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Kings Volleyball Team Battling For A National Title!


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The Red Deer College Kings Volleyball team punched their ticket to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Volleyball National Championship after they qualified for the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Volleyball finals. In a thrilling 5 set victory, the RDC Kings defeated the Medicine Hat College Rattlers in the gold medal game. That was their 4th ACAC Men’s Volleyball Championship in 5 years.

The Kings are familiar with the national stage, having won 2 of the past 3 CCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championships. The RDC Kings will look to claim another title March 9-11 in London, Ontario.

The Red Deer College Kings and Medicine Hat College Rattlers will represent the ACAC. From the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST), the Camosun Chargers and VIU Mariners will compete in the championship. The Holland Hurricanes will hit the court as the top team from the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA). The Mohawk Mountaineers and host Fanshawe Falcons, from the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA), will play for top spot. The Titans de Limoilou, of the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ), round out the 8 competing teams.

While the RDC Kings battled injury and illness during the regular season, they finished with an impressive 19-5 record and played at an elite level at the ACAC Men’s Volleyball Championship. Their 1st opponent, Fanshawe, placed 1st in the OCAA West Division (17-1) but suffered a disappointing loss to Durham in the OCAA semi-finals. The Fanshawe Falcons defeated the Georgian Grizzlies in 3 sets in the bronze medal match.

Kings Volleyball Head Coach Aaron Schulha thinks that Fanshawe College will be a good test to open the championship. “The Falcons are a strong team and a very tough 1st round opponent, especially as the host. They lost in the conference semi-final which dropped them to the 7th seed, but they were also ranked 1st in the country for a good portion of the year,” said Schulha. “They have 6-of-7 starters back from last year’s team that finished 3rd at the National Championship and are led by 6’8” outside hitter James Jackson.”

The RDC Kings have stuck with a familiar routine in order to prepare for the weekend. “Our preparation has looked very similar to the rest of the season to be quite honest,” said Schulha. “The coaches have watched a lot of tape on Fanshawe and we will have the guys watch their hitters for tendencies with scouting sheets once we arrive in Ontario.”

While the Kings Volleyball team and coaching staff are well prepared, it will come down to focusing on their own performance. “We need to look after our 1st contacts, serve tough, pass efficiently and defend well. We need to continue to play a strong transition game and allow our dynamic offence to put other teams in trouble,” said Schulha. “Playing gritty volleyball will be important. When we are playing well, we are a very tough team to play against because we are executing at a high level and not giving the opposition any easy points. Ultimately, it will come down to our side and our execution.”

The Kings will face the host Fanshawe College Falcons in their opening match on Thursday, March 9 at 8:00 EST. The winner of the match will compete in the semi-finals on Friday at 8:00 EST.

Fanshawe Athletics announced today that three games of the 2017 CCAA National Men’s Volleyball Championship will be televised live on Rogers TV.  The first game will be live on Rogers TV London (Ch. 13) on Thursday, March 9 at 8pm when the host Falcons take on the reigning national champion Red Deer Kings in a quarter-final.  Both medal matches on Saturday, March 11 at 6pm and 8pm respectively will also be shown on Rogers TV London as well as the Province-wide Rogers Super Sports Pack (Digital Ch. 368).

The tournament coverage is produced by students of the Fanshawe Broadcasting and Television program and is shown in its entirety on and There will be wall-to-wall coverage of the Championship, including full game coverage of every game, instantaneous archiving of the matches, as well as special features such as interviews with coaches, captains and player profiles.

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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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