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RDC Kings Volleyball Team Defeat Host Falcons At National Championship!


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In the final match of day 1 at the CCAA Men’s Volleyball National Championship in London, Ontario Thursday, the #7 seeded host Falcons fell to the #2 seeded Red Deer Kings in three straight sets 25-23, 25-21 and 25-18.

On the first point of the set a packed house exploded as Fanshawe’s James Jackson scored on a kill overtop of the Red Deer block to give the host Falcons the early lead. No team led by more than one until an ace by Sam Otten gave Fanshawe the two point advantage. Red Deer came back with three straight to take their first lead of the game, 8-7. With the score 9-7 for the Kings, teams would side out on every point until Red Deer scored two straight at 15-12 including a big block by Ty Moorman. Red Deer increased their lead to four but after a Fanshawe timeout, the Falcons closed the gap to just one, 18-17. After falling behind by as many as five, 22-17, the Falcons clawed back and were within two but the Kings won the set 25-23.

Red Deer jumped out to an early 11-4 lead in the second set including a pair of aces by outside hitter Regan Fathers. The Kings continued to role and led by as many as eight, 14-6, but Fanshawe wasn’t ready to give up. The Falcons slowly chipped away and were within four but Red Deer closed out the set and won by a final score of 25-21.

In the third, with the game tied at 6, the Kings scored three straight to once again take an early lead. The Falcons fought back and were within one after a huge kill by Jackson on the outside brought the gym to their feet. Red Deer’s Fathers was one fire, scoring kill after kill from the outside, helping push the Kings lead to six, 18-12, before the Falcons called their final timeout of the set. Red Deer was too strong down the stretch and won the set 25-18 to take the match in three straight sets.

Red Deer’s outside hitter Regan Fathers was named the Player of the Game for the Kings and outside hitter Sam Otten was the Player of the Game for the Falcons.

Red Deer’s Player of the Game:

Regan Fathers – 19 points (14 kills, 5 aces), 7 digs

Fanshawe’s Player of the Game:

Sam Otten – 10 points (8 kills, 2 aces), 7 digs

(Photo courtesy of Tony Hansen)

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End of an era for Red Deer Minor baseball Braves

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From Red Deer Minor Baseball Board of Directors

Following many discussions within the Red Deer community, the baseball community, our association members, as well as our board of directors we have made the decision to move forward with rebranding our teams, currently known as the Braves. For our association the Braves name symbolized warrior strength, bravery and resilience, all qualities we were proud to align with; and although the initial moniker of our teams was never intended to carry a derogatory or disrespectful connotation, for some, it has. The topic of our rebrand has been polarizing and arguments both for and against have been passionately presented. We have made the decision to move forward in the direction we feel is best for our association.

In alignment with the membership majority vote, the Red Deer Minor Baseball Board of Directors is excited to announce that we will now be known as the Red Deer Rangers.

The Red Deer Rangers will retain our current navy and crimson colors and will not adopt the colors or logo of the MLB, NHL, or any other Rangers franchise. We are looking forward to forging our own identity and embracing our own look.

As you can appreciate this is a complex initiative that will take time. We will remain the Braves for the 2024 season and aim to have our rebrand complete for the 2025 season.

All participants that submitted the Rangers name during our rebranding poll, will be entered into a draw to receive the first Red Deer Rangers jersey.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this positive endeavor as we create a new inclusive legacy for our association that all can be proud of.

RDMBA Board of Directors

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Red Deer Minor Hockey is proud to announce our new General Manager Lane Moore

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From Red Deer Minor Hockey 

The Red Deer Minor Hockey Board of Directors is pleased & honored to announce, after an extensive search, that Lane Moore has accepted the position of General Manager of Red Deer Minor Hockey.  Lane will start his new role early in the new year & is very excited about leading our organization into the future as we aim to provide a positive learning and maturing experience for all of our young athletes & coaches in a minor hockey setting.

Lane comes into the role of General Manager with an extensive resume, in both hockey and administration.  Lane has led the Bentley school as principal for the last 17 years & was an educator prior to that.  On the hockey side, Lane’s passion for coaching & engaging with young athletes, dates back to 2002.  His most recent involvement as a coach with Red Deer Minor Hockey saw Lane lead the U17AAA North Star Chiefs for 2 seasons (21-22, 22-23).  Prior to his work with Red Deer Minor Hockey Lane served as President of Rimbey Minor Hockey for several seasons.

One of Lane’s biggest strengths is his ability to create highly effective teams by building a common mission & vision & then executing on those through visionary leadership.  These attributes shone through during this General Manager search and we are thrilled for Lane to lead this organization now & into the future as we aim to be one of the premier Minor Hockey Associations in the province.

Lane, his wife Kathleen & their three children Easton, Cooper & Lexi call Red Deer home.  His son Cooper is the captain of Red Deer U18AAA Optimist Chiefs & his older son Easton is pursuing his hockey career and post-secondary studies in Massachusetts.  Please join us in congratulating Lane Moore as the new General Manager of the Red Deer Minor Hockey Commission, welcome Lane!

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