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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


From RDC Athletics

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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FEATURE: Jeremiah Lauzon, Red Deer Titans Track and Field Club’s first ever National Champion



A young Red Deer sprinter has vaulted from a local success story to a national sensation in record time.   Now Lindsay Thurber grad Jeremiah Lauzon is looking to take the next step.  If he can somehow continue his meteoric rise, Lauzon just might find himself representing Canada at next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Adopted as a toddler from his home in Haiti, Jeremiah was raised in Red Deer.  A middle school teacher at Koinonia Christian School, who just happened to be a nationally ranked high jumper introduced him to track.  Lauzon was immediately successful.  Through his high school years at LTCHS he came to focus on sprinting and especially the 200m.    In his senior high school season which just wrapped up, Lauzon triumphed in provincials, shattered his personal bests, and ended up at the Junior Pan-Am Games before accomplishing a first for any Titan..

Jeremiah Lauzon has picked up a clothing sponsor, but he’ll need a lot more help to ensure he can reach Olympic heights.  If you know an individual or a business who may be looking to help out with a cash sponsorship, please contact the Red Deer Titans.   Coach Ronald Hewer can be contacted at

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Below is footage captured by coach Ronald Hewer at the 2019 Canadian U20 Chanpionships in Montreal… This is the Gold Medal 200m run.

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Parker Thompson representing Abel Sports in Toronto Indy

From Parker Thompson Racing


Parker Thompson may be the busiest road racing driver on the continent. Since March, the young Alberta native has raced 27 times in four different series. Challenging for championship titles in both open-wheel race cars and sports cars, Thompson has shown incredible skill and versatility. That was most evident this weekend when Thompson raced in both the Indy Pro 2000 by Cooper Tires series, and the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Canada series as part of the Honda Indy Toronto event. With four alternating races, Thompson demonstrated an adaptability seldom seen in motorsports. In an incredible performance, he earned three podium finishes and the Yokohama Tires Hard Charger award. The result puts an exclamation mark on his accomplishments so far this year, and further reinforces his status as one of the continents top young drivers.

With a busy ten session schedule over the three day weekend, Thompson could often be seen hurrying between the Porsche GT3 and Indy Pro 2000 paddocks located at opposite ends of the event site in downtown Toronto. Competing in two series during the same event presented a variety of challenges not typical of most race weekends.

“There is a lot of work and preparation that goes into every single session we do on the race track. Balancing two different series this weekend would never have been possible without incredible support from my teams, Abel Motorsports [Indy Pro 2000] and Sports Car Boutique [IMSA GT3 Canada]. Getting the maximum out of two very different cars was a tremendous challenge. The Porsche GT3 Cup Car, and the Tatuus PM-18 Indy Pro 2000 car are not only very different in size and handling characteristics, but they also require a very different strategy and approach during race action. Going back and forth between vehicles, and jumping straight into race pace really tested my concentration and ability to remember key markers and set-up notes for this very unforgiving Streets of Toronto track. This was probably my most stressful weekend of racing ever, but I’m overjoyed by our results! In these two highly competitive series, I always feel blessed to stand on the podium. Doing that three out of four times this weekend feels like a huge achievement.” – Parker Thompson

The first of three podiums came with Abel Motorsports in Indy Pro 2000, where Thompson began his first race of the weekend from seventh position in the thirteen car line up. Navigating traffic and multiple yellow flag incidents on the challenging street course, Thompson maneuvered the #8 Abel Motorsports car to a 3rd place finish.

Race 2 in Indy Pro 2000 featured a relentless duel between Thompson and championship leader Rasmus Lindh. Starting in P3 and P2 respectively, the two drivers exchanged places multiple times early in the race. Thompson would make a final pass in turn 3 of the Toronto street course, and hold off Lindh for the remainder of the race to earn a second place finish.

Parker Thompson Toronto Indy 2nd Place

In GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, Thompson began Race 1 from 7th position after a heavy rain prior to race start created conditions that challenged a variety of drivers and teams. In a clear demonstration of car control, Thompson navigated the #3 SCB Racing / Porsche Centre Victoria car around the drying track, executing four passes in the first seven laps. The performance earned him the Yokohama Tires Hard Charger Award, and the final step on the podium.

Parker Thompson 3rd place in Toronto

In Race 2 of GT3 Canada, a rare mistake from Thompson saw his Porsche make contact with a tire wall in turn eight. Continuing the race from the back of the field, a lengthy yellow flag resulting from a crash between drivers Metni and Dussault allowed Thompson to rejoin the main group and improve his position. Piloting a car with front end damage, he would work his way up to 5th position before the 45-minute race expired.

This incredible weekend marked the 100th race of Thompson’s young career, and performing double duty was a fitting celebration of that milestone. Since 2015, Thompson has had a steady career, earning wins in every type of car he has raced. In one-hundred races, he has earned 55 podiums and 26 race wins. His lifetime winning and podium percentages are outstanding by any measure, but Thompson’s numbers this season are even more impressive. In 2019, he has won exactly a third of his races, and placed on the podium more than three quarters of the time.

After one weekend off, Thompson will resume his busy schedule on July 26th with three consecutive race weekends in Indy Pro 2000, IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, and the Canadian Touring Car Championship. He is currently second place in overall championship standings for Indy Pro 2000 and GT3 Canada, and he is leading the Canadian Touring Car Championship GTS standings.

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