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A Winning Weekend For RDC Athletics


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It was a successful weekend for many RDC teams. Both Red Deer College Basketball teams won their games in Saskatchewan. The RDC Volleyball squads picked up a pair of victories over the Lethbridge College Kodiaks and the Queens Hockey team won both games against the Olds College Broncos. The RDC Kings Hockey team dropped a pair of games to the MacEwan University Griffins.

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

Queens Volleyball | Friday, Feb. 3 | RDC

The RDC Queens defeated the Lethbridge College Kodiaks in straight sets (25-22, 25-13 and 25-8). Miranda Dawe was named the Queens player-of-the-game. The Kinesiology and Sport Studies student finished with 13 kills, 2 service aces, 9 digs and 1 stuff block.

Kings Volleyball | Friday, Feb. 3 | RDC

The Red Deer College Kings won in 4 sets over the Lethbridge College Kodiaks (25-23, 25- 15, 20-25 and 25-20). Matthew Lofgren was chosen as the Kings player-of-the-game. The Kamloops native finished with 11 kills, 1 assist, 1 service ace, 7 digs and 1 stuff block.

Kings Hockey | Friday, Feb. 3 | Penhold Multiplex

The MacEwan University Griffins downed the RDC Kings 6-3. Mike Statchuk, Riley Simpson and Scott Ferguson scored for the Kings.

Queens Basketball | Friday, Feb. 3 | Briercrest College

In Saskatchewan, the RDC Queens defeated the Briercrest College Clippers 68-57. Emily White led the Queens with 24 points.

Kings Basketball | Friday, Feb. 3 | Briercrest College

On the road, the Kings defeated the Clippers 81-73. Ian Tevis led the Kings with 26 points.


Queens Volleyball | Saturday, Feb. 4 | RDC

In an afternoon contest, the RDC Queens defeated the Lethbridge College Kodiaks in 4 sets (25-14, 25-17, 19-25 and 25-20). Ashley Fehr accumulated 38 assists, 3 service aces, 3 kills and 5 digs for the Queens. With their 12th win in a row, the RDC Queens (17-3) have 34 points in the ACAC Women’s Volleyball South Division, sit in 2nd place and trail the Briercrest College Clippers (19-1) by 4 points.

Kings Volleyball | Saturday, Feb. 4 | RDC

In an afternoon rematch, the Kings defeated the Kodiaks in straight sets (25-15, 25-12 and 25-23). For RDC, Luke Brisbane finished with 29 assists, 1 service ace, 1 kill and 5 digs. “We did several things this week that show we are moving in the right direction which is good,” said Kings Head Coach Aaron Schulha. “Passing was a strength for us this week against a pretty good serving team which is a good sign moving forward.” With the victory, the Red Deer College Kings Volleyball team (16-4) improve to 32 points and trail the 1st place Medicine Hat College Rattlers by 2 points in the ACAC Men’s Volleyball South Division. The RDC Kings will host the 2016-2017 ACAC Men’s Volleyball Championship Feb. 22-25.

Queens Basketball | Saturday, Feb. 4 | Briercrest College

The Queens defeated the Clippers 82-52. Kiana Mintz and Maya Parker had 14 points each for RDC. With the win, the Queens (7-10) improve to 14 points in the ACAC Women’s Basketball South Division and trail 4th place Medicine Hat College by 2 points.

Kings Basketball | Saturday, Feb. 4 | Briercrest College

In a strong performance, the RDC Kings defeated the Briercrest College Clippers 107-69. Ian Tevis contributed 36 points, 6 steals, 4 assists and 10 rebounds for RDC. Shayne Stumpf finished with 17 points, 5 assists and 9 rebounds for the Kings. In the ACAC Men’s Basketball South Division, Lethbridge College (12-3), SAIT and Medicine Hat College are tied for top spot with 24 points. The RDC Kings (11-6) are only 2 points behind.

Queens Hockey | Saturday, Feb. 4 | ENMAX Centrium

In the 2nd half of the home-and-home series, the Queens blanked the Broncos 4-0. Ashley Graf, Breanna Martin, Cassidy Anderson and Emily Swier scored for the Queens. Jen West turned aside all 14 shots and picked up the shutout victory. With the win, the Queens move to 31 points in the standings and remain in 1st place. The MacEwan University Griffins trail the RDC Queens by 3 points. Ashley Graf continues to lead the league with 21 points. Jade Petrie and Emily Swier are tied for 2nd spot with 17 points each.

Kings Hockey | Saturday, Feb. 4 | MacEwan University

In Edmonton, the Griffins defeated the Kings 5-1. Special teams were a difference in the game. MacEwan University connected on 2-of-5 power plays while RDC went 0-for-5 with the extra skater. Tyler Berkholtz scored for the Kings and has 20 points in 21 games. The RDC Kings sit in 5th spot in ACAC Men’s Hockey with 19 points and the top 6 teams qualify for the playoffs.

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“A Really Special Place” – Why the Wild Rose Motocross Track is One of a Kind

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This summer, as you wander between the breweries and activity centers located in southeast Calgary, pause for a moment – if you listen closely, you may hear the distant rumble of motocross engines as bikes of all sizes careen over jumps and around corners at the Wild Rose Motocross Track.

