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Frank finds way into Ponoka finals

Bull riding may be hailed as rodeo’s toughest event, but at the Ponoka Stampede, steer wrestling deserves equal billing. As Canada’s biggest rodeo neared the half way point, only six bulldoggers had been able to catch both their steers. That meant Thursday’s crew only had to get their steers thrown down to put themselves on the top twelve qualifying list for the Finals.

But Dallas Frank did a little more than that. The Stony Plain cowboy has had the Midas touch the past month, and he tapped it again at Ponoka. Frank’s best run came in the morning, but he still got the job done in the afternoon performance. The 9.6 second time combined with his earlier 5.2 gives him second place overall with a 14.8 second total, behind the 13.2 seconds from leader Harley Cole. READ

Marlins Swim Club has strong history on provincial scene

When you talk swimming in Red Deer more often than not it’s about the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club. And while the Catalina club is a premier year-round club, producing a number of outstanding national calibre athletes, the Red Deer Marlins Swim Club has received it’s share of accolades as well. READ

Cote to help coach at Cane’s development camp

Hockey has always been a part of Brandin Cote’s life and the Red Deer-native has his sights set on taking his next coaching step. He coached the Bentley Generals to an Allan Cup title and, for the past four years, he’s been the head coach of the Red Deer Optimist Midget AAA Chiefs. READ

Local cowboy takes top spot in team roping at Ponoka

The ropes were as hot as the temperature during the third performance of the Ponoka Stampede. Both the tie-down and team roping events speeded up Wednesday afternoon. Local fans were excited to see the lead in the team roping snagged by Ponoka’s own Levi Simpson and his heeling partner Jeremy Buhler, from Arrowwood. In their morning run, they caught a steer in 5.5 seconds. Then in the heat of the afternoon, they did even better, by finishing up in five seconds flat. Their total time of 10.5 seconds puts them on the top of the Ponoka team roping standings, with a cushion. READ

Lamoureux to replace O’Rourke as Rebels new assistant coach

A familiar face will rejoin the Red Deer Rebels, but this time on the bench, as Pierre-Paul Lamoureux will be the team’s next assistant coach. Lamoureux, 28, played three seasons with the Rebels from 2004-07. The Grand Forks, N.D., native was named the team’s new assistant coach in a release on Wednesday. READ

Red Deer’s Scott sits sixth at provincial men’s mid amateur championship

Red Deer’s Garrett Scott rallied with a two-under 70 to vault into a tie for sixth at the 2016 Alberta Men’s Mid Amateur Championship. The score brings his two-day total to 146, five strokes back of the leader Levi McDermott of the Alberta Public Players Club. READ

Rebels add Russian in import draft

Size and youth are two of the qualities that stand out in the Red Deer Rebels import draft selection. The 16-year-old Alexander Alexeyev, a defenceman, was selected 49th overall on Tuesday in the Canadian Hockey League import draft. He stands six-foot-three and weighs 180 pounds. READ

Taypotat keeps rolling with strong showing

There’s nothing better in the sport of rodeo than getting on a roll, especially when it comes after time off due to injury. Ty Taypotat knows that feeling. He is riding a momentum wave and it carried him right to the lead of the bareback event at the 80th Ponoka Stampede. The Regina cowboy could scoop some big cash, after an 86 point ride on the Kesler horse Double Dippin, top spot so far. READ

Plenty of excitement on day 1 of the Ponoka Stampede

The reputation of the Ponoka Stampede is known far and wide. Even as far away as a little town in the deep south called Heflin, Louisiana; population 234. READ

Rebels schedule released

Home-and-home series against the Edmonton Oil Kings bookend the Red Deer Rebels’ 2016-17 Western Hockey League season. The league’s regular season schedule was released Monday, featuring all 72 Rebels games including 36 at home. READ

Ponoka Stampede: 80 years and counting

Back in 1936, when organizers of the original Ponoka Stampede put on their event, they probably hoped it would be enough of a success to go again the next year. Little could they imagine that 80 years later it would be the biggest rodeo on the Canadian pro scene, and a key stop on the World Pro Chuckwagon Tour. Nor would they have been able to envision how the town mushrooms Stampede week with an RV village full of fans from across the country. Those folks come for the same kind of wild and western sports and entertainment offered right from the start. The Ponoka Stampede will pay tribute to its heritage with the 80th edition of the rodeo beginning tonight, encouraging participants, whether in the grandstand or behind the chutes, to dress like they did back in 1936. READ

Three Rebels picked in draft

It wasn’t the easiest of seasons for both Josh Mahura and Conner Bleackley, but the two heard their names called during the National Hockey League draft. Joined by Brandon Hagel, the three were the only Red Deer Rebels selected in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, New York on Friday and Saturday. READ

Rebels ink eight prospects

Red Deer Rebels general manager, head coach and owner Brent Sutter got out the ink and signed eight young hockey players to the club. Five of the eight prospects who signed deals were selected by the Rebels in the 2016 Western Hockey League Bantam draft. The five were the Rebels’ first five choices in the draft held on May 5 in Calgary. READ

Calgary caps busy June with nine draft picks landing No. 1 goalie Brian Elliott

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- It's been a busy month and an even busier draft weekend for the Calgary Flames. READ

Red Deer's Thompson races to top of standings

Checkered flags are a constant for Parker Thompson this season, as he leads the pack in the Cooper Tires USF2000 circuit. At the mid-way point of the USF2000 racing tour, the Red Deer teen is emerging as a favourite for the 2016 championship as he sits in first place in the driver standings with 178 points. His nearest competitor, Anthony Martin of Kalgoorlie, Australia, is 26 points behind Thompson. READ

Addressing Needs: Edmonton Oilers go heavy on defencemen in Day 2 of NHL draft

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The NHL Draft is all about filling needs and the Edmonton Oilers stuck to that plan on Saturday. READ

Riggers stay unbeaten with win over Tigers

The Red Deer Riggers’ offence continued to roll, as they held onto their undefeated record with a 14-2 win over the St. Albert Tigers. The Riggers (9-0) have a 1.5 game lead over the second place Sherwood Park Athletics (8-2). Last season the Athletics knocked the Riggers out of the playoffs in the fifth game of the Sunburst Baseball League final. READ

O’Connell scores another win

A tough fight almost went the distance for Red Deer’s Cam O’Connell, but he wore down his opponent over the eight rounds and stopped him in the final round. O’Connell, who hasn’t lost a fight yet, faced his toughest test on Saturday. His adversary was the younger, but experienced Bence Molnar of Hungary. READ

Top fighters hold ground at Super Fights 24

No title changed hands at Superfights 24 as the challengers couldn’t knock off the top billed fighters. For one Red Deer fighter, Stephanie Schmale, that meant holding her own against a fighter whose style is similar to her own. READ

Pankewitz powers out win at Innisfail

Bull riders are no strangers to challenges. After all, they do believe their 170 pounds can outmuscle a 1700-pound bovine for at least eight seconds. But Tyler Pankewitz came to the Daines Ranch Saturday night facing an extra hurdle or two. Take, for instance, the fact he has a broken foot. READ

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