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
Up and coming curler with great bloodlines is ASDC Athlete of the Month
The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C) is pleased to announce that the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month for March 2019 is Claire Booth.
Claire Booth is a 15 year old Grade 10 student at Lindsay Thurber High School in Red Deer and a competitive curler.
Claire has been curling for 7 years and this past season Claire competed in Alberta U18 Curling Tour, qualifying for Alberta U15 Bantam Championships and was a Red Deer Junior Curling Academy Silver Medallist. Last season Claire and her teammates captured the Gold Medal at Alberta U15 Bantam Championships, won the Red Deer Junior League, and competed in the 2019 Jeux Canada Winter Games Pre-Trials.
Claire’s short terms goal for next season to win U18 Curling Provincials and represent Alberta at the Canadian Curling Championships, with a long term goal of competing the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
Claire also excels in the classroom as an Honours Student since Grade 6 and last year was named an Honours Student with Distinction. Claire’s goals in the classroom are to remain an Honours student and attend university in the medical field. Academic Achievements: Grade 9 Honours With Distinction , Grade 8 Math Award , Grades 6-8 Honours Award
Claire keeps herself busy with other sports (has played softball for the past 11 years) and enjoys travelling and hanging out with her friends.
With Claire’’s strong work ethic, his undeniable athletic abilities and her training experiences with ASDC-Central, he will surely continue to grow, develop and succeed in her curling career!
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.
Central Alberta’s Parker Thompson Takes Double Podiums In His First Weekend of Sports Car Racing
April 8, 2019
BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK, ALABAMA
Touting #DriveAnything, Parker Thompson got behind the wheel of the #3 JDX Racing – Hertz – Byers Porsche GT3 Cup Car this weekend for his first experience in fender-to-fender racing action at the 2019 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA season opener.
“… I know Barber Motorsports Park very well with my background in open wheel cars, but this was a huge learning weekend for me…”
As an experienced open-wheel race car driver, Thompson’s debut in the series generated significant intrigue about his potential in sports car racing. The final results did not disappoint. At the conclusion of each race, Thompson found himself celebrating on the podium. Third-place finishes in both race one and race two, position him 3rd overall in the GT3 Cup Challenge USA Championship standings.
Both races saw hard battles and close quarter racing that is characteristic of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, but race two was particularly close. Thompson’s #3 car took damage on lap four, destroying the front splitter and significantly challenging his pace from that point forward.
As a result, Thompson found himself on the defence against sophomore drivers Maxwell Root, and JDX Racing teammate, Jeff Kingsley. Root showed tremendous pressure, often going side-by-side with Thompson on the winding road course, but he never managed to execute a full pass. Root would eventually collide with lapped traffic, leaving Thompson to defend Kingsley alone. The battle between the two young Canadians lasted right to the checkered flag, with Thompson managing to hold his spot and earn the final podium position.
With this outstanding result, Thompson is excited about future opportunities to race in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, but remains focused on the Indy Pro 2000 Championship. After winning the opening two races at the season opener in St. Petersburg last month, Thompson holds a significant lead in the Championship points standings.
“… I know Barber Motorsports Park very well with my background in open wheel cars, but this was a huge learning weekend for me. I think I learned more about racing in the last four days than I have in the past year! I was driving a car that I’d never driven before; I had a new team and new crew behind me and the JDX Racing guys were just awesome. We all gelled really quickly and the atmosphere and communication under the tent was outstanding. The #3/JDX Racing/Hertz/Byers Porsche got better with every change and my understanding of what it takes to drive this car fast also grew. I’m ecstatic with our performance this weekend, but I’m equally as hungry for more results…” – Parker Thompson
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