Located just off Blackfoot Trail in Southeast Calgary, the 88-acre park is backed by the Calgary skyline, a prime piece of land located just minutes from downtown. Founded in the 1960’s as the Blackfoot Motorcycle Park, the track has deep roots in the city of Calgary, and according to WRMA board member David Pinkman, “Few sagas can compete with the wild west history of Calgary’s Wild Rose Motocross Association and its hard-core motocross lovers.” 

Photo Credit Eden Schell 

In 1984, The Wild Rose Motocross Association (WRMA) was officially formed, and the Blackfoot Motorcycle Park became the Wild Rose. Acting as a major host for a number of national motocross events since the 70’s and nurturing some of Canada’s best professional riders to date, Pinkman argues the “course of Canadian motocross history may not have been the same but for this unique piece of dirt and hills.”

With 7 tracks available including the full-sized Main, East and Hill Tracks, as well as the Extreme Beginner, Mini, Pee Wee, and Enduro Tracks, Wild Rose welcomes riders of all ages and skill levels. “This is the only track of its kind in Canada,” says Michelle McCarthy, newest member of the WRMA board, “It’s right in the centre of the city; it’s got 3 big bike tracks, the smaller tracks and the enduro park. This is a really special place.”
Whether it be your first time on a bike or the day you’re finally going to clear that 15-foot tabletop, the track encourages everyone to come out and ride. “People want to see new riders,” says McCarthy, “they want to see the community flourish. Plus, dirt biking is really, really fun,” she laughs.  

Photo Credit Eden Schell 

Like countless other Canadian businesses, the Wild Rose Track has taken a hit due to COVID-19, with day pass riders and memberships being significantly down. Open year round – weather permitting – the track normally sees up to 30,000 visits per year. However, due to the pandemic, numbers are currently far lower as the park operates within capacity limits. 

As a recreational park on city property, track management wanted to set an example for taking action to reduce the spread of COVID-19, responding rapidly to Alberta Government guidelines by implementing a number of new precautions and preventative measures. This includes constructing wash stations at every track, implementing paperless transactions and COVID-19 symptom screening upon entry to the park, as well as establishing an online scheduling system to limit the number of riders at the track at one time.  

In the midst of the new normal, the park remains committed to growing and supporting the motocross community in Calgary and beyond, staying on top of updates that will allow them to return to racing and regular operation as soon as possible. While all spring and summer race series have been cancelled by COVID-19, the WRMA is actively monitoring pandemic updates with the goal of hosting a successful race series this coming fall. 

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Alberta Juniors Choose Positive Path

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Alberta Juniors Choose Positive Path

Everywhere there is gloom. Well, almost everywhere.

A welcome exception is the 15-team Alberta Junior Hockey League, which lost much of its gate revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic arrival at playoff time, and now waits for permission from Hockey Canada and Alberta Health Services to go ahead with its 2000-2001 season.

President Ryan Bartoshyk confirmed on Monday that his league is “in the process of drawing up our schedule right now. We’re aiming (to have teams on the ice) by Sept. 1 and we hope to get the season started by Sept. 18.” Any and all final decisions must meet with at least two levels of official approval, of course, but operators have expressed their confidence by agreeing to put in the work, recognizing that later starts (or no start) are still possibilities.

To an outsider, the clearest declaration of league independence is this: the schedule, with various possible opening dates pencilled in, is being drawn up for all 15 teams. This is most impressive when it is known that several franchises – no names provided by president Bartoshyk or any team spokesman – have expressed serious concern about the cost of business in the coming season.

We have lost at least one league camp for tryouts,” said a spokesman. “We know we’re going to lose more.”

Not included are the Blackfalds Bulldogs, who will replace the former Calgary Mustangs at the start of the 2021/2002 season. Bartoshyk was pleased to say “work on the new arena for Blackfalds is due to start this month.”

Among the established teams reported to have mentioned their problems outside of league meetings are the Canmore Eagles, but the team’s two captains and a pair of assistants have already been named for the coming season. At least a couple of promising signings have also been announced. As a result, pessimism has shrunk a great deal.

Also optimistic about the coming season are the Olds Grizzlys, whose attendance averaged well over 1,500 a game when they dominated Junior A ranks several years ago but dropped to about 600 a game last year. “This is a great sports community, a great place to be,” said club governor and vice-president executive Trent Wilhauk. “We know the fans will come back; they love their Grizzlys.”

Population of the community is slightly more than 10,000. “It’s a happening place when the team is going good.”

After wiping out last year’s playoffs and destroying some of the regular post-season increases at the gate, COVID-19 has continued to harm the AJHL, just as it has damaged so many other areas of the economy. “We have lost at least one league camp for tryouts,” said a spokesman. “We know we’re going to lose more.”

Those financial setbacks may have been dwarfed by the loss of some appealing playoff matchups. “Some of the teams that drew above-average numbers for us (Okotoks Oilers, Brooks Bandits, Sherwood Park Crusaders) didn’t have a playoff game before we had to stop,” Bartoshyk said. “They all had byes in the first round.”

Other teams with relative season-long success at the gate also missed money-raising opportunities. “It’s obvious that our league relies on corporate sponsorship and support at the gate,” Bartoshyk added, mentioning a handful of promising pending post-season clashes — Drayton Valley and Sherwood Park, the Whitehorse Wolverines and the Spruce Grove Saints, Camrose Kodiaks and Drumheller Dragons – that could not take place.

At this point, the day’s general feeling that the AJHL future remains bright surfaced again.

Said Bartoshyk: “We’re ready. We’ll do what is necessary.”

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