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DEFENDING THE PLATE – David Blanco, catcher for St. Albert Cardinals Red, looks to make a play for the ball with Sharaaheel Vawda of Red Deer Braves Red headed for home in Friday's 12-2 loss in pool B round-robin action at the Baseball Alberta 18U AA Tier I tournament at Legion Memorial Park. The Cardinals, ranked No. 2 in the eight-team event, also posted wins of 6-1 against the Barrhead Orioles and Provost Pilots in pool play before losing Sunday's tiebreaker for a semifinal berth 6-2 to Provost. A four-run fifth inning for Provost broke a 2-2 tie. The game ended with Provost recording the final out with the bases loaded. CHRIS COLBOURNE/St. Albert Gazette

Miners lacrosse

The sixth-consecutive provincial final and the ninth in 10 years for the St. Albert Miners in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League starts this weekend at Strathcona Olympiette Centre.

The winners of three President’s Cup senior B national championships in a row play the Calgary Mountaineers at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Game three and, if needed, game four are next weekend in Calgary and the start times are 9:30 a.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Optimist Arena.

Game five, if required, is 3 p.m. next Sunday at Moyer Recreation Centre in Josephburg.

The winner represents Alberta at the President’s Cup, Aug. 26 to Sept. 1 at Kahnawake, Que., and last year’s nationals was the fourth in five years and the sixth since 2010 for the Miners, 105-5-2 in the regular season, playoffs and at nationals after losing the 2015 provincial final.

The 18-1 Miners – 15-1 (182 GF/92 GA) in league play and 3-0 (41 GF/23 GA) in the playoffs – are undefeated in 18 games after losing the season opener 13-9 to the Beaumont Outlaws on May 3.

The winning streak includes 11-6 and 14-9 victories against the Mountaineers, 10-6 (151 GF/102 GA) for second place in the six-team RMLL and 3-1 (44 GF/27 GA) in the playoffs.

St. Albert Triathlon

Online registration ends tonight at midnight for the 30th annual St. Albert Triathlon. is the site to enter the sprint distance (750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and five-km run), try-a-tri (250m swim, 10-km bike and 2.5-km run) or sprint team relay.

Last weekend 155 athletes were confirmed for Sunday’s competition at Fountain Park Recreation Centre.

The St. Albert Triathlon is also one of the few races in the country that has qualifying spots for the 2020 World Triathlon Championships. With worlds taking place in Edmonton, Alberta was allocated more qualifying spots than the other provinces.

Athletes in the sprint distance can qualify for worlds by placing first in their gender age category as long as they are registered with Triathlon Canada. The age categories range from U20 to 70-plus in five-year increments.

Racing starts at 7 a.m. with the sprint athletes, followed by the try-a-tri participants.

The 2018 triathlon featured 119 finishers (66 males and 53 females) in the sprint distance, 21 newbies in the tri-a-try and five sprint teams.

The winner was James Thomson of St. Albert in one hour, two minutes and 48 seconds and the fastest female was Anne Charles of Edmonton at 1:13 for sixth overall

The triathlon is hosted by St. Albert Road Runners and Triathlon Club and is sanctioned by the Alberta Triathlon Association.

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SASA honoured

The St. Albert Soccer Association is among 39 first recipients of a National Youth Club Licence from Canada Soccer.

The top amateur youth club designation in the Canada Soccer Club Licensing Program recognizes the highest achieving organizations across Canada.

The licence is for a period of two years for organizations like SASA that have created a collaborative work plan to ensure they continue to meet the requirements while progressing to further achieve the standards set by Canada Soccer.

SASA joins the Edmonton Scottish United Soccer Club, Sherwood Park District Soccer Club, Calgary Blizzard Soccer Club, Calgary Foothills Soccer Club, Calgary Rangers Soccer Club and Calgary South West United Soccer Association as the Alberta Soccer Association licence-holders who demonstrate over the past 12 months a willingness to improve, collaborate and raise the level of youth soccer in Canada.

Eight clubs from British Columbia and 24 from Ontario were also granted licenses.

Junior golf results

Brooke and Belle Brezovski of St. Albert teed it up at the recent Girls Junior Americas Cup at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, Calif.

Teams from Alberta and B.C. were the only Canadian contingents competing against 16 U.S. teams in the 54-hole tournament, with the teams of four counting three scores and not the lowest score.

The Brezovskis, members of the Glendale Golf & Country Club, were among the four Alberta and B.C. girls who chose to forego their opportunity to play in the Canadian Junior Nationals in Lethbridge for the U.S./Canada team event.

Alberta edged out Wyoming 759 stokes to 778 to secure 17th spot out of 18 teams and Hawaii was first at 654 strokes.

Brooke, 16, was the top Canadian out of the Alberta and B.C. girls with a three-day total of 241 (85-78-78) and finished tied for 51st out of 77 girls.

Belle, 14, tied for 68th at 273 (96-93-84) as one of the youngest in the field.

Cassie Kim (70-66-73) of Washington and Lana Calibuso-Kwee (67-72-70) of Hawaii placed atop the linerboard at 209.

Meanwhile, Belle is one of six Alberta girls competing in the annual Alberta/Montana Ryder Cup underway at Picture Butte Golf Club. The 36-hole match play tournament, which alternates every year between Alberta and Montana, features six female and six male juniors per team, with two females and two males on the same team in the U15, U16 and U18 divisions.

Brooke, who played in the Alberta/Montana Ryder Cup last year at Whitefish Lake Golf Club, is preparing for the Canada Western Summer Games that begin  Friday in Swift Current and is one of five girls on Team Alberta.

Volleyball nationals

Emma Morrison of St. Albert and Dani Smith of Morinville participated in the 2019 Canada Cup volleyball age-group nationals with 15U Team Alberta White last month in Halifax.

Morrison a middle/outside player, and Smith, a setter, were among 31 females to attend the U15 provincial training camp and 13 were selected to Team Alberta White, one of the youngest teams in the U16 division at the Canada Cup that finished out of the medal round.

Morrison played junior high volleyball with the Richard S. Fowler Falcons, the second-place finishers in 2018 St. Albert Physical Education Council League, and will attend Grade 10 at Bellerose Composite High School.

Smith was a member of the 2018 3A North Central Zone champion Morinville Wolves in her Grade 10 season.

Jeff Hansen

About the Author: Jeff Hansen

Jeff Hansen joined the St. Albert Gazette in 1991. He writes about sports, athletes and teams from St. Albert and area.
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