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Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics Update

Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics is proud to announce the RDP Athletes of the Week:

1. Estel Quinteros – Queens Soccer
Hometown – Edmonton, AB
Bachelor of Science Nursing (1st year)

This past weekend, Estel Quinteros played extremely well for the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens Soccer team. On Friday against the SAIT Trojans, the first-year defender had a solid performance which helped give the Queens a chance to down the undefeated visitors. The Queens and Trojans were scoreless at the half, but SAIT capitalized on two opportunities in the latter 45 minutes for a 2-0 edge. Quinteros demonstrated her high soccer IQ by making smart decisions, moving the ball effectively, and playing well positionally.

In Sunday’s 6-3 road victory over the Medicine Hat College Rattlers, the Bachelor of Science Nursing student played an integral role in the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens (4-2) solidifying third place in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women’s Soccer South Division. Once again, Quinteros was effective for the Queens, recording two of the team’s 21 shots on goal and playing well on both sides of the ball. She was recognized as the Queens Player of the Game.

The Red Deer Polytechnic Queens will face the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings in the ACAC Women’s Soccer South Division quarter-finals.

2. Thomson Wellie – Kings Soccer
Hometown – Grand Bassa, Maryland – Academic Upgrading (1st year)

Thomson Wellie had consistent performances for the Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Soccer team against the SAIT Trojans and Medicine Hat College Rattlers this past weekend. Along with his strong work ethic, the Academic Upgrading student used his speed and provided the Kings a spark offensively in the pair of games. Despite a 4-0 setback to SAIT on Friday, Wellie was one of the Kings’ best players. Then on Sunday, the first-year forward had another solid outing, keeping the Medicine Hat College Rattlers on their heels. The student-athlete from Grand Bassa pushed the pace and hit two posts in the match.  For his outstanding effort, Wellie was named the Kings Player of the Game. With the win, the Red Deer Polytechnic Kings (4-1-1) sealed second spot in the ACAC Men’s Soccer South Division and a bye to the division semi-finals.

The Kings will play the winner between the Lethbridge College Kodiaks and Ambrose University Lions, who are battling in the south quarter-finals.

This Week in Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics

The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings and Queens Soccer squads will begin the postseason at home. The Cross Country Running team will compete at Running Room Grand Prix #3 in Calgary.

Here is a summary of what is happening this week:

Queens Soccer | Friday, October 15 | 4 pm | RDP Main Field

After months of practicing, training, and playing games, the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens Soccer team knows its opponent in the first round of the playoffs. The Queens will host the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings in the ACAC Women’s Soccer South Division quarter-finals on Friday, October 15 at 4 pm.

The Queens finished the six-game regular season with a solid 4-2 record, placing third in the standings. The U of A Augustana Vikings (1-5) finished sixth in the south. In the previous game between the two squads, the Queens dominated the Vikings 8-1. In that match, Red Deer’s Corbynn Fujimoto led the way offensively with three goals for the Polytechnic. The Vikings were awarded their lone win on October 9 when the Ambrose University Lions forfeited the match. The Red Deer Polytechnic Queens have steadily improved throughout the shortened season and even pushed the undefeated SAIT Trojans (6-0-0) in a close 2-0 setback. While first-year Jenica Swartz led the Queens and league with 14 regular season goals, eight other student-athletes have found the back of the net. Kristy Hernandez was the Vikings’ regular season offensive leader with four goals. Four other student-athletes contributed goals for U of A Augustana.

The Queens enter the postseason as the highest scoring team in ACAC Women’s Soccer, averaging 6.83 goals per game. They are tied with the Lethbridge College Kodiaks as the second-best defensive squad in the south, only allowing 1.67 goals against per contest. Conversely, the Vikings have scored 1.80 goals and have allowed 6.20 goals against per game.

