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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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    Golden RDC Track Star earns athlete of the week award



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    Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce our Boston Pizza Athletes of the Week.

    1. Shayla Sklaruk – Queens Indoor Track  Hometown – Stony Plain, AB
    Bachelor of Education Elementary (1st year)

    This past weekend, Shayla was a key contributor for the RDC Queens, helping her squad win silver at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Indoor Track Championships at Repsol Sport Centre in Calgary. Over two days of competition, the Bachelor of Education student earned three gold medals along with the silver.

    Shayla won gold in the 300 m (42.33), over two and a half seconds faster than silver medalist Shaunice Burgers from MacEwan University (44.87). The first-year runner also captured gold over 600 m (1:38.81), crossing the finish line over six seconds quicker than the second place runner (1:44.97).

    Shayla, who’s from Stony Plain, was also a member of the gold medal winning 4 x 400 m relay team (4:20.21). Lauren Pasiuk, Jill Stewart and Sandra Garcia-Bernal joined Sklaruk on the first place relay squad.

    2. Matt Hope – Kings Indoor Track  Hometown – Red Deer, AB
    Bachelor of Education Secondary (3rd year)

    Matt Hope was an important member of the Red Deer College Kings’ bronze medal performance at the ACAC Indoor Track Championships in Calgary last weekend.

    Individually, the third-year earned bronze in the men’s 1,000 m final (2:36.15), less than three and a half seconds behind first-place Leonard Chesoo (2:32.89) of Concordia University. Then in the 1,500 m, the Bachelor of Education Secondary student from Red Deer added another bronze to his collection, with a time of 4:08.57. Matt’s result was impressively over 11 seconds faster than fourth place.

    Competition for Red Deer College teams has wrapped up for another season, with many successes to be celebrated on and off the playing surface. Throughout the course of the year, thousands of sports fans have enjoyed the excitement of high quality competition at the ACAC and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) level.  Six RDC teams had the honour of playing in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, while all student-athletes were able to benefit from the learning and training opportunities in the new facility. In addition, many student-athletes found time to give back to the communities that support them, positively influencing children, teens and members of the public.

    At the upcoming 2019 RDC Athletics Awards Night on Tuesday, April 16, the volunteerism, medals, and team work will be honoured in the Arts Centre, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    For more information on RDC Athletics, the student-athletes and teams, please visit:

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    Join our local troops this Friday when the Rebels take on the Hurricanes in their final home game of the season



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  • It’s Military Night this Friday when the Red Deer Rebels host their final home game of the season against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

    You can learn all about careers in the Army Reserve and talk to soldiers who will be in attendance both before and throughout the game.  As well, the soldiers will form an Honour Guard as the Rebels recognize excellence with their year-end awards.

    Get to the game early and take advantage of the displays set up on site.  Talk to the soldiers – they are there to help you understand what they do in their day to day role in the Army Reserve. A career in the Canadian Army Reserve can be exciting and rewarding.  If you’re heading into post-secondary, you may want to learn about the summer employment opportunities.

    “Our goal is to bring more awareness to the military in the Central Alberta region”, said Lloyd Lewis, Honourary Lieutenant Colonel of 41 Signal Regiment.  “We have a very active group of soldiers that operate out of Cormack Armoury, including 41 Signal Regiment and 78 Field Battery. This is a way to recognize and support them and raise awareness. We really thank the Rebels organization for the opportunity showcase the Military at the game.”

    “We are looking forward to recognizing the citizens of our country who have made the choice to put themselves in between confrontation and the rest of us”, said Dean Williams, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Red Deer Rebels. “The Canadian Military is a team that has many of the same values and strengths that our team needs to be successful.  We want to recognize our Canadian Military and thank them for their service.”

    Here are a series of recent photos of some of our local soldiers in various training activities.

    The Canadian Forces in Red Deer consist of the Primary Reserve 78th Field Battery, which is part of the 20th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, and the 2 Squadron, 41 Signal Regiment, a Reserve Force communications unit that provides communication information systems, strategic infrastructure services and support to 41 Canadian Brigade Group in Alberta. There are approximately 75 soldiers based out of Cormack Armoury in Red Deer.

    The Army Reserves is a professional part-time force that provides local engagement and responsive integrated capability, at home and abroad in support of the Army mission.

    The Military Family Resource Centre has taken an active role is organizing the night.  The MFRC works to empower and support military families. They offer a variety of programs and services including mental health supports, social activities, workshops and training, family separation and reunification support, deployment support, children and youth programs, and referral services to help. Our families are the strength behind the uniform, and we’re here for them.

    Tickets can be purchased online at

    Central Alberta has a long and storied military history.  Click here to learn more.  Photos courtesy City of Red Deer Archives



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