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RDC Athletics Recap
This past weekend, the Kings & Queens Soccer teams opened the 2019-20 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) regular season on the road. The RDC Queens split their two-game series while the Kings earned four of a possible six points in the standings.
The Red Deer College Queens Hockey team was involved in some close exhibition contests at the RDC Icebreaker Tournament, and it picked up a victory. In non-conference play, the Kings Hockey team competed hard against the University of Calgary Dinos, but it dropped both games against the squad from U Sports.
Queens Soccer | Saturday, September 7 | Medicine Hat College
The RDC Queens opened the season on a positive note with a 4-0 shutout against the Rattlers. Bachelor of Science Nursing student Alisha Coules recorded a hat trick and Red Deer’s Mikayla Fujimoto added a single. Queens goalkeeper Alethea Riemer earned the shutout.
Queens Soccer | Sunday, September 8 | Lethbridge College
In the second game of the road trip, the Red Deer College Queens worked hard but were blanked 3- 0 by the Kodiaks. Rebecca McBride, a Bachelor of Science student from Calgary, was named the Queens Player-of-the-Game with a strong effort. The RDC Queens wrapped up the weekend with a 1-1-0 record, sharing third spot in the south standings with the Rattlers.
Kings Soccer | Saturday, September 7 | Medicine Hat College
The Kings and Rattlers played to a 0-0 draw in Medicine Hat. Kings goalkeeper Jacob Hamilton made six saves, helping RDC earn a point in the standings. Pedro Humberto Mourao Neto, a second-year midfielder from Brazil, was named the RDC Kings Player-of-the-Game.
Kings Soccer | Sunday, September 8 | Lethbridge College
On the strength of Nathan Swartz’s late game heroics, the RDC Kings picked up an impressive 3-2 road win against the Kodiaks. Matthew Elphick and Hugo Janssen also tallied for RDC. With the victory, the Kings (1-0-1) went undefeated on the weekend. They share first spot in the south with the Medicine Hat College Rattlers (1-0-1) in the early stages of the season.
Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce the Bedford Food Company Athletes of the Week.
1. Alisha Coules – Queens Soccer Hometown – Stettler, AB Bachelor of Science Nursing (2nd year)
This past weekend, Alisha Coules was outstanding on the Queens Soccer team’s two-game road trip. On Saturday in Medicine Hat, the Queens and Rattlers were scoreless at the half, until Alisha kicked the offence into another gear. The second-year student-athlete scored a natural hat trick, striking in the 51st, 61st and 70th minute, helping the RDC Queens eventually defeat the host Rattlers 4-0. The Bachelor of Science Nursing student was named the Queens Player-of-the-Game.
Despite dropping a 3-0 decision to the Kodiaks on Sunday, Alisha was once again noticeable on the soccer pitch. She displayed a strong work ethic and tried to generate several scoring opportunities against a formidable Kodiaks’ defence. The talented forward from Stettler showed dogged determination, playing all 90 minutes.
2. Kyle Bett – Kings Soccer Hometown – Calgary, AB Kinesiology General (3rd year)
Calgary’s Kyle Bett played an integral role helping the Kings Soccer team earn four of a possible six points in the standings this past weekend. The third-year played a full 90 minutes in both games and was very effective, especially defensively. The Kinesiology General student was instrumental in preserving the 0-0 tie while down a man against the Rattlers on Saturday.
In Sunday’s thrilling 3-2 victory in Lethbridge, Kyle played a well-rounded game, contributing on both sides of the ball. Besides another stalwart performance on defence, Kyle had a pair of shots and assisted on the Kings’ opening goal, which was a marker from Matthew Elphick. For his standout effort, Kyle was selected as the Kings Player-of-the-Game.
This Week in RDC Athletics
The RDC Cross Country Running Kings & Queens are ready to host Running Room Grand Prix #2 on Saturday. This week, both Red Deer College Soccer teams will play their home openers. There is also non-conference hockey action at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
Here is a summary of what is happening this week in RDC Athletics:
Cross Country Running | Grand Prix #2 | Saturday, September 14 | 12:00 p.m. | RDC
The RDC Cross Country Running team will host Running Room Grand Prix #2. There is no cost to watch these top collegiate cross country runners compete. The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) women will start at 12:00 p.m. and the men will race at 1:00 p.m.
There are still opportunities for high school teams and open runners to register for the event at Red Deer College, until noon on Wednesday, September 11. High school runners will race in the morning and some of those competitors may become future members of the RDC team.
