Sports briefs – January 10

The host Hunting Hills Lightning hit a free throw with less than a second remaining to edge the Notre Dame Cougars 61-60 in the boys’ bronze medal game of the Hunting Hills Lightning junior varsity basketball tournament Saturday.

Lightning edge Cougars for JV bronze

The host Hunting Hills Lightning hit a free throw with less than a second remaining to edge the Notre Dame Cougars 61-60 in the boys’ bronze medal game of the Hunting Hills Lightning junior varsity basketball tournament Saturday.

Josh Loney led the Lightning with 23 points while Diego Menjivar had 16 for the Cougars.

The Lightning lost 70-43 to Edmonton Strathcona and the Cougars were defeated 59-34 by Edmonton Archbishop O’Leary in the semifinals.

Loney had 16 for the Lightning.

O’Leary beat Strathcona 58-46 in the final as Shaq Lawson had 13 points.

In the opening round Friday, the Lightning beat Memorial Comp of Stony Plain 72-57 with Loney dropping in 20 points while Notre Dame beat Spruce Grove 70-29 as Kelvin Agonoy had 14 points.

O’Leary downed Lindsay Thurber 70-47 with Eric Hoehne hitting 23 points for the Raiders. As well Strathcona defeated Bert Church of Airdrie 82-46.

Bert Church won the consolation title with a 68-57 win over Spruce Grove while Memorial downed LTCHS 46-45 for seventh place. Lorne Baile had 16 points for the Raiders, who lost 56-55 to Spruce Grove in the B semifinal. Baile had 16 points.

The Archbishop O’Leary girls made it a clean sweep in the gold medal games by defeating Memorial in the final. (Score unavailable)

O’Leary reached the final with a 59-34 win over Spruce Grove while Memorial stopped Strathcona 44-34.

In opening games O’Leary downed the LTCHS Raiders 60-33 while Memorial beat Hunting Hills 46-34, Spruce Grove stopped Notre Dame 71-28 and Strathcona beat Bert Church 63-26.

Cara Vandervlis had eight points for LTCHS, Hanna Delemont 10 for the Lightning and Cori Van Der Voort 10 for the Cougars.

The B semifinals saw LTCHS down Notre Dame 46-20 as Rachel Bysterveld had 10 points while Hunting Hills stopped Bert Church 47-21 with Santana Gaudet dropping in 12 points.

LTCHS took the B title with a 54-33 win over the Lightning with Bysterveld finishing with 13 points. Delemont had eight in a losing cause.

Notre Dame took seventh place with a 39-38 win over Bert Church as Alyssa Schmidt had 10 points.

Sutter Fund Chiefs take three of four points

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs did what they had to against the Medicine Hat Hounds in Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League action during the weekend.

The Chiefs, who lead the AMMFHL South Division, tied the second-place Hounds 2-2 Saturday and beat them 5-1 Sunday.

Taylor Hall, Emily Lougheed, Suze Vanderlinde, Janelle Froehler and Ashley Graf scored once each Sunday with Megan Kirkland recording the win in goal.

The Hounds led 2-0 after the opening period Saturday, but Cassidy Anderson and Graf connected in the second period.

Camille Trautman made 19 saves in goal.

The Chiefs did run into some injury problems as Hall injured a knee and Emma Malsbury received a slight concussion in Sunday’s game.

“Other than the injuries it was a good weekend,” said Chiefs head coach Mickey Girard. “We took a big step in securing first place in the south.”

The Chiefs sit eight points up on the Hounds with six games remaining.

Hartley, Hall named midget AAA all-stars

Defenceman Dallen Hall and forward Connor Hartley will represent the Red Deer Optimist Rebels in the Alberta Midget Hockey League all-star game Jan. 23 at Fort Saskatchewan.

Meanwhile, seven Red Deer pee wee AA players will compete in the South Central League all-star game Sunday in Red Deer.

Forwards Jeff de Wit and Luke Coleman of Red Deer Parkland and Tyler Graber and Ryan Vandervlis of Red Deer TBS will play in the game, as will TBS defenceman Landon MacKenzie and goalie Josh King, and Parkland rearguard Abagael Thiessen.

The South Central midget and bantam all-star games are also scheduled for Sunday in Red Deer.

Representing the local squads will be:

Bantam — Forwards Matt Thiessen and Michael Pruss, Red Deer Ramada; Logan Linnell and Elijha Schlaht, Red Deer Steel Kings; defencemen Blake Barre, Ramada and Mark Griffith, Steel Kings.

Midget — Forwards Justin Corbett and Tanner Howe, Elks; Jesse Rauch and Chris Rauckman, ProStitch; defencemen Brady Potter, Elks and Zach Bouw, ProStitch; goaltenders Dasan Sydora, Elks and Taylor Steele, ProStitch.

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