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McPherson joins sports hall of fame

Hugh McPherson has played a major role in the development of sports in Red Deer for close to 40 years, and has been happy to volunteer for whatever sporting event comes to the city.

On Friday, McPherson was among a select few who stood front and centre as he was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame at induction ceremonies at the Sheraton Red Deer. READ

Learning from the pros

CAROLINE — Jim Bystrom believes the potential for greatness lies within all athletes, but somewhere, for many, that drive to be great was hijacked. In an effort to inspire his athletes, the head coach of the Caroline Cougars football team brought three Grey Cup Champion Calgary Stampeders out to put his players and the Rocky Mountain House Rebels through the paces. READ

Area athletes have solid day at track and field zones

Provincials is just the first step for Notre Dame Cougars track star Brayden Posyluzny. The 17-year-old Innisfail decathlete has his eyes set on making the national team this spring and making a run for the Pan-Am games. READ

Raiders run away with rugby city titles

The fact the Lindsay Thurber Raiders are going back to the Alberta Schools Athletic Association boys rugby championships is not a surprise. The fashion in which they manhandled their zone competition this year is. READ

Riggers keep rolling with win over Cubs in extras

The Red Deer Riggers showed the poise of a team on Tuesday that has not lost a regular season game since July 9, 2013. The Riggers rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win 5-4 over the Confederation Park Cubs of Edmonton (3-2) in 11 innings to remain perfect through three games in the 2015 Sunburst Baseball League season. READ

Cougars advance to face Raiders in rugby final

The Notre Dame Cougars will have their chance at redemption on Wednesday. The Cougars boys defeated the Hunting Hills Lightning 34-17 in the Central Alberta High School Athletic Association tier I rugby semifinal on Monday at Titans Park. The Cougars are coming off a 45-0 loss to Thurber last Wednesday, but they believe they have much more to show the defending zone champs. READ

McLennan Ross Junior Golf Tour ready to kick off 20th season

The McLennan Ross Junior Golf Tour is set to tee off its 20th season, but the tour’s executive director Dunc Mills never envisioned this anniversary. “I never thought when we got the tour started in the spring of 1996 that we’d be here two decades later, but here we are,” he said at the tour’s media day at Wolf Creek Golf Resort on Monday. “It’s a way to reflect back on where we’ve come from in the last 20 years and the thousands of kids from across the province that have played on the tour. I look forward to the next however many years we want to keep this going, but it’s a good chance to catch our breath and look back and look forward at the same time.” READ

Titans play tough at home

Red Deer Titans head coach Mike Berry believes the effort his side put forward on Saturday is the true version of his team. The Titans crushed the Calgary Hornets 50-15 in men’s second division Calgary Rugby Union action at Titans Park to improve to 2-1-0 on the season. After making it to the league final last year, the goal is to get back there and win it all. READ

Braves get some confidence with weekend sweep of Cardinals

Thanks to a three-game sweep of the Edmonton Cardinals, the Red Deer Bantam AAA Servus Credit Union Braves are back over .500 for the first time since winning their first game of the season. The Braves rallied to beat the Cardinals 8-7 in eight innings in their first game on Saturday at Great Chief Park, then crushed them 12-2 in the second game of the double-header. In Sunday’s lone contest, first year Braves pitcher Branden Woods pitched a five-inning, three-hitter to shut out the Cards 10-0. READ

Rampage run winning streak to five games

The Red Deer TBS Rampage don’t just want to dominate the North this year, they want to take down the South as well. On Sunday they ran their Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League Junior B Tier I winning streak to five games, beating the Okotoks Marauders 11-7 at the Kinex Arena. READ

Athletes take first step to provincials

Drew McKinlay is a prime example of what a successful student athlete is. On Wednesday she earned the top senior girls ranking for Hunting Hills High School at the Area Track and Field Championships and on Friday evening she will be standing in front of her peers, family and friends to deliver her valedictorian address. READ

O’Connell to get back into the ring

Cam O’Connell’s comeback is officially on. The Red Deer boxer has signed on to fight Mario Perez as the main event for KO Boxing Promotion’s Adrenaline Rush at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton on June 12. O’Connell (6-0-1, 5 KOs) will be fighting Mexico’s Mario Perez (16-6-4, 9 KOs), who now trains out of Edmonton. READ

Riggers roll to big win over A’s

It was far from pretty but the Red Deer Riggers are off to a 2-0 start to the Sunburst Baseball League season. The Riggers looked the part of the veteran powerhouse as they thumped the rebuilding Sherwood Park Athletics 12-0 in seven innings at Great Chief Park on Tuesday. READ

Cheney Karate Studio wins 47 medals at Western Canadian Championships

Cheney Karate Studio cleaned up at the 37th annual Western Canadian Karate Championships at Hunting Hills High School on Saturday, collecting 47 medals. Leading the way for the studio was Mexican import Hector Jordan, 19, who moved to Red Deer four years ago and has been training with Lyle Cheney ever since. He earned first in black belt sparring and was named black belt sparring grand champion. READ

Lunty wins record-breaking fifth Woody’s marathon

It ain’t easy being king. Brendan Lunty may have won his record-setting fifth-straight Woody’s Marathon on Sunday, but it is getting more and more difficult to stay on top. The biggest challenger to the Camrose runner’s crown came from Red Deer’s Craig Schmitt (two hours, 45 minutes and 8.3 seconds) who cut four minutes off of his own personal best to finish just over two minutes behind Lunty (2:42:51.45). READ

Red Deer teams play well in Tradition Lives lacrosse tournament

When you hold your opposition to two goals in lacrosse, 99 per cent of the time you win that game. Unfortunately for the Red Deer Bantam A Chiefs, they fell into that final one per cent in their 2-1 defeat to the Calgary Axemen in the gold medal game at the 24th annual Tradition Lives Lacrosse Tournament in Red Deer. READ

Cougar girls rugby team rolling at right time

The Notre Dame Cougars are emerging as a legitimate threat to the Red Deer girls rugby throne. They’re experienced, athletic and versatile. Most importantly, they are starting to pick up steam, including a 34-0 win over the Hunting Hills Lightning last week. READ

Paddling for the podium

Darius Ramrattan did not get the results he wanted out of his first trip to worlds but he did learn some valuable lessons. READ

Woody’s marathon a favorite for top athletes

Brendan Lunty and Adela Salt are both returning to defend their Woody’s RV Marathon titles. The Alberta marathon staple will be ready for its 17th edition this Sunday — rain or shine — with a few new twists, adding a kids run and a marathon relay. READ

Lightning boys rugby team hoping to put things together for playoffs

The Hunting Hills Lightning senior boys rugby team has had a Jekyll and Hyde season, but as the playoffs come around the corner they are hoping for more of the good to shine through. Their 69-15 loss to the Notre Dame Cougars (3-0) on Wednesday at Titans Park, encapsulated their season. READ

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