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Queens Hockey’s Alli Soyko and Kings Basketball’s Eduardo Crespo are The Granary Kitchen RDP Athletes of the Week


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

Alli Soyko – Queens Hockey

Hometown – Prince Albert, Saskatchewan / Bachelor of Education Elementary (1st year)

Alli Soyko had a memorable performance for the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens Hockey team against the SAIT Trojans on Friday. In the Queens’ 4-0 shutout road victory, the first-year forward scored first, which turned out to be the game winner, and then added two more in the third period for a hat trick. For her outstanding effort and performance, Soyko was named the Red Deer Polytechnic Queens Player of the Game.

The talented student-athlete from Prince Albert shares the league lead in goals (three) with NAIT’s fifth-year Brittney Savard. After only three games in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC), Soyko has made a positive impact on her team and league and will continue to evolve as a hockey player. The Bachelor of Education Elementary student and the Queens (2-1-0) currently sit second in the standings, sporting the best defensive record and second most potent offence.

Eduardo Crespo – Kings Basketball

Hometown – Mococa, Sao Paulo, Brazil / Academic Upgrading (1st year)

With ACAC Men’s Basketball leading scorer Tyronn King (31.3 points per game) out of the Red Deer Polytechnic Kings lineup with an injury, first-year Eduardo Crespo stepped up in a major way in a weekend series against the Medicine Hat College Rattlers. The Academic Upgrading student from Brazil led the two squads in scoring in both of the games. In Friday’s 83-75 road victory, Crespo contributed 20 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals over 31 minutes. He was named the Red Deer Polytechnic King Player of the Game.

Then in Sunday’s 71-62 win at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, the six-foot-three forward led both teams again with 24 points, while adding eight rebounds, two steals, and one assist over 33 minutes. In only six games, Crespo’s talent, work ethic and likeable personality have endeared him to his teammates and coaching staff. While he currently sits 23rd in league scoring (15 points per game), Crespo will undoubtedly climb the rankings as he continues to adjust to playing in the ACAC. The hard working student-athlete has helped guide the Kings (4-2) to a third place tie in the ACAC South Division with the Lethbridge College Kodiaks (4-2).

Red Deer Polytechnic Athletics Games of the Week are sponsored by Pure, with chiropractic, massage therapy, and physiotherapy services

In the final weekend of conference games before exams, the Red Deer Polytechnic Kings and Queens Volleyball teams will play a pair of matches against the SAIT Trojans. The Kings hockey team will host the Portage College Voyageurs. Fans are encouraged to wear an ugly Christmas sweater to the games at the Polytechnic. There will be a variety of fun activities and prizes to win. Tickets can be purchased online. Red Deer Polytechnic students receive free admission with valid student ID.

Here is a summary of what is happening this week:

Kings Hockey | Friday, December 3 | 7 pm | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings Hockey team (1-1-1-0) will face-off against the Portage College Voyageurs (0-3-0-0). Kings third-year forward Kyle Salaway has three goals in three games, which ranks third in league scoring. First-year Erik Miller, a former member of the Camrose Kodiaks, shares second spot in ACAC assists with three. The Voyageurs are led offensively by Ty Budai’s five points in three games.

Kings Volleyball | Friday, December 3 | 6 pm | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The first place Kings Volleyball team (6-0) will play the fourth place SAIT Trojans (3-3). The Red Deer Polytechnic Kings have impressively won 18 sets and only dropped two. Outside hitter Patrik Toze has recorded a total of 66 kills. Setter Maddux Greves shares second spot in the ACAC with 0.75 service aces per set, only behind former King Carter Hills (0.85) who now plays for NAIT.

Kings Volleyball | Saturday, December 4 | 6 pm | SAIT

The Kings and Trojans will meet in a rematch.

Queens Volleyball | Friday, December 3 | 8 pm | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The first place Queens (6-0) will play the SAIT Trojans (2-3) in a south division showdown. The undefeated Red Deer Polytechnic Queens have won 18 sets without dropping a single one. Sylvan Lake’s Anna Carlson has averaged 0.67 service aces per set, ranking third in the league. Collectively, the Queens lead the ACAC with 10.67 assists per set and 2.78 service aces per set.

Queens Volleyball | Saturday, December 4 | 8 pm | SAIT

The Red Deer Polytechnic Queens and SAIT Trojans will meet on the court in Calgary.

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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:

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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:

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