Local sports briefs – June 29

Eight Alberta representatives, including three from Central Alberta will travel to China for 10 days, beginning Friday, to share their hockey knowledge and experience as part of a coach exchange program through Hockey Alberta and the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation.

Hockey reps to China

Eight Alberta representatives, including three from Central Alberta will travel to China for 10 days, beginning Friday, to share their hockey knowledge and experience as part of a coach exchange program through Hockey Alberta and the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation.

Three administration delegates, including Hockey Alberta board member Terry Engen of Eckville and Hockey Alberta general manager Rob Litwinski of Red Deer, and five coaches, including Larry Golby of Coronation, will be involved in the group, which will stay in Harbin in the Heilongjiang province located in northeast China.

The group will work with China’s provincial and national hockey associations and with players both on and off the ice.The purpose of the exchange is to improve and expand quality of coaching for both countries through exposure to different training methods and sport development systems.

Marlins win 6 medals

The Red Deer Marlins won six aggregate medals, including four gold, at the Calgary Swordfish Swim Meet during the weekend.

Owen Halford, six-and-under boys, Claire Halford, 9-10 girls, Brendan Laing, 9-10 boys, and Taylor Laing, 11-12 girls, all captured gold.

Lauren Bettenson won silver in the eight-and-under girls while Jennifer Engler brought home bronze in the 18-and-over girls. Claire Halford broke the 10-and-under girls’ provincial record.

Rugby scrimmage

The Red Deer Titans MGM Ford Lincoln U19 boys’ rugby team met the Calgary Mavericks, a collection of U19 players from the six Calgary teams, in a training scrimmage at Titans Park Monday.

The Titans more than held their own in the scrums as front row players Travis Greer, Jeff Sharma and Jake Lougheed pushed the Mavericks for the majority of the play with the support of Lindsay Thurber Raiders star Mike Soley and Hunting Hills Lightning flanker Logan Sabourin.

The Red Deer backs were led by former Raider and Vancouver Rowing Club player Kyle Pickett, Notre Dame grad Brett Maximchuk and Karel Beijer of Rocky Mountain House. The Titans U19 boys and girls continue to train Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Titans Park as they prepare for the season, which starts in July.All players born in 1992-95 can still join the team.

Golfers fall behind

SASKATOON — A pair of the Red Deer golfers find themselves well back in the junior boys’ division after the opening round of the CN Future Links Prairie Championship Tuesday.

Brett Pasula is tied for 27th after a six-over par 78 while Jesse Teron shot an eight-over 80 and is tied for 37th.

Jake Duvall of Victoria and Lucas Kim of Toronto share the lead with a three-under 69.

Dornick grabs lead

PRIDDIS ­— Frank Van Dornick of Camrose grabbed the opening round lead in the 54-hole All Weather Windows mid amateur golf championship Tuesday at Priddis Greens Golf and Country Club.

Van Dornick came in with a three-under par 69 and holds a one-stroke lead on Senan Foley and Jim Finney of Calgary.

Tom Skinner of Red Deer, Mark Schultz of Olds and Tim Boston of Wolf Creek are all tied for 17th at 75 while Greg Gigliuk of Red Deer, who plays out of Lacombe, came in with a 76 and is tied for 25th.

Blair Neal of Wolf Creek, Keith Newton of Olds and Merv Dusyk of Red Deer are tied for 43rd after shooting a 78 while Dan Soley of Red Deer and Jim Hargreaves of Lacombe shot 80 and are tied for 68th.

Gerald Tardif of Sylvan Lake and Dean Bracken of Olds shot 81 with Ross Andras and Les Swelin of Sundre at 82. Allen Mah and Grant Lee of Red Deer came in at 84 with Tom McKinlay Sr. of Lacombe at 86 and Doug Staldeker of Olds at 89.

Braves go 2-1 in midget AA on weekend

CAMROSE — The Red Deer Sports World Braves posted a 2-1 record in midget AA baseball league play during the weekend.

The Braves came from well back to edge the Camrose Reds 16-15 in their opener Saturday and closed the weekend with a 4-2 win over the Beaumont BoSox Sunday evening. They lost 12-6 to the Rocky Mountain House Sun Devils Saturday.

The Braves fell behind Camrose 8-0 after the first inning, but chipped away to trail 15-14 heading into the bottom of the seventh.

A two-out single by Logan Marshall drove in Jay Letkeman to tie the score and Alex Heinzlmeir following with a hit to centre that plated Marshall.

Marshall finished with a single and two doubles, three RBIs and scored three times. Alec Mitchell drove in three runs and scored twice while picking up a pair of hits. Letkeman scored three times on a single and three walks while Jayden Hutlet was two-for-three with two walks.

Jeff Ireland picked up the win in relief of Chaz Piche and Dylan Gammon. Ireland came on with the score 14-6 and allowed one unearned run on four singles over 5 2/3 innings.

The Braves also fell behind the Sun Devils 8-2 early and managed to close the gap to 8-6 by the sixth, but couldn’t pull out the victory.

Marshall started and fanned seven in 4 2/3 inning but took the loss. Hutlet pitched in relief.

Heinzlmeir had a pair of RBI singles while Joe Ireland added a pair of hits with an RBI. Mitchell was two-for-three with a walk while Jeff Ireland added an run-scoring single.

Defence and pitching were the story against Beaumont.

Piche started and tossed no-hit ball over three innings before giving way to Letkeman, who gave up both Beaumont runs on three hits over 1 2/3 innings. Ty Elliott worked the final 2 1/3 innings, retiring seven of the 10 batters he faced.

Heinzlmeir was two-for-three, including a first-inning double that staked the team to a 2-0 lead.

Cousins Jeff and Calvin Ireland had two hits and an RBI each while Elliott had a single and a walk.

The Braves finished the final week of June with a 3-1 record which secured a berth in the provincial tier I playoffs.

It’s the fifth consecutive year head coach Bob Ireland has taken his AA teams — peewee, bantam and midget — to the tier I playoffs in the Competitive Division.

Quarter-final action begins this weekend at Great Chief Park as the Braves host Vegreville, Edmonton East Park and Camrose.

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