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Crease competition heats up at Rebels camp

It’s one of those cases when two is a crowd and in this case the crowd is in the crease.

Last year’s Red Deer Rebels starting goalie Rylan Toth, and backup Trevor Martin both enter the 2016-17 Western Hockey League Season as overage players. READ

Alberta jumps out to pair of wins

A good mix of youngsters and veterans powered the Alberta team to an early 2-0 tournament start in the Baseball Canada Senior Women’s Invitational. A double-header to start the weekend tournament, Alberta faced a tough team from Ontario and a team comprised of baseball players from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Newfoundland and the Maritime provinces. READ

Cougars ready to pounce on high school football competition

In a tough, competitive four team league, Notre Dame Cougars Football head coach Gino Castellan believes this is the year for his team to take the title. “If any year, this is going to be the year we may be able to compete,” said Castellan. “We hope to get better every week and peak at the right time. The kids want to win a championship and we’ll see how it goes.” READ

Stewart stepping back into the net for RDC women’s soccer team

RDC Queens soccer head coach Dave Colley couldn’t help but smile when asked about his goaltending for the upcoming ACAC season. Colley was a bit worried when veteran Lauren Good graduated after last season, which left a hole he expected to fill with a rookie. READ

Herauf hoping to crack depleted defence corps

With only three returning defencemen, the competition to crack the Red Deer Rebels blue line is wide open. Among those gunning for an open spot is the Rebels Western Hockey League Bantam Draft first round pick from two seasons ago, Jacob Herauf. READ

Draw of playing in WHL brings Martin from New Mexico

A 72-game season, riding the bus, the Sutter reputation and a chance to play in the “prestigious” Western Hockey League have driven one player more than 2,500 km to try to crack the Red Deer Rebels lineup. Quinn Martin, 17, has been in Red Deer for a few weeks getting ready for training camp, which opened Wednesday. The Santa Fe, New Mexico native was in Red Deer for prospects camp back in June and made enough of an impression to get invited back. READ

Red Deer hosting national powerlifting competition this weekend

Powerlifting records may fall as the Canadian Powerlifting League’s national competition rolls into Red Deer this weekend. League president Bernice Fuss said among the competitors coming to the event on Saturday is Dane Dillon, 25, of Grande Prairie who has his eyes set on breaking world records. READ

Cunnington ready to swim her heart out in Rio

One last length of the Michener Pool and Red Deer’s Tammy Cunnington is off to fulfill a dream. READ

Riggers fall in fifth game of final

It was a bit surprising that the Sherwood Park Athletics didn’t start Adam Paulencu in the fifth and deciding game of the Sunburst Baseball League and provincial senior AAA final against the Red Deer Riggers. But once starter Ryan MacDonald got in a bit of trouble they were quick to call on Paulencu and he proved too much for the Riggers in a 5-3 10-inning loss before over 400 fans at Great Chief Park Sunday. READ

Olympic volleyball team peaking at the right time: former coach

Anyone visiting Keith Hansen’s house when Canadian Olympic volleyball is on be warned — it gets loud. READ

Riggers even series in drama filled matchup

If there ever was a team win the Red Deer Riggers pulled one out in a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over the Sherwood Park Athletics at Great Chief Park Tuesday. The win evened the best-of-five Sunburst Baseball League and provincial senior AAA final at 1-1 with the third and fourth games on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. at John Fry Park in Edmonton. If a fifth game is necessary it’s Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Great Chief Park. The game had a little bit of everything from good pitching to key hitting and even a few lost balls in the lights. READ

Riggers get edged by Athletics in provincial final opener

In a short series giving games away is unacceptable. The Red Deer Riggers felt they gave away the opening game of the best-of-five Sunburst Baseball League and provincial senior AAA final, dropping a 6-5 decision to the Sherwood Park Athletics at Great Chief Park Monday. The Riggers had three runners thrown out on the bases and twice at third base for the first out. READ

Buccaneers head to playoffs on a high

It would have been easy for the Central Alberta Buccaneers to go through the motions as they wrapped up their Alberta Football League regular season against the Edmonton Raiders at the ME Global Athletic Park Saturday. After all the Bucs went into the game, having wrapped up first place in the league while the Raiders were going to finish fifth. READ

Riggers open playoffs with big win over Tigers

For a nine inning game, Wednesday’s battle between the Red Deer Riggers and the St. Albert Tigers was decided in the first inning. In the top of the inning, the bases were loaded and the Riggers only had one out, the Tigers looked to have the upper hand early. But Riggers starting pitcher Josh Edwards bared down and struck out two batters to get out of the jam. READ

Vellner takes third at CrossFit Games

Resting at the family cabin on Sylvan Lake is a long ways removed from the gruelling five-day CrossFit Games, but it’s just what Patrick Vellner needs. The Red Deer-born Vellner finished third in the games held in Carson, Calif. from July 19 to 24 and now he’s resting up. READ

AA2 Mosquito Braves take home silver from provincials

Winning silver was sweet for the Red Deer Lock N Safe AA2 Mosquito Braves, as they won four straight games before losing in the final. The Braves jumped out to 3-0 in round robin play and then eked out a 12-11 win over the Sylvan Lake Storm in the semifinals to make it to the tier 3 finals. A 10-6 loss to the Edmonton South Jasper Blue Jays ended their provincials run, but the Braves still came home with shiny silver medals. READ

McAdam outlast Pasula for Central Alberta Amateur crown

At the start of the third round, Mike McAdam led Brett Pasula by two strokes. Four hours later, that’s how the two golfers ended. But it wasn’t a smooth ride for the Red Deer Golf and Country Club member. “He had three birdies on the front nine and was up two and I had bogies,” said McAdam. “But I was patient and got birdies on 13 and 14, which was huge. “I felt the nerves.” READ

Chiefs to make Kinex new home

The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs Midget AAA hockey team won’t be homeless for long. They just needed the city to approve some renovations to the Kinex Arena to make room for the temporary home. With the Red Deer Arena, 4725 43rd St., set to be demolished this week, the midget team was in need of a new home. Staff’s commute won’t change much as the improvements to the Kinex, located just behind the Red Deer Arena at 4309 48th Ave., were approved by Red Deer City Council on July 18. READ

Adamson wins third straight pony chuckwagon title

Lee Adamson needs just one more victory in the chuckwagon races at Westerner Days. The 48-year-old won his third straight Red Deer Motors North American Pony Chuckwagon Championships Sunday afternoon at the Westener, capping off five days of racing. READ

Buccaneers blow away visiting Irish

Recently named the best football team in the Canadian Major Football League, the Central Alberta Buccaneers steamrolled the Airdrie Irish 77-10, improving to 7-0. With a grin, head coach Devon Hand said the team hasn’t played a complete game yet this season but has managed to manhandle their opponents. READ

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