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Midget AAA coach Cote not worried about slow start

Red Deer Optimist Chiefs head coach Brandin Cote is adamant that despite a slow start, his team has what it takes to contend this season.

After falling 4-1 to the Calgary Northstars on Sunday at the Red Deer Arena, the Chiefs dropped to an uncharacteristic 2-4-2 record to open the Alberta Midget Hockey League season. READ

River Bend Golf Club’s Kozak wins national award

River Bend Golf Club course foreman Carmen Kozak is the 2014 winner of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association Future Superintendent of the Year award. The award is presented to a full-time student member of CGSA who is completing his/her graduating year in a CGSA recognized turf management program. The nominees who are considered for this award are interviewed by a three-person panel comprised of a representative of the Toro Company (the award sponsor), the industry (an architect, owner, superintendent, etc.) and the CGSA. READ

Lightning zap Cougars in seeding game

The Hunting Hills Lightning and Notre Dame Cougars didn’t merely go through the motions Friday night at Great Chief Park, despite the fact both clubs will meet again next Thursday in a contest with some real meaning. Friday’s outing was for second place in the Tier 1-2 Division of the Central Alberta High School Football League and the Lightning prevailed, jolting their Red Deer foes 35-8. Next week’s clash is a division semifinal. READ

Central Alberta continues to produce quality WHL players

Central Alberta is a virtual hockey hotbed, an area of the country that produces quality players on a consistent basis. Many of the young athletes who perform to a high degree of success in minor hockey move on to play at the junior A level, but the WHL also features a proportionally large number of Central Alberta natives. READ

Cougars targeting a provincial run

The word consolation came up a little too much for the Notre Dame Cougars liking last year. The senior boy’s volleyball team were stuck behind arch rival Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School all season — first losing the zone final to the Raiders, then while LTCHS was celebrating provincial gold the Cougars brought back the consolation banner. READ

Big shift sees Thurber drop to tier II in high school football

A major tectonic shift took place in Central Alberta High School Football this past week, as the Lindsay Thurber Raiders dropped from tier I to tier II. It is the first time the school has had to drop a division a move that was not expected from any football program in the region. READ

Red Deer schools share high school cross-country zone title

The Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School Raiders and the Hunting Hills High School Lightning each grabbed a share in the high school cross-country zone 3A-4A title last week. Bentley won the 1A-2A Central Alberta School Athletics Association banner, as more than 500 athletes took part in the Oct. 8 race at Riverbend Golf Course and Recreation Area. READ

Bigchild rides to junior bullriding title at FCA Finals

Cylas Bigchild of Rocky Mountain House racked up 80 points through four performances of the Foothills Cowboys Association Finals Rodeo at the Westerner Stockmens Pavilion during the weekend and captured the junior bull riding title. Bigchild won $885 for his efforts. READ

Barrett, Olstad connect for three touchdowns to lead Lightning over Rams

Brett Barrett and Tanner Olstad are best friends and have played football together for six years, but never had they had a night like Friday. READ

Slow start, late lapse proves costly for Rebels

The Red Deer Rebels were spectators instead of soldiers in the first period and then broke down in the homestretch of Friday’s Western Hockey League meeting with the Medicine Hat Tigers. READ

Raiders rack up big win over Cougars

Not a bad way to celebrate a birthday. As Sam Vesely turned 17-years-old, he returned an interception for a touchdown to seal a 35-14 win for the Lindsay Thurber Raiders over the Notre Dame Cougars in Central Alberta High School Football League action at Great Chief Park on Thursday. It was my birthday present to me,” said Vesely with a laugh. READ

FCA rodeo season wraps up with Cowboy Classic starting tonight in Red Deer

It’s round-up time in the rodeo corral! Lots has been going on the last few weeks, and with the Cowboy Classic Finals Rodeo beginning tonight in Red Deer, it’s time to get caught up. The 2014 season has wrapped up on the pro rodeo calendar on both sides of the border. When the dust cleared, there were three Canadians among the world’s top 15 who will make their way to Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo in December. READ

Generals add speed and youth for 2014

The Bentley Generals 2014-15 roster features more than a few new faces, but the team’s goal remains the same — to win their last game of the season. “We’ve set the bar in senior hockey and to keep that bar going up we have to keep going up,” said veteran Generals defenceman Don Morrison. “Everyone is trying to beat us, we’ve always had that target on our backs and that’s what drives us to keep getting better and better every year. Our expectations are to always be in that final game of the season and win it every year. That’s our mentality and we don’t take it lightly. It’s a very serious thing for us.” READ

Eagles reload for run at Allan Cup

Despite getting swept in the Chinook Hockey League final by the arch-rival Bentley Generals last season, the Innisfail Eagles believe they were a goal or two away from advancing in their quest for the Allan Cup. Two of their final two losses came in overtime, as their all-star goalie Jonathan Larose was out-played by Generals starter Travis Yonkman. READ

Rebels to learn the fate of Memorial Cup bid on Wednesday

Red Deer Rebels boss Brent Sutter is carefully optimistic regarding his club’s chances of hosting the 2016 Memorial Cup tournament. READ

Raiders post second win over Red Deer rivals

The Lindsay Thurber Raiders were aiming to prove Friday that their season-opening win over the Hunting Hills Lightning was no accident. Mission accomplished. READ

Cougars hold off Rams in penalty filled game

The cliché goes you learn more from a loss, but Notre Dame Cougars head coach Gino Castellan is hoping his team learned plenty from their win over the Lacombe Rams. The Cougars beat the Rams 35-20 on Thursday at Great Chief Park on Central Alberta High School Football League action, despite 185 yards in penalties on 20 flags. READ

On the court, she’s tall

Bronwyn Hawkes is one of the shorter setters in the country, but the five-foot-five RDC Queens star stands tall in talent. READ

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

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