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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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    Athlete of the Month

    Up and coming curler with great bloodlines is ASDC Athlete of the Month




  • The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C) is pleased to announce that the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month for March 2019 is Claire Booth.

    Claire Booth is a 15 year old Grade 10 student at Lindsay Thurber High School in Red Deer and a competitive curler.

    Claire has been curling for 7 years and this past season Claire competed in Alberta U18 Curling Tour, qualifying for Alberta U15 Bantam Championships and was a Red Deer Junior Curling Academy Silver Medallist. Last season Claire and her teammates captured the Gold Medal at Alberta U15 Bantam Championships, won the Red Deer Junior League, and competed in the 2019 Jeux Canada Winter Games Pre-Trials.

    Claire’s short terms goal for next season to win U18 Curling Provincials and represent Alberta at the Canadian Curling Championships, with a long term goal of competing the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

    Claire also excels in the classroom as an Honours Student since Grade 6 and last year was named an Honours Student with Distinction. Claire’s goals in the classroom are to remain an Honours student and attend university in the medical field.  Academic Achievements: Grade 9 Honours With Distinction , Grade 8 Math Award , Grades 6-8 Honours Award

    Claire keeps herself busy with other sports (has played softball for the past 11 years) and enjoys travelling and hanging out with her friends.

    With Claire’’s strong work ethic, his undeniable athletic abilities and her training experiences with ASDC-Central, he will surely continue to grow, develop and succeed in her curling career!

    ASDC-Central thanks Tom Bast Sports for celebrating the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month recipients by the provision of commemorative apparel for each recipient.

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    Central Alberta’s Parker Thompson Takes Double Podiums In His First Weekend of Sports Car Racing




  • April 8, 2019


    Touting #DriveAnything, Parker Thompson got behind the wheel of the #3 JDX Racing – Hertz – Byers Porsche GT3 Cup Car this weekend for his first experience in fender-to-fender racing action at the 2019 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA season opener.

    “… I know Barber Motorsports Park very well with my background in open wheel cars, but this was a huge learning weekend for me…”

    As an experienced open-wheel race car driver, Thompson’s debut in the series generated significant intrigue about his potential in sports car racing. The final results did not disappoint. At the conclusion of each race, Thompson found himself celebrating on the podium. Third-place finishes in both race one and race two, position him 3rd overall in the GT3 Cup Challenge USA Championship standings.

    Both races saw hard battles and close quarter racing that is characteristic of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, but race two was particularly close. Thompson’s #3 car took damage on lap four, destroying the front splitter and significantly challenging his pace from that point forward.

    As a result, Thompson found himself on the defence against sophomore drivers Maxwell Root, and JDX Racing teammate, Jeff Kingsley. Root showed tremendous pressure, often going side-by-side with Thompson on the winding road course, but he never managed to execute a full pass. Root would eventually collide with lapped traffic, leaving Thompson to defend Kingsley alone. The battle between the two young Canadians lasted right to the checkered flag, with Thompson managing to hold his spot and earn the final podium position.

    With this outstanding result, Thompson is excited about future opportunities to race in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, but remains focused on the Indy Pro 2000 Championship. After winning the opening two races at the season opener in St. Petersburg last month, Thompson holds a significant lead in the Championship points standings.

    “… I know Barber Motorsports Park very well with my background in open wheel cars, but this was a huge learning weekend for me. I think I learned more about racing in the last four days than I have in the past year! I was driving a car that I’d never driven before; I had a new team and new crew behind me and the JDX Racing guys were just awesome. We all gelled really quickly and the atmosphere and communication under the tent was outstanding. The #3/JDX Racing/Hertz/Byers Porsche got better with every change and my understanding of what it takes to drive this car fast also grew. I’m ecstatic with our performance this weekend, but I’m equally as hungry for more results…”  – Parker Thompson

    Click below to learn more about Parker Thompson Racing.


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