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Regular Season Wraps-Up For Kings And Queens Basketball & Volleyball Squads This Weekend


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The Red Deer College Volleyball teams will play their final regular season matches against the Briercrest College Clippers. Capping off the regular season, the RDC Basketball squads have a home-and-home series against the Ambrose University Lions. The Kings Hockey club faces the University of Alberta (Augustana) Vikings in a pair of games.

Kings Volleyball is supporting the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) to bring awareness to their #irespect campaign. Respect is vital in today’s society and a greater emphasis on it can prevent a number of injustices that occur daily. We invite everyone to come down to support your Kings and Queens this weekend and let us know what you respect.

At the games there will be the opportunity to sign a large #irespect poster, donate to CASASC and use our Snapchat geofilter to increase awareness. This locally backed cause needs your support. The Kings encourage you to post on social media using the hashtag #irespect and to attend the following games:

RDC Queens and Kings Volleyball | Friday, Feb. 17 | 6:00 p.m.

RDC Queens and Kings Volleyball | Saturday, Feb. 18 | 1:00 p.m.

RDC Queens and Kings Basketball | Saturday, Feb. 18 | 6:00 p.m. | RDC

Queens Volleyball | Friday, Feb. 17 | 6:00 p.m. | RDC

The Red Deer College Queens (19-3) host the Briercrest College Clippers (20-2). The Clippers occupy 1st place in the ACAC Women’s Volleyball South Division with 40 points but the Queens are close behind with 38. Both teams have qualified for the playoffs but want to capture top spot in the division. Winners of their past 14 matches, the Queens have momentum heading into this weekend series. With 11.2 kills per set, the RDC Queens are ranked 2nd in the league. Miranda Dawe has 3.82 kills per set which ranks the Kinesiology and Sport Studies student 2nd in ACAC Women’s Volleyball. Libero, Lauren Marshall has been playing well and will be a key component in setting up the Queens’ offence in the weekend series. The Bachelor of Education (Elementary) student has 3.53 digs per set which is 3rd best in the league. The Red Deer College Queens are ranked 7th in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

Kings Volleyball | Friday, Feb. 17 | 8:00 p.m. | RDC

The RDC Kings (17-5) compete against the Briercrest College Clippers (13-9). Both teams qualify for the playoffs. In the ACAC Men’s Volleyball South Division, the Kings sit in 2nd with 34 points and trail the Medicine Hat College Rattlers by 2 points. The Briercrest College Clippers hold the 4th spot in the division with 26 points. Leading ACAC Men’s Volleyball, Regan Fathers has 3.92 kills per set. The RDC Kings Volleyball team is ranked 5th in the CCAA. Red Deer College will be hosting the 2016-2017 ACAC Men’s Volleyball Championship Feb. 23-25, 2017.

Queens Basketball | Friday, Feb. 17 | 6:00 p.m. | Ambrose University

In Calgary, the RDC Queens (8-11) face the Ambrose University Lions (3-14). Emily White leads the league in field goal percentage with an outstanding 68.6%. The Queens share 4th spot with the Medicine Hat College Rattlers in the ACAC Women’s Basketball South Division. Both teams have 16 points but the Rattlers have 2 games in hand. This is an important weekend series and the RDC Queens still have an opportunity to qualify for the playoffs.

Kings Basketball | Friday, Feb. 17 | 8:00 p.m. | Ambrose University

The Red Deer College Kings (13-6) hit the hardwood to face the Ambrose University Lions (7-10). The Kings have 26 points in the ACAC Men’s Basketball South Division. SAIT and Medicine Hat College share 1st place in the division with 28 points. The RDC Kings have clinched a playoff position.

Kings Hockey | Friday, Feb. 17 | 7:30 p.m. | U of A (Augustana campus)

In Camrose, the Red Deer College Kings Hockey team faces-off against the University of Alberta (Augustana) Vikings. Sitting in 5th spot in ACAC Men’s Hockey, the Kings have 23 points and have clinched a playoff spot. The top 6 teams make the playoffs. The Vikings are in 4th spot and look to be a potential matchup for the Kings in the opening round of the playoffs.

Queens Volleyball | Saturday, Feb. 18 | 1:00 p.m. | RDC

The Queens face the Clippers in their final regular season game.

Kings Volleyball | Saturday, Feb. 18 | 3:00 p.m. | RDC

The Kings hit the court to face the Clippers in their final regular season game.

Queens Basketball | Saturday, Feb. 18 | 6:00 p.m. | RDC

In their final regular season game, the Queens host the Lions.

Kings Basketball | Saturday, Feb. 18 | 8:00 p.m. | RDC

The Kings face the Lions in their final regular season game.

Kings Hockey | Saturday, Feb. 18 | 7:00 p.m. | Penhold Multiplex

In the 2nd half of the home-and-home series, the RDC Kings host the U of A Augustana Vikings. Next weekend, only a pair of regular season games remain against the Concordia University Thunder.

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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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