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RDC Athletics This Week – Queens Volleyball team sweep Ambrose to move into 3rd place tie

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    Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce our Boston Pizza Athletes of the Week.

    1. Emma Holmes – Queens Volleyball Hometown – Red Deer, AB Bachelor of Kinesiology (1st year) (pictured above)

    This past Friday in Calgary, Emma recorded eight kills, 12 digs and one ace in a three set victory over the Ambrose University Lions (25-15, 27-25 and 25-22). Then on Saturday at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, the five-foot-ten outside hitter was a key player in the Queens’ four set win over the Lions (25-16, 25-22, 16-25 and 32-30). Emma led the way offensively for both teams, totaling 17 kills. The student-athlete from Red Deer added 10 digs and was selected as the Queens Player-of-the-Game.

    Entering this past weekend, the RDC Queens trailed the Ambrose University Lions in the south standings by four points. With help from the Bachelor of Kinesiology student, the Queens won back- to-back matches against the Lions, vaulting the RDC team into a tie with Ambrose University for third spot in the division.

    2. Spencer Klassen – Kings Basketball Hometown – Red Deer, AB Bachelor of Education Elementary (4th year)

    Despite the Kings dropping an 80-72 home decision this past Friday to the St. Mary’s University Lightning, Spencer played a solid game, accumulating 26 points, six rebounds and five steals, and was named the Kings Player-of-the-Game. Then the six-foot-two guard led the charge in Calgary on Saturday, helping the Kings earn an impressive 108-82 bounce-back victory over the Lightning. He played an integral part in the RDC Kings scoring over 100 points, with 34 of his own. The Bachelor of Education Elementary student added five assists and three rebounds, and remarkably hit eight-of- eleven from behind the three-point arc.

    Spencer consistently leads by example and has a tremendous work ethic. The fourth-year student- athlete is a positive teammate and role model for youth. His 23.9 points per game leads Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Basketball.

    This Week in RDC Athletics

    This week, the RDC Kings Hockey team will play an important weekend series against the NAIT Ooks, who are chasing the Kings in the standings. The Hockey Queens will also be back in action as they take on the defending champions, the MacEwan University Griffins, in a pair of games. Both basketball teams will play a home-and-home series against the SAIT Trojans and the Kings & Queens Volleyball squads will compete against the Olds College Broncos in two matches.

    Here is a summary of what is happening this week in RDC Athletics.

    Queens Hockey | Friday, Jan. 11 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    The third place RDC Queens (5-6-1-0) will take on the second seed MacEwan University Griffins (10-3-1-0). Kaely McMurtry, a Bachelor of Education Middle School student, leads the league with seven goals.

    Queens Hockey | Saturday, Jan. 12 | 6:00 p.m. | MacEwan University

    The venue will shift to Edmonton as the Queens look to earn a road win against the Griffins.

    Kings Hockey | Friday, Jan. 11 | 7:00 p.m. | NAIT

    The first place Red Deer College Kings (10-2-1-1) will face-off against the NAIT Ooks (10-4-0-0) in Edmonton.

    Kings Hockey | Saturday, Jan. 12 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    On their home ice, the RDC Kings will battle the NAIT Ooks in a rematch. After RDC’s 22 points in the standings, NAIT is next with 20 so this weekend series will shape up to be an important one.

    Even though the Kings have depth and balanced scoring, Chase Thudium is tied for the league lead with 11 goals. The Business Administration General student is even with Lynnden Pastachak for the most points (19) on the RDC Kings.

    The Red Deer College Kings have played the NAIT Ooks extremely tough the past few seasons. In the opening weekend this year, the Kings handed the Ooks a 6-2 loss at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre on October 5. Then 24 hours later, the RDC Kings defeated NAIT 3-2 in Edmonton. Over the two games, Kings’ defenceman Dylan Baer led the way for both teams with one goal and two assists. Troy Trombley was the winning netminder in both contests, turning aside a total of 50 out of 54 shots (0.926).

    Queens Basketball | Friday, Jan. 11 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    The Basketball Queens will host the SAIT Trojans. Sandra Garcia-Bernal has provided a spark for the Queens and has tremendous anticipation, and work ethic. The second-year guard sits third in ACAC Women’s Basketball, averaging 11.2 rebounds per game.

    Queens Basketball | Saturday, Jan. 12 | 6:00 p.m. | SAIT

    In Calgary, the RDC Queens will challenge the Trojans.

    Kings Basketball | Friday, Jan. 11 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    The RDC Kings (5-5) will hit the hardwood against the first-place Trojans (10-0). The fifth-place Kings are only a pair of points out of a playoff position.

    Kings Basketball | Saturday, Jan. 12 | 8:00 p.m. | SAIT

    In the second half of the home-and-home series, the Kings will compete against the Trojans in Calgary.

    Queens Volleyball | Saturday, Jan. 12 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    The third place Red Deer College Queens (8-6) will entertain the Olds College Broncos (1-13) at home. Libero Kaylee Domoney has been outstanding defensively, helping the Queens quickly transition to offence. Her 4.56 digs per set ranks the Business Administration Human Resources student second in ACAC Women’s Volleyball.

    Queens Volleyball | Sunday, Jan. 13 | 6:00 p.m. | Olds College

    In a weekend rematch, the Queens will play a rare Sunday match in Olds.

