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Andy Tiedemann of St. Albert earned his fifth cap with Canada in last Saturday’s 48-6 rout of Uruguay at the Churchill Cup in Glendale, Colo. The 21-year-old prop was in the starting line-up and subbed off in the 62nd minute.

Andy Tiedemann of St. Albert earned his fifth cap with Canada in last Saturday’s 48-6 rout of Uruguay at the Churchill Cup in Glendale, Colo.

The 21-year-old prop was in the starting line-up and subbed off in the 62nd minute.

Match play for Canada continues Sunday against France at Glendale. The finals are June 19 at Harrison, N.J.

This is the second test season for Tiedemann, a high school rugby product of the Paul Kane Blues. The youngest player on Canada’s roster last year started against the Georgia Lelos and Ireland at the 2009 Churchill Cup.

Tiedemann is only the second player in the history of the St. Albert Rugby Football Club to play for the senior national team. He will challenge for a spot on Canada’s roster at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.

After the Churchill Cup, the standout with the Rounsefell Cup champion University of Victoria Vikes is expected to rejoin the Prairie Wolf Pack for another stint in the Americas Rugby Championship series.

The St. Albert Steel started revamping their line-up for the upcoming season with a pair of trades.

The Alberta Junior Hockey League team acquired forward Derek Bacon from the Victoria Grizzlies in exchange for Mitch Labreche, a forward who played last season with the Powell River Kings.

The Steel also sent forward Steve Axford to the Camrose Kodiaks for future considerations. Axford was then dealt by the host team for the 2011 Royal Bank Cup to the Coquitlam Express to complete a futures transaction.

Bacon scored seven goals, added 23 assists and had 55 penalty minutes in 58 games with Victoria in his first season in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League. The five-foot-eight skater hails from Calgary. He turns 19 on Sept. 27.

The five-foot-10 Labreche recorded 14 goals and 22 assists in 60 games for the BCHL finalists after playing the previous two years with the Penticton Vees. The 20-year-old became Steel property in the offseason as part of the future considerations the Kings owed St. Albert from a previous deal.

Axford, 19, generated only two goals and three assists in 21 games after the Steel traded NHL draft prospect and scoring star Dan Carr to Powell River for the five-foot-10 Victoria product and futures. Carr had request a traded from the Steel prior to Christmas.

The Steel are coming off a 24-win, 55-point season and a first round playoff sweep by the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.

The St. Albert Skyhawks passed the baton for third place in the 4x100 metre junior boys’ relay at the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association track and field championships last weekend in Medicine Hat.

The Skyhawks’ foursome of Nick Meronyk, Mitch McNamara, Liam McNamara and Trevor Poirier were clocked 46.52 seconds. Their qualifying time in the preliminaries was 46.30.

Ernest Manning of Calgary was the relay winner at 45.84. In second place was the Strathcona Lords at 46.07.

At the recent Edmonton zone high school track and field finals at Rollie Miles Athletic Park the Skyhawks ran to victory with a time of 47.08.

In the individual events, Liam McNamara placed 11th in discus at 27.05 metres and 14th in high jump at 1.55 m.

Kim Kaplar of the Skyhawks finished fourth in senior girls’ high jump at 1.50.

Kelly Fagan of the Paul Kane Blues was ninth in the intermediate girls’ shot put at 8.59 m.

Nattiya Thatset of the Bellerose Bulldogs placed 13th in senior girls’ discus at 20.88 m.

Natalie Arnett was a dominating force at the junior high zone track and field championships last week at Fowler Athletic Park.

The Grade 8 Lorne Akins student was pure gold in the 100 metres, 200 m, triple jump, high jump and the relay event as St. Albert won its 11th consecutive zone title. She also had five first-place results the previous week to help Lorne Akins repeat as the city track and field champions.

The top two finishers in each event at cities went on to represent St. Albert at zones against athletes from the Black Gold (Leduc and area), Pembina Hills (Westlock and area), Parkland (Stony Plain and area), Yellowhead (Hinton and Edson) and Elk Island school districts.

The St. Albert Track and Field Club is gearing up to host the Alberta Age Class Provincial Championships, June 26 to 27 at Fowler Athletic Park.

More than 600 athletes from across western Canada, including 60 St. Albert club members, are expected to attend. It will also serve as the Team Alberta qualifier for the Legion Canadian Youth Athletics Championships.

The St. Albert Angels peewee fastball team scored a major victory at the Red Deer tournament last weekend.

In the final they beat Sherwood Park 11-9 to finish undefeated in five games.

A few weeks ago, the Angels knocked off the other St. Albert peewee team 16-14 in a tournament final in Edmonton. It was their third straight win after starting the tournament with a loss and one tie.

League play continues for the Angels in the Edmonton northeast zone. Provincials are July 9 to 11 in Lloydminster.

The St. Albert Impact U12 boys tasted a sweet victory at the Slurpee Cup tournament last weekend.

The final was a 2-1 squeaker against the Fort Saskatchewan Vikings as the Impact finished 3-1 in the tier 3 bracket. It was the third game in four days between the two teams. The division B Impact team in the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association also beat the Vikings earlier in the tournament and lost to them in league play.

The tournament was hosted by the Edmonton West Zone Soccer Association.




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