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Local athlete heading to Paralympics

The power of print led a young man on a journey to a roster spot on Canada’s national wheelchair basketball team.

At 13-years-old, Peter Won’s mother was reading a newspaper when she came across an ad for wheelchair sports and she signed her son up. READ

Buccaneers' season ends with loss in league final

The Fort McMurray Monarchs had been the Central Alberta Buccaneers biggest test all season. In regular season play, mere weeks after wildfires damaged the northern Alberta community, the Bucs and Monarchs played to a tightly contested 43-42 Bucs win. READ

Alberta downs Quebec to claim bronze

Closing games hasn’t been the strength of Alberta at this year’s Baseball Canada Senior Women’s Invitational Championship. On Saturday, they surrendered five runs in the last two innings and barely hung on to beat Quebec 10-9. Then on Sunday morning, they have up six runs in the last two innings and lost to Ontario 6-2. READ

Alberta jumps out to pair of wins

A good mix of youngsters and veterans powered the Alberta team to an early 2-0 tournament start in the Baseball Canada Senior Women’s Invitational. A double-header to start the weekend tournament, Alberta faced a tough team from Ontario and a team comprised of baseball players from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Newfoundland and the Maritime provinces. READ

Cougars ready to pounce on high school football competition

In a tough, competitive four team league, Notre Dame Cougars Football head coach Gino Castellan believes this is the year for his team to take the title. “If any year, this is going to be the year we may be able to compete,” said Castellan. “We hope to get better every week and peak at the right time. The kids want to win a championship and we’ll see how it goes.” READ

Stewart stepping back into the net for RDC women’s soccer team

RDC Queens soccer head coach Dave Colley couldn’t help but smile when asked about his goaltending for the upcoming ACAC season. Colley was a bit worried when veteran Lauren Good graduated after last season, which left a hole he expected to fill with a rookie. READ

Riggers fall in fifth game of final

It was a bit surprising that the Sherwood Park Athletics didn’t start Adam Paulencu in the fifth and deciding game of the Sunburst Baseball League and provincial senior AAA final against the Red Deer Riggers. But once starter Ryan MacDonald got in a bit of trouble they were quick to call on Paulencu and he proved too much for the Riggers in a 5-3 10-inning loss before over 400 fans at Great Chief Park Sunday. READ

Riggers even series in drama filled matchup

If there ever was a team win the Red Deer Riggers pulled one out in a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over the Sherwood Park Athletics at Great Chief Park Tuesday. The win evened the best-of-five Sunburst Baseball League and provincial senior AAA final at 1-1 with the third and fourth games on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. at John Fry Park in Edmonton. If a fifth game is necessary it’s Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Great Chief Park. The game had a little bit of everything from good pitching to key hitting and even a few lost balls in the lights. READ

Riggers get edged by Athletics in provincial final opener

In a short series giving games away is unacceptable. The Red Deer Riggers felt they gave away the opening game of the best-of-five Sunburst Baseball League and provincial senior AAA final, dropping a 6-5 decision to the Sherwood Park Athletics at Great Chief Park Monday. The Riggers had three runners thrown out on the bases and twice at third base for the first out. READ

Buccaneers head to playoffs on a high

It would have been easy for the Central Alberta Buccaneers to go through the motions as they wrapped up their Alberta Football League regular season against the Edmonton Raiders at the ME Global Athletic Park Saturday. After all the Bucs went into the game, having wrapped up first place in the league while the Raiders were going to finish fifth. READ

Riggers open playoffs with big win over Tigers

For a nine inning game, Wednesday’s battle between the Red Deer Riggers and the St. Albert Tigers was decided in the first inning. In the top of the inning, the bases were loaded and the Riggers only had one out, the Tigers looked to have the upper hand early. But Riggers starting pitcher Josh Edwards bared down and struck out two batters to get out of the jam. READ

Vellner takes third at CrossFit Games

Resting at the family cabin on Sylvan Lake is a long ways removed from the gruelling five-day CrossFit Games, but it’s just what Patrick Vellner needs. The Red Deer-born Vellner finished third in the games held in Carson, Calif. from July 19 to 24 and now he’s resting up. READ

AA2 Mosquito Braves take home silver from provincials

Winning silver was sweet for the Red Deer Lock N Safe AA2 Mosquito Braves, as they won four straight games before losing in the final. The Braves jumped out to 3-0 in round robin play and then eked out a 12-11 win over the Sylvan Lake Storm in the semifinals to make it to the tier 3 finals. A 10-6 loss to the Edmonton South Jasper Blue Jays ended their provincials run, but the Braves still came home with shiny silver medals. READ

McAdam outlast Pasula for Central Alberta Amateur crown

At the start of the third round, Mike McAdam led Brett Pasula by two strokes. Four hours later, that’s how the two golfers ended. But it wasn’t a smooth ride for the Red Deer Golf and Country Club member. “He had three birdies on the front nine and was up two and I had bogies,” said McAdam. “But I was patient and got birdies on 13 and 14, which was huge. “I felt the nerves.” READ

Chiefs to rely on strong character

Character and consistency will be the keys to the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs’ Alberta Midget Hockey League season, in the opinion of head coach Brandin Cote. “I think we have a solid group and more importantly for us as coaches, we have a solid character group with kids that are together and willing to be a team,” said Cote. READ

Sandhu will play vital role with Americans

It wasn’t the manner in which Tyler Sandhu had planned to celebrate his 19th birthday. Instead of heading out to a movie or restaurant with one or more of his Red Deer Rebels teammates Wednesday, Sandhu was dealt to the Tri-City Americans. READ

Kings, Queens falls to Rattlers

The Red Deer College Kings have some work to do to get back into national champion contender shape. The Kings (2-1) blew an 11-point fourth quarter lead to lose 71-65 to the Medicine Hat College Rattlers (5-0) in Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men’s basketball action in Red Deer on Friday. READ

Skins Game to feature four returning competitors

It was 14 years ago that Canadian Pro Golf Tour player Stuart Hendley approached Red Deer Golf and Country Club head pro Ken Frame with a unique proposition. READ

Red Deer hosting Western Canadian Senior Elite Boxing Championships this weekend

Red Deer will be looking to cement their claim as the amateur boxing capital of Alberta this weekend as hosts of the Western Canadian Senior Elite Boxing Championships. The only catch is they will be light on local talent at the event. READ

Making your visit to the green-side 'beach' enjoyable

When I think of the beach, happy thoughts come to mind. Bare feet, shorts, sun, sand castles, water sports and possibly even a margarita. Everything about the beach makes me happy and relaxed. This is not necessarily the case on the golf course. For many golfers, a trip to the beach can be the most frustrating part of their day. So much so that the relaxed state that they were in will turn into frustration and anger. A perfect round of golf ruined by sand! READ

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