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Notre Dame Volleyball star is ASDC Central Athlete of the Month



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  • The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C) is pleased to announce that the ASDC-Central Female Athlete of the Month for April 2018 is Samantha Gagnon.

    Samantha Gagnon is an 18 year old, grade 12 student at Notre Dame High School, Red Deer resident and a competitive Volleyball athlete.

    Samantha (Sam) comes from a volleyball family with both parents having played university and professional volleyball, with her father having represented Canada in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in Volleyball. Sam played the past two seasons with the Senior Volleyball Team at Notre Dame High School, the past 5 seasons with the Queens Volleyball Club, and this past summer (2017) was a member of Team Alberta (17U age group) that competed at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Florida.

    An excellent student/athlete, Sam excels on the court, in the classroom and is an accomplished musician and fluent in French.  Sam has been part of ASDC-Central’s Athlete Enhancement Program since 2016 and is part of the Gold level program for athletes who have committed themselves to their sport and their training.

    Gagnon’s club team is pushing hard for a medal at the upcoming provincial final tournament, which might be the end of the road for many other grade 12’s.  Not Gagnon though.  Samantha has signed on to play with the UBC Okanagan Heat in Kelowna next year, where she will major in Business.

    Sam’s strong work ethic, her undeniable athletic abilities and her training experiences with ASDC-Central will ensure that Sam continues to grow, develop and succeed in her Volleyball career!


    Congratulations to Samantha Gagnon, ASDC Athlete of the month!

    ASDC-Central thanks Tom Bast Sports for celebrating the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month recipients by the provision of commemorative apparel for each recipient.

    For further information regarding this athlete, the ASDC-Central and our programs, please contact Miles Kydd @ or 403-342-3231.

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    The main purpose of the ASDC network is to coordinate and enhance services available to Alberta's emerging athletes and coaches. These regional centres provide services to athletes and coaches residing in rural and urban areas allowing athletes to develop and train at a high level without leaving home.


    Two RDC runners finish top ten at nationals



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  • RDC Athletics Update
    Red Deer, November 13, 2018 – Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce the Boston Pizza

    Athletes of the Week.

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

    This past Saturday, Jill Stewart (24:30) had a strong race at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Cross Country Running National Championships in Ontario. Over 6 km, the Red Deer runner finished 10th overall in a competitive field, leading the Queens to a national bronze medal in challenging running conditions. With the top 10 finish, the Occupational & Physical Therapist Assistant Diploma student received the honour of being named an All-Canadian.

    Matthew Hope – Kings Cross Country Running Hometown – Red Deer, AB
    Bachelor of Education Secondary (3rd year)

    Matthew Hope has been among the top Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) male
    runners this year, and also proved his talent on the national circuit on November 10. At the CCAA Cross Country Running National Championships, the Bachelor of Education Secondary student (28:01) finished third, earning national bronze over 8 km in snowy and cool temperatures. Despite an ailing back, the third-year student-athlete showed a lot of heart and was named an All-Canadian for his outstanding bronze medal achievement.

    This Week in RDC Athletics

    This week, there are several exciting ACAC matchups on tap. The Hockey Queens will face-off against the NAIT Ooks in a pair of games. The RDC Kings Hockey team will play the SAIT Trojans in a home-and-home series. Both volleyball squads will compete against the Ambrose University Lions in two matches and the Red Deer College Basketball teams will host the Lions on Saturday evening at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

    For convenience, game tickets can be purchased online.
    Here is a summary of what is happening this week in RDC Athletics.


    Queens Hockey | Friday, Nov. 16 | 7:00 p.m. | NAIT

    In Edmonton, the third place RDC Queens (4-4) will challenge the NAIT Ooks (8-2). Veronika Bucifalova and Kaely McMurtry have continued their chemistry on the ice. The gifted linemates have scored six goals each, sharing the league lead. Bucifalova, a first-year forward from Czech Republic, also shares top spot for overall points in ACAC Women’s Hockey with 11.

    Queens Hockey | Saturday, Nov. 17 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    The venue will shift to the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, as the two teams will hit the ice in the second half of the home-and-home series.