Queens Soccer | Friday, September 13 | 2:00 p.m. | RDC Main Field
The RDC Queens (1-1-0) will play the Olds College Broncos (2-0-0) in their home opener. After only two games, the Broncos and Lethbridge College Kodiaks (2-0-0) are the only undefeated teams in the south. The Red Deer College Queens and Medicine Hat College Rattlers (1-1-0) share third spot in the division with three points each.
RDC’s Alisha Coules sits tied for second in ACAC Women’s Soccer goal scoring with three.
Queens Soccer | Sunday, September 15 | 12:00 p.m. | RDC Main Field
The Red Deer College Queens will host the SAIT Trojans (0-1-0). Last weekend, the Olds College Broncos defeated the SAIT Trojans 2-1.
Kings Soccer | Friday, September 13 | 4:00 p.m. | RDC Main Field
The Red Deer College Kings Soccer team (1-0-1) will face the Olds College Broncos (1-1-0). In the early going, the Kings share top spot in the south with the Medicine Hat College Rattlers (1-0-1). Both squads have four points in the standings.
Kings goalkeeper Jacob Hamilton ranks first in ACAC Men’s Soccer with 14 saves.
Kings Soccer | Sunday, September 15 | 2:00 p.m. | RDC Main Field
The RDC Kings will compete against the SAIT Trojans (1-0-0) in an afternoon tilt.
Kings Hockey | Saturday, September 14 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The RDC Kings will face-off against the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, of U Sports.
Kings Hockey | Sunday, September 15 | 2:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The Kings will entertain the Pronghorns in a rematch.
Queens Hockey | Sunday, September 15 | 7:30 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
In non-conference play, the Red Deer College Queens will challenge the Central Alberta Amazons of the Alberta Junior Female Hockey League (AJFHL).
2 local athletes shine as RDC Athletes of the Week
RDC Queens forward Avery Lajeunnesse
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Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce the Bedford Food Company Athletes of the Week
- Avery Lajeunnesse – Queens Hockey
Hometown – Red Deer, AB
Open Studies (1st year)
Avery Lajeunnesse had a remarkable weekend on the ice for the Queens. The first-year forward played a key role helping the RDC Queens earn three of a possible four points against the NAIT Ooks. Both teams entered the two game series tied for second place in the league, but after a 3-2 victory on Friday and a close 5-4 shootout setback, the Queens (10-4-2-0) jumped one point over the Ooks (10-5-1-0) in the standings, for sole possession of second. While Lajeunnesse worked hard and played well on Friday, she really shone in Saturday’s rematch. The Open Studies student used her speed and scored a hat trick, leading both squads. Her first two goals came within 37 seconds of each other in the opening frame. The third marker was recorded late in the second period. For her dominant performance, Lajeunnesse was named the Queens Player-of-the-Game. In 16 games, she has six goals and six assists which is impressive, especially for a first-year player.
- Cody White – Kings Basketball
Hometown – Red Deer, AB
Kinesiology Fitness-Health (4th year)
Six-foot-two guard Cody White was very effective and efficient in Saturday’s 88-75 victory over the Broncos in Olds. Cody, who is a Kinesiology Fitness-Health student, led RDC with 20 points. He added a pair of offensive rebounds. The rate that the fourth-year scored was especially impressive considering he only played 19 minutes. Cody’s shooting accuracy made it difficult on the Broncos’ defenders and allowed him to score at a pace of over a point per minute. He hit five out of eight from beyond the three-point arc and three-of-four from the free-throw line. The talented student-athlete from Red Deer is an important veteran member of the Kings and brings a hard-working, positive attitude to practices and games. With the road win, the Kings remain in the playoff conversation. The RDC Kings (6-5) and Briercrest College Clippers (6-5) share third spot in the competitive Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Basketball South Division.
Make Some Time and Make Some Noise
Everyone is subjected to potential stress from school, work, finances and relationships, which is why
RDC is encouraging students, staff and faculty to start a dialogue about mental health and engage in activities through Make Some Time, which started January 20.
Participants can join the conversation by attending a variety of wellness activities on campus. At these events they can enter a draw for the chance to win a tuition credit, equivalent to $380.25. The draw will take place after the second set of the Kings Volleyball game on Friday, January 24. The winner does not have to be in attendance.
The Red Deer College campaign, Make Some Time, will lead into the RBC sponsored ACAC initiative, Make Some Noise for Mental Health, on January 24. RBC representatives will be on site and there will be a variety of prizes, including pizza and prepaid Visa cards.
