Local curlers book provincial berths
Three local curling teams are one step closer to a shot at the Brier. Scott Garnett, of Strathmore,
and Jeremy Hardy and Dale Goehring, of The Glencoe in Calgary punched their tickets to the provincial men’s curling championship — a.k.a. the Alberta Boston Pizza Cup — with qualification victories this past weekend in Medicine Hat. Another rink, Airdrie’s Aaron
Sluchinski, qualified through the weekend event held at the Sherwood Park Curling Club. Garnett defeated Thomas
Usselman, of Rocky Mountain House, 7-1 in the A final at the Medicine Hat Curling Club.
Hardy topped Goehring 7-5 in the B final.
Goehring then rebounded with a steal in the 10th end of the C final Sunday night for a
9-8 victory over Denton Koch, of Medicine Hat, to grab the last berth for the provincial championship.
Meanwhile in Sherwood Park, Sluchinski scored a B-final triumph, 11-4 over Warren
Cross, of Edmonton’s Saville Sports Centre. Ryan Parent, of Calgary’s North Hill Curling Club, dropped the C final 6-5 to Cross in Sherwood Park.
The Alberta Boston Pizza Cup goes Feb. 6-10 at Edmonton’s Ellerslie Curling Club.
BOTTCHER, HOMAN TRIUMPH
Sask. — Edmonton’s Brendan
Bottcher has won his first career Grand Slam of Curling title. Bottcher completed a perfect week with a 6-3 victory over Toronto’s John Epping on Sunday in the men’s final of the Canadian Open.
On the women’s side, Rachel
Homan of Ottawa picked up a record-breaking 10th Grand Slam women’s title and her third in a row this season with a 4-3 win over Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni.
The Bottcher and Homan teams each collected $30,000.
BIG WEEKEND FOR TROJANS
John Smith scored a teamhigh 22 points as the SAIT Trojans men’s basketball team downed the Red Deer College Kings 87-82 in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference action at the Campus Centre on Saturday night. Ian Tevis recorded 21 points and eight steals, while Charlie Conner had 20 points and 12 rebounds as the No. 1-ranked Trojans improved their perfect record to 12-0.
In women’s basketball action, the Trojans snapped a six-game losing streak with a 57-39 victory over the visiting Red Deer College Queens on Saturday.
Rachel Osczevski had 17 points and six rebounds, while
Anegor Wol added 10 points and three rebounds for the Trojans (4-8).
SAIT’S women’s volleyball team made amends on Saturday by defeating the host Ambrose University Lions 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-15). The win came one day after the Trojans (11-5) were handed a 3-1 loss at home.
On the men’s side, the Trojans had to fight hard to earn a sweep of the Lions with a 3-2 (25-18, 23-25, 19-25, 25-12, 15-12) victory on Saturday.
In men’s hockey, the
Trojans completed a sweep of the visiting Portage College Voyageurs with a 4-1 win on Saturday. Eric Krienke scored twice for SAIT (11-5), while Rock Ruschkowksi and Owen LaClare added singles. Trojans netminder Jordan Cartney made 18 saves for the win.
RAPTORS SURVIVE WIZARDS
WASHINGTON — Serge
Ibaka hit a three-pointer with 15 seconds left in the second overtime, and the Toronto Raptors survived to earn their fifth straight win, 140-138 over the Wizards on Sunday.
The Raptors blew a 23-point lead but outlasted the stubborn Wizards, who never led until early in the second extra period. Toronto, which was led by
Kawhi Leonard’s 41 points and 11 rebounds, led 51-28 with four minutes to play in the second quarter and 96-79 with 57 seconds to play in the third.
PHILADELPHIA — In-game announcer Shawny Hill and the Philadelphia Wings apologized on Sunday after he made racially insensitive remarks about Georgia Swarm forward Lyle Thompson.
Hill called for Thompson’s ponytail to be cut during Georgia’s 13-11 National Lacrosse League win in Philadelphia on Saturday night.
Thompson, from Onondaga Nation, N.Y., and his brothers
Jerome and Miles all play for the Swarm and wear braided ponytails in tribute to their Indigenous heritage.
“I am deeply sorry for my insensitive statements during last night’s game,” Hill said in a statement. “My words were poorly chosen and were not intended as racially motivated.”