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Grizzlys Beat Oilers In Shootout!

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By Sheldon Spackman

The Olds Grizzlys are basking in the glow of a big 3-2 shootout victory over the Okotoks Oilers on Saturday night.

The win at the Olds Sportsplex improves the Grizzlys record to 7-9-2 with 16 points and still 7th place in the AJHL’s Viterra South Division.

However, that’s now back to back wins for the Grizzlys.

Jared Bowman and Ryley Smith scored for Olds in regulation time, while Smith also scored the shootout winner.

The Grizzlys next action is Tuesday, November 8th when they host the South Division leading Brooks Bandits at 7pm. The Bandits are 12-3-3 with 27 points on the season so far.

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Red Deer’s Jeremiah Lauzon to compete for spot on Canada’s Olympic 4 X 100 M Relay Team!

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Jeremiah Lauzon with Gold Medal at National Championships

How things have changed for Red Deer’s Jeremiah Lauzon!  A year ago he was an up and coming track star heading into his final year of high school at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School.  Then he had a very special season.  In the spring of 2019 Lauzon exploded onto the national track scene with Canada’s best U20 time in the 200m.  Then the Red Deer Titans Track and Field club member improved that time, clocking 20.90 which put him on the national and international track and field radar.

Lauzon went on to win Provincial and National 200 m Championships.  Currently he’s enrolled at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, where he begins competing in the American NCAA division 2 season next month.

All this was capped in the most remarkable manner.  Athletics Canada has invited Jeremiah Lauzon to compete for one of 5 spots on the Canadian Mens 4 X 100 Meter Olympic Team!  It’s an incredible honour but he’ll have his work cut out for him.  There are only 10 invitees, and at least 2 of the positions are firmly locked with Aaron Brown and Andre De Grass expected to anchor Canada’s medal hopes at next Summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Todayville is happy to share this interview with Jeremiah Lauzon and his Red Deer Titans Coach Ronald Hewer.

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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.

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