Red Deer Polytechnic Athletes of the Week
Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics is proud to announce the Mr. Mikes RDP Athletes of the Week:
1. Kaylee Raniseth
Hometown: Delburne, Alberta
Bachelor of Education Elementary (2nd year)
Skip Kaylee Raniseth and the Queens Curling Club could not have a better weekend after going undefeated in the Winter Regional hosted by Concordia University. Coming into the weekend, Head Coach Brad Hamilton knew they needed to have a good weekend to have any sort of chance at placing in the top 4 after just finishing with a 3-2 record at the Fall Regional. Hamilton got what he wished for and more as the Queens went 5-0 on the weekend, which includes a 7-2 victory over the Concordia University Thunder, who were also undefeated coming into the Sunday draw against the Queens.
The Queens now sit in first place in the league as they prepare for the championships on March 3-5 in Lloydminster. This is partially due to the hard work Raniseth put in during the weekend in Edmonton. Her competitive curling experience was on display with both her strategy and shot-making. Raniseth will be a vital piece to the puzzle as the team moves forward and competes for a championship come March.
Congratulations Kaylee and we wish you and the Queens luck as the team looks to avenge last year’s tough gold medal loss!
2. Eduardo Crespo
Hometown: Mococa, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Academic Upgrading (2nd year)
Eduardo Crespo was a key player for the Kings Basketball team as they were able to defeat the Ambrose University Lions in back-to-back tough games. Both games could have gone either way with the Lions taking the lead multiple times in the game but that did not stop the Kings from keeping their composure and battling to take the lead back. Crespo finished with 16 points on Friday night and then topped that off with a 34-point night, 41-minute performance on Saturday evening. This includes a layup in the last five seconds that sent this game into overtime where the Kings would win 92-91.
On this five-game winning streak, the Kings are on, Crespo is averaging 22 points and just over 31 minutes on the floor. On the year, he is ranked 3rd in the ACAC with 30.8 points per 40 minutes. According to Head Coach Darren Graham, if Crespo can stay healthy and out of foul trouble, he can be the best player on the floor on any given night as with his size and ball-handling skills, he can play all the positions.
Congratulations Eduardo and good luck to you and the Kings in the tough two games ahead of the team against the Trojans!
This Week in Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics is sponsored by Elite Chiropractor and Sports Medicine
This week in RDP Athletics features a Bell Lets Talk Gameday. With the official Bell Lets Talk Day on Wednesday, January 25, RDP Athletics has decided to host their own event on Saturday evening, January 28 which features both volleyball teams and Queens Hockey. There will be an opportunity to connect with
various mental health organizations within Central Alberta
The volleyball festivities will start at 6 pm as the Queens take on the SAIT Trojans with the Kings to follow at 8 pm. Both these teams will be in Calgary to face the Trojans on Friday night as well.
Queens Hockey will play on a rare Thursday night in Olds at 7 pm to kickstart their weekend before rematching the Olds College Broncos at the same time on Saturday night. These two schools are combining forces for a mental health initiative to show there is strength in unity. The Broncos will be putting on their
Make Some Noise for Mental Health event on Thursday with the Queens hosting a Bell Lets Talk Day on Saturday.
Speaking of hockey, the Kings Hockey team will play two home games this weekend as they take on the Portage College Voyageurs and fight to stay at the top of the conference. The game on Friday will be a normal 7 pm start with the Saturday game being in the afternoon at 1 pm.
Lastly, the basketball teams will kick off the home schedule with two games against a very tough SAIT Trojans team. As the Queens look to continue their five-game winning streak, they will take on the Trojans at 6 pm with the men putting their winning streak on the line following the end of the women’s game.
Just a reminder to stay tuned to the RDP Athletics social media platforms as there will be a daily post up until this Saturday from one of the athletes regarding mental health as this is the last week of the Make Some Noise for Mental event.
Please refer to the information below for more details.
