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Stakes raised for Brier’s Battle of Alberta after slow starts by Morris, Koe

CALGARY — The Brier’s Battle of Alberta has taken on a different tone from it’s pre-tournament hype.

Eight Albertan curlers who have history with each other and two teams skipped by Calgarians at a Brier in their hometown had already set Tuesday evening up as the marquee draw of the round robin. READ

Queens recruit Danish point guard

The Red Deer College Queens basketball have got an early start on their recruiting for next season, and they are going to need every minute of it. READ

Busy deadline day short on big name players

NHL general managers usually like their teams by this point in the season. Some love their teams. This trade deadline wasn’t made for that line of thinking. With no clear-cut Stanley Cup front-runner and a wide-open playoff picture, every team in the post-season race made at least one significant move within the past week. READ

Sittler stones Rebels in homecoming

Pressure? What pressure? Jayden Sittler clearly gets a kick out of stopping pucks in his hometown, whether it be with the Kootenay Ice or, as is the current case, the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The 18-year-old Red Deer product beat the Rebels early last season after being recalled by the Ice as an emergency replacement, and on Saturday posted his second consecutive WHL win over Red Deer as a member of the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Sittler ran his Centrium all-time record to 3-0, making 30 regulation-time saves in a 3-2 shootout triumph before a recorded crowd of 5,887. READ

Queens cap second straight ACAC title

Midway through the first set of the Alberta Colleges Women’s Volleyball League championship final against the Grande Prairie College Wolves it would have been easy for the RDC Queens to shrug their shoulders and start looking toward the rest of the match. But they aren’t built that way. READ

Queens down Trojans to advance to ACAC women’s hockey finals

The Red Deer College Queens punched their ticket to the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference women’s hockey championship with a sweep over the SAIT Trojans. They beat the Trojans 2-0 on Saturday at SAIT Arena to take the best-of-three semifinal in two games. READ

Seller’s market for NHL trade deadline

General managers, count your draft picks. In this trade market, they’re valuable currency. In the days leading up to Monday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, draft picks have been moving at a fast and furious pace. It’s a seller’s market and much more selling could be coming before the clock runs out. READ

Kings have to settle for silver

Tim Finnigan has never looked so uncomfortable. The Red Deer College Kings all-Canadian power looked as if he was having his toe-nails extracted one-by-one with each gold medal that was put around a University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings neck. READ

Brisbane named ACAC men’s volleyball player of the year

With two volleyball teams that spent the year at the top of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Association standings, the post-season awards have already started to trickle in. Kings setter Luke Brisbane was named men’s player of the year as well as to the South All-Conference team where he was joined by outside hitter Tim Finnigan and libero Patrick MacInyre. READ

RDC sweep Clippers in final games of regular season

In a perfect world the RDC Kings would have finished their Alberta Colleges Men’s Basketball League regular season in a battle against one of the other top teams in the South Division. But that’s not the way it was set up. Instead the Kings final two games were against the last-place Briercrest Bible College Clippers. READ

Central Alberta athletes win five medals in second week of Canada Winter Games

Central Alberta athletes snared five medals in the second and final week of the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. Winning silver medals were Taylor Laing of Red Deer in synchronized swimming, and Jeremy Klessens of Red Deer County and Dominic Schiemann of James River Bridge in male hockey. Kalena Soehn of Red Deer earned a bronze medal in individual female trampoline and Mark Armstrong of Red Deer was a bronze medalist in the male category. READ

Kocher lands on podium at IBU event in Canmore

Red Deer biathlete Zina Kocher blazed through the field en route to a silver-medal finish in the women’s sprint event of the IBU Cup 7 competition during the weekend. Kocher, 32, shot 9/10 and clocked a time of 20:16.5 around the 7.5 km track to grab her first international podium finish since 2007. READ

Rebels’ offence comes alive in win

Rebels 5 Raiders 3 The Red Deer Rebels’ offence, both regular-strength and on the power play, came alive Friday night at the Centrium. It was a welcome sign for GM/head coach Brent Sutter, whose club still had to weather a third-period rally by the Prince Albert Raiders before pulling out a 5-3 Western Hockey League win in front of a recorded gathering of 5,165 at the Centrium. READ

Queens beat Broncos to punch ticket to nationals

OLDS — Megan Schmidt didn’t save her best for last, only because there is still more volleyball for the Red Deer College Queens captain to play. The third-year middle found a new gear in leading the Queens past the Olds College Broncos in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference women’s volleyball semifinals 3-0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-16) on Friday in Olds. READ

Kings, Queens take down Briercrest Clippers

Friday was a good day for the RDC Queens basketball squad. Head coach Ken King was told one of his top recruits — point guard Eva Bonde of Denmark — has confirmed for next season, and the Queens downed the Briercrest Bible College Clippers 78-76 in Alberta Colleges Women’s Basketball League action before over 800 fans at RDC. READ

Islanders double up on Flames

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Jaroslav Halak had a chance at a shutout and an empty-net goal in the final minute against the Calgary Flames. He had to settle for a prominent place in the New York Islanders’ record book. Halak set the team mark with his 33rd win of the season, and Ryan Strome and Cal Clutterbuck provided just enough offence to lift New York to a 2-1 victory over the Flames on Friday night. READ

A tale of two Pawlenchuks

Consistency hasn’t been a strong point of Grayson Pawlenchuk’s game this season. “For the most part I’ve been happy with my season. Some parts have been kind of down where I haven’t played the greatest, and some parts have been up. I’ve kind of been inconsistent,” the second-year Rebels forward said Thursday, following a practice session at the Kinex. READ

Queens open playoffs with win

Big moments are meant for big-time players and there may not be a more important player to the Red Deer College Queens than Rachael Hoppins. The fifth year captain, who was honoured before Thursday’s Game 1 of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference women’s hockey semifinal, scored once and added an assist to spark RDC to a 4-2 win over the SAIT Trojans at the Red Deer Arena. READ

Perfect start for Kings and Queens at volleyball provincials

Central Alberta’s two women’s college volleyball teams will meet up in the provincial semifinal tonight at Olds College. The No. 1 ranked Red Deer College Queens will meet the Olds College Broncos at 8 p.m. after both teams won their opening games at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Women’s Volleyball Championships on Thursday. READ

Jays questions grow as Saunders injures knee in freak accident

A Blue Jays roster already dotted with question-marks became a little more uncertain Thursday. News that Canadian Michael Saunders had suffered a knee injury in a freak sprinkler head accident added a red flag in left field and left Toronto manager John Gibbons with another spring training headache. READ

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