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De Wit relishing role with Rebels

So far, so good.

The Red Deer Rebels’ first-round pick — 14th overall — in the 2013 Western Hockey League bantam draft is right on schedule, and perhaps even slightly ahead of schedule, with his development. READ

Queens shut out Trojans

The Red Deer College Queens appear to have turned their Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference women’s hockey season around. With a 1-0 win over the SAIT Trojans (4-4-1) on Thursday at the Red Deer Arena, they have points in three straight games and five of the last four. The Queens (3-4-2) are now threatening to climb out of the league’s basement, where they have resided all season. READ

Weather forces cancellation of RDC athletic events

The winter weather wreaked havoc on the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference schedule on Thursday, the biggest casualty being the entire Fall Bonspiel at the Pidherney Curling Centre in Red Deer. Also getting cancelled was the Red Deer College Kings men’s hockey game in Camrose against the Augusta Vikings and the RDC basketball road trip against the Briercrest Clippers in Caronport, Sask. READ

Elimimian named CFL’s outstanding player, top defensive performer

A record-setting season earned Solomon Elimimian a piece of CFL history Thursday night. The B.C. Lions linebacker was named the league’s outstanding player, the first pure defensive performer to receive its highest individual accolade. The six-foot, 227-pound Elimimian also captured top defensive player honours during the CFL awards banquet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. READ

Looking to build up the game of broomball

There was a time, albeit roughly 25 to 30 years ago, when broomball was a viable sport in Alberta and western Canada in general. The game hasn’t disappeared entirely from these parts, but it’s all but faded away. Meanwhile, broomball has become increasingly popular in countries such as Japan, Italy and Switzerland in recent years. READ

Injuries starting to pile up for Rebels

The Red Deer Rebels will enter the weekend without a valuable member of their fourth line. Devan Fafard, who this season was moved from defence to forward, suffered an upper-body injury in last Sunday’s 6-2 loss to the host Calgary Hitmen and — according to the Western Hockey League injury report — is out indefinitely. READ

RDC curling teams hoping for solid start at host bonspiel

The Red Deer College curling program opens the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference season this weekend surrounded in the great unknown. They are the defending national champions in women’s curling but return only one player from that rink. Meanwhile their men’s and mixed teams are still in the developmental phase. READ

Stamps’ Cornish says every move he makes is planned

Every single move Jon Cornish makes on a football field is planned. A student of the game, the Calgary Stampeders running back almost effortlessly slices through defences, but each juke or spin that leaves a defender grabbing at air has been researched and studied, with a story of its own. READ

Organizers say 4,300 tickets to Sunday’s Grey Cup remain unsold

Grey Cup organizers say about 4,300 tickets remain unsold for Sunday’s game between the Calgary Stampeders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Jamie Pitblado, 102nd Grey Cup Festival general manager, said Wednesday there was a spike in sales after the two clubs advanced with playoff victories on Sunday, but added there are still plenty of seats available. READ

Hockey world mourns passing of Pat Quinn

Trailing the Winnipeg Jets after a lacklustre 40 minutes, Pat Quinn wanted a better third period from his Vancouver Canucks. And he knew just how to get it. READ

Stampeders look for redemption

The Calgary Stampeders have had one goal in mind since losing at home to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 2013 West Division final. From the outset of training camp, the Stamps set their sights on winning the Grey Cup. They’ll now get that chance when they take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the CFL title game Sunday at B.C. Place in Vancouver. READ

Eskimos confident better days are ahead

As the Edmonton Eskimos cleaned out their lockers and said their goodbyes Monday, they felt confident that their turnaround in 2014 is just the beginning of something special. Sure, their loss to the Calgary Stampeders in Sunday’s CFL West final was extremely disappointing. But after advancing to the division final one year after missing the playoffs altogether, the Eskimos believe they have created the solid foundation that will lead to even more success in the future. READ

Rebels take two of three

The Red Deer Rebels were in position to come out of a difficult Western Hockey League weekend with three wins, but as legendary rocker Meat Loaf once suggested, two out of three ain’t bad. After downing the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers 4-2 Friday, the Rebels blanked the Calgary Hitmen 4-0 Saturday at the Enmax Centrium. Then, with a weekend sweep on their minds, the Rebels ventured into the Calgary Saddledome Sunday evening and held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before falling 6-2 to the host Hitmen. READ

Kings keep rolling despite injuries

If there is a good time for the Red Deer College Kings men’s basketball team to have the infirmary filled, now is that time. With almost more players in dress clothes than basketball shorts on Saturday they still managed to beat the 1-11 St. Mary’s University College Lightning 93-67. READ

Cougars and Lightning fall short in provincial tournaments

The Notre Dame Cougars finished sixth in the Alberta high school 4A boys volleyball championship during the weekend, while the Hunting Hills Lightning were seventh in the 4A girls provincials, both at Lloydminster. The Cougars were 1-2 in pool play, defeating Calgary Western Canada 26-24, 21-25, 15-7 and losing 25-21, 20-25 and 15-17 to Calgary Dr. E.P. Scarlett and 17-25, 19-25 to Lethbridge Chinook. READ

Rebels Black showing resiliency during tough season

It has been a tough start to the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League season for the Red Deer Rebels Black. Their 4-1 loss to the North West Calgary Flames on Sunday at the Red Deer Arena dropped them to 1-17-1 on the season, but head coach Carter Duffin has been impressed with the resiliency of his team this year. READ

Rivalry rampant in college volleyball

Central Alberta has long been known as a power in the volleyball world, but until a few years ago, only Red Deer College had teams in Canada’s top college conference. In 2012, the Olds College Broncos joined the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference and, at least in the women’s game, are proving to be much more than also rans. READ

Stamps going to Grey Cup after another win over Eskimos

The Calgary Stampeders are a win away from capping a stellar season with a Grey Cup. After matching the franchise’s best record of 15-3, Calgary will play the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the CFL’s championship game Nov. 30 in Vancouver. READ

Brandon Banks returns two punts for TDs to lead Ticats back to Grey Cup

Brandon Banks and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats made the Montreal Alouettes eat their words Sunday. Banks had a playoff-tying two punt return TDs to lead Hamilton back to the Grey Cup with a 40-24 East Division final win over the Montreal Alouettes. Banks had five punt returns for a playoff-record 226 yards and had another 78-yard TD return negated by a penalty. READ

Pretty goal from Polei lifts Rebels over Tigers

Rebels 4 Tigers 2 It was only fitting that Evan Polei was sporting the Red Deer Rebels’ player-of-the-game hat — a fireman’s helmet — following Friday’s Western Hockey League meeting with the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers. READ

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