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2 local athletes shine as RDC Athletes of the Week

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RDC Queens forward Avery Lajeunnesse

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Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce the Bedford Food Company Athletes of the Week

  1. Avery Lajeunnesse – Queens Hockey

Hometown – Red Deer, AB

Open Studies (1st year)

Avery Lajeunnesse had a remarkable weekend on the ice for the Queens. The first-year forward played a key role helping the RDC Queens earn three of a possible four points against the NAIT Ooks. Both teams entered the two game series tied for second place in the league, but after a 3-2 victory on Friday and a close 5-4 shootout setback, the Queens (10-4-2-0) jumped one point over the Ooks (10-5-1-0) in the standings, for sole possession of second. While Lajeunnesse worked hard and played well on Friday, she really shone in Saturday’s rematch. The Open Studies student used her speed and scored a hat trick, leading both squads. Her first two goals came within 37 seconds of each other in the opening frame. The third marker was recorded late in the second period. For her dominant performance, Lajeunnesse was named the Queens Player-of-the-Game. In 16 games, she has six goals and six assists which is impressive, especially for a first-year player.

  1. Cody White – Kings Basketball

Hometown – Red Deer, AB

Kinesiology Fitness-Health (4th year)

Six-foot-two guard Cody White was very effective and efficient in Saturday’s 88-75 victory over the Broncos in Olds. Cody, who is a Kinesiology Fitness-Health student, led RDC with 20 points. He added a pair of offensive rebounds. The rate that the fourth-year scored was especially impressive considering he only played 19 minutes. Cody’s shooting accuracy made it difficult on the Broncos’ defenders and allowed him to score at a pace of over a point per minute. He hit five out of eight from beyond the three-point arc and three-of-four from the free-throw line. The talented student-athlete from Red Deer is an important veteran member of the Kings and brings a hard-working, positive attitude to practices and games. With the road win, the Kings remain in the playoff conversation. The RDC Kings (6-5) and Briercrest College Clippers (6-5) share third spot in the competitive Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Basketball South Division.

Make Some Time and Make Some Noise

Everyone is subjected to potential stress from school, work, finances and relationships, which is why

RDC is encouraging students, staff and faculty to start a dialogue about mental health and engage in activities through Make Some Time, which started January 20.

Participants can join the conversation by attending a variety of wellness activities on campus. At these events they can enter a draw for the chance to win a tuition credit, equivalent to $380.25. The draw will take place after the second set of the Kings Volleyball game on Friday, January 24. The winner does not have to be in attendance.

The Red Deer College campaign, Make Some Time, will lead into the RBC sponsored ACAC initiative, Make Some Noise for Mental Health, on January 24. RBC representatives will be on site and there will be a variety of prizes, including pizza and prepaid Visa cards.

Make Some Noise | January 24

6:00 pm | Queens Volleyball, Kings to follow | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

7:00 pm | Kings Hockey | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

Make Some Noise for Mental Health is also endorsed by Canadian Mental Health Association that encourages empathy, understanding and open mindedness for those experiencing mental illness and those who are impacted.  

RBC has been a long-time supporter of the College. They have provided significant funding to the College’s Student Ambassadors Program. In addition to their ongoing support for Make Some Noise, they’ve assisted with RDC scholarships and the Student Emergency Bursary.

This Week in Red Deer College Athletics

In a battle between the top two teams in ACAC Men’s Hockey, the RDC Kings will play the NAIT Ooks in a home-and-home series. The Hockey Queens and Olds College Broncos will hit the ice in a pair of games. Both volleyball squads will face the Ambrose University Lions. The Red Deer College Indoor Track team will compete at Running Room Grand Prix #1 in Edmonton. The RDC Curling team will participate in the Winter Regional. Both basketball teams will travel south and challenge the Lethbridge College Kodiaks.

Here is a summary of what is happening this week:

Queens Hockey | Thursday, Jan. 23 | 7:00 pm | Olds College

The second place Red Deer College Queens (10-4-2-0) will compete against the Broncos (3-11-2-0) in Olds. Camryn Wallan and Avery Lajeunnesse share the team lead in points with 12. After her hat trick against NAIT, Lajeunnesse took over the Queens’ goal scoring lead with six. Eight student-athletes have four goals each.

Queens Hockey | Saturday, Jan. 25 | 7:00 pm | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Queens will tangle with the Broncos at home.

Kings Hockey | Friday, Jan. 24 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The second place Hockey Kings (13-3-2-0) will face-off against the top seed NAIT Ooks (16-2-0-0).

The Kings trail the Ooks by four points entering the weekend series.

RDC’s power play has been very effective, scoring 22 times with the man-advantage and clicking at 25.9 per cent. Austin Hunter leads the way with five power play markers.

Kings Hockey | Saturday, Jan. 25 | 6:00 p.m. | NAIT

The Kings will meet the Ooks in the second half of the home-and-home series.

Queens Volleyball | Friday, Jan. 24 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The second place Queens (12-2) will play the third seed Ambrose University Lions (10-6) at home. The RDC Queens have been playing a solid brand of volleyball.

Red Deer’s Emma Holmes is one of the Queens’ most efficient and effective offensive weapons. She sits fourth in the league with 3.14 kills per set and 0.364 hitting percentage.

Queens Volleyball | Saturday, Jan. 25 | 6:00 p.m. | Ambrose University

The Lions will host the Queens in Calgary.

