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Playoff Implications In RDC Athletics This Weekend


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There are many significant matchups over the next several days that have playoff implications for the RDC Kings nad Queens. Both Basketball teams have a home-and-home series against the Olds College Broncos. The volleyball teams travel to Medicine Hat to face the Rattlers in a pair of games. The Red Deer College Queens Hockey team wind down the regular season with 2 games against the SAIT Trojans. The Kings Hockey club faces the Portage College Voyageurs in a home-and-home series and the RDC Indoor Track team competes in their 2nd event.

Queens Hockey | Thursday, Feb. 9 | 7:00 p.m. | ENMAX Centrium

The RDC Queens compete against the SAIT Trojans in what could be a potential playoff matchup. The Queens sit in top spot in ACAC Women’s Hockey with 31 points. MacEwan University (28 points) and NAIT (26 points) will join RDC in the playoffs. The SAIT Trojans (16 points) and Olds College Broncos (9 points) are vying for the final spot.

Queens Basketball | Thursday, Feb. 9 | 6:00 p.m. | Olds College

In Olds, the RDC Queens (7-10) compete against the Olds College Broncos (3-12). The Queens have been playing good basketball and picked up 4-of-4 points this past weekend. Only 4 regular season games remain for the Queens, and every quarter is important as they push for a playoff position. In the ACAC Women’s Basketball South Division, the RDC Queens sit in 5th spot with 14 points. Medicine Hat College is in 4th position with 16 points. The top 4 teams from the division qualify for the playoffs.

Kings Basketball | Thursday, Feb. 9 | 8:00 p.m. | Olds College

The Red Deer College Kings (11-6) hit the court to face the Olds College Broncos (3-12). While the Kings have already clinched a playoff spot, the positioning of the top 4 teams in the ACAC Men’s Basketball South Division can change. Lethbridge College, SAIT and Medicine Hat College share top spot with 24 points. The Kings are close behind with 22 points. In ACAC Men’s Basketball, the RDC Kings have the 2nd most potent offence and have scored an average of 90 points per game.

Kings Hockey | Friday, Feb. 10 | 7:00 p.m. | Penhold Multiplex

The Red Deer College Kings face-off against the Portage College Voyageurs. In ACAC Men’s Hockey the Kings sit in 5th spot with 19 points. Portage College has 10 points in the standings. The top 6 teams qualify for the playoffs.

Queens Volleyball | Friday, Feb. 10 | 6:00 p.m. | Medicine Hat College

The Medicine Hat College Rattlers (2-18) host the Red Deer College Queens (17-3). The Queens have won 12 matches in a row and have clinched a playoff position. In the ACAC Women’s Volleyball South Division, the RDC Queens sit in 2nd spot with 34 points and trail the 1st place Briercrest College Clippers by 4. The RDC Queens are ranked 7th in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

Kings Volleyball | Friday, Feb. 10 | 8:00 p.m. | Medicine Hat College

Following the Queens, the RDC Kings (16-4) hit the court against the Medicine Hat College Rattlers (17-3). In the ACAC Men’s Volleyball South Division, the Kings sit in 2nd place with 32 points and trail the Rattlers by only 2 points. This sets up a great weekend of men’s volleyball between 2 of the top teams in Alberta and the CCAA. This past weekend, the Kings were happy to have Luke Brisbane, 2015-2016 ACAC Men’s Volleyball All Conference team selection, back in the lineup after a lengthy injury. Adam Turlejski is also on the mend and the Kings hope to have him playing soon. While the Kings have already secured a playoff spot, they would like to be the top seed in the division. The Red Deer College Kings are ranked 5th in the CCAA.

Queens Basketball | Saturday, Feb. 11 | 6:00 p.m. | RDC

In a rematch, the Queens host the Broncos. After this series against Olds College, only a pair of games remain against the Ambrose University Lions (3-12).

Kings Basketball | Saturday, Feb. 11 | 8:00 p.m. | RDC

In the 2nd half of the home-and-home series, the RDC Kings host the Broncos. After this weekend series, a pair of games remain against the Ambrose University Lions (5-10).

Queens Hockey | Saturday, Feb. 11 | 7:00 p.m. | SAIT

In a rematch, the Queens host the Trojans. This is the final regular season game that the RDC Queens will play before the playoffs.

Kings Hockey | Saturday, Feb. 11 | 7:00 p.m. | Portage College

In Lac La Biche, the Portage College Voyageurs host the RDC Kings. After this matchup, only 4 regular season games remain for the Kings.

Queens Volleyball | Saturday, Feb. 11 | 1:00 p.m. | Medicine Hat College

In an afternoon showdown, the Queens face the Rattlers. After this weekend series in Medicine Hat, only 2 matches remain against the Clippers (19-1).

Kings Volleyball | Saturday, Feb. 11 | 3:00 p.m. | Medicine Hat College

In a weekend rematch, the Kings face the Rattlers. After this series, the Red Deer College Kings have a pair of matches remaining against the Briercrest College Clippers (12-8) to close out the regular season.

RDC Indoor Track | Sunday, Feb. 12 | Grand Prix #2 | SAIT

The Red Deer College Indoor Track team is looking to build upon their success from their 1st competition Jan. 28 in Edmonton. Finishing in 2nd spot, the RDC women only trailed MacEwan University in the standings. The Red Deer College Men’s Indoor Track team finished in 3rd place. Overall, the combination of the women’s and men’s scores placed the RDC Indoor Track team in 2nd place.

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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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