Queens (8-6) vs SAIT Trojans (8-5)
• Friday, January 27 | 6 pm at Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
• Saturday, January 28 | 6 pm in Calgary
Queens Basketball is now above .500 and riding a five-game winning streak after two great wins against the Ambrose University Lions. The Queens really have turned it around after starting the season 0-3, they are now 8-6.
Head Coach Avery Harrison said he takes full responsibility as the coach of the team for how the team started the season.
“We are a totally different team. It is fun to watch. The biggest change was I got off their backs and let them play. I didn’t do a good enough job coaching in the first semester and was mad at myself. We got some great responses from the players in a feedback session with the coaches which forced change and led to
the team being more successful.”
But the schedule does not get any easier as battle with the SAIT Trojans this weekend, who sit right behind them in what is a very tight South Division. Between first and seventh place, there is just a six-point difference.
The Queens will be in Red Deer on Friday and travel down to Calgary for the second weekend in a row on Saturday. Both games start at 6 pm.
Kings (8-6) vs SAIT Trojans (7-6)
• Friday, January 27 | 8 pm at Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
• Saturday, January 28 | 8 pm in Calgary
The Kings are following in the Queens footstep, or the other way around, either way, both teams are playing well as the men are also riding a five-game winning streak. But these two wins against the Ambrose University Lions this past weekend did not come easy for them as one of the games needed overtime. It was
a tight one, but the Kings pulled through with a win.
Now, they got a huge test ahead of them as they take on the SAIT Trojans, who are looking much different than they did in the first semester which saw the team only win three games but have won four of their five games to start the winter semester.
Saturday night’s player of the game Eduardo Crespo said their team won the ACAC Championship last year, so they are always going to be a tough matchup. “They have good players, probably not the same chemistry that they had last year, but they are still doing well. They got players who can score at any time on the court. We want to be able to shut down these players which means we got to put in a lot of work during practice this week.”
Crespo completed his night with 34 points on Saturday, which included the tying basket to send it to overtime. The Kings will start their weekend in Red Deer and then travel down to Calgary for a rematch with both games starting at 8 pm.
Queens (7-3) vs Olds College Broncos (2-8)
• Thursday, January 26 | 7 pm in Olds
• Saturday, January 28 | 7 pm at Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
After dropping a 3-2 contest against the NAIT Ooks in their lone game this past weekend, the Queens will be back on the ice with two games this week against the Olds College Broncos. Together with Olds College, RDP Athletics will be hosting a collaboration mental health event that will start with the game on Thursday night in Olds for their Make Some Noise for Mental Health event and then end with the polytechnic’s Bell Lets Talk event. The purpose of collaborating with the Central Alberta institution is to emphasize that there is strength in unity as both schools are a part of the ACAC, which includes 15 other
post-secondary schools, 2500 student-athletes, and many coaches that can all come together to promote mental health in a more positive light.
The Queens will play on Thursday evening in Olds and then have a day off before facings the Broncos in a rematch on Saturday evening. Puck drop just after 7 pm for both games.
Portage College Voyageurs (3-13-1) at Kings (10-6-1)
• Friday, January 27 | 7 pm
• Saturday, January 28 | 1 pm
As the Kings Hockey team struggles to win on home ice in the 2023 year, they will be tested this weekend as they face the Portage College Voyageurs in back-to-back home games. Earlier on in the season, the Kings split the weekend (5-3W, 3-2L) with the Voyageurs in Lac la Biche. But they now will face them in the
Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre where they have lost two straight games with 10 goals against and just four goals for.
Head Coach Trevor Keeper they are playing very well and have defeated some very good teams lately. “They play hard. They forecheck and they hit. Up until the past couple of weeks, we were undefeated at home and now we are playing sloppy, especially on Saturday nights. This week with the quick turnaround on
Saturday, we will have to be dominant and get our home mojo back.”
