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Chiefs advance to Esso Cup final with shootout victory

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Abba had the Dancing Queen; the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs have the Shootout Queen. READ

Notre Dame hosts handball provincials

The Notre Dame Cougars boys handball team are hoping their home court advantage carries all of the way through Saturday. READ

Red Deer claws out win in shootout

Welcome back to the Esso Cup, Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs. The midget girl’s national championship hosts spent much of their games on Tuesday and Wednesday playing a step or three behind their competition. On Thursday, they were in danger of dropping their third straight contest and falling to fourth place in the tournament and a date with the top seeded Sudbury Lady Wolves. But then they woke up. READ

Chiefs fall to Stars at Esso Cup

The Saskatoon Stars are not only the youngest team in the Esso Cup, they also appear to be genuine contenders. If not, they’re definitely in the neighbourhood, as they displayed Wednesday night during a 3-2 win over the host Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs in a Canadian midget AAA girls hockey championship tournament game at the Arena. READ

Chiefs drop first game of Esso Cup

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs have their first bit of adversity to deal with at the Esso Cup. The female midget AAA national championship hosts were mauled 7-2 by Ontario champion Sudbury Lady Wolves (3-0-0-0) on Tuesday night at the Red Deer Arena. READ

Chiefs blank Thunder at Esso Cup

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs manoeuvred through the choppy waters early and after scoring a late first-period goal it was all downstream from there, thanks to a vintage performance from netminder Sarah Murray. “We weathered the storm in the first period and after that we got our feet under ourselves and sort of gained a bit more control. The third period was very evident of that, we didn’t give them very much,” said Chiefs head coach Tom Bast, following his host club’s second consecutive Esso Cup win Monday night at the Arena, 2-0 over the Pacific (Alberta/B.C.) champion Edmonton Thunder. READ

Red Deer opens with a win

The host Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs shrugged off a mild case of jitters with a second-period explosion and downed the Moncton Rockets 4-1 in their opening game of the Esso Cup tournament Sunday at the Arena. READ

Prairie Fire primed to make a playoff run

The Prairie Fire Football Club is not letting a loss to powerhouse Calgary Hilltoppers derail their Calgary and Area Midget Football Association playoff dreams. Their 17-10 defeat at ME Global Athletic Park in Lacombe on Friday halted their two game winning streak, but the coaching staff is hoping to use the game as a spring board for the Central Alberta based team. READ

Bentley Generals can’t get by Prairie Thunder in Allan Cup final

The Bentley Generals couldn’t solve netminder Steve Christie and the defensive system of the Southeast Prairie Thunder in Saturday’s Allan Cup tournament final. The Steinbach, Man., based Prairie Thunder executed their trap to perfection en route to a 2-0 victory over the Generals. READ

Esso Cup great for girls’ game, say organizers

Fourteen months of work is about show its face for Todd Thiessen. READ

Bentley Generals advance to Allan Cup final

The Bentley Generals had their sights set on today’s Allan Cup final and they weren’t going to be denied their berth in the national senior AAA hockey championship contest. READ

Prairie Fire finding second half success in early part of season

The Prairie Fire Football Club is three games into their Calgary and Area Midget Football Association season and are already proving to be one of the most resilient teams in the league. After dropping their first game 31-14 to the Calgary Cowboys, they have rallied in the second half to win both of their next two games — 30-9 over the Calgary Mavericks and 22-16 over the Calgary Broncos last weekend. READ

Generals head to semifinals with another Allan Cup win

The Bentley Generals exploded for three early third-period goals Wednesday and punched their ticket to the Allan Cup semifinals with a 4-1 victory over the Lameque Au Ptit Mousse of New Brunswick. With the score knotted at 1-1 after two periods, Kyle Sheen gave the Generals their first lead of the evening just 1:33 into the final frame. READ

Sutter Fund Chiefs looking to make history

They’ve watched the boys bring national championship banners to Red Deer, but now the Sutter Fund Chiefs are out to one-up them, to actually win the tournament on home ice. The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs fell 3-2 in overtime to the Prince Albert Mintos in major midget boys national championship in 2007. READ

Generals open Allan Cup with win over host Clarenville

The Bentley Generals haven’t trailed too often during the 2014-15 hockey season, especially late. So when the host Clarenville Caribous got a go-ahead goal from hometown product Dustin Russell at 6:06 of the third period in Allan Cup tournament play Tuesday, the Generals were in — for the most part — unfamiliar territory. READ

Six teams set for Esso Cup, Bast keeping team focused on own game

The six teams for the Esso Cup are finally set with the Sudbury Lady Wolves’ 4-1 win over the Saugeen-Maitland Lightning on Sunday. The female midget AAA hockey national championship starts on Sunday at the Red Deer Arena and will feature the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs as hosts, the Edmonton Thunder out of the Pacific region, the Saskatoon Stars out of Saskatchewan, the Central Plains Capitals out of Manitoba, the Moncton Rockets out of the Atlantic, and the Wolves out of Ontario. READ

Generals head to Allen Cup looking to improve on last year’s finish

The Bentley Generals will be a tired bunch when they arrive in Clarenville. Nfld., at some point Sunday. Luckily, the Alberta senior AAA hockey champions don’t enter into Allan Cup competition until Tuesday, when they’ll take on the host Clarenville Caribous at 4:30 p.m. MDT. READ

Renegades men's team hoping to join Alberta Major Soccer League

A Red Deer Renegades elite men’s team is being formed this year with the intention of challenging for a berth in the Alberta Major Soccer League in 2016. Considering the former Red Deer Major League team finally struck out six years ago after numerous losing seasons, taking another stab at hopefully returning to the highest level of play in the province might seem somewhat unrealistic. READ

Daines, Finnigan named Advocate’s athletes of the year

Top-level athletes, for the most part, do not enter into competition in search of individual accolades. READ

Titans Rugby Club hosting international rugby tournament stop

The Red Deer Titans Rugby Club will host an impressive Canada Day celebration. Four of the world’s top-six ranked women’s sides will clash July 1 at Titans Rugby Park as part of the Four Nations tournament. No. 1 England will take on No. 2 New Zealand at 4 p.m., and Canada, ranked fourth, will tangle with No. 6 United States at 6 p.m. READ

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