    Kings Volleyball | Saturday, Jan. 12 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

    The second place Red Deer College Kings (10-4) will play the Olds College Broncos (0-14). The Kings have been playing a solid brand of volleyball, winning their seventh straight ACAC match last weekend.

    Right side hitter Regan Fathers leads ACAC Men’s Volleyball in kills (218), kills per set (5.45) and hitting percentage (0.446). Middle Mark DeWit leads the league with 1.00 blocks per set and setter Thomas Wass sits at the top of the ACAC with 10.26 assists per set.

    The Kings have significantly progressed since the opening ACAC serve on October 12 and have the goal of peaking at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Volleyball National Championship, March 6-9 at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

    Tickets can be purchased online for this incredible event.

    Kings Volleyball | Sunday, Jan. 13 | 8:00 p.m. | Olds College

    The Kings will hit the court in Olds and challenge the Broncos.

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


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    RDC King is ACAC Men’s Hockey Player of the Year!

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    Butler and Thudium celebrated across ACAC Men’s Hockey

    Tanner Butler and Chase Thudium of the RDC Kings received special recognition on Friday, March 22 for their outstanding play during the 2018-19 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Men’s Hockey season.

    Butler was named the ACAC Men’s Hockey Player of the Year and a member of the First All- Conference team. Thudium was also selected to the ACAC Men’s Hockey First All-Conference team. The gifted student-athletes helped guide the RDC Kings (19-7-1-1) to third place in the standings.

    Butler, a graduating fifth-year, led all ACAC defencemen in regular season scoring, recording ten goals and 20 assists in only 26 games. Four of his markers were on the power play and one was a game-winning-goal. Impressively, Butler ranked 11th in overall league scoring while playing a sound defensive game.

    Thudium, a Business Administration student, finished tied for top spot in league goal scoring with 18. He also ranked second in points (37), only one behind ACAC leader Dean Allison of SAIT. The talented winger from Sylvan Lake scored three goals on the power play, one short handed and one game-winning-goal, and was a threat to score every time he stepped on the ice.

    In the quarter-final, the Kings swept the Concordia University Thunder in two games and then pushed the MacEwan University Griffins to overtime in all three games of the semi-final, but dropped a very close series.

    Butler, a well-rounded defender from Souris, Manitoba, had two goals and two assists in a pair of games against the Thunder in the opening round of the playoffs. Against MacEwan University in the next round, the Kinesiology student added two goals in three games and nearly helped the RDC Kings topple the two-time defending champions.

    While Thudium missed the quarter-final due to injury, he was a difference maker against the Griffins. The second-year forward had one goal and two assists in three games. One of his helpers was on his brother Dylan’s overtime winning goal in game two at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

    Last season, Butler was named to the ACAC First All-Conference team and received the honour of being selected as the Red Deer Bottling RDC Male Athlete of the Year. This was Thudium’s first selection, in only his second year.

    The prestigious awards were announced prior to game one of the 2019 ACAC Men’s Hockey Championship held on March 22 at NAIT Arena in Edmonton. The MacEwan University Griffins and NAIT Ooks are competing for top spot in the best of three final.

    For more information about RDC Kings Hockey, please visit rdcathletics.ca.


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    Golden RDC Track Star earns athlete of the week award

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    Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce our Boston Pizza Athletes of the Week.

    1. Shayla Sklaruk – Queens Indoor Track  Hometown – Stony Plain, AB
    Bachelor of Education Elementary (1st year)

    This past weekend, Shayla was a key contributor for the RDC Queens, helping her squad win silver at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Indoor Track Championships at Repsol Sport Centre in Calgary. Over two days of competition, the Bachelor of Education student earned three gold medals along with the silver.

    Shayla won gold in the 300 m (42.33), over two and a half seconds faster than silver medalist Shaunice Burgers from MacEwan University (44.87). The first-year runner also captured gold over 600 m (1:38.81), crossing the finish line over six seconds quicker than the second place runner (1:44.97).

    Shayla, who’s from Stony Plain, was also a member of the gold medal winning 4 x 400 m relay team (4:20.21). Lauren Pasiuk, Jill Stewart and Sandra Garcia-Bernal joined Sklaruk on the first place relay squad.

    2. Matt Hope – Kings Indoor Track  Hometown – Red Deer, AB
    Bachelor of Education Secondary (3rd year)

    Matt Hope was an important member of the Red Deer College Kings’ bronze medal performance at the ACAC Indoor Track Championships in Calgary last weekend.

    Individually, the third-year earned bronze in the men’s 1,000 m final (2:36.15), less than three and a half seconds behind first-place Leonard Chesoo (2:32.89) of Concordia University. Then in the 1,500 m, the Bachelor of Education Secondary student from Red Deer added another bronze to his collection, with a time of 4:08.57. Matt’s result was impressively over 11 seconds faster than fourth place.

    Competition for Red Deer College teams has wrapped up for another season, with many successes to be celebrated on and off the playing surface. Throughout the course of the year, thousands of sports fans have enjoyed the excitement of high quality competition at the ACAC and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) level.  Six RDC teams had the honour of playing in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, while all student-athletes were able to benefit from the learning and training opportunities in the new facility. In addition, many student-athletes found time to give back to the communities that support them, positively influencing children, teens and members of the public.

    At the upcoming 2019 RDC Athletics Awards Night on Tuesday, April 16, the volunteerism, medals, and team work will be honoured in the Arts Centre, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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


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