The St. Albert Miners dug themselves a deep hole at the President’s Cup with two losses in a row after winning 22 consecutive games this season.
The Miners were 3-2 at the Canadian Lacrosse Association senior B championship at Kahnawake, Que., before Friday’s game against the Snake Island Muskies of the Three Nations Senior Lacrosse League. The score was unavailable at press time.
The eight-team round robin ends with tonight’s contest between the Miners and the host Kahnawake Mohawks of the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League.
Sunday’s finals feature the top two teams playing for gold and the teams ranked third and fourth compete for bronze.
The Miners, winners of three-straight President’s Cups as Team Alberta, were battling the Akwesasne Bucks (3-1-1) of the Can-Am Lacrosse League, Six Nations Rivermen (3-0-1) of the Ontario Lacrosse Association, Kahnawake (3-1-1) and the Axemen (3-2) for spots in the medal finals.
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The Miners, 21-1 in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League regular season and playoffs, started off nationals with the 13-10 victory against Akwesasne, followed by losses of 8-6 to the Axemen and 12-8 to Six Nations.
The Miners regrouped with wins of 15-3 against Team Nova Scotia (0-4) and 17-11 against the Ladner Pioneers (1-4) of the West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association.
After game five of the tournament, four Miners were among the top 10 scorers at nationals: Graedon Cornfield (13 goals, 26 points), Richard Lachlan (14 goals, 23 points), Jordan Getz (10 goals, 23 points), a pickup from the Calgary Mountaineers, and Matt Kristiansen (seven goals, 18 points).
Cornfield and Lachlan also struck five times on the power play while Brett Baron and Carson Barton had 10 points apiece
The team’s goaltenders are Aaron Bold (2-2, 9.94 GAA), the MVP at last year’s nationals, and Matt Hiebert (1-0 with 34 saves against Nova Scotia).
After Thursday’s result, the Miners were 24-3 on the season and 111-7-2 overall since losing the 2015 RMLL provincial final.
The fourth loss in five games for the St. Albert Cardinals at the 13U Baseball Canada championship was 8-2 against Saskatchewan in Sunday’s ninth/10th placement game at Repentigny, Que.
In pool B at nationals, scores for the Cardinals were the 8-2 loss to Ontario 2, 7-6 walkoff win in an extra inning against Prince Edward Island, 16-2 loss to Quebec 1 and 5-2 loss to British Columbia.
Eric Hartman led the Cardinals with seven hits, including a triple and home run, plus five RBIs in 13 at-bats.
Hartman and Nicholas Vandenberg also scored four runs apiece.
Keenan Parker collected four hits and Michael Yusypchuk drove in three runs.
Dylan Martins led the pitching staff with 10 strikeouts in 8.1 innings and Yusypchuk fanned seven in 4.1 innings.
The Cardinals were the first 13U team from the St. Albert Minor Baseball Association to compete at nationals as Team Alberta since the 2014 fourth-place finishers.
The Cardinals' record prior to nationals was 32-5 with seven returnees from last year’s 26-8 team as silver medallists at the 13U westerns as the Baseball Alberta AAA Tier I finalists.
Members of the Hayabusa Training Centre in Campbell Business Park excelled on the international stage during the recent jiu-jitsu competitions in Las Vegas.
At the World Masters (30-plus) Championships, Nancy Ma won gold in master 4 brown belt and the silver medallists were Luke Harris in master 3 black belt, Amy Harris in master 1 blue belt and Shaun Holmstrom in master 7 black belt.
Purple belt AJ Timm was a double medallist at the Las Vegas Open with gold in NoGi and silver in Brazillan jiu-jitsu in the adult category.
At the Kids International Jiu-Jitsu Championships, Teegan Kravontka was the gold medalist in teen 2 grey belt and Wyatt MacIsaac was the bronze medallist in teen 2 yellow belt.
Luke Harris, the Hayabusa coach, was also recognized as the third highest-ranked world master 3 black belt in all weight divisions during the 2018/19 season.