By Sheldon Spackman
It was a great weekend for RDC Athletics, with the highlight being a Silver Medal at the 2016 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Cross-Country Running National Championship in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
The Queens Jordanna Cota finished 6th overall in the competition with a time of 19:21 and was named to the 2016 Women’s Cross-Country Running All-Canadian team. Finishing in 14th place was Jill Stewart, crossing the finish line in 19:41. Placing 29th overall was Janaya Garbe with a time of 20:35. Amy Severtson was 6 seconds behind with a time of 20:41 and placed 31st. Breanna Berridge completed the race in 21:24 (52nd), Samantha Debree finished in 22:07 (74th) and Laura Szymanek ran the course in 22:14 (79th).
In a release, RDC Cross-Country Running Head Coach Kari Elliott was very pleased with the accomplishment. “I’m so proud of them. Everyone ran their best and as a coach that is all I can ask for,” said Elliott. “The student-athletes finished the race with no regrets and gave it their all.”
Elsewhere, the RDC Queens Volleyball team swept the Olds College Broncos in 3 straight sets at the RDC Main Gym on Friday, (25-22, 25-17, 25-23). In a weekend rematch in Olds on Saturday, the Queens once again defeated the Broncos in 3 sets (25-22, 26-24, 30-28). The Queens now improve to 7-3 on the season and share first place in the ACAC Women’s Volleyball South Division.
As for the Kings Volleyball team, they defeated the Olds College Broncos in 3 sets at the RDC Main Gym on Friday, (25-8, 25-12, 25-15). On Saturday in Olds, the Kings defeated the Broncos in 3 sets (25-12, 25-11, 25-17). With the victory, the Kings improve their record to 8-2 and hold top spot in the ACAC Men’s Volleyball South Division.
The RDC Queens Basketball team was in Calgary over the weekend. They were defeated by the SAIT Trojans 67-62 on Friday and at St. Mary’s University on Saturday, the Queens lost 103-61 to the Lightning.
As for the Kings, they defeated the SAIT Trojans 104-96 in Calgary on Friday. On Saturday, the Kings defeated the St. Mary’s University Lightning 94-59 to improve to 5-0 on the season. The Kings now sit in first place in the ACAC Men’s Basketball South Division.
Finally, the RDC Kings hockey team was in Camrose on Friday and defeated the University of Alberta Augustana Vikings 4-1. Saturday saw the Vikings win 5-3 in the second half of the home and home series. The Kings sit in 5th place out of 8 teams in ACAC Men’s Hockey.
As for the Queens, they lost 5-4 in a shootout to NAIT up in Edmonton on Saturday night. The Queens now share second place in ACAC Women’s Hockey with a 6-3 record.
Wandler temporarily replaces Walton as RDC Queens Volleyball Head Coach
News Release from Red Deer College Athletics
With Head Coach Talbot Walton taking an indefinite medical leave of absence, a familiar face will guide the historic Red Deer College Queens Volleyball team into the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) 2021/2022 season.
RDC Queens Assistant Coach Chris Wandler has assumed the head coaching duties of the three time national champion Queens Volleyball team.
“It is unfortunate that Talbot won’t be able to begin the season doing what he loves, which is coaching his promising group of student-athletes, but at this time it is important for him to take the time that he needs to recuperate and take care of his health,” says Sharon Hamilton, Dean of School of Community, Wellness and Health. “I know the entire College community wishes Talbot well in his recovery and we all look forward to seeing him back on the sidelines coaching the Queens when his medical team deems appropriate.”
Wandler brings a wealth of coaching experience, expertise, and an important familiarity with the student-athletes and RDC Queens Volleyball program. He was an assistant to Walton with the Queens from 2003 to 2012, and again in the 2019/2020 season. He temporarily took over as the head coach of the RDC Queens Volleyball team from 2016/2017 to 2018/2019 and guided them to a pair of ACAC bronze medals. Wandler was also named the ACAC 2018/2019 Women’s Volleyball South Coach of the Year.
Under Walton’s leadership, and in conjunction with other assistant coaches, Wandler has helped build the Queens into national championship contenders, once again. During 2019/2020, the RDC Queens rolled to an impressive 21-3 regular season record, finishing only two points behind the first place Briercrest College Clippers (22-2). At the ACAC Women’s Volleyball Championship in Medicine Hat, the Queens pushed the Clippers to five sets (25-21, 20-25, 25-20, 23-25, and 12-15) in the final and earned a silver medal.