Red Deer Polytechnic Queens Soccer Head Coach Mahziar Peyrow has the team concentrating on some aspects of its game leading up to Friday’s postseason contest. “We know what to expect going into playoffs with certain teams. We have to work on some things and that’s our pace breaking out from the back,” he said. “We need to have that quite a bit faster. If we can capitalize on our breakouts quickly, I think we will be able to have some good results.”

The Red Deer Polytechnic Queens return to the playoffs after a brief absence. In 2018/2019, the Queens (8- 2-2) finished second in the south but dropped their quarter-final to the Concordia University Thunder 4-1. The Queens last won an ACAC medal in 2012/2013, when they earned bronze by shutting out the Medicine Hat College Rattlers 3-0. This season, the Queens are looking to return to the podium.

The winner of this match will face the second place Kodiaks in Lethbridge on Sunday, October 17 at 3 pm in the division semi-finals.

Kings Soccer | Sunday, October 17 | 3 pm | RDP Main Field

The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Soccer team will be competing in the ACAC Men’s Soccer South Division semi-finals after receiving a bye, but the opponent has not yet been determined. The second place Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Soccer team (4-1-1) will host the winner between the Lethbridge College Kodiaks (4-2) and Ambrose University Lions (0-6), who are battling in a quarter-final match. The ACAC Men’s Soccer South Division semi-final will take place on Sunday, October 17 at 3 pm at Red Deer Polytechnic.

During the regular season, the Kings defeated the Kodiaks 5-1 and handily shutout the Lions 10-0. Brazil’s Pedro Humberto Mourao Neto was Red Deer Polytechnic’s offensive catalyst, recording a hat trick in both of those contests.

In addition to Humberto Mourao Neto’s team leading seven regular season goals, nine other student- athletes have contributed goals in a balanced Kings’ attack. Red Deer Polytechnic scored the most in the ACAC Men’s Soccer South Division (3.67 goals per game). The Kings are the second-best defensive team in the division, averaging 1.00 goals against per contest.

Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Soccer Head Coach Gerald Grobmeier wants the student-athletes to focus on what they can control, which is their effort, performance, and execution. “With that bye we don’t know who we are playing, but that’s fine,” he said. “I’m confident in this team. We just need to do our job and not plan for a particular team. We need to play our game and it’ll take care of itself.”

The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings are looking to build on their results from the 2019/2020 season when they earned ACAC silver and sixth at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Soccer National Championship. The third place Kodiaks and sixth seed Lions will play on Friday in a quarter-final match.

Cross Country Running | Grand Prix #3 | Saturday, October 16 | 2 pm | St. Mary’s University

The Red Deer Polytechnic Cross Country Running team will compete in Running Room Grand Prix #3. This season, the Cross Country Running team has received contributions from veterans and first-year student-athletes which has placed the Kings and Queens in the top three at previous competitions. The RDP Kings earned first place at Running Room Grand Prix #1 (North) and the Queens sealed third in Edmonton. At Running Room Grande Prix #2, the Red Deer Polytechnic Cross Country Running team won the combined team trophy. In that race, the Kings finished second and the Queens wrapped up third. They will look to carry on that momentum into Running Room Grand Prix #3 on Saturday. This race will be the final tune-up before the ACAC Cross Country Running Championships on October 30 in Camrose.

For more information on RDP Athletics, the student-athletes and teams, please visit: rdcathletics.ca

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Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics announces Harrison as Queens Basketball Head Coach

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Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics has named Avery Harrison the new head coach of the Queens Basketball program.

“We are extremely excited to add Avery to the Red Deer Polytechnic coaching staff. He brings decades of experience, a proven championship mindset, and the ability to harness the potential in each student-athlete,” says Randy Stewart, Manager Athletics and Student Life. “In addition to being an excellent coach and mentor, Avery has the innate ability to develop a winning culture and to be successful at the highest level.”

The five-time Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year has helped to guide his teams to five ACAC Championships and three Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) titles over 23 years as a head coach in the league. Harrison has led his teams to the national championships 10 times, which is the most for an ACAC Women’s Basketball Head Coach. Harrison was also an ACAC Assistant Coach for 11 years.