The Kings will play at 7 pm on Friday and 1 pm on Saturday afternoon with both games in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
Queens (7-6) vs SAIT Trojans (7-6)
• Friday, January 27 | 6 pm in Calgary
• Saturday, January 28 | 6 pm at Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
With a victory on Saturday night in Calgary, the Queens got their first win of the 2023 year after falling to the Ambrose University Lions on Friday evening in five sets. The second match was very different as the Queens came out of the gate fast and dominant as they swept the Lions three straight to take the match.
But ahead of them is yet another tough test in the SAIT Trojans this weekend as the Queens sit tied in second place with the Trojans in what is a very tight race for a playoff spot in the South Division. As of right now, four points is the difference between second place and sixth place. With most teams still needing to
play five or six matches, any team has a chance to secure a spot in the ACAC Championships.
Head Coach Talbot Walton explained that consistency needs to be better in the team. “I think we need to be more consistent from the service line which puts them out of system a bit more. Our service receive needs to be a little more structured so we can run a better offence and separate the opposing blockers to give our hitters a prime opportunity for a kill.”
The Queens will play their second straight match in Calgary on Friday at 6 pm with the same start time on Saturday evening in Red Deer at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
Kings (12-1) vs SAIT Trojans (4-9)
• Friday, January 27 | 8 pm in Calgary
• Saturday, January 28 | 8 pm at Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The Kings continue to prove their dominance over ACAC competition as they extend their winning streak to double-digits now with their 10th straight win. But it was not easy as five of the seven sets played, they were competing alongside the Lions. In the other two sets the Kings outplayed Ambrose and proved they are a
force to be reckoned with.
Head Coach Aaron Schulha said as they battle with the Trojans, the team’s service pressure component will need to be better. “During every match, we talk about having a sense of pride in winning the serve and receive battle because we know how physical we are at the net. Ultimately, the game of volleyball comes down to serve and pass which is something we talk about a lot over the season.”
The Kings will be in Calgary on Friday to take on the Trojans before heading home for a rematch on Saturday evening with both matches starting at 8 pm.
The RDP Queens preparing for their first championship defense in program history
After a historic season a year ago, the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens Soccer team is ready to start their championship defense as the 2023/2024 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) season kicks off this weekend.
A year ago, they started the season off with a loss against the SAIT Trojans. But they didn’t know this was going to be the only loss of the ACAC season. They managed to win 11 in a row on their way to their first-ever championship banner in program history.
This incredible season also included a record-setting campaign for Sein Furuyama (Open Studies), who was last year’s ACAC South Player and Rookie of the Year recipient. She broke the individual record for most goals in a season with 29 goals and helped the Queens break the record for most goals by a team in one year as well with a total of 89.
Furuyama was also named to the South Division All-Conference alongside her teammates Estel and Sofia Quinteros (Practical Nurse Diploma).
But after losing some veteran players to graduation, Head Coach Mahziar Peyrow, who was last year’s ACAC South Division Coach of the Year, says the Queens will be looking a little bit different as they start their new season.
“This season is going to be tough for us as we had a lot of players graduate from the Polytechnic, so it will be a bit of a rebuilding year for us. But we will still be able to compete at the top level.” They still managed to keep some players from their gold medal-winning team.
Furuyama is preparing herself for her second year in the conference as she is coming off a knee injury and wants to impress the conference yet again.
Defense Kayla Yeo (Open Studies) is coming back for her fifth and final year. Yeo alongside Sofia Quinteros will co-captain the Queens this season with last year’s captain Alisha Coules graduating from the four-year Nursing program. Coules will step in as an assistant coach for the team this year.
Peyrow is very excited to have Quinteros back in the midfield as well as Yeo on the defensive line. “Sofia will remain as a key player in the defensive midfield to keep providing us with the quick transition into the attacking third. Kayla will step in the role of centre-back to strengthen our defense alongside our ever-so-powerful Kyra Remekie (Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences).”
He added the Queens will also be returning their two strikers, Paige Kalbfleisch (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) and Grace Smith (Bachelor of Business Administration). These two student-athletes bring a high level of skill on the ball and can attack dangerously with pace.