Then at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) 2020 Women’s Volleyball National Championship in Quebec, the Queens exacted some revenge on the Clippers, downing them in five sets (24-26, 25-23, 21-25, 25-14 and 15-12) in the bronze semi-final. The RDC Queens defeated the Fanshawe Falcons in four sets (25-14, 25-17, 18-25, and 25-21) to win national bronze.
With a complementary blend of experienced, and young, enthusiastic student-athletes, the Red Deer College Queens are excited and poised to host a successful ACAC 2022 Women’s Volleyball Championship at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, with their sights on eventually pushing for their fourth national title.
For more information about RDC Athletics, including Queens Volleyball, please visit: rdcathletics.ca.
King of the Kings is undisputed King (of National College Gaming Challenge)
From RDC Communications
RDC student-athlete is king of CCAA Gaming Challenge
When it comes to basketball, Red Deer College Kings guard Tyronn King has demonstrated an impressive skillset beyond the court at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
Over four weeks of online competition, King had a perfect 10-0 record in the NBA 2K Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Gaming Challenge, using PlayStation 4. This unblemished performance earned him first place.
With the absence of Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) competition this year due to COVID-19, King embraced the opportunity to participate in this event created by the CCAA in coordination with Uniting Gamers.
“It was definitely a great experience – fun, and something competitive to do, especially right now with COVID-19 going on,” said King, who rose to the top among 32 participants from CCAA member post- secondary institutions. “The people hosting it were great. They communicated well with the players and had everything set up nicely.”
In order to continue advancing to the next round, King had to win the best of three games. It was randomly determined which player received first choice of current NBA teams. Participants could not select the same team and King had two squads that he relied on.
“I always picked either the Brooklyn Nets or the Milwaukee Bucks every game of the tournament,” said King, who identified the Nets as his favourite team. “I didn’t want to take a chance of losing one game of the tournament, so I made sure I always came out with fire power.”
King faced Christopher Graham, a setter on The King’s University Eagles Men’s Volleyball team, in the quarter-final. The RDC Legal Assistant student from Toronto swept the series 2-0, with scores of 61-57 and 58-53 over Graham. In the semi-final, King persisted past Glynn Willis-Paris, a member of the St. Clair Saints Men’s Basketball team, 48-44 and 50-47, to solidify a berth in the championship.
“In the two rounds prior to the final, I played a couple of guys who were really good and they put up a fight. In some of the games, I was down in the fourth quarter,” said King, who helped guide his RDC Basketball team to the postseason in 2019/2020. “They gave me a run for my money, but when games are close and competitive, that’s when they are the most fun.”
King felt those hard-fought games adequately prepared him for the championship against Ryan Farrell of the University of New Brunswick Saint John Seawolves Men’s Volleyball team.
“The two previous games were championship games to me. Once I got to the finals, I felt ready,” explained King. “In the last two games, I was able to put my bench [players] in fairly early and won 57-43 and 54-42.”
While balancing academics and training, King’s hobby of playing basketball video games was a recipe for enjoyment and success in the CCAA Gaming Challenge.
“In my free-time, I play [NBA] 2K, so that was my preparation,” said King. “It was pretty cool, knowing that I had a game each week, and being out of physical competition for so long, I looked forward to the days when I played.”
The talented RDC student-athlete, who finished second in team scoring last year with 18.8 points per game, recommends this type of gaming challenge to others.
“Overall, it was fun and I would encourage anyone who plays 2K for fun or competitively to get involved in one of these tournaments,” said King, who will enter his fifth year of eligibility when ACAC competition resumes. “It’s definitely exciting and something to do during these COVID-19 times when there’s not much competition going on.”
For winning first place in the CCAA Gaming Challenge on March 18, King will receive a memorable gift.
“It is a customized ring from Jostens, so that’s pretty cool,” he said.
As members within RDC Athletics and the ACAC anxiously await the safe resumption of competition, King has been dedicated to his fitness and staying connected to his teammates and coaches.
“From a physical standpoint, I’ve been trying to stay in shape. When gyms weren’t open, I trained at home and went for runs,” said King, who is a 2019/2020 ACAC Men’s Basketball South Second All- Conference team member. “As a team, we connect a lot via Zoom for weekly meetings that our coach organizes. Now, we are starting to get back in the gym, so it feels great.”
In the absence of traditional sports this year, the CCAA Gaming Challenge was administered by the CCAA and Uniting Gamers in an effort to encourage connections among Canadian learners, in a fun and competitive virtual environment.
More information about the NBA 2K CCAA Gaming Challenge, including the results, is available online.
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