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Basketball Kings 6th in ACAC, Queens Hockey Squad out in ACAC semi, Kings Hockey on a roll, Indoor Track Team wins Grand Prix


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The RDC Queens Hockey team put forth a great effort against the MacEwan University Griffins, but dropped their semi-final series in three games.  At the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Basketball Championship, the Kings finished sixth.  The Red Deer College Kings Hockey team defeated the MacEwan University Griffins once and the Briercrest College Clippers twice, completing the regular season. The RDC Indoor Track team placed first overall at Grand Prix #2.

Here is a summary of what happened this past week in RDC Athletics.

Queens Hockey | Thursday, Feb. 28 | ACAC semi-final | MacEwan University

The Griffins took game one 4-2 on home ice. Jenessa Fournier and Jordyn Burgar scored for the Queens. Karlee Fetch made 39 saves (0.929) for RDC.

Queens Hockey | Saturday, March 2 | ACAC semi-final | Servus Arena

In game two, the Red Deer College Queens defeated the MacEwan University Griffins 2-1 to push the series to three games. Mairead Bast and Sydnee Decorby had the RDC goals. Decorby recorded the overtime winner.

Karlee Fetch stopped 34 out of 35 shots (0.971) and was named the Queens Player-of-the-Game.

In lieu of game tickets, $655.50 was raised for the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC).

Queens Hockey | Sunday, March 3 | ACAC semi-final | MacEwan University

In a hard fought battle, the Griffins captured game three 3-1 to advance to the finals against NAIT. Mairead Bast scored the lone goal for the Queens. Once again, Karlee Fetch was excellent in net, turning aside 35 out of 37 shots (0.946).

Kings Basketball | Feb. 28 to March 2 | ACAC Championship | Lakeland College

The RDC Kings finished sixth at the ACAC Championship. On Thursday, the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings picked up an 85-75 decision over the Kings. The Red Deer College Kings defeated the Ambrose University Lions 93-84 on Friday and then dropped a 78-69 score to the host Lakeland College Rustlers on Saturday afternoon. Spencer Klassen was named to the ACAC Men’s Basketball Second All-Star Team.

The championship results can be viewed online.

Kings Hockey | Wednesday, Feb. 27 | MacEwan University

The RDC Kings soundly defeated the MacEwan University Griffins 6-2. Tyler Podgorenko, Austin Hunter, Chase Thudium, Mathieu Lapointe, Ryley Smith and Dylan Thudium scored for RDC. Arik Weersink made 36 saves for the win (0.947).

Kings Hockey | Friday, March 1 | Briercrest College

The RDC Kings controlled the Briercrest College Clippers 7-1 in Saskatchewan. Lynnden Pastachak, Dylan Thudium, Chance Longjohn, Ryley Smith, Chase Thudium, Parker Smyth and Mike Statchuk recorded goals. Troy Trombley turned aside 25 out of 26 shots (0.962) for the victory in net.

Kings Hockey | Saturday, March 2 | Briercrest College

The RDC Kings trailed by two goals heading into the third period, but they persisted and defeated the Clippers 4-3. Mathieu Lapointe, Ryley Smith, Jacob Wozney and Lynnden Pastachak scored for RDC. Arik Weersink made 18 saves in goal, in the final regular season contest.

The Kings (19-7-1-1) finished even with the MacEwan University Griffins (19-7-1-1) in the standings, but the Griffins had the edge in head-to-head competition during the regular season. The Red Deer College Kings finished third and will face the Concordia University Thunder (7-19-1-1) in the best of three quarter-final. The University of Alberta Augustana Vikings (17-10-1-0) will compete against the SAIT Trojans (17-10-1-0) in the other quarter-final. First place NAIT (20-7-0-1) and MacEwan will receive a bye.

Indoor Track | Saturday, March 2 | Grand Prix #2 | Concordia University of Edmonton

The RDC Indoor Track team captured first place, using the women’s and men’s combined scores. The Queens were excellent, placing first among the female teams. Shayla Sklaruk earned first in the 300 m (42.65) and 600 m (1:41.24). In her first ACAC Indoor Track competition, Sandra Garcia- Bernal (5:06.22), who’s an energetic member of Queens Basketball, placed first over 1,500 m.

The Kings had several strong races. Stephen Rowley (2:08.68) finished third in the men’s 800 m final. Matt Hope (4:06.44) raced to third in the 1,500 m and Devin Saunders (9:28.99) was third over 3,000 m.

The RDC team will now prepare for the ACAC Championships from March 15-16 in Calgary. For more information on RDC Athletics, the student-athletes, scores, and game recaps of conference games, please visit:

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Today: Come meet Red Deer’s Silver Medalist Rebecca Smith

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Submitted by Tourism Red Deer

Come celebrate with us and congratulate Red Deer’s own Rebecca Smith.

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Tourism Red Deer invite you to meet Red Deer’s Summer Olympic Silver Medalist Rebecca Smith!

Rebecca was a part of Team Canada’s 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay swim team at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.  She’ll be here to meet, greet, and show off her hardware.

Where: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, 102-4200 Highway 2, Red Deer

When:  Wednesday, August 25, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Access to Dawe Centre pool and community centre affected by expansion project – Details

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Limited access to G.H. Dawe Community Centre this summer due to construction

Due to construction, access to the G.H. Dawe Community Centre will be limited this summer, with a full closure planned for August.

As announced yesterday, City recreation centres are opening fully to the public as of July 1. With construction underway at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre, only limited services and areas will be available.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Starting July 2, fitness and gym areas will open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., daily. In July, summer day camps that normally operate from the Dawe will operate from other facilities.
  • The pool will remain closed until September.
  • To accommodate interior heating and ventilation construction, the facility will fully close from July 26 to August 31. Some registered preschool and summer camp programming may proceed, but no rental or general admission options will be available.
  • On September 1, we anticipate the pool will be open, but some other amenities, like the gym, may not be available. More information will be provided as construction progresses.
  • Playing surfaces in the arena will not be available until construction is complete, which is expected to be early 2023.

We are currently offering a discounted monthly Value Pass for $27 for adults ($24.50 for seniors; $21.90 for students; $19.30 for youth; $14.20 for children, and $60.50 for a family. It provides unlimited access to all facilities. As of August the Value Pass will only provide access to the Recreation Centre and Michener Aquatic Centre; however, access to the Dawe will be included in the Value pass until the pool, gym and fitness areas are open.

About the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project

Work is underway now on the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project and some exciting changes are in store. We expect to welcome visitors to the transformed space in early 2023. Here’s just some of what you can expect:

  • Two NHL standard playing surfaces
  • Expanded fitness areas, including a running track
  • Outdoor spray park with washroom facilities
  • Improved accessibility
  • Additional north entrance + site access from 67 Street
  • Additional parking

During construction, there will be some changes and impacts to existing amenities and programs, and we’ll do you best to share this information in advance. Thanks for your patience as we complete this work.

For more information about the project, please visit

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