Make Some Noise | January 24
6:00 pm | Queens Volleyball, Kings to follow | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
7:00 pm | Kings Hockey | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
Make Some Noise for Mental Health is also endorsed by Canadian Mental Health Association that encourages empathy, understanding and open mindedness for those experiencing mental illness and those who are impacted.
RBC has been a long-time supporter of the College. They have provided significant funding to the College’s Student Ambassadors Program. In addition to their ongoing support for Make Some Noise, they’ve assisted with RDC scholarships and the Student Emergency Bursary.
This Week in Red Deer College Athletics
In a battle between the top two teams in ACAC Men’s Hockey, the RDC Kings will play the NAIT Ooks in a home-and-home series. The Hockey Queens and Olds College Broncos will hit the ice in a pair of games. Both volleyball squads will face the Ambrose University Lions. The Red Deer College Indoor Track team will compete at Running Room Grand Prix #1 in Edmonton. The RDC Curling team will participate in the Winter Regional. Both basketball teams will travel south and challenge the Lethbridge College Kodiaks.
Here is a summary of what is happening this week:
Queens Hockey | Thursday, Jan. 23 | 7:00 pm | Olds College
The second place Red Deer College Queens (10-4-2-0) will compete against the Broncos (3-11-2-0) in Olds. Camryn Wallan and Avery Lajeunnesse share the team lead in points with 12. After her hat trick against NAIT, Lajeunnesse took over the Queens’ goal scoring lead with six. Eight student-athletes have four goals each.
Queens Hockey | Saturday, Jan. 25 | 7:00 pm | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The Queens will tangle with the Broncos at home.
Kings Hockey | Friday, Jan. 24 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The second place Hockey Kings (13-3-2-0) will face-off against the top seed NAIT Ooks (16-2-0-0).
The Kings trail the Ooks by four points entering the weekend series.
RDC’s power play has been very effective, scoring 22 times with the man-advantage and clicking at 25.9 per cent. Austin Hunter leads the way with five power play markers.
Kings Hockey | Saturday, Jan. 25 | 6:00 p.m. | NAIT
The Kings will meet the Ooks in the second half of the home-and-home series.
Queens Volleyball | Friday, Jan. 24 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The second place Queens (12-2) will play the third seed Ambrose University Lions (10-6) at home. The RDC Queens have been playing a solid brand of volleyball.
Red Deer’s Emma Holmes is one of the Queens’ most efficient and effective offensive weapons. She sits fourth in the league with 3.14 kills per set and 0.364 hitting percentage.
Queens Volleyball | Saturday, Jan. 25 | 6:00 p.m. | Ambrose University
The Lions will host the Queens in Calgary.
Kings Volleyball | Friday, Jan. 24 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The RDC Kings (10-4) will entertain the Lions (1-15). The Kings share third in the south with the Briercrest College Clippers (10-6), but have also played two fewer matches. RDC has only participated in 14 matches. Ambrose University, Olds College, Medicine Hat College, Briercrest College and Lethbridge College have played in 16 matches. SAIT has hit the court the most (18) in the south.
Setter Thomas Wass sits at the top of the ACAC with 8.86 assists per set.
Kings Volleyball | Saturday, Jan. 25 | 8:00 p.m. | Ambrose University
The Kings will contend with the Lions on the road.
Former RDC Athletic Director and multiple National Champion hopes to save the Kings and Queens
Perhaps no one has had more success promoting RDC Athletics than Keith Hansen. As head coach of the Red Deer College Kings Volleyball team, Hansen’s teams won an incredible 9 National Championships in 12 years. Hansen also served as RDC Athletic Director for 8 years (2007 to 2015). Hansen’s passion for all things Kings… and Queens remains a big part of his life.
From Keith Hansen, Former RDC Athletic Director and Head Coach of RDC Kings Volleyball Team
I hope you will considering sharing this and adding your name to the petition.
As an alumni athlete, former coach and former Athletic Director at RDC, I understand what it means to be a King or Queen. Honor, integrity, hard work and family are the key terms that come to mind as I think about our Kings and Queens legacy. These names are titles of honor and not derogatory in anyway. As a coach at RDC in the mid 1990’s we started the tag line “Once a King Always a King” … I have this engraved on a number of my national championships rings. This tag line was later adopted by the entire RDC athletics department because we understood that being a King or Queen is a lifelong honor. This decision is gut wrenching for me and I thank the many alumni and supporters of our programs for steeping forward in an effort to keep the Kings and Queens name. Keith
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