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


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.”

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LISTEN: The Outsiders check in with Flames Broadcaster Peter Loubardias and Brent Saik



NHL Season is getting close.

Today the Boys check in with Flames Broadcaster Peter Loubardias for an update. Also joining us is Brent Saik to talk about the Longest Game of Baseball, which generated $600,000 dollars for cancer research.
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What is The OUTSIDERS?

The Outsiders are Edmonton media veterans Bryn Griffiths and Robin Brownlee. Together, they intend to bring us a different perspective on sports gained from decades inside the business. They’ve been around for a while, and both have rolodexes literally overflowing with the contacts of some amazing sports figures.

This is a new weekly sports podcast with a keen eye on the hottest topics of the week in Canada.  Expect them to serve up some outstanding conversations with a sports luminaries new and old.

Above all,  expect lots of opinions! 

“NOT always right but willing to listen.” – Bryn Griffiths

Bryn Griffiths and Robin Brownlee take a weekly look at the World of Sports from their unique perspective. Great guests. Outstanding conversation. Lots of opinion. NOT always right but willing to listen.

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Hat-trick in The Hat. Stettler’s Alisha Coules strikes often in season-opening victory for RDC Soccer Queens



From RDC Athletics

RDC Athletics Recap

This past weekend, the Kings & Queens Soccer teams opened the 2019-20 Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) regular season on the road.  The RDC Queens split their two-game series while the Kings earned four of a possible six points in the standings.

The Red Deer College Queens Hockey team was involved in some close exhibition contests at the RDC Icebreaker Tournament, and it picked up a victory. In non-conference play, the Kings Hockey team competed hard against the University of Calgary Dinos, but it dropped both games against the squad from U Sports.

Queens Soccer | Saturday, September 7 | Medicine Hat College

The RDC Queens opened the season on a positive note with a 4-0 shutout against the Rattlers. Bachelor of Science Nursing student Alisha Coules recorded a hat trick and Red Deer’s Mikayla Fujimoto added a single. Queens goalkeeper Alethea Riemer earned the shutout.

Queens Soccer | Sunday, September 8 | Lethbridge College

In the second game of the road trip, the Red Deer College Queens worked hard but were blanked 3- 0 by the Kodiaks. Rebecca McBride, a Bachelor of Science student from Calgary, was named the Queens Player-of-the-Game with a strong effort. The RDC Queens wrapped up the weekend with a 1-1-0 record, sharing third spot in the south standings with the Rattlers.

Kings Soccer | Saturday, September 7 | Medicine Hat College

The Kings and Rattlers played to a 0-0 draw in Medicine Hat. Kings goalkeeper Jacob Hamilton made six saves, helping RDC earn a point in the standings. Pedro Humberto Mourao Neto, a second-year midfielder from Brazil, was named the RDC Kings Player-of-the-Game.

Kings Soccer | Sunday, September 8 | Lethbridge College

On the strength of Nathan Swartz’s late game heroics, the RDC Kings picked up an impressive 3-2 road win against the Kodiaks. Matthew Elphick and Hugo Janssen also tallied for RDC. With the victory, the Kings (1-0-1) went undefeated on the weekend. They share first spot in the south with the Medicine Hat College Rattlers (1-0-1) in the early stages of the season.


Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce the Bedford Food Company Athletes of the Week.

1. Alisha Coules – Queens Soccer Hometown – Stettler, AB  Bachelor of Science Nursing (2nd year)

This past weekend, Alisha Coules was outstanding on the Queens Soccer team’s two-game road trip. On Saturday in Medicine Hat, the Queens and Rattlers were scoreless at the half, until Alisha kicked the offence into another gear. The second-year student-athlete scored a natural hat trick, striking in the 51st, 61st and 70th minute, helping the RDC Queens eventually defeat the host Rattlers 4-0. The Bachelor of Science Nursing student was named the Queens Player-of-the-Game.

Despite dropping a 3-0 decision to the Kodiaks on Sunday, Alisha was once again noticeable on the soccer pitch. She displayed a strong work ethic and tried to generate several scoring opportunities against a formidable Kodiaks’ defence. The talented forward from Stettler showed dogged determination, playing all 90 minutes.

2. Kyle Bett – Kings Soccer Hometown – Calgary, AB Kinesiology General (3rd year)

Calgary’s Kyle Bett played an integral role helping the Kings Soccer team earn four of a possible six points in the standings this past weekend. The third-year played a full 90 minutes in both games and was very effective, especially defensively. The Kinesiology General student was instrumental in preserving the 0-0 tie while down a man against the Rattlers on Saturday.

In Sunday’s thrilling 3-2 victory in Lethbridge, Kyle played a well-rounded game, contributing on both sides of the ball. Besides another stalwart performance on defence, Kyle had a pair of shots and assisted on the Kings’ opening goal, which was a marker from Matthew Elphick. For his standout effort, Kyle was selected as the Kings Player-of-the-Game.

This Week in RDC Athletics

The RDC Cross Country Running Kings & Queens are ready to host Running Room Grand Prix #2 on Saturday. This week, both Red Deer College Soccer teams will play their home openers. There is also non-conference hockey action at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.

Here is a summary of what is happening this week in RDC Athletics:
Cross Country Running | Grand Prix #2 | Saturday, September 14 | 12:00 p.m. | RDC

The RDC Cross Country Running team will host Running Room Grand Prix #2. There is no cost to watch these top collegiate cross country runners compete. The Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) women will start at 12:00 p.m. and the men will race at 1:00 p.m.

There are still opportunities for high school teams and open runners to register for the event at Red Deer College, until noon on Wednesday, September 11. High school runners will race in the morning and some of those competitors may become future members of the RDC team.

Queens Soccer | Friday, September 13 | 2:00 p.m. | RDC Main Field

The RDC Queens (1-1-0) will play the Olds College Broncos (2-0-0) in their home opener. After only two games, the Broncos and Lethbridge College Kodiaks (2-0-0) are the only undefeated teams in the south. The Red Deer College Queens and Medicine Hat College Rattlers (1-1-0) share third spot in the division with three points each.

RDC’s Alisha Coules sits tied for second in ACAC Women’s Soccer goal scoring with three.

Queens Soccer | Sunday, September 15 | 12:00 p.m. | RDC Main Field

The Red Deer College Queens will host the SAIT Trojans (0-1-0). Last weekend, the Olds College Broncos defeated the SAIT Trojans 2-1.

Kings Soccer | Friday, September 13 | 4:00 p.m. | RDC Main Field

The Red Deer College Kings Soccer team (1-0-1) will face the Olds College Broncos (1-1-0). In the early going, the Kings share top spot in the south with the Medicine Hat College Rattlers (1-0-1). Both squads have four points in the standings.

Kings goalkeeper Jacob Hamilton ranks first in ACAC Men’s Soccer with 14 saves.

Kings Soccer | Sunday, September 15 | 2:00 p.m. | RDC Main Field

The RDC Kings will compete against the SAIT Trojans (1-0-0) in an afternoon tilt.

Exhibition Action
Kings Hockey | Saturday, September 14 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The RDC Kings will face-off against the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, of U Sports.

Kings Hockey | Sunday, September 15 | 2:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Kings will entertain the Pronghorns in a rematch.

Queens Hockey | Sunday, September 15 | 7:30 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

In non-conference play, the Red Deer College Queens will challenge the Central Alberta Amazons of the Alberta Junior Female Hockey League (AJFHL).

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