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Queens drop nail biter in first match at CCAA National Championships


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The Queens lose a tough one at the CCAA National Championships

Saint-Lambert, QC  – Wednesday morning the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens played in their first-ever soccer national match in program history. They were matched up with the Champlain Saint-Lambert Cavaliers who are out of Champlain, Quebec and are hosting the Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association (CCAA) Championships.

Unlike Alberta, it was a beautiful sunny day in Quebec for this national’s match-up. As the Queens enter this match, they have not lost a game since their first game of the season against the SAIT Trojans. They have been on a tear ever since.

For the Cavaliers, they got a berth into nationals for winning the bid to host the national championships. They finished in sixth place in the RSEQ standings with a record of 2-4-4 (W-L-T). This league is equivalent to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) but is based out of Quebec.

The first fifteen minutes of the match was played mostly in the middle-third of the pitch at Seaway 3 Park. In the 19th minute, the Cavaliers were given the first opportunity to open the scoring, but the striker’s touch was too strong and rolled right into the hands of Queens goaltender Abby Kotyk (Bachelor of Kinesiology).

The back-and-forth action continued for the remainder of the first half, leading to a 0-0 draw at the 45th minute. Possession was pretty equal between the Queens and the Cavaliers. No team really dominated the match, and each had their own opportunities to open the scoring.

In the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Queens struggled to get the ball out of their own half with the Cavaliers pressuring to open the scoring. 15 minutes into the second half, Red Deer was given a scare after a cross was sent in by the Cavaliers and the opposing player collided with Kotyk. She would stay down for a few minutes before getting up on her own and shaking it off. The Cavaliers continued their pressure on the Queens with a couple of high-percentage goal chances, but they would put it wide of the net for a goal kick for Kotyk.

Moments later, the Queens and Sofia Quinteros (Bachelor of Science in Psychology), an ACAC All-Conference recipient, was given a free kick. She would send it into the 18-yard box, and it was headed off the post by striker Jenica Swartz (Bachelor of Science Pre-Med).

After this play and a goal kick by the Cavaliers, their striker, Mariam Jama-Pelletier (Social Sciences) was sent on a clear breakaway and would dribble the ball into the box and strike it home past Kotyk to open the scoring late in the second half.

This goal would go as the game-winner as the Queens fall to the Cavaliers 1-0. After scoring 89 goals in the regular season, they were shut-out for the first time this year.

With this loss, the Queens will battle with the Manitoba Champions, Les Rouges de Saint-Boniface, in the bronze quarter-final tomorrow morning at 8:00 am MST. Les Rouges lost 3-0 to the Humber Hawks earlier this morning.

The players of the game went to defender Kayla Yeo (Practical Nurse Diploma) of the Queens and Cavaliers striker Mariam Jama-Pelletier. Yeo had an impressive game out of the back field stopping multiple attacks by Saint-Lambert and Pelletier scored the lone goal in this quarterfinal match.

In other news, last night striker Sein Furuyama was named an CCAA All-Canadian. This would add to her impressive season where she broke the ACAC Single Season Goal Record, was named ACAC South Rookie and Player of the Year as well as the nod to ACAC South Division All-Conference team.


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Notre Dame Fine Arts Department invites you to see Roald Dahl’s Matilda, the Musical!

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From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

Roald Dahl’s Matilda, the Musical!


Co-Directed by Jennifer Cocolicchio and Stephanie Layden starring Addy Penney, Jordana Woroniuk, Coryn Tardif, David Jones, and Mikayla Beever.

Please join the Notre Dame Fine Arts students for their interpretation of Matilda.

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, from the Royal Shakespeare Company, revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Matilda’s school life isn’t completely smooth sailing, however – the school’s mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don’t abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils’ saving grace!

Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs and quick wit, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

The shows take place at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre on February 9, 10, & 11 at 7:00pm. There is also a Matinee on February 11 at 1:00pm.


TICKETS AVAILABLE in advance at Notre Dame’s front office, online at or on the date at the theatre door.

SPECIAL PREVIEW NIGHT on February 8 at 7:00pm – Free for all press representatives and pay what you can for the general public.

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Project Radar nets meth seizure in Red Deer, Lloydminster

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Suspect Katie Gowanlock still at large

From the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)

A major methamphetamine and fentanyl seizure in Red Deer and Lloydminster has led to charges against three suspected drug dealers. ALERT’s Project Radar resulted in the seizure of $335,000 worth of drugs.

Project Radar was a year and a half-long investigation by ALERT Red Deer’s organized crime team, focused on disrupting drug trafficking activity in central Alberta. Nearly four kilograms of meth was seized along with more than 500 grams of fentanyl powder.

The following items were seized during the course of Project Radar:

  • 3,751 grams of methamphetamine;
  • 523 grams of fentanyl;
  • $1,500 cash.

Project Radar began in June 2021 in Red Deer and eventually expanded in scope as the group demonstrated ties to the Lloydminster drug market.

Two Red Deer homes were searched and two suspects were arrested, while one remains wanted on warrants. The most recent arrest took place on January 17, 2023, and ALERT received help from Red Deer RCMP and B.C.’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) Prince George.

Jaydon Harrison, 24 of Prince George, and Nikita Robertson, 24 of Edmonton, are each charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking.

Meanwhile, a warrant has been issued for Katie Gowanlock, as pictured above. The 40-year-old is charged with 10 counts of drug trafficking and is believed to be in the Central Alberta area.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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