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RDC’s Athletes of the Week


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

1. Sydnee Decorby – Queens Hockey Hometown – Binscarth, Manitoba
Bachelor of Education Elementary (2nd year)

Sydnee Decorby

Sydnee Decorby had an excellent weekend on the ice, helping the RDC Queens earn three of a possible four points in the standings against the SAIT Trojans. This past Friday at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, the Bachelor of Education Elementary student scored the lone goal for the Queens in a close 2-1 setback to the Trojans in a shootout. Then on Saturday, the talented student-athlete from Binscarth, Manitoba assisted on the game-winning-goal, pushing RDC to a 2-1 road victory in Calgary, while also taking care of her own zone. In only her second-year, the hard- working defender has shown tremendous growth.

Thomas Wass

2. Thomas Wass – Kings Volleyball Hometown – Adelaide, Australia Bachelor of Arts (2nd year)

Thomas Wass made a positive impact with the Red Deer College Kings this past weekend against the visiting Briercrest College Clippers. On Friday, the second-year setter played a prominent role in the Kings’ three set victory (25-15, 25-21 and 26-24), contributing a remarkable 42 assists, six digs and four kills. For his outstanding performance, the Bachelor of Arts student was named the Kings Player- of-the-Game.

“I thought that Tom had his best match of the season, in terms of spreading out the offence and the player-of-the-game was well deserved,” says Kings Head Coach Aaron Schulha. “Forty-two assists in three sets is quite a bit. He did a good job in terms of mixing things.”

Then on Saturday, the setter from Adelaide, Australia helped the Kings down the Clippers in five sets (23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 20-25 and 15-9). Thomas had impressive statistics once again, accumulating 55 assists, 11 digs, four kills and one ace.

This Week in RDC Athletics

This week, the RDC Basketball teams will host the Lethbridge College Kodiaks in a pair of games. The Hockey Queens will play the NAIT Ooks and the Kings Hockey team will compete against the Concordia University Thunder in a home-and-home series. The Red Deer College Indoor Track team will race in Edmonton and the RDC Curling team will participate in the Winter Regional. Both volleyball squads will travel to Medicine Hat to challenge the Rattlers.

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

The Basketball Queens will host the Lethbridge College Kodiaks. The Queens remain the strongest rebounding team in the league, averaging 48.1 boards per game.

The RBC sponsored Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) campaign Make Some Noise for Mental Health, will be recognized during this game. Implemented in 2015, this campaign is designed to break stigmas around mental health, encouraging dialogue and understanding, while promoting resources available on campuses.

Queens Basketball | Saturday, Jan. 26 | 1:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

In an afternoon showdown, the RDC Queens will face the Kodiaks.

Kings Basketball | Friday, Jan. 25 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The fifth place RDC Kings (6-8) will hit the hardwood against the Lethbridge College Kodiaks (8-5) in this crucial series. The Kings trail the Kodiaks by only four points in the standings for the final playoff spot in the south. A weekend sweep by the Kings would even the two teams at 16 points.

League points per game leader, Spencer Klassen (24.7), continues to be a positive driving force for the RDC Kings. Lincoln Anderson leads the way for the Kodiaks (19.9).

Make Some Noise for Mental Health, will be acknowledged. For students who participated in RDC’s Make Some Time and entered their names at the events on-campus, a draw will be made at halftime for a Red Deer College tuition credit.

Kings Basketball | Saturday, Jan. 26 | 3:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Kings will play the Kodiaks.

Queens Hockey | Friday, Jan. 25 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The third place RDC Queens (6-8-2-0) will take on the NAIT Ooks (13-2-1-0). Goaltender Karlee Fetch has the third lowest goals against average (2.04) and third best save percentage (0.922) in ACAC Women’s Hockey.

Make Some Noise for Mental Health, sponsored by RBC, will be recognized at this game.

Queens Hockey | Saturday, Jan. 26 | 6:00 p.m. | NAIT

In Edmonton, the Queens will face-off against the Ooks.

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Springbrook man charged in meth, fentanyl, and cocaine bust

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Alberta RCMP charge three men in drug trafficking investigation

A joint operation between the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) unit and Red Deer RCMP’s General Investigative Section has resulted in charges laid against three men for drug trafficking in the Calgary and Red Deer area.

