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CHALLENGE CUP SOCCER

Hawco scores twice as Holy Cross beat Mount Pearl

Jon Hawco scored twice, first at the 33-minute mark and on a penalty kick at 65 minutes to lead Holy Cross Kirby Group to a 4-1 win over Mount Pearl That Pro Look/Molson in Molson Challenge Cup senior men’s soccer King George V Park.

Steve Delong (72’) and Tyler Forsey (85’) added second-half insurance markers for the Crusaders. Forsey, who now has 24 goals in 21 games, was named the league’s player of the July. It’s the second time the Cross forward has claimed the honour, having won in May.

Nick Chretien tallied at the 44-minute mark for Mount Pearl.

The result of Wednesday’s second Challenge Cup game, between Feildians and Strikers FC at Topsail Field, was unavailable.

MINOR SOCCER

U18 boys mega-tourney

in St. John’s this weekend

The Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association’s Pepi Cola provincial under-18 boys mega soccer tournament is slated for this weekend at Wishingwell and King George V Park in St. John’s this weekend.

Placentia, ASIA from St-Pierre and Portugal Cove-St. Phillips make up group one while Labrador West, Exploits and St. John’s are the  group two teams.

The tourney begins Friday at 8:30 p.m. with ASIA meeting Portugal Cove-St. Phillips at Wishingwell West and Labrador West taking to the field against St. John’s at KGV.

Meanwhile, the under-18 girls B soccer championships are taking place in Clarenville with only two teams, the host squad and a side from Corner Brook. The teams will play a two-game, total goals final starting Saturday at 6 p.m. and continuing Sunday morning at 10.

BALL HOCKEY

Province’s entry ready

for national junior championship

The roster for the Newfoundland Marshalls, the province’s entry at this weekend’s Canadian Ball Hockey Association (CBHA) national junior championship in Oakville, Ont., has been announced.

The team, led by head coach and general manager Steve Power, is made up largely of former high school, major midget, minor midget and junior ice hockey players from around the island along with two players from the Maritime Junior A Hockey League’s Woodstock Slammers in Saint John, N.B. Johnny Erbs and Riley Croft and  Tyler Johnson, also of Saint John, N.B.

The roster includes goaltenders Dylan Burry (Mount Pearl) and Nick Walsh (St. John’s), defencemen Matthew Downer, Mark Murphy, Alex Doyle, Nick Harte, Ryan Slaney (St. John’s), Brandon Hudson (Torbay), Michael Barnes (Mount Pearl), and forwards Joey Trenholme, Zac Cooper, Harry Noftle (St. John’s), Brandon Kalbfleisch (Mount Pearl), and Barry Wheeler (Bishop’s Falls). Portugal Cove’s Kris Abbott and Gary Cross of Saint John, N.B. are the team’s assistants.

The team plays its first games tonight against the host Oakville Rangers.

With the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation holding its world championships in Slovakia next year, the CBHA’s Gary Slavin, minor high performance director, and junior team scouting director Norm Spitzer will be on hand looking for potential rosters players for 2014.

SENIOR BASEBALL

Capitals begin defence of their provincial title against Barons this weekend at St. Pat’s

The St. John’s Winmar Capitals will try for their 13th straight Molson Provincial Senior A Baseball title when the best-of-seven series against the Corner Brook Barons opens at St. Pat’s Ball Park on Saturday.

The Barons bested the Mount Pearl Blazers to claim the senior B title two weeks ago in Corner Brook.

Game 1 goes Saturday at 2 p.m. with Game 2 set for Saturday evening at 7. Game 3 is set for Sunday at 2 p.m.

The series shifts to Jubilee Field in Corner Brook next weekend for Games 4, and if necessary 5 through 7.

MINOR BASEBALL

Busy weekend for provincial tournaments

Four Browning Harvey provincial minor baseball championships are taking place around the island this weekend.

The Pepsi 15-and-under bantam AAA tourney is being played in St. John’s at Terra Nova and Airport Heights field. Teams competing in the single round robin series are the St. John’s Capitals, Mount Pearl Blazers, Pasadena Pirates and Corner Brook Barons. St. John’s and Mount Pearl will play the opener Friday, 1 p.m., at Terra Nova with the championship game scheduled for Sunday, 1 p.m., at the same location.

The towns of Upper Island Cove and Harbour Grace will host the bantam AA tournament with seven teams on board. Joining the host Conception Bay North Bulldogs are the Conception Bay South Raiders, Paradise Phantoms, Mount Pearl Blazers, St. John’s Capitals, Gander Pilots and the provincial bantam girls team. C.B.N. and C.B.S. kick things off Friday morning at 11. The title game is set for Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Five teams are entered in the Aquafina 11-and-under mosquito A tournament at Little Jubilee Field in Corner Brook. Joining the host team are teams from St. John’s, C.B.N., and Grand Falls-Windsor. Corner Brook and Grand Falls play the opening game Friday, 1:30 p.m., and the final goes Sunday afternoon at two o’clock.

Finally, Goodyear Avenue Complex in Grand Falls-Windsor is the site for the 11-and-under mosquito provincials. One pool of team includes the host, St. John’s and Corner Brook while the other includes Pasadena, C.B.N. and Mount Pearl. Play begins Friday at 2 p.m. with the hosts taking on Corner Brook and Pasadena facing C.B.N. The championship game will take place Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

INTERMEDIATE BASEBALL

Feildians whitewash Holy Cross

Brad Roche and Cory Commerford drove in three runs apiece to lead Feildians to a 10-0 win over Holy Cross in St. John’s Molson intermediate baseball Wednesday night at St. Pat’s Ball Park.

The game was called after five innings on the league’s 10-run mercy rule.

Dave Edwards (5IP, 2H, 2W, 4K) picked up the win, with the only hits for Cross by Ryan Walsh and Mark Winsor.

Vinny Grace (4IP, 10R, 3H, 6W, 3K) started and took the loss, with Zach Noseworthy (.2IP, 1H, 1K) working in relief.

INTERMEDIATE SOFTBALL

Committee of pitchers, Walsh help Goulds

to win over C.B.S.

Goulds used four pitchers and Colin Walsh hit a two-run homer in a 5-1 win over the C.B.S. Storm in Molson St. John’s intermediate softball Wednesday night at Lions Park.

Joel Whelan (4IP, 1R, 3H, 4K) started and picked up the win with Mark power (2K), Daniel Dalton (1K), and Simon Power (1H, 2W, 2K) all throwing an inning of relief. Geoff Stack plated a pair of runs.

For C.B.S., Barry Poole put the only run on the board with a solo home run. Tyler McDonald (4IP, 5R, 5H, 4W, 3K) took the loss, with Andrew Wade (2IP, 1W, 4K) clewing up.

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Mark Hurley scored a pair and drove in two more while Elliot Chard went yard with a three-run shot to lead the winners.

David Kennedy (7IP, 5R, 6H, 4W, 7K) earned the win while Trevor Heffernan (7IP, 2K) surrendered nine runs on 13 hits and two walks for the loss.

Corey Drake drove in a pair and plated a single for Power.

Organizations: Molson, Holy Cross Kirby Group, Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association Terra Nova and Airport Heights Power Conditioning

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Mount Pearl, Portugal Cove ASIA Labrador West Saint John King George V Park Placentia Clarenville Oakville International Street Slovakia Ball Park Pasadena Terra Nova Upper Island Cove Conception Bay

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