In this role, Harrison worked with legendary SAIT Trojans Head Coach Phil Allen, who is an ACAC Hall of Fame Coach and a member of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, and a major influence on Harrison’s coaching career. Together, they led the Trojans to four ACAC Championships and one CCAA gold medal.

Harrison has had post-secondary coaching stints at Mount Royal College, Lethbridge College, SAIT, and most recently at Olds College from 2017 to 2020. During his tenure in Olds, Harrison built the Broncos into both ACAC and CCAA Champions in 2019.

With Harrison’s leadership, 46 of his players have earned spots on ACAC All-Conference teams and 12 student-athletes have been recognized as All-Canadians.

Harrison is looking forward to coaching and sharing his expertise with the Queens, who qualified for last year’s playoffs for the first time since 2009/2010.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to join the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens Basketball program as their new head coach,” he says. “We have a great mixture of veterans and I think one of our first goals is to establish a winning culture in our locker room. We need to create an on-court identity that the team can be proud of, so we can go out and give our best effort every night.”

This past season, the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens (7-9) finished fifth in the south and then were downed by the Medicine Hat College Rattlers in a playoff division quarter-final.

Looking to the 2022/2023 season, the returning players and new recruits will all benefit from Harrison’s leadership.

One key returning student-athlete to the Queens is Amy Szymanek, who has been a leader on the team and within RDP Athletics. The team MVP and co-chair of the Polytechnic’s Student-Athletes Advisory Council (SAAC) is entering her fourth season. She led the Queens with 15.1 points per game last year. The Bachelor of Education student’s talent, leadership, work ethic, and impact on the game resulted in a 2022 ACAC Women’s Basketball Second All-Conference team selection. Sophie Melin (12.6 points per game), Lauren France (10.6), Heena Sidhu (7.7), and Keanna Richards (6.1) are also expected to return for the 2022/2023 season.

Harrison will immediately step into his head coaching duties at the Polytechnic.

More information about Queens Basketball, including the roster and schedule, will be available in the fall at: rdpolytechathletics.ca.

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Sarcevic joins Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Soccer as Head Coach

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After an extensive search, Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics has named Ado Sarcevic the head coach of the Kings Soccer team.

Sarcevic brings an impressive playing and coaching resume to the Polytechnic, along with a familiarity of the RDP Soccer program and Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC).

“We are thrilled to have Ado lead the Kings into the 2022/2023 season. He was a professional soccer player in Europe and former Yugoslavia, and has successfully coached at a variety of levels,” says Randy Stewart, Manager Athletics and Student Life. “Ado has previously assumed an assistant coach role with the Kings Soccer team for two years. We look forward to following the progression of the Kings as they strive to build upon last year’s second place regular season record in the south division and ACAC bronze medal.”

The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Soccer team has evolved into one of the elite squads in the conference.

Along with winning hardware this past season, the Kings earned ACAC silver and placed sixth at nationals in 2019/2020, ranking as the top ACAC team in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). The 2020/2021 season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Sarcevic has been an integral leader in growing soccer in central Alberta. He established the Red Deer Renegades, which provide competitive options for youth to develop and enhance their skills within Red Deer City Soccer Association (RDCSA). Sarcevic also served as Renegades Technical Director for a decade.

In addition, Sarcevic assumed the role of RDCSA General Manager and coached U12 to U18 squads, winning three U18 Alberta Championships with the Renegades. He also coached the Renegades Women’s team in the Alberta Major Soccer League and worked with central Alberta coaches to grow their expertise.

“I am very excited for this wonderful opportunity to become a member of Red Deer Polytechnic as Kings Soccer Head Coach,” says Sarcevic. “I’m looking forward to building exceptional soccer players, but most importantly, developing great citizens of our communities.”

Sarcevic will officially begin his coaching duties on May 2, 2022.

More information about Kings Soccer, including the roster and schedule, will be available in the fall at: rdpolytechathletics.ca.

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