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Emma Holmes and Tyronn King are RDC / Bedford Food Company Athletes of the Week

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Emma Holmes – Queens Volleyball Hometown – Red Deer, AB. Bachelor of Kinesiology (2nd year)

Emma Holmes had another excellent performance this past weekend for the RDC Queens Volleyball team against the Lethbridge College Kodiaks. The five-foot-ten outside hitter helped the Queens earn two matches victories on the road, contributing 26 kills, 18 digs, two stuff blocks, two aces and one assist in only eight sets. In Friday’s four set victory (21-25, 25-18, 25-15 and 25-13), Holmes totaled 11 kills, 10 digs, one stuff block, one assist and one service ace. The second-year added 15 kills, eight digs, one stuff and one ace, while hitting for 42.4 per cent efficiency in another four set decision (21-25, 25-18, 26-24 and 25-12) on Saturday. Holmes and the Queens have been rolling, winning eight consecutive matches which places the team in second spot in the south. The Bachelor of Kinesiology student ranks third in the league with an average of 3.08 kills per set.

Tyronn King – Kings Basketball Hometown – Toronto, ON. Legal Assistant (4th year)

Six-foot-one Tyronn King was a key contributor in the RDC Kings’ two wins against the visiting Briercrest College Clippers this past weekend. Over a pair of games, King totaled 38 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and seven steals. In Friday’s close 87-85 win, King stacked up 21 points, six rebounds, six steals, five assists, while hitting four-for-four from the free-throw line and eight out of 13 from the field. King, a fourth-year guard, was named the Collegiate Sports Medicine Kings Player-of- the-Game. Then the RDC Legal Assistant student recorded 17 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and one steal, while connecting on eight out of 14 from the field in Saturday’s 89-83 victory. King made several clutch shots at critical moments of each game, helping his team improve to 5-3 which places it in a tie for third in the south with the Ambrose University Lions (5-3). The talented student-athlete from Toronto sits in the top 20 in league scoring with an average of 16.4 points per game.

This weekend:

Hockey:  RDC Kings & Queens Hockey teams will play the SAIT Trojans in a home- and-home series.

Volleyball:  The Kings & Queens Volleyball teams will also compete against the Trojans twice.

Basketball:  Both basketball squads will hit the road to take on the Medicine Hat College Rattlers and Briercrest College Clippers.

Curling:  The RDC Curling teams will compete at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Fall Regional.

This weekend at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

Friday

Queens Volleyball | Friday, Nov. 29 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The second place Queens (8-2) will meet the SAIT Trojans (2-9). The RDC Queens have certainly been on a roll, rattling off eight straight match victories. The Trojans have dropped six in a row.

The Queens have many offensive weapons and they rank third among the 14 north and south teams with 11.14 kills per set.

Kings Volleyball | Friday, Nov. 29 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The third place RDC Kings (7-3) will play the top seed SAIT Trojans (9-2). In 10 matches, the Kings have recorded 67 service aces and 79 stuff blocks.

First-year Carter Hills continues to elevate his play and the Bachelor of Education Science student leads the Kings with 2.55 kills per set. Red Deer’s Ben Holmes is next with 2.50. Six-foot-eight middle Dillon Gauci has been strong at the net, accumulating 21 stuff blocks which leads his group.

Trojans outside hitter Jarett Noel has been one of SAIT’s go-to offensive players. In eight matches, Noel has 85 kills (3.54 kills per set).

Kings Hockey | Friday, Nov. 29 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The second seed RDC Kings (10-1-1-0) will entertain the fourth place SAIT Trojans (6-3-1-2) at home. The Kings’ power play ranks second (27.1%) and they have scored three shorthanded goals in 12 games.

Chase Thudium leads the team with 18 points. Impressively, defenceman Tyler Podgorenko is next with 17.

Saturday

Queens Hockey | Saturday, Nov. 30 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Queens will clash with the Trojans at RDC.  The Queens sit in second place in league standings, but have played two less games than the first place MacEwan University Griffins (9-3-0-0).

In 10 games, Camryn Wallan has produced three goals and six assists, placing the Bachelor of Education Elementary student fifth in league points.

For more information on RDC Athletics, the student-athletes and teams, please visit: rdcathletics.ca

RDC Athletics photos are available on Flickr.

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Wandler temporarily replaces Walton as RDC Queens Volleyball Head Coach

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News Release from Red Deer College Athletics

With Head Coach Talbot Walton taking an indefinite medical leave of absence, a familiar face will guide the historic Red Deer College Queens Volleyball team into the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) 2021/2022 season.

RDC Queens Assistant Coach Chris Wandler has assumed the head coaching duties of the three time national champion Queens Volleyball team.

RDC Queens Volleyball Head Coach Talbog Walton on indefinite medical leave

“It is unfortunate that Talbot won’t be able to begin the season doing what he loves, which is coaching his promising group of student-athletes, but at this time it is important for him to take the time that he needs to recuperate and take care of his health,” says Sharon Hamilton, Dean of School of Community, Wellness and Health. “I know the entire College community wishes Talbot well in his recovery and we all look forward to seeing him back on the sidelines coaching the Queens when his medical team deems appropriate.”

