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Red Deer’s Ryan gets big win to claim Havoc flyweight belt

After five years of training and fighting, Austin Ryan hopes he has fast tracked his mixed martial arts career.

The Red Deer native improved his professional record to 5-0 by winning the Havoc flyweight belt with a TKO over Malcolm Gordon (5-2) on Friday night at Havoc FC8 at the Westerner Prairie Pavilion. READ

Indy Chiefs run ends in league final

The Red Deer Indy Graphics Chiefs were set up for a year of celebration, but ended up with heart ache. The Chiefs season came to a crashing end on Saturday as they lost 5-1 in Game 4 of the South Central Alberta Midget AA Hockey League final to the Wheatland Chiefs out of Strathmore at the Red Deer Arena. READ

Rebels fall in Game 1 to Tigers

If the Red Deer Rebels’ second period had been as good as their first and third, they might have pulled out a WHL playoff victory Saturday night. READ

Rebels need to contain speedy Tigers

The Medicine Hat Tigers haven’t wavered from their approach to building their teams over the years, preferring to place size on the blueline while employing a small and speedy group of forwards. READ

Basketball season wraps up with Senior Bowl

At some point basketball has to return to being something fun and it’s players do just because they enjoy it, not because they’re chasing scholarships or division and provincial titles. Wednesday night was just that for the outgoing 3A and 4A Central Alberta high school senior girls classes at Red Deer College, as Team Light beat Team Dark 61-41 to win CASAA Senior Bowl. READ

Red Deer’s Ryan going for flyweight belