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Nate Schmidt

Home floor advantage favoured the St. Albert Miners in senior B action last weekend in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League.

The defending provincial champions improved to 8-4-1 by defeating the Calgary Knights 9-5 and the Calgary Mounties 11-7 at Performance Arena.

Three unanswered goals in the third period by the Miners broke open Saturday’s close contest against the Knights. Sean Reid and captain Nate Schmidt tallied twice for the winners. Chris Schmidt, Chris Buckley, Steve Tessarolo, Lucas Huyser-Wierenga and Graedon Cornfield added singles. Period scores were 3-3 after the first and 6-5 Miners after the second.

The fight card included three scraps. Owen Chatwin of the Miners also received a match penalty for abuse of an official with 26 seconds left in the middle period in the aftermath of a fight.

On Sunday the Miners rebounded from a 3-1 deficit in the first period by outscoring the Mounties 6-2. Nate Schmidt scored the team’s first four goals. He also picked up two assists. Shane Lopatynski potted a pair and Steven Zwack, Chris Schmidt, Kyle Schram, Reid and Cornfield also connected.

Other than one fight, the match was a tame affair.

The win was the third in a row and the fifth in the last six games for the second-place Miners.

After tonight’s clash with the last-place Spruce Grove Slash, the Miners have four games remaining until the playoffs. Ball-drop is 8 p.m. at Performance.

Calahoo is the home base for six provincial boys’ softball championships this weekend.

Fifteen teams, including four from Calahoo, will compete for medals in U10 mite A, U12 squirt A, U14 peewee A and B and U16 bantam A and B.

Visit www.softballalberta.ca for more information.

The Tigers Black and Tigers Orange teams in the Sunburst Baseball League are up to bat this week.

The junior AAA Orange (0-10) played the Riggers (6-4) Tuesday in Red Deer but the score was unavailable at press time.

On Thursday the Orange visit the Red Deer Stags (6-3) at 7:30 p.m.

The senior AAA Black (3-4) have doubleheaders scheduled in Fort Saskatchewan against the Stags on Saturday and the Riggers on Sunday. Game times are 3 and 5:30 p.m.

Registrations are being accepted for the Skyhawks Combo Camp, Aug. 22 to 25 at the SkyDome.

The combo camp consists of volleyball in the mornings and basketball in the afternoons. Athletes can chose either one or both. It’s open to boys and girls in Grades 7 to 9 to help prepare for school volleyball and basketball club team tryouts.

The cost is $90 per individual session or $170 for both. The deadline to register is Aug. 15.

Instructors are Jocelyn Blair, former CIS volleyball champion and All-Canadian with the Alberta Pandas, and John Dedrick, head coach of the 2010 and 2011 3A provincial women’s basketball champion St. Albert Skyhawks.

For more information, contact aandjdedrick@hotmail.com or jdedrick@gsacrd.ab.ca.

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