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Late charge wins Baird first provincial 5-pin bowling title

Once Gary Baird got on a roll he was impossible to stop. Baird came into the step ladder portion of the men’s singles at the Open provincial 5-pin bowling championships at Heritage Lanes Wednesday in fifth place. Five games later he came away with his first provincial title. READ

Generals drop Allan Cup opener to hosts

Bentley Generals got on the scoreboard first, but quickly saw their 1-0 first period lead slip into a 6-2 loss to host Dundas Real McCoys at the Allan Cup in Dundas, Ontario, Tuesday night. “We didn’t play our best game. There’s no sugar-coating it,” Bentley head coach Ryan Tobler said. “We’ll be better.” READ

Cudillo twins dominate provincials

With one final rock-hard right, Lowie Cudillo left little doubt in his coach’s mind that he and his twin brother Lester are ready for nationals. The Red Deer boxers defended their titles on Sunday at the 2014 Alberta Provincial Boxing Championships at the Harvest Centre in Red Deer, completing two years of Alberta domination. READ

Sting snag silver from ringette nationals

REGINA — The Central Alberta Sting captured silver at the Canadian U16 ringette championships Saturday, dropping a 6-5 decision to Team Ontario in the final. Gillian Dreger of Lacombe scored three times and Shae-Lyn Baxter of Lacombe twice for the Sting. Baylee Schulhauser of Red Deer made 33 saves on 36 shots over the opening 20 minutes while Rebecca Forrester of Lacombe made 24 saves on 27 shots over the final 20 minutes. READ

Bandits finish fourth after loss in bronze medal game

If all the women that played hockey in Central Alberta had the enthusiasm for the game that Lori Krause does, the Red Deer Bandits wouldn’t have any problems fielding a team. Krause has been playing with the Bandits since 1990 “or ‘91” outside of the time she took off to have her four children. And although she just turned 43 still loves the game. READ

Bandits split pair of games at Western Shield

The Red Deer Bandits had a simple goal heading into the Western Shield women’s AA hockey championships . . . be around to play on Sunday. They took a step in that direction splitting a pair of games Friday at the Kin City Arenas, beating the Meadow Ridge Moose of B.C. 4-0 in the afternoon before losing 7-1 to the Manitoba Herd in the evening. READ

Quinn steps down as head coach of Red Deer Optimist Chiefs

Doug Quinn built the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs into the most recognized major midget hockey program in the country — and now he’s stepping down. READ

Usmanee taking on top-ranked fighter

For most fighters, stepping into the ring on short notice against a No. 1 contender would be a daunting task. But for Arash Usmanee, whose will was forged as a child in war-torn Afghanistan, fighting Ray Beltran as part of the co-main event on the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley undercard this Saturday in Las Vegas is an opportunity that he could not turn down. READ

Raiders edge Cougars for berth Tier I into handball provincials

No matter which team won, the zone high school boy’s team handball final was a perfect way to prepare for the provincial Tier I championships. “It was, we couldn’t ask for anything better,” agreed Lindsay Thurber Raiders head coach Yvonne Bauer following an entertaining 16-15 victory over the Notre Dame Cougars at LTCHS Wednesday. READ

Cudillo twins students of the sweet science

The Cudillo twins, Lester and Lowie, are not only talented boxers, they’re also super dedicated to the sweet science. “The first thing is, they’re very determined young men,” said Dennis Ejack, the co-coach of the 16-year-old Red Deer and District Boxing Club brothers. “What they want is to be boxers. READ

Wranglers’ depth helped get the team into Keystone Cup

There’s something to be said for depth. The Blackfalds Wranglers displayed the importance of a deep roster while capturing the Alberta junior B hockey championship at Grande Prairie during the weekend. READ

Bandits excited to host Western Shield women’s AA hockey championship

The last time the Red Deer Bandits competed in the Western Shield senior women’s AA hockey championship, they came away with gold. In the 2010 Alberta playoffs the Bandits finished third, but because the top two teams couldn’t commit to the championships in Victoria the Red Deer squad was asked to go. All they did was go undefeated, including a 4-3 win over the Killarney, Man., Knights in the final. READ

Rockets end Chiefs' season

The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs and Okanagan Rockets met four times this season and the difference came down to one goal. It was a goal by Liam Finlay at 5:40 of the first overtime period that gave the Rockets a 3-2 victory and the Pacific Cup midget AAA hockey championship before a standing room only crowd at the Arena Sunday afternoon. READ

Generals going back to Allan Cup

The Bentley Generals responded in a positive manner when faced with their first bit of adversity in the McKenzie Cup series. After rolling to a pair of wins in the best-of-five Alberta/B.C. senior AAA hockey championship at the Red Deer Arena, the defending Allan Cup champions were finally put to the test in Game 3 Saturday after blowing a two-goal lead in the final minute. READ

Wranglers cruise to provincial junior B win

GRANDE PRAIRIE — Garrett Glasman potted a pair of early goals and the Blackfalds Wranglers cruised to a 6-0 win Sunday over the host Grande Prairie Kings in the final of the provincial junior B hockey championship. Glasman scored at 7:18 and 14:01 of the opening period and the Wranglers got another goal from Jordan Jakubow before the intermission. READ

Thurber teams win Cougar Classic handball tournament

The Lindsay Thurber Raiders won both the boys’ and girls’ titles at the initial Notre Dame Cougar Classic handball tournament during the weekend. The Raiders downed Our Lady Of The Snows in both division finals — winning the girls’ 13-7 and the boys’ 17-14. Isabelle Lauer led the LTCHS girls with four goals. READ

Rockets down Optimist Chiefs to take 1-0 lead at Pacific Cup

The Red Deer Optimist Chiefs find themselves in a familiar position. Last season the Chiefs dropped the opening game of the best-of-three Pacific Cup midget AAA hockey championship, before storming back to win the next two games and eventually go on to win their second straight Telus Cup championship. READ

Bentley Generals in control at McKenzie Cup

The Bentley Generals are one win removed from advancing to the Allan Cup tournament. READ

Gens down rusty Regals

The Bentley Generals had to scrape off a bit of rust in the early stages of Game 1 of the McKenzie Cup senior AAA hockey championship Friday at the Red Deer Arena. The Powell River Regals looked rusty throughout, and for good reason. READ

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