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Central Alberta golfers score well at high school golf provincials

Central Alberta golfers dominated the 2014 high school provincial championships at Bragg Creek on Monday and Tuesday.

Hunting Hills won their fourth 3A/4A boys’ team title while H.J. Cody’s Jaxon Lynn won the boys individual title. READ

Chiefs split games on opening weekend for regular season

Twenty minutes is all that separated Brandin Cote from a perfect regular season debut as head coach of the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs. It’s just those 20 minutes were pretty bad and sent the club to a 4-1 loss in their home opener on Saturday to the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Arena. However, they rebounded to beat the UFA Bisons 4-2 in Strathmore on Sunday. READ

Vipers split opening weekend games

Prior to the start of the 2014-15 Heritage Junior B Hockey League season, new Red Deer Vipers head coach JD Morrical called out the leadership on his team. He wanted them to take on the role full-heartedly. At least for one weekend, they did just that. READ

Lightning fall just short of upsetting top-ranked Celtics

The Hunting Hills Lightning cannot wait for another crack at the St. Joesph’s Celtics. The No. 5 ranked Lightning came within one penalty of upsetting the top-ranked tier II high school football team in the province out of Grande Prairie on Saturday night at Great Chief Park before losing 25-21. READ

Cougars lose to Cochrane in exhibition play

Justin Fedun rushed for 109 yards in a losing cause as the Notre Dame Cougars dropped a 28-17 decision to the Cochrane Cobras in high school football exhibition play Friday at Great Chief Park. Cougars quarterback Keegan MacDonald completed nine of 15 passes for 117 yards and scored a fourth-quarter touchdown on a six-yard run. READ

It’s about learning: Reinstating RDC's hockey program expands options for athletes

Connor Hartley knew he’d be looking for an education once his junior hockey career was over. He just didn’t know where. Thanks to the rebirth of the READ

Rosters get juggled in busy week for WHL teams

For a change, there’s a player who is genuinely happy to be a member of the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The ‘Canes, who experienced a virtual player mutiny last season and were basically forced to deal most of the unsatisfied skaters, acquired overage winger Zane Jones from the Everett Silvertips Wednesday in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2015 WHL bantam draft. READ

Vipers want to get bite back

The objective is simple for the Red Deer Vipers this year: Get back to playing Vipers hockey. 2013-14 was an unmitigated disaster for the club that one season earlier had won the Heritage Junior B Hockey League’s North Division. READ

West division teams coming to blows in CFL second half

Things get serious this weekend because the upper echelon of the CFL West Division will finally throw punches at each other after a summer of light speed bag work against East Division teams. Injuries have changed the game for the West Division leaders, but now they will face each other many times as we head into the back nine of the 2014 CFL season. READ

A storybook ending for Hockeyville

Kraft Hockeyville provided a week few in Sylvan Lake will forget any time soon, including its storybook finish. With less than two minutes to go in overtime, it was two Central Albertans that won it for the Calgary Flames as Curtis Glencross tipped home a Kris Russell point shot for the 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes. READ

Work ethic has former Rebel Elson pushing for NHL job

He’s the classic underdog, a feisty player who worked his way on to the Red Deer Rebels roster as an invited player in 2009 and is now pushing for an NHL job. Turner Elson was a wide-eyed 17-year-old when he checked into his first Rebels training camp five years ago. The St. Albert native was somewhat of a longshot WHL prospect but his perseverance and dogged work ethic made it impossible for then head coach Jesse Wallin to deny him a spot on the club. READ

University hockey paves way for Louis

If this hockey thing doesn’t pan out for Mark Louis, he could be a paid ambassador for Canadian university hockey. The Ponoka native and former Red Deer Rebels defenceman is a huge proponent of the university game, insisting that playing at that level paved the way to a professional career that is now entering its fourth year. READ

Leidenius, Lynn take top spots at provincial golf qualifier

Shaye and Daria Leidenius have never had to look far for competition on the golf course. The 17-year-old Ponoka twins have just had to look to each other. On Monday at the Central Alberta High School provincial golf qualifier at Alberta Springs, the two dominated the leaderboard — Daria finishing first at 9-over-81 with Shaye three strokes back in a tie for third with Innisfail’s Courtney Dickson. Notre Dame’s Clare McMahon finished in second with an 11-over-83. READ

Wranglers rope up win over Vipers

Red Deer Vipers head coach J.D. Morrical wasted no time in sending a message to his team. Following their 10-3 Heritage Junior B Hockey League exhibition loss to the rival Blackfalds Wranglers on Saturday at the Red Deer Arena, he sent the entire team back out on the ice for a 20-minute bag skate. They got down 3-0 early in the second period and shrunk away completely. READ

Optimist Chiefs win final pair of exhibition games

The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs are heading into the Alberta Midget Hockey League season in fine form, winning their final two exhibition games this weekend at the Red Deer Arena. On Saturday they crushed the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers 10-2 and then scored late to beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 on Sunday. READ

Rebels open season with a 5-3 loss

The Red Deer Rebels got caught watching the puck in the danger zone and didn’t get a lot of help from goaltender Taz Burman while dropping their Western Hockey League season-opener Friday at the Centrium. READ

Lighting take down Cougars

The Hunting Hills Lightning were electric through the air and via the overland route Thursday night at Great Chief Park. The two-pronged attack resulted in a 28-7 victory over the Notre Dame Cougars before 556 fans and created a three-way tie for top spot in the Tier 1/2 Division of the Central Alberta High School Football League. READ

Stamps and Esks won’t find easy wins in the East this week

There is a common superstition that 13 is an unlucky number and we are now into Week 13 in the CFL. The bad luck encountered by two more quarterback starters in Week 12 proves 13 is just another number when it comes to misfortune and CFL quarterbacks this season. READ

Lots of events lined up leading up for Hockeyville celebrations

Sylvan Lake is taking being crowned Kraft Hockeyville seriously. The lakeside community has lined up six days of events and celebrations beginning on Friday and winding up with the big National Hockey League exhibition game between the Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames on Wednesday evening. READ

Red Deer chosen as host for Esso Cup

Tack on another national-level event officially coming to Red Deer. The city was officially announced as the host for the 2015 Esso Cup, the female midget hockey Canadian championship, from April 19-26. The announcement was of little surprise, with word circulating about the decision as early as last season, but all of the details have now been finalized. READ

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