    Kings Hockey | Friday, Nov. 16 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    The RDC Kings (7-2-0-1) will face-off against the SAIT Trojans (7-3-0-0) at home. The Kings share first place in the standings with the MacEwan University Griffins. Both teams have 15 points and the SAIT Trojans are one point back, so this will be an important weekend series.

    RDC’s Dylan Baer will enter this game on a roll. The talented blueliner has recorded 10 points in 10 games while taking care of his own zone, and he scored a hat trick in Saturday’s overtime victory against the Portage College Voyageurs.

    Second-year Kings’ forward Lynnden Pastachak assisted on all three of Baer’s markers, and the Kinesiology student from Bienfait, Saskatchewan contributed seven points in two games, helping the Kings take four of a possible four points this past weekend.

    Kings Hockey | Saturday, Nov. 17 | 7:00 p.m. | SAIT

    The Kings and Trojans will square off in Calgary.

    Queens Volleyball | Friday, Nov. 16 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    The Red Deer College Queens (5-5) will compete against the Ambrose University Lions (6 – 2). Both teams will enter the match on a winning streak. The Queens have won four in a row and the Lions have captured five straight.

    The Lions will host the 2018-19 ACAC Women’s Volleyball Championship.

    Queens Volleyball | Saturday, Nov. 17 | 6:00 p.m. | Ambrose University

    In a rematch, the Volleyball Queens will take on the Lions on the road.

    Kings Volleyball | Friday, Nov. 16 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    The second place Red Deer College Kings (6-4) will host the sixth seeded Ambrose University Lions (2-6). Regan Fathers, a talented right side hitter, leads ACAC Men’s Volleyball with 5.74 kills per set.

    Kings Volleyball | Saturday, Nov. 17 | 8:00 p.m. | Ambrose University

    Following the Queens, the Kings and Lions will meet.

    Queens Basketball | Saturday, Nov. 17 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    The hard-working Basketball Queens will face the Ambrose University Lions at home.

    Kings Basketball | Saturday, Nov. 17 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    The third place RDC Kings (4-2) will hit the hardwood against the second place Ambrose University Lions (5-1). The Kings have been strong on the boards. Six-foot-four forward Eric Bakker leads the way with 8.2 rebounds per game.

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

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    Red hot goaltender snaps Red Deer Rustlers win streak



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  • From the Red Deer Rustlers.. photo courtesy of Dennis Berg


    The Red Deer Senior Rustlers drop to a 6-1 record after a 3-0 loss to the Daysland Northstars

    The Red Deer Senior Rustlers winning streak came to an end Saturday night, as they took their first loss of the season in Camrose, a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Daysland Northstars.

    After a slow start to the game, the Senior Rustlers fell behind 2-0 late in the opening frame, with Lane Lightning scoring a pair of goals for the Northstars. The Rustlers were outshot 15-8 in that period.

    Although the Rustlers picked up their play in the second and third periods, outshooting Daysland 16-10 and 15-11, respectively, they could not solve Joey DesRosiers, who was outstanding in net for the Lightning, stopping all 39 shots he faced.

    The Northstars put the final nail in the coffin with two minutes to play, scoring on a 5-on-3 powerplay to make it a 3-0 game. Brett Bothwell was solid between the pipes for Red Deer, making 33 saves in his first loss of the season.

    “Overall I think we played a pretty good game, we just had 10 bad minutes in the first, and then ran into a hot goalie,” said assistant captain Dustin Moore. “Some games you get away with a bad start, and some times you don’t. This time, it cost us.”

    Moore, who leads the team with 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists) in six games, said the game was a good measuring stick for the Rustlers.

    “Daysland is a strong team, and they played hard tonight,” he said. “It’s disappointing to take our first loss of the season, but I think we learned a lot as a team and can take a lot from this game.”

    Despite the loss, the Senior Rustlers still sit atop the NCHL with 12 points, one ahead of Morniville and two ahead of Westlock, though both teams hold a game in hand.

    With Friday night’s game against the Whitecourt Wild in Mayerthorpe postponed due to poor road conditions, Saturday’s tilt was the lone game of the weekend for the Rustlers, who now have a weekend off before a pair of road games against the Eckville Eagles and Morinville Kings on November 23 and 24, respectively.


    For more information on the Red Deer Senior Rustlers, contact, or follow the team on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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