Alongside these multiple returnees will also be a couple of key additions to the team who were recruited by last year’s ACAC South Division Women’s Coach of the Year this past off-season, defense Payton Erick (Business Diploma) and midfield Rilyn Clement (Pre-Health Sciences). Peyrow believes Erick will be a strong force at the back that can also get up the pitch and impact the game on the offensive side and Clement has a high soccer IQ who has great vision in the midfield.
Putting all these pieces together, the Queens head coach is quite optimistic the team can compete at the same level they did a year ago.
“Obviously, we had a great season last year and it would be amazing to reenact that this campaign. I believe the ladies have it in them to execute a great season. The energy is high as these ladies want to impress. The players all know that they need to perform well as the bar has been raised for this program.”
The Queens season will start on the road this weekend as they head down to Lethbridge on Saturday to battle with the Kodiaks at 2 p.m. before traveling out to Medicine Hat to take on the Rattlers at noon on Sunday.
For more information on this historic year last year and the upcoming season visit: RDPolytechnicathletics.ca.
Cayden Nickel and Makayla Willows first ever CCRA champions from Red Deer Polytechnic
RDP Royals Rodeo team excels at Canadian Collegiate Rodeo Association finals
Makayla Willows and Cayden Nickel of the Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP) Royals Rodeo team finished as the top competitors at the Canadian Collegiate Rodeo Association (CCRA) Finals May 19-21 in Brooks.
“Makayla and Cayden had an outstanding weekend,” says Trina Carroll, RDP Royals Program Lead. “They put in the work and were rewarded. I want to send a huge shoutout to all competitors and the CCRA Board of Directors, including Jamie Kuzma, who was our main contact at the CCRA.”
Buck Lake’s Willows earned the prestigious honour of 2023 CCRA Cowgirl of the Year by accumulating the most points among female competitors at the Silver Sage Community Corral over the weekend.
“I am thankful for the support from the RDP Royals Rodeo team, our wonderful coaches, and my family,” says Willows, who is graduating with an RDP Social Work Diploma in June. “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have been able to compete in the CCRA Finals. After working hard throughout the season, it was rewarding to complete my last year in College Rodeo as the Heeling Season Leader along with qualifying for the finals in Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping and Pole Bending.”
As heeler in Team Roping, Willows consistently demonstrated her expertise in roping steers by their hind feet after the header – who was Nickel – roped the front of the steer.
“For being recognized as the High Point Cowgirl of the Year alongside my Team Roping partner Cayden, we were each awarded a beautiful saddle and buckle as Cowgirl and Cowboy of the Year,” adds Willows. “It is a very humbling honor and an amazing way to end my final College Rodeo experience.”
Nickel, who is from Evansburg, was named the CCRA Cowboy of the Year and CCRA Tie Down Roping Champion. He just completed his first year of a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Sport Studies Degree at RDP.
“It was such an awesome experience,” says Nickel about competing in the CCRA Finals. “We had a lot of fun and I can’t wait for next year.”
In addition to Willows and Nickel placing first overall in the CCRA, they made Red Deer Polytechnic history.
“In 10 years of competing in the CCRA Finals, this is the first time that RDP students have achieved the High Point Award in both the Cowboy and Cowgirl categories,” explains Carroll. “We are so proud of Makayla and Cayden.”
The next CCRA season will begin in Fall 2023.
About Red Deer Polytechnic Royals Rodeo: RDP Royals Rodeo is an elite post-secondary sports program that provides opportunities for students to compete outside of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC), of which the RDP Kings and Queens are members. Since its establishment in 2013, the RDP Royals Rodeo program has grown from three student-athletes up to 40 members. The Red Deer Polytechnic Rodeo team has consistently been competitive in the CCRA, qualifying for the finals every year over the past decade. The 2022/2023 RDP Royals Rodeo team consisted of 12 dedicated student-athletes.
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