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  • RDC Athletics Recap – From Red Deer College Communications Team

    Boston Pizza Athletes of the Week

    1. Jill Stewart – Queens Cross Country Running
    Hometown – Red Deer, AB
    Occupational and Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma (3rd year)

    This past Saturday, Jill Stewart had a tremendous performance to kick off the 2018 – 19 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Cross Country Running season at Running Room Grand Prix #1. The third-year student-athlete impressively completed the 6 km race in top spot among ACAC female runners (24:33) and helped lead the Red Deer College Queens to a first place finish as a team. The talented Occupational & Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma student from Red Deer is one of the leaders on the Queens and consistently displays a strong work ethic as she strives to reach new personal bests.

    2. Theoren Gill – Kings Soccer
    Hometown – Red Deer, AB
    Bachelor of Education Elementary (3rd year)

    Theoren Gill was a force in the Red Deer College Kings’ 6 – 0 victory over the Ambrose University Lions this past weekend. The third-year midfielder’s leadership skills were evident, positively reinforcing Head Coach Wade Groenewegen’s game plan to his teammates. Gill, a Bachelor of Education Elementary student, contributed two goals in the win and was praised after the game by Groenewegen for his effort and timely goals. The skilled student-athlete from Red Deer will be a key component of the Kings Soccer team this season, on and off the pitch.

     

    This past weekend, four RDC teams had a tremendous start to the 2018 – 19 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) season.  The Red Deer College Queens & Kings Soccer teams earned convincing home victories over the Ambrose University Lions. The RDC Queens Cross Country Running team dominated with a first place finish in Edmonton, and the Kings placed second as a group.

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

    Queens Soccer | Saturday, September 8 | RDC

    The Red Deer College Queens defeated the Ambrose University Lions 4-1 in their home opener.  Teryn Wright and Alisha Coules scored singles, and first-year Mikayla Fujimoto added a pair of goals in the victory.

    Queens Head Coach Esad Elkaz appreciated the increased offensive output. “We talked about improving this year and we scored four goals in our first game today,” says Elkaz. “Obviously we have a lot of speed and improvement from last year – a lot more offence.”

    Despite a solid win, Elkaz wants the Queens to keep evolving their game. “I’m still looking at improving the speed of our play,” says Elkaz. “That’s my goal for the future.”
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    Kings Soccer | Saturday, September 8 | RDC

    The RDC Kings controlled the game and earned a 6-0 victory over the Ambrose University Lions in their opening conference game of the season.

    Both William Arcinegas and Timmo van Klaveren scored one goal for RDC.  Colin Purnell and Theoren Gill contributed a pair of goals each.

    The Kings Head Coach Wade Groenewegen appreciated Gill’s timely goals. “We don’t get our 6-0 result without those two important goals from Theo.  He got the second and third goals, which are at key moments,” says Groenewegen. “All goals count the same on the scoresheet but they don’t all mean the same.  The two goals he scored were ones that we needed.”

     

    Cross Country Running | Saturday, September 8 | Concordia University of Edmonton

    At Running Room Grand Prix #1, the RDC Queens, led by Red Deer’s Jill Stewart, took top spot.page2image3000

    Newcomer Daniel Szucs helped push the RDC Kings to a second place finish as a team, just behind the SAIT Trojans.page2image4976

    After a productive summer of training, Stewart looked strong over 6 kilometres and completed the course first among ACAC female runners in 24:33.  Cross Country Running Head Coach Kari Elliott was thrilled with the opening race of the season. “I was very pleased with the effort and results today,” says Elliott. “We set goals before racing and many of the student-athletes achieved or passed those goals. Our runners looked sharp and it was a very positive start to the season.”

    The Red Deer College Cross Country Running team will race in Calgary at Running Room Grand Prix #2.  Jill Stewart and the Queens will look to repeat their first place performances, and the Kings will aim to push the SAIT Trojans for top spot.  SAIT and St. Mary’s University will co-host the event.

