football League regular-season schedule with a bang.

Byron Stearns tossed for two touchdowns and ran 16 yards for anther major as the Bucs bombed the Edmonton Renegades 46-0 Saturday at St. Albert. The victory gave Central Alberta a 3-4 record and fourth place in the eight-team league.

As a result, the Bucs will host their first home playoff game in six years when they take on the Calgary Gators Aug. 6 at ME Global Athletic Park in Lacombe. Central Alberta nipped the visiting Gators 29-28 during the regular season.

Jamie Blinkhorn rushed for 125 yards Saturday and scored from one yard out, while slotback Marc Bartolf hauled in a 45-yard touchdown pass and Tylor Johnson scored a major on a 25-yard reception. Johnson, the Bucs’ kicker who also plays wide receiver and defensive back, also returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown and was three-for-three in field goal attempts.

The Central Alberta defence surrendered only four first downs, with defensive back Curtis Pugh making two tackles and three knockdowns, lineman Blake Jacobs chipping in with one and a half sacks and two tackles, and linebacker Jeremy Makila making two tackles and contributing an interception.

Saunders takes mini-tourney

Parker Saunders of Fernie, B.C., toured the nine-hole Lakewood Golf Resort near Sylvan Lake in 37 strokes to take top honours in a Maple Leaf Junior Tour mini-tour event.

Zach Kostiuk of Sylvan Lake, also competing in the 12-13 boys class, shot a 42, while Baily Neaves of Red Deer carded a 49 and Allan Olson of Markerville checked in with a 56.

Korbin Allen of Bentley topped the 10-11 boys category with a 39. Tanner Smith and Adam Sylvester, both of Sylvan Lake, fired a 52 and 56.

Denver Smith of Sylvan Lake carded a 58 in the seven-nine boys category, while Cole Bergheim of Red Deer had a 65.

Darlene Rantung of Calgary shot a 58 to take the girls title. Abrielle Gyori of Sylvan Lake carded a 66.

Titans fall to Canucks

Johannes Smith was a one-man show for the Red Deer Titans under-13 boys rugby squad Saturday, scoring all 24 points in a 29-24 loss to the host Calgary Canucks in a Calgary Rugby Union semifinal.

Smith scored four tries and added two conversions in the semifinal setback, then scored two tries in vain as the Titans fell 22-15 to the Foothills Lions in the consolation final.

Steven MacLeod added the other try for the Titans, who finished the season with a 5-5-1 record.

The Titans Youth Rugby Fall Sevens League begins Sept. 8 for boys and girls ages seven to 15.

Renegades top Scotts

Sam Day, Nathan Milavong, Jose Posada and Ian McLellan scored for the Red Deer Renegades in a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Scottish in boys under-16 soccer action during the weekend.

Vu Ndhlovu, who recently was selected to the Alberta provincial U-15 team, was the winning keeper.

l In under-12 boys tier 1 play, the Renegades fought back from a 2-0 deficit to hand undefeated league leader Juventus its first loss of the season, prevailing 4-3.

Grant Johnson scored twice for the Renegades, while single goals were added by Erik Brezovan and Kamil Dleikan.

Carstar Braves swept in doubleheader by Cards

The Red Deer Carstar Braves lost both ends of a doubleheader to the Edmonton Cardinals #1 in weekend midget AAA baseball action, falling 5-4 and 11-2.

Carstar led the first contest by four runs, only to see the Cards score twice in the sixth inning and plate three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the win.

For the Braves, Wyle Cunningham pitched thee and one-third innings, giving up no runs on two hits and fanning two batters. Reign Letkeman worked one and two-thirds innings, surrendering one run on two hits while recording two strikeouts, and Jonah Penner gave up two earned runs on three hits and fanned one batter over two frames.

Offensively, Taze Steeves had two hits, drove in a pair of runs and scored once, Dom Tait added two hits and knocked in two runs and Drew Hamilton stroked an RBI single and scored a run.

Hamilton, on the Braves mound, was touched for three earned runs on five hits over three innings, Steeves gave up two runs on one hit in two innings and the Cards got to Mac Guckert for one earned run on three hits over two frames. Hamilton had one strikeout.

At the plate, Brady Porter stroked three singles and scored once, Guckert had one hit and scored a run and Jason Garrett added an RBI single.

The Braves will finish anywhere from third to fifth in their 11-team league and will compete in the provincial tournament starting Wednesday at Sherwood Park.

Servus Credit Union Braves rolling

The Red Deer Servus Credit Union Braves were 3-1 in weekend bantam AAA baseball action, starting and ending with a 15-3 thumping of the Spruce Grove Sox and an 18-0 slaughter of the Sherwood Park Green, with both games going just five innings.

In the opener, starting pitcher Levi Moon scattered six hits, allowed three runs and fanned six batters.

Offensively, the Braves had 20 hits, with Nik Fischer, Brendan Baker, Joel Mazurkewich, Moon and Riley Guntrip having three apiece and Justin van Tetering adding a pair. Moon slammed a home run and Guntrip drove in four runs.

In a 4-3 loss to the Sherwood Park Gold, starting and losing pitcher Fischer allowed three runs on four hits while fanning seven batters over five frames. Guntrip was three-for-four at the plate in a losing cause.

From there, Guntrip was the winning pitcher in a 5-2 conquest of the Gold, surrendering one run on four hits while recording nine strikeouts over four innings.

Reliever Brett Barrett allowed one run on two hits to earn the save, while Ryan Klinck cracked a single, double and triple, Guntrip was two-for-three with a double and RBI, and Joel Mazurkewich singled home two runs and also scored twice.

Servus Credit Union needed just five innings to dispose of the Green in their final game as Mitch Vanson went the distance on the Braves mound, throwing a no-hitter while fanning nine batters.

Barrett was three-for-three with two doubles, drove in four runs and scored twice, while Mazurkewich was three-for-three with a home run and four runs scored, Fischer stroked a double and triple and knocked in two runs and Baker and Klinck each had two hits.

Next up for the Braves is the provincial bantam performance championship starting Friday at St. Albert.