As a result of this drug investigation, RCMP seized:

  • 2.1 kg of methamphetamine
  • 1.3 kg of fentanyl
  • 238.2 grams of cocaine
  • $10,000 cash

Brandon Schnell, 39, a resident of Calgary, has been charged with:

  • Trafficking in Substance contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (x6);
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 contrary to section 355(b) of the Criminal Code (x2).

Kevin Gallagher, 38, a resident of Springbrook, was arrested and charged with:

  • Trafficking in Substance contrary to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (x6);
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 contrary to section 355(b) of the Criminal Code (x4); and,
  • Trafficking in Property Obtained by Crime contrary to section 355.2 of the Criminal Code (x2).

Gallagher is scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on Dec. 1, 2022.

A 26-year-old resident of Calgary was previously arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose Trafficking contrary to section 5(1) of theControlled Drugs and Substances Act (x3); and,
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime Over $5,000 contrary to section 355(a) of the Criminal Code.

That individual appeared in Calgary Provincial Court on Oct. 26, 2022.

“This investigation exemplifies the importance of strong working relationships between the Federal Policing Program and the many RCMP detachments in Alberta. This joint operation disrupted a drug trafficking operation and targeted individuals that would have caused greater harm to our communities.”

–       S/Sgt. Kent Dahl, RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime

“Through excellent investigational work and effective interagency collaboration, this drug trafficking network was disrupted and dangerous drugs were prevented from entering a number of Alberta communities. We are very proud of the work of both our GIS team and of those in FSOC.”

–       Insp. Heidi Ravenhill, Red Deer RCMP

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Local artist records original song for Remembrance Day with video showcasing Red Deer’s military history

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Editor’s note: This article was published in 2020.  It was extremely popular in the Central Alberta region so we wanted to circulate it again this year, now even more poignant with the war in Ukraine. The video uses many images that are familiar to Central Albertans and pays tribute to Central Alberta soldiers who have deployed internationally over the years. 

This spring, a singer and songwriter friend of mine from Red Deer, Shelly Dion, came to me with a song idea that had, in her words, been “knocking around in my head for the past 30 years”. She said that she really wanted to pay her respects to the people who sacrificed their lives and livelihoods to go to war.

The song is called “Lay Me Down”, and it’s a very fitting song for this time of year. We decided to get together and record a simple version of the song.  Then I sent her off to see musical wizard, Red Deer’s Heath West of Medodius Design.  Heath came up with some excellent improvements and we recorded it in his studio this fall.

As Honorary Colonel of 41 Signal Regiment in Alberta, I’m always looking for opportunities to promote the military, our Regiment’s members, and of course at this time of year, to acknowledge the sacrifice made by the men and women who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces. “Lay Me Down” hit all the right notes.

With some help from Counsellor Michael Dawe, long-time archivist for the City of Red Deer, I gained access to some wonderful historic photos that helped me to tell some of the stories of Red Deer’s military history. At the same time, I wanted to help the members of our Regiment honour the many local members who have volunteered to put their lives and careers on hold to deploy internationally to places like Afghanistan, Golan Heights, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and more recently Ukraine and Latvia. This project allowed me to both profiles some local history and recognize our more modern history. Thanks to WO Drew Adkins of 41 Signal Regiment for his help in coordinating photos from our wall of fame inside Cormack Armoury.

The above video is the result. Take some time to learn about our local military history. Do you know who Cormack Armoury is named after? You’ll also learn about local members of 41 Signal Regiment (2 Sqn), many of whom actively serve in the Armed Forces today. You may even know some of them as neighbours, friends, and co-workers.  Please take a moment to acknowledge their service, and on November 11th, attend a service, and at the very least, take a moment at 11 AM to be silent and consider how lucky we are to be at peace in our country.

“Lay Me Down” is written and performed by Shelly Dion and produced and engineered by Heath West. Musicians: Bagpipes Glenn MacLeod, acoustic guitar Heath West, electric guitars Lloyd Lewis, drums Phil Liska, Bass Doug Gagnon.

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