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    Non-conference Action

    Queens Hockey | Ice Breaker Tournament | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    Friday, the RDC Queens and MacEwan University Griffins tied 3-3.  The Red Deer College Queens defeated the Olds College Broncos 5-3 on Saturday. Later Saturday evening, the Queens earned a 3-1 victory over the SAIT Trojans.

    Kings Hockey | Friday, September 7 | U of L

    The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, of U Sports, downed the RDC Kings 4-2 in exhibition.  In a Saturday afternoon contest, the Pronghorns picked up a 5-3 win over the Kings.

    For more information on RDC Athletics, schedules, and game recaps of conference games, please visit: rdcathletics.ca


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    RDC Queens and Kings pick up ACAC Volleyball Awards

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  • Emma Holmes – ACAC Women’s Volleyball South Rookie of the Year

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    Holmes, Domoney and Wandler recognized at 2019 ACAC Women’s Volleyball Awards

    Two members of the Red Deer College Queens Volleyball team, along with their coach were honoured at the 2019 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women’s Volleyball Banquet & Award Presentations on Wednesday evening at Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club in Calgary.

    Bachelor of Kinesiology student Emma Holmes received the ACAC Women’s Volleyball South Rookie of the Year and was selected to the ACAC Women’s Volleyball South All-Conference team.

    Kaylee Domoney was also named to the South All-Conference team.

    Queens Head Coach Chris Wandler was chosen as the 2019 ACAC Women’s Volleyball South Coach of the Year. All three helped guide the Red Deer College Queens (16-8) to second place in the south with 32 points.

    Holmes had a tremendous start to her ACAC Volleyball career. In league categories typically dominated by veteran student-athletes, the five-foot-ten player finished tenth with 202 kills and 13thwith 2.38 kills per set. In 24 matches, the first-year student-athlete scored a total of 232 points for the RDC Queens.

    Queens Head Coach Chris Wandler is impressed with the outside hitter’s motivation and play in her inaugural year in the ACAC, and sees potential for further development. “Emma has drive and the more she touches the ball the more she thrives,” he says. “For her to finish in the top of the ACAC with a much more experienced group goes to show how much upside Emma has in her game. She has a lot of space to grow her game, which is exciting.”

    Domoney has been a steady force for the RDC Queens. The Business Administration Human Resources student finished conference play with a total of 387 digs, the most in the league. The talented third-year from Red Deer averaged 4.35 digs per set, ranking her second in the ACAC.

    With perhaps the youngest group in the ACAC, Wandler prepared and developed the Queens into one of the strongest and most winning teams in the league. The Red Deer College Queens won eight of its past ten matches and 15 of the last 18 conference matches.

    “With eight first-year student-athletes on the Queens, Chris has worked hard to prepare and develop this young group throughout the ACAC season,” says Diane St-Denis, RDC Athletic Director. “He holds his players to high standards in competition, the classroom and in the community, reflecting the values of Red Deer College and RDC Athletics.”

    “Kaylee’s season is a tribute to her hard work and dedication to her craft at the libero position. A constant learner, Kaylee is always processing feedback to make her and her teammates better,” says Wandler. “She’s also a relentless competitor, and prepares herself for each and every week to be at her very best. She is most deserving of this honour.”

     

    Chris Wandler, from Cold Lake, has an extensive coaching resume.  He was an assistant to Talbot Walton with the RDC Queens from 2003 to 2012 and then took on a head coaching role with the Olds College Broncos Women’s Volleyball team from 2012 to 2016. He led the Broncos to an ACAC bronze medal in his third year. Then he took over as the head coach for the RDC Queens Volleyball team in 2016-17 and guided them to a pair of ACAC bronze medals in the last two years. In addition, Wandler coached Team Alberta at the Western Canada Summer Games and the Canada Games, earning gold in 2013.

    The Red Deer College Queens will compete at the ACAC Women’s Volleyball Championship from February 21 to 23. In their first match, the Queens (16-8) will play the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings (14-10), who finished third in the north. The opening serve will occur on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in Calgary. Ambrose University is hosting the event.