Kings Volleyball | Friday, Jan. 24 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The RDC Kings (10-4) will entertain the Lions (1-15). The Kings share third in the south with the Briercrest College Clippers (10-6), but have also played two fewer matches. RDC has only participated in 14 matches. Ambrose University, Olds College, Medicine Hat College, Briercrest College and Lethbridge College have played in 16 matches. SAIT has hit the court the most (18) in the south.

Setter Thomas Wass sits at the top of the ACAC with 8.86 assists per set.

Kings Volleyball | Saturday, Jan. 25 | 8:00 p.m. | Ambrose University

The Kings will contend with the Lions on the road.

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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The Raptors (Ridgefield Raptors that is) are coming to Edmonton next summer

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At first word that the Raptors will be spending a few days in Edmonton next summer, sports fans might be excused for jumping up and down at the thought of a high-profile NBA event.

But the Raptors under discussion play another game — baseball — and they’re based not in Toronto but in Ridgefield, Wash., a small centre near the Washington-Oregon border which claims fewer than 10,000 residents in its Wikipedia profile. Edmonton — officially labeled the Riverhawks — is now a partner in the West Coast League, which develops college players and has seen several top prospects selected in recent Major League Baseball drafts.

Also joining this week are teams based in Kamloops and Nanaimo, bringing the British Columbia contingent to four teams. Victoria and Kelowna were already members of what now is a 15-team organization.

Teams currently occupy Yakima, Wenatchee, Walla Walla and Port Angeles in Washington, as well as Bend, Corvallis and other communities in Oregon.

The city of Edmonton confirmed months ago that the Edmonton Prospects of the Western Canadian Baseball League would not be returning to Re/Max Field. Several years of association with Pat Cassidy and the Prospects had led to difficult feelings on both sides.

The Prospects are developing a new facility in Stony Plain. It will be ready for competition in 2022. Cassidy has said his team will find another place to play in 2021. All comments on next year and beyond are based, of course, on the progress of local, provincial and national fights against COVID.

Randy Gregg, the former Edmonton Oilers defenceman who led the new group’s campaign to function in Re/Max Field, unveiled his new organization at a well-attended news conference and said several options concerning the WCBL were considered but “there were continuing roadblocks.”

During months of negotiation, Gregg and his supporters did not communicate with the public. Neither did city council. “When you sign a non-disclosure agreement, you have to abide by it. Your signature has to mean something,” he said.

Gregg insisted the Riverhawks organization has no ill feelings about the WCBL. “It might have worked well,” he said. A few casual remarks were made about the potential value to this entire region if both the WCBL and the WCL are profitable.

The Edmonton approach includes sharing in travel costs for existing West Coast League teams. Similar situations made it difficult for a pair of so-called “independent” teams to operate in the years after the Edmonton Trappers were sold and Edmonton had no significant baseball.

Gregg is convinced the new load of travel costs will not be insurmountable. The Riverhawks are a collection of 28 contributors. He also pointed out that at least a couple of Edmonton’s new partners are owned or controlled by owners with major-league connections.’

“We’ve got a big job ahead of us,” he said. “We know that a lot of baseball fans have never seen a game at Re/Max Field.”

As things were unfolding between the Prospects and city officials, there were regular suggestions that no lease would have been granted for the WCBL in 2021. “Can you imagine what it would feel like to have no baseball for maybe three or four years in this great sports city?”

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ACAC suspends competition for Fall 2020

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From Red Deer College Communications

Red Deer College supports decision and will alter upcoming Athletics season

The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) has decided to suspend competition during the 2020 Fall term due to COVID-19 precautions.

As a result, an adjusted conference schedule will begin in January 2021, which includes a delay to cross country running and soccer seasons until the spring.

“As a member of the ACAC, Red Deer College supports the decision and recognizes that it was made very carefully with the health and safety of the student-athletes, coaches, officials, athletics staff and fans in mind,” says RDC President Dr. Peter Nunoda. “While the announcement is emotional for many, the College is dedicated to working with our student-athletes, coaches and staff during this time as we prepare to compete in the Winter term.”

Today’s announcement from the ACAC aligns with the decisions made from other conferences and governing bodies across the country due to COVID-19. The Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), of which the ACAC is one of five conference members, cancelled four 2020 Fall National Championships, affecting the typical September start for RDC Soccer and Cross Country Running.

U Sports, the national governing body of university sport in Canada, cancelled six fall national university championships and many of its conference members also postponed league games.

Canada West cancelled team competitions for the 2020 Fall term. Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Atlantic University Sport (AUS) postponed their sanctioned sport programming and championships until January. Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) has not made a formal announcement.

“I understand that the suspension of fall competition is disappointing for many, but the College and RDC Athletics will support our student-athletes on many levels, one of which includes our commitment to awarding RDC athletics scholarships to student-athletes who meet revised eligibility criteria,” says RDC Athletic Director Diane St-Denis.

“RDC Athletics is collaborating with the College’s Ancillary & Sport Services to identify a return to training plan for our teams, according to the health and safety protocols set by the Government of Alberta. Our coaches will stay highly engaged with our student-athletes over the following months, overseeing the training programs in preparation for a January start.”

While sports activity within the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre will look much different for the fall, there is plenty of excitement for competition in the new year. In addition to the regular season commencing in January, the Red Deer College Queens will host the ACAC Women’s Volleyball Championship from Feb. 25-27, 2021 at the Centre. Then shortly after, the RDC Queens Basketball team will enter the postseason as hosts of the ACAC Championship from March 4-6, 2021.

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