Wandler brings a wealth of coaching experience, expertise, and an important familiarity with the student-athletes and RDC Queens Volleyball program. He was an assistant to Walton with the Queens from 2003 to 2012, and again in the 2019/2020 season. He temporarily took over as the head coach of the RDC Queens Volleyball team from 2016/2017 to 2018/2019 and guided them to a pair of ACAC bronze medals. Wandler was also named the ACAC 2018/2019 Women’s Volleyball South Coach of the Year.

Under Walton’s leadership, and in conjunction with other assistant coaches, Wandler has helped build the Queens into national championship contenders, once again. During 2019/2020, the RDC Queens rolled to an impressive 21-3 regular season record, finishing only two points behind the first place Briercrest College Clippers (22-2). At the ACAC Women’s Volleyball Championship in Medicine Hat, the Queens pushed the Clippers to five sets (25-21, 20-25, 25-20, 23-25, and 12-15) in the final and earned a silver medal.

Then at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) 2020 Women’s Volleyball National Championship in Quebec, the Queens exacted some revenge on the Clippers, downing them in five sets (24-26, 25-23, 21-25, 25-14 and 15-12) in the bronze semi-final. The RDC Queens defeated the Fanshawe Falcons in four sets (25-14, 25-17, 18-25, and 25-21) to win national bronze.

With a complementary blend of experienced, and young, enthusiastic student-athletes, the Red Deer College Queens are excited and poised to host a successful ACAC 2022 Women’s Volleyball Championship at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, with their sights on eventually pushing for their fourth national title.

For more information about RDC Athletics, including Queens Volleyball, please visit: rdcathletics.ca.

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King of the Kings is undisputed King (of National College Gaming Challenge)

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RDC student-athlete is king of CCAA Gaming Challenge

When it comes to basketball, Red Deer College Kings guard Tyronn King has demonstrated an impressive skillset beyond the court at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Over four weeks of online competition, King had a perfect 10-0 record in the NBA 2K Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Gaming Challenge, using PlayStation 4. This unblemished performance earned him first place.

With the absence of Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) competition this year due to COVID-19, King embraced the opportunity to participate in this event created by the CCAA in coordination with Uniting Gamers.

It was definitely a great experience – fun, and something competitive to do, especially right now with COVID-19 going on,” said King, who rose to the top among 32 participants from CCAA member post- secondary institutions. “The people hosting it were great. They communicated well with the players and had everything set up nicely.”

In order to continue advancing to the next round, King had to win the best of three games. It was randomly determined which player received first choice of current NBA teams. Participants could not select the same team and King had two squads that he relied on.

I always picked either the Brooklyn Nets or the Milwaukee Bucks every game of the tournament,” said King, who identified the Nets as his favourite team. “I didn’t want to take a chance of losing one game of the tournament, so I made sure I always came out with fire power.”

King faced Christopher Graham, a setter on The King’s University Eagles Men’s Volleyball team, in the quarter-final. The RDC Legal Assistant student from Toronto swept the series 2-0, with scores of 61-57 and 58-53 over Graham. In the semi-final, King persisted past Glynn Willis-Paris, a member of the St. Clair Saints Men’s Basketball team, 48-44 and 50-47, to solidify a berth in the championship.

In the two rounds prior to the final, I played a couple of guys who were really good and they put up a fight. In some of the games, I was down in the fourth quarter,” said King, who helped guide his RDC Basketball team to the postseason in 2019/2020. “They gave me a run for my money, but when games are close and competitive, that’s when they are the most fun.”

King felt those hard-fought games adequately prepared him for the championship against Ryan Farrell of the University of New Brunswick Saint John Seawolves Men’s Volleyball team.

The two previous games were championship games to me. Once I got to the finals, I felt ready,” explained King. “In the last two games, I was able to put my bench [players] in fairly early and won 57-43 and 54-42.

While balancing academics and training, King’s hobby of playing basketball video games was a recipe for enjoyment and success in the CCAA Gaming Challenge.

In my free-time, I play [NBA] 2K, so that was my preparation,” said King. “It was pretty cool, knowing that I had a game each week, and being out of physical competition for so long, I looked forward to the days when I played.”

The talented RDC student-athlete, who finished second in team scoring last year with 18.8 points per game, recommends this type of gaming challenge to others.

Overall, it was fun and I would encourage anyone who plays 2K for fun or competitively to get involved in one of these tournaments,” said King, who will enter his fifth year of eligibility when ACAC competition resumes. “It’s definitely exciting and something to do during these COVID-19 times when there’s not much competition going on.”

For winning first place in the CCAA Gaming Challenge on March 18, King will receive a memorable gift.

It is a customized ring from Jostens, so that’s pretty cool,” he said.

As members within RDC Athletics and the ACAC anxiously await the safe resumption of competition, King has been dedicated to his fitness and staying connected to his teammates and coaches.

From a physical standpoint, I’ve been trying to stay in shape. When gyms weren’t open, I trained at home and went for runs,” said King, who is a 2019/2020 ACAC Men’s Basketball South Second All- Conference team member. “As a team, we connect a lot via Zoom for weekly meetings that our coach organizes. Now, we are starting to get back in the gym, so it feels great.”

In the absence of traditional sports this year, the CCAA Gaming Challenge was administered by the CCAA and Uniting Gamers in an effort to encourage connections among Canadian learners, in a fun and competitive virtual environment.

More information about the NBA 2K CCAA Gaming Challenge, including the results, is available online.

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