     

     

    Fathers and DeWit celebrated at 2019 ACAC Men’s Volleyball Awards

    Regan Fathers and Mark DeWit of the Red Deer College Kings were recognized at the 2019 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Volleyball Award Presentations on Wednesday evening at Shaw Theatre in Edmonton.

    Regan Fathers was named the ACAC Men’s Volleyball Player of the Year and was selected to the South All- Conference team after a remarkable regular season. Middle Mark DeWit was also named to the ACAC Men’s Volleyball South All-Conference team with solid play. Both gifted student-athletes helped lead the RDC Kings to an 18-6 record, capturing second spot in the south and a position in the ACAC Championship. The Kings finished the season with momentum, achieving a 15-2 record in the last 17 matches.

    As the year progressed, the impact of Fathers increased. In RDC’s final two matches of conference play, the Kinesiology student totaled 66 kills, 33 digs, three stuff blocks, two aces and one assist against the previously undefeated Lethbridge College Kodiaks, helping the Kings hand the Kodiaks a pair of defeats, for the first time in 2018-19.

    The six-foot-six right side hitter from East Fremantle, Western Australia led ACAC Men’s Volleyball with a total of 435 kills and 5.37 kills per set. Even though he played only 21 matches, he had 69 more kills than Lethbridge College’s Carter Hansen, who was second in the league after 24 matches.

    Kings Head Coach Aaron Schulha recognizes the motivation from Fathers to continually improve and make his teammates better. “Regan put up dominating numbers while embracing an increased leadership role this season. He takes individual and team improvement very seriously, and it shows with his ability and willingness to take over matches throughout the season,” he says. “I don’t recall a season over the last several years where a men’s volleyball player has put up those kind of kills numbers in our league. It has been very impressive to watch.”

    Fathers is a proven winner and a student-athlete who increases his level of play as the stakes rise. The previous time he played for the Red Deer College Kings in 2016-17, he won ACAC and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) gold medals. He was selected the Tournament MVP of both events.

    Mark DeWit, a second-year student-athlete, had a very strong campaign wearing the crown. The Bachelor of Commerce student finished fourth in the ACAC with 56 total blocks and 0.75 blocks per set. From the middle, the student-athlete from Lacombe accumulated 124 kills over 21 matches, impressively hitting for 49.8 per cent efficiency.

    “Mark has been tremendous for us during his first two years. He has started the bulk of his first two seasons and showed steady improvement throughout. He is very dynamic with a quick jump and arm, which are very important to being an effective middle,” says Head Coach Schulha. “He is also a very explosive blocker that moves quickly along the net and has active hands. His recognition as an All-Conference player is very well deserved and we are excited to see how he continues to improve in year three with our program.”

    The RDC Kings are in Edmonton for the ACAC Men’s Volleyball Championship from February 21 to 23. In their first match, the Red Deer College Kings (18-6) will play the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings (15-9), who finished third in the north. The opening serve will occur on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. The NAIT Ooks are hosting the event.

     


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    RDC Queens Goaltender from Prince Albert and RDC’s Ausie Volleyball Star Regan Fathers named Athletes of the Week

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  • Karlee Fetch – Queens Hockey  Hometown – Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Open Studies (4th year)

    From RDC Athletics

    Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce our Boston Pizza Athletes of the Week.

    Goaltender Karlee Fetch was nearly unbeatable this past weekend against the defending Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women’s Hockey Champions, the MacEwan University Griffins.  The fourth-year came on in relief about half-way through Friday’s contest, turning aside all 15 shots she faced.  Then on Saturday in Edmonton, the Open Studies student put on a goaltending clinic, stopping 43 out of 44 shots (0.977), helping the RDC Queens pick up an important 2-1 road win and earning the Queens Player-of-the-Game.  Over both games, the netminder from Prince Albert made 58 saves out of 59 shots (0.983).

    The Queens have been playing well lately. In their past seven games, the RDC Queens have earned 10 of a possible 14 points in the standings.

