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Fleury returns to Rebels

The second time around was a charm for Haydn Fleury.

“I think I was a lot more comfortable this year than last and a little more pleased with the way I played,” the Red Deer Rebels defenceman said Monday, two days after being reassigned by the Carolina Hurricanes for the second year in succession. READ

Generals pull out win over host Eagles in preseason tournament

If Sunday’s exhibition contest was any indication, the Innisfail Eagles-Bentley Generals rivalry is alive and well. The Generals posted a 2-1 win over the hosts in the final game of the Eagles preseason tournament, an outing that featured plenty of big hits and excellent goaltending at both ends. READ

Rebels break Broncos

The Red Deer Rebels had their name on the puck Friday night at the Centrium. READ

Taking positives out of a bad situation

Kate Griffiths could well look at last year as a negative experience and a year lost. The 19-year-old Notre Dame grad attended Jackson State University on a golf scholarship, which turned out to be far from what she had hoped. READ

Chiefs to rely on strong character

Character and consistency will be the keys to the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs’ Alberta Midget Hockey League season, in the opinion of head coach Brandin Cote. “I think we have a solid group and more importantly for us as coaches, we have a solid character group with kids that are together and willing to be a team,” said Cote. READ

A Cup for the ages

It has been 21 years since Red Deer hosted its last truly prestigious junior hockey event — the 1994 world championship. READ

Thompson learned a lot in rookie year

One weekend, three races, three top five finishes. For Red Deer’s young racing phenom Parker Thompson, that experience highlighted his rookie campaign on the USF2000 tour. From July 30 to Aug. 2, Thompson spent the weekend in Lexington, Ohio in three races. He finished fourth in one race and fifth in the other two that weekend. Most racing weekends for the young driver were doubleheaders, but the tripleheader was a fun experience for Thompson. READ

Lightning defence strike down hard on Lacombe Rams

The Hunting Hills Lightning offence was in fine form once again Thursday evening, but it was their defence that was front and centre before 333 fans at Great Chief Park. The Lightning defenders limited the Lacombe Rams to 65 net yards as the defending Central Alberta High School Football League champions pitched a resounding 46-0 shutout. READ

Sick’s homecoming couldn’t have worked out better

When Jody Sick decided to return home it was a gift the RDC Kings never expected. Sick left Topeka RoadRunners of the North American Hockey League with the idea of returning home and going to school. During his trip home he received a text message from Kings assistant coach Jeff Denham asking if he’d be interested in trying out for the Kings. He jumped at the idea. READ

Hagel moves up to join Rebels

The RCMP are known for always getting their man. Red Deer Rebels assistant general manager/director of player personnel Shaun Sutter might not be that proficient, but he was able to track down a prized prospect last week and eventually get his name on a Western Hockey League standard players contract. READ

Thurston claims another title as rookie continues strong season

There’s no time for reflecting on past success when there’s still work to do – at least in Zeke Thurston’s world. The talented young cowboy from Big Valley added to his overflowing piggy bank by winning first, and $1627, in the saddle bronc riding at the new Oldstoberfest rodeo on the weekend. READ

Rebels down Oil Kings 5-3 in WHL exhibition play

The Red Deer Rebels were all spit and vinegar for the first two periods of Friday’s Western Hockey League preseason game at the Centrium. As for the third period … not so much. READ

Generals down Kings in exhibition play

Bentley Generals head coach Ryan Tobler was more than a little pleased with what he saw from his squad in their annual meeting with the RDC Kings at the Arena Friday. READ

Kings hungry for success

The 2014-15 season was more than a little disappointing for the RDC Kings volleyball squad. Not only did they lose in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference final to the Augustana Vikings, but they finished fifth at the nationals. Looking back on it, Kings head coach Aaron Schulha feels last year’s frustration may benefit this year’s edition of the Kings. READ

Brandt Burzak found his calling in the backfield

It took six years for Brandt Burzak to find his perfect position on the football field. The 17-year-old from Red Deer was good no matter where he played, but once he stepped in at running back it was obvious he was a natural. READ

Rams top Lakers; Rebels beat Trojans in high school football action

Lucas Wessner scored on pass receptions of 46 and 27 yards as the Lacombe Rams downed the visiting Sylvan Lake Lakers 28-23 in a Central Alberta High School Football League game Thursday. Rams quarterback Jin Ericson also tossed a two-yard touchdown pass to Matt Darnell and scored on a one-yard run. Kyle Popp added a two-point conversion and Jack Bahler booted two converts. READ

O’Connell survives slow start to get seventh win

A slow start was followed by a strong finish and the seventh win of Cam O’Connell’s professional boxing career. READ

LIghtning win slugfest against Raiders

The Hunting Hills Lightning didn’t expect anything less than a battle Friday night. READ

Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff

Cougars run over Rams for first win

In boxing terms, the Notre Dame Cougars consistently delivered a left lead followed by a right cross Thursday night at Great Chief Park. In other words . . . “Our running backs, both of them, played well. They’re great runners, it’s nice to have that one-two punch,” said Cougars head coach Gino Castellan, in reference to Johannes Smith and Justin Fedun following a 37-14 Central Alberta High School Football League drubbing of the Lacombe Rams. READ

Smith completes goals and beyond during stellar year in pool

Red Deer Catalina Swim Club star Rebecca Smith had one goal in mind when she went into the 2015 swim season — to make the Canadian team to compete in the World Junior Championships in Singapore. The 15-year-old Red Deer native accomplished her goal in April, then turned in a solid performance at the championships beside being two years younger than a lot of athletes. READ

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