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Big Wins For RDC Athletics Over The Weekend


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By Sheldon Spackman

RDC Athletics had a successful weekend, with one of the main highlights being the Women’s Cross-Country Running team which finished 1st at the ACAC Cross-Country Running Championship in Grande Prairie on Saturday.

The 1st place finish means the female runners qualify for the CCAA Cross-Country National Championship Nov. 11th and 12th in Sault Ste. Marie. Six members of the RDC Women’s Cross-Country Running team can attend the National Championship in Ontario.

The Men’s team finished a respectable 4th as a group with many opersonal best times, while RDC Head Coach Kari Elliott was named the 2016-2017 ACAC Cross-Country Running Coach of the Year.

Elsewhere, The Kings hockey team got by the MacEwan University Griffins 5-4 in Edmonton on Friday night while the Griffins edged the Kings 3-2 in double overtime in Penhold on Saturday night.

As for the Queens, they defeated the Trojans 3-2 in Calgary on Friday nighht. The Queens now sit tied for second place in ACAC Women’s Hockey with a 4-2 record.

The RDC Kings and Queens Volleyball teams played host to the Medicine Hat College Rattlers on Friday and Saturday. The Kings were defeated in three sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-22) to the Rattlers on Friday. However, the Kings defeated Medicine Hat in five sets on Saturday. After dropping the opening set 18-25, the Kings took the second set 25-18, won the third set 25-20, dropped the fourth set 20-25 and won the final set 15-8. The Kings now sit in first place in the ACAC Men’s Volleyball South Division with a 5-1 record.

The RDC Queens Volleyball team swept the Medicine Hat College Rattlers in three straight sets on Friday. Winning the opening set 25-22, taking the second set 25-21 and capturing the third set 25-16. On Saturday, the Queens beat the Rattlers in four sets, winning the first set 25-18, taking the second set 25-18, dropping the third set 20-25 and picking up the final set 25-22. The Queens now have a 5-1 record and share top spot in the ACAC Women’s Volleyball South Division with the Briercrest Clippers.

Both the RDC Kings and Queens Basketball teams opened their seasons at the RDC Main Gym on the weekend. The Kings defeated St. Mary’s University 118-87 on Saturday, while the Queens dropped their season opener against St. Mary’s 78-51.

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End of an era for Red Deer Minor baseball Braves

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From Red Deer Minor Baseball Board of Directors

Following many discussions within the Red Deer community, the baseball community, our association members, as well as our board of directors we have made the decision to move forward with rebranding our teams, currently known as the Braves. For our association the Braves name symbolized warrior strength, bravery and resilience, all qualities we were proud to align with; and although the initial moniker of our teams was never intended to carry a derogatory or disrespectful connotation, for some, it has. The topic of our rebrand has been polarizing and arguments both for and against have been passionately presented. We have made the decision to move forward in the direction we feel is best for our association.

In alignment with the membership majority vote, the Red Deer Minor Baseball Board of Directors is excited to announce that we will now be known as the Red Deer Rangers.

The Red Deer Rangers will retain our current navy and crimson colors and will not adopt the colors or logo of the MLB, NHL, or any other Rangers franchise. We are looking forward to forging our own identity and embracing our own look.

As you can appreciate this is a complex initiative that will take time. We will remain the Braves for the 2024 season and aim to have our rebrand complete for the 2025 season.

All participants that submitted the Rangers name during our rebranding poll, will be entered into a draw to receive the first Red Deer Rangers jersey.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this positive endeavor as we create a new inclusive legacy for our association that all can be proud of.

RDMBA Board of Directors

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Red Deer Minor Hockey is proud to announce our new General Manager Lane Moore

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From Red Deer Minor Hockey 

The Red Deer Minor Hockey Board of Directors is pleased & honored to announce, after an extensive search, that Lane Moore has accepted the position of General Manager of Red Deer Minor Hockey.  Lane will start his new role early in the new year & is very excited about leading our organization into the future as we aim to provide a positive learning and maturing experience for all of our young athletes & coaches in a minor hockey setting.

Lane comes into the role of General Manager with an extensive resume, in both hockey and administration.  Lane has led the Bentley school as principal for the last 17 years & was an educator prior to that.  On the hockey side, Lane’s passion for coaching & engaging with young athletes, dates back to 2002.  His most recent involvement as a coach with Red Deer Minor Hockey saw Lane lead the U17AAA North Star Chiefs for 2 seasons (21-22, 22-23).  Prior to his work with Red Deer Minor Hockey Lane served as President of Rimbey Minor Hockey for several seasons.

One of Lane’s biggest strengths is his ability to create highly effective teams by building a common mission & vision & then executing on those through visionary leadership.  These attributes shone through during this General Manager search and we are thrilled for Lane to lead this organization now & into the future as we aim to be one of the premier Minor Hockey Associations in the province.

Lane, his wife Kathleen & their three children Easton, Cooper & Lexi call Red Deer home.  His son Cooper is the captain of Red Deer U18AAA Optimist Chiefs & his older son Easton is pursuing his hockey career and post-secondary studies in Massachusetts.  Please join us in congratulating Lane Moore as the new General Manager of the Red Deer Minor Hockey Commission, welcome Lane!

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