    Regan Fathers RDC Kings Volleyball

    Regan Fathers – Kings Volleyball  Hometown – East Fremantle, Western Australia Kinesiology General (5th year)

    This past weekend, Regan Fathers had another all-star performance for the Kings Volleyball team (18-6), helping them down the previously undefeated Lethbridge College Kodiaks (20-2) in both road matches. His weekend statistics were unparalleled in the ACAC. In Friday’s five set victory (23- 25, 25-18, 25-22, 23-25 and 15-9), the six-foot-six outside hitter was a dominant force, totaling 29 kills, 15 digs, two blocks, one assist and one ace while hitting for 44.7 per cent efficiency. For his outstanding effort, Regan earned the Kings Player-of-the-Game award. Then in Saturday’s victory (25-23, 22-25, 26-24 and 34-32), the student-athlete from East Fremantle, Western Australia stacked up 37 kills, 18 digs, one block, one ace and hit for 47.4 per cent efficiency. The talented athlete remarkably finished the weekend with 66 kills, 33 digs, three blocks, two aces and one assist, helping lead the Kings to an 8-2 record in their past ten matches.

    In only 21 matches, the Kinesiology General student leads the league with 435 total kills and 5.37 kills per set. Incredibly, Regan has 98 more kills than Carter Hansen (338), of the Kodiaks, who has the second most in ACAC Men’s Volleyball.

    This Week in RDC Athletics

    This week, the RDC Basketball teams will play the Ambrose University Lions in Calgary. The Hockey Queens will face-off against the SAIT Trojans in a pair of road games and the Kings will challenge the Portage College Voyageurs twice in Lac La Biche.

    The RDC Volleyball teams have completed regular season play and will prepare for the ACAC Championships from February 21 to 23. NAIT will host the men’s championship and Ambrose University will welcome the top four women’s teams from both the north and south divisions, to compete for top spot.

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

    Queens Basketball | Saturday, Feb. 16 | 6:00 p.m. | Ambrose University

    The RDC Queens will tip-off against the Lions in Calgary. Lauren Cardinal, an Open Studies student, is coming off a solid weekend against the Broncos, totaling 26 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists in a pair of games.

    Kings Basketball | Saturday, Feb. 16 | 8:00 p.m. | Ambrose University

    Tickets can be purchased online for the men’s volleyball national championship, held at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre from March 7 to 9, 2019.  The fourth place Red Deer College Kings (10-8) will challenge the Ambrose University Lions (12-7) in Calgary.  The Lions sit in third, four points above the Kings but they have also played one more game. The fifth place Lethbridge College Kodiaks (8-9) trail the RDC Kings by four points, for the final playoff spot in the south.

    Bachelor of Education Elementary student, Spencer Klassen, continues to lead the league with 25.5 points per game.

    Queens Hockey | Friday, Feb. 15 | 7:00 p.m. | SAIT

    The third place RDC Queens (9-9-4-0) will play the SAIT Trojans (5-14-0-0) in Calgary. The Queens boast the second best penalty kill in the league (87.8%). The Trojans sit at the bottom of ACAC Women’s Hockey with an 81.8 per cent efficiency.

    Karlee Fetch has the third best goals against average (2.08) and save percentage (0.924) in the league.

    Queens Hockey | Saturday, Feb. 16 | 2:00 p.m. | SAIT

    In an afternoon rematch, the Trojans will host the Queens.

    Kings Hockey | Friday, Feb. 15 | 7:00 p.m. | Portage College

    The fifth place Red Deer College Kings (13-7-1-1) will battle with the Portage College Voyageurs (3- 18-1-0) in Lac La Biche. Led by Chase Thudium’s league leading 16 goals, the Kings have the fourth most potent offence in the league (4.32 goals per game). The Voyageurs sit last (1.73).

    Kings Hockey | Saturday, Feb. 16 | 1:00 p.m. | Portage College

    In an afternoon contest, the Kings and Voyageurs will compete.

    For more information on RDC Athletics, the student-athletes, scores, and game recaps of conference games, please visit: rdcathletics.ca


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