By Sheldon Spackman
Lots of success for RDC sports teams over the weekend. The Kings Hockey team defeated the Innisfail Eagles of the Chinook Hockey League in Exhibition play 3-2 in overtime Saturday night. Dylan Thudium, Zak Hicks and Riley Simpson scored for the Kings.
In Kings Volleyball action Friday night, they started their regular season by sweeping SAIT in three straight sets. RDC won the opening set 25-14, the second set 26-24 and the final set 25-23 to win the match. Matthew Lofgren, from Kamloops, was named the Kings player-of-the-game and finished with eight kills and three digs.
On Saturday, the Kings defeated the Trojans three sets to two. RDC won the first set 25-10, lost the second set 25-27, dropped the third set 24-26, won the fourth set 25-18 and the fifth set 15-6. Regan Fathers was the Kings player-of-the-game and finished with twenty kills, six service aces and nine digs. It was also an enthusiastic crowd at the RDC Main Gym who cheered on the Kings as they raised last season’s championship banner before the game.
As for the Queens Volleyball team, they defeated the Trojans three sets to two on Friday, winning the first set 25-19, dropping the second set 18-25, taking the third set 25-19, losing the fourth set 23-25 and winning the deciding set 15-10. Kinesiology and Sport Studies student, Miranda Dawe, was named the Queens player-of-the-game. Dawe finished with nineteen kills, two service aces and twenty-six digs.
On Saturday night, The Queens defeated the Trojans three sets to two in a rematch. RDC won the first set 25-17, the second set 25-13, dropped the third set 18-25, lost the fourth set 25-27 and won the fifth set 16-14. Jessica Jones finished with eleven kills, three service aces and six digs for the Queens.
In soccer action, The RDC Kings defeated the Lethbridge Kodiaks 5-1 on Saturday. Jerson Paez, Bruno Damian, Masoum Zaher, Mark Ibbotson and Fernando Morales scored for RDC. On Sunday, Theoren Gill scored in the 70th minute to give the Kings a 1-1 tie against the Rattlers in Medicine Hat.
As for the Queens, they fell 2-1 to the Lethbridge Kodiaks on Satudary. Scoring for the Queens was Krysten Strand. Then the Medicine Hat College Rattlers defeated the Queens 4-1 on Sunday. Krysten Strand once again scored for RDC.
In Cross Country Running at U of A Augustana on Saturday, the team once again placed well in ACAC competition. The RDC women finished first and the men fourth out of the competing schools at Grand Prix #5 in Camrose. Jordanna Cota finished second out of the female ACAC runners with a time of 22:06 on the 5 km course.
Access to Dawe Centre pool and community centre affected by expansion project – Details
Limited access to G.H. Dawe Community Centre this summer due to construction
As announced yesterday, City recreation centres are opening fully to the public as of July 1. With construction underway at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre, only limited services and areas will be available.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Starting July 2, fitness and gym areas will open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., daily. In July, summer day camps that normally operate from the Dawe will operate from other facilities.
- The pool will remain closed until September.
- To accommodate interior heating and ventilation construction, the facility will fully close from July 26 to August 31. Some registered preschool and summer camp programming may proceed, but no rental or general admission options will be available.
- On September 1, we anticipate the pool will be open, but some other amenities, like the gym, may not be available. More information will be provided as construction progresses.
- Playing surfaces in the arena will not be available until construction is complete, which is expected to be early 2023.
We are currently offering a discounted monthly Value Pass for $27 for adults ($24.50 for seniors; $21.90 for students; $19.30 for youth; $14.20 for children, and $60.50 for a family. It provides unlimited access to all facilities. As of August the Value Pass will only provide access to the Recreation Centre and Michener Aquatic Centre; however, access to the Dawe will be included in the Value pass until the pool, gym and fitness areas are open.
About the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project
Work is underway now on the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Project and some exciting changes are in store. We expect to welcome visitors to the transformed space in early 2023. Here’s just some of what you can expect:
- Two NHL standard playing surfaces
- Expanded fitness areas, including a running track
- Outdoor spray park with washroom facilities
- Improved accessibility
- Additional north entrance + site access from 67 Street
- Additional parking
During construction, there will be some changes and impacts to existing amenities and programs, and we’ll do you best to share this information in advance. Thanks for your patience as we complete this work.
For more information about the project, please visit reddeer.ca/DaweProject.
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.
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