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Red Deer race car driver leads international field vying for $800,000 Indy Lights Scholarship



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  • Parker Thompson has always wanted to race with the best cars and drivers in the world, and he’s well on his way to achieving his dream.   Year after year the 20 year old Red Deer native takes another step up the ladder.  2018 finds Thompson in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.  It’s just one step away from the Indy Lights Circuit.  In fact the top racer in the Pro Mazda Championship will be boosted to Indy Lights by a scholarship worth about 0,000.   6 races into the 16 race season.. Thompson leads the pack!

    Thompson has finished first twice in the opening 6 races.   There’s still 10 more to go, but with a commanding lead in points Parker Thompson continues his efforts to one day race drivers with names like Andretti, Rahal, and Hinchcliffe.

    Racing for Saskatoon based Exclusive Autosport on a team almost fully staffed by Canadians, Parker’s most recent race may have cemented his place among the leaders.  He started the race way back in 6th position after a part failure lead to an engine swap during qualifying sessions.  Shortly after the race began a series of events unfolded knocking out one driver after another.  Parker expertly handled the storm, eventually taking the lead and then put his stamp on an impressive win posting a series of fastest laps to cement the victory in fine style.   It didn’t hurt that this feat was accomplished on one of the world’s most famous tracks, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix course.

    In the first 6 races of the season the race car driver from Red Deer has a comfortable lead in the overall duel for the Mazda Scholarship, worth close to 0,000, to assist in progressing to the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires circuit.

    Here’s how Thompson has done so far:

    Race 1 – St. Petersburg, Florida – 5th

    Race 2 – St. Petersburg, Florida – 2nd

    Race 3 – Birmingham, Alabama – 1st

    Race 4 – Birmingham, Alabama – 2nd

    Race 5 – Indianapolis, Indiana – 5th

    Race 6 – Indianapolis, Indiana – 1st


    1 Parker Thompson – R 150
    2 Rinus VeeKay – R 128
    3 Carlos Cunha 120
    4 Harrison Scott – R 116
    5 David Malukas – R 105
    6 Oliver Askew – R 102
    7 Sting Ray Robb 88
    8 Andres Gutierrez – R 79
    9 Nikita Lastochkin 74
    10 Robert Megennis – R 69
    11 Lodovico Laurini – R 63
    12 Kris Wright 57
    13 Antonio Serravalle – R 48
    14 Charles Finelli 47
    15 Rafael Martins – R 45
    16 Kory Enders – R 21
    17 James Raven – R 17


    Parker Thompson (#90 Exclusive Autosport Tatuus-Mazda PM-18): “I was tearing up at the checkered flag and my engineer, Tim Lewis, was just screaming on the radio. It was so awesome to get a win here – it doesn’t get much better than winning at the Racing Capital of the World! It was tough out there today. We made a gamble on a low-downforce setup and it played out. I avoided the melees at the start and kept everything intact. We set fastest lap after fastest lap and that makes weekends like this so special, starting from back in sixth and taking the victory. This win is dedicated to my Exclusive Autosport team and to Elite Engines, because without them we wouldn’t have been able to qualify yesterday. We did an engine swap between qualifying sessions yesterday because of a part failure that was no one’s fault, really. It’s amazing that they were able to do that in such a short amount of time.”

    Click here for all the latest news on the Pro Mazda Championship.


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    Rustlers back in the win column… 5 and 0 at Penhold Multiplex



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  • Photos Courtesy Dennis Berg

    From the Red Deer Senior AA Rustlers


    The Senior Rustlers hand Morinville Kings first regulation loss of season

    The Red Deer Senior Rustlers are back in the win column following a 3-2 win over the NCHL-leading Morinville Kings on Saturday, becoming the first team to do so in regulation this season.

    Coming off a narrow 4-3 loss to the Kings on November 24, the Rustlers came out of the gate with a three-goal first period, with two goals from Connor Patchett and another from Ty Berkholtz. Berkholtz added an assist on both Patchett goals to finish the game with three points, giving him the team lead with 14 points on the season.

    Brett Bothwell

    The Kings finally solved Rustlers netminder Brett Bothwell late in the second period, and would add another with a two-man advantage in the third, but the Rustlers shut the door the rest of the way to preserve the win.

    Special teams were the difference maker for the Rustlers, who went 2-for-5 on the powerplay, and an impressive 7-for-8 on the penalty kill, including a big five-on-three kill in the opening minutes of the game.

    “This was a huge win for us, both in the standings, and mentally,” said Bothwell, who made 30 saves for his fourth win of the season. “We’ve faced some adversity over the past month, but tonight was an opportunity to bounce back and make a big statement against one of, if not the top team in the league, and we did just that.”

    The Senior Rustlers improve to 7-3 on the season, and stayed perfect at home with their fifth straight win at the Penhold Multiplex.

    The Rustlers are back home for the last time in 2018 on Saturday, December 15 for another important match-up against the Eckville Eagles, who also sit near the top of the NCHL standings. Game time is 7:30pm. The 2018 portion of the season closes out in Sylvan Lake on Friday, December 21 against the Pirates.

    For more information on the Red Deer Senior Rustlers, contact, or follow the team on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


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    ASDC Central Athlete of the month leads Lindsay Thurber to second consecutive provincial title!



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  • The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central (ASDC-C) is pleased to announce that the ASDC-Central Athlete of the Month for November 2018 is Riley de Wit. Riley de Wit is a 17 year Red Deer resident and competitive Volleyball player with the Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School Raiders and the Central Alberta Queens Volleyball Club (CAQVC).

    Here is a brief synopsis of Riley’s recent athletic success:
    Co-captain LTCHS Raiders Senior Volleyball Team, 2018 ASAA 4A Provincial Volleyball Champions and 2018 CASAA Volleyball All-Star.
    Member of Lindsay Thurber Raiders volleyball team for 3 years – finishing 2nd in her Grade 10 season and winning back-to-back ASAA 4A Provincial Championships in Grade 11 and 12.
    Raiders ranked #1 in 4A Girls Volleyball in Alberta Schools Athletic Association all season.

    This season the Raiders have won 5 of 6 tournaments and finished 2nd in their other tournament.  Harry Ainlay is the only tournament that awarded All-Stars and Riley was named to the All-Star Team and selected at the TVT Tournament MVP.  Riley was a member of Team Alberta (17U) and captured a Bronze medal at Volleyball Canada’s inaugural Canada Cup this summer in Richmond, BC.

    Riley is also accomplished in track and field, representing Lindsay Thurber at ASAA Provincials the past two seasons, capturing a Bronze medal in the 4 x 100m relay and setting a personal best in long jump (4.97m and 6th place), and narrowly missing a place in the 100M Final in 2018.
    Riley captained her 17U Queens Volleyball team to a Division 2 National Championship this past spring – going undefeated at Provincials and Nationals in the process.

    With Riley’s strong work ethic, her undeniable athletic abilities and her training experiences with ASDC-Central she will surely continue to grow, develop and succeed in her Volleyball 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.

    ASDC-Central Female Athlete of the Month – Riley de Wit

    For further information regarding this athlete, the ASDC-Central and our programs, please contact Miles Kydd @ HYPERLINK “” or 403-342-3231.

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    december, 2018

    wed21nov - 21decAll DayAlberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum - Deck the Hall 31 Days of Giving-31 Days of giving(All Day) Event Organized By: Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

    sat15dec10:00 am- 4:00 pmParkland Garden Centre Craft and Market Sale10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    sat15dec12:00 pm- 6:00 pmArtisan Market Sale for Nuit Blanche Winter CarnivalArtisan Market12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    sat22dec10:00 am- 4:00 pmParkland Garden Centre Craft and Market Sale10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    mon31dec6:00 pm- 10:00 pmNew Years Eve Family DanceDance the Night Away6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    mon31dec - 1jandec 317:00 pmjan 1- 2:00 amBlack & White ballRed Deer\'s Party of the Year!7:00 pm - (january 1) 2:00 am

    mon31dec - 1jandec 317:00 pmjan 1- 1:00 amOne Eleven Grill New Year's Eve with Claude Godin and his Groove EnsembleCall 403.347-2111 to reserve for New Year7:00 pm - (january 1) 1:00 am