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Chiefs Deal Berry; Youngsters Benefit

The Spokane Chiefs dealt 18-year-old defenseman Ryan Berry to the Calgary Hitmen on Friday, opening more ice time for three younger blue-liners.

The Chiefs received Calgary’s third-round pick in the ‘97 bantam draft for the 6-4, 206-pound Berry, who had two assists with 11 penalty minutes in four Western Hockey League games this season.

“It’s a good opportunity for Ryan and from our standpoint an opportunity for Brad Ference, Curtis Suter and Kyle Rossiter to get into the lineup on a more regular basis,” said general manager Tim Speltz.

Suter and Ference are 17. Rossiter is 16.

The Chiefs play the Seattle Thunderbirds tonight at 7 in the Arena. Portland comes in for a 6 o’clock game Sunday. Tickets in all price ranges are available for both games.

Braves beaten

Sicamous came back from a 4-2 first-period deficit to hand the Spokane Braves a 7-6 KIJHL defeat Friday at Eagles Ice-A-Rena.

It was the first win for Sicamous (1-3), which got three goals from Chris Beech.

Patrick Heinz led Spokane (4-3) with two goals and two assists. Ben Holt and Tyler Ham each added a pair of goals.

Gardner makes match-play finals

Mark Gardner, the head professional at The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course, advanced to today’s final round of the Inland Empire PGA Match Play Championships by edging MeadowWood head pro Bob Scott 1-up at Manito Country Club.

Gardner will play Downriver Golf Course assistant Dan Porter, a 3-and-2 semifinal winner over Clint Wallman, the head pro at Birdies Golf Center, in today’s title match.

Harbottle tops senior field

Tacoma’s John Harbottle shot a 3-over-par 75 but managed to maintain his seven-stroke lead throughout the final round and successfully defend his title in the Washington State Senior Men’s Amateur golf tournament at Spokane Country Club.

Harbottle, 65, who also won the event in 1988, finished with a 54-hole total of 3-under-par 213 to easily outdistance Spokane’s Jim O’Rourke, 59, who finished at 220 on his home course.

Liberty Lake assistant promoted

Kit DeAndre, an assistant at Liberty Lake Golf Course the past five years, has been promoted to head professional at the Spokane County-owned course.

DeAndre, 36, will replace Bob Scott, who will take over next spring as the head professional at MeadowWood Golf Course.

“It’s obvious right now that I’m kind of on cloud nine,” DeAndre, a Spokane native and Central Valley graduate, said of his promotion, which was approved by county commissioners this week. “If you had to live a dream, it would be to come back to Spokane and work where you grew up.”

This will be the first head pro position for DeAndre, who started as an assistant at Veterans’ Memorial Golf Course in Walla Walla and later hired on as an assistant at Ocean Shores Golf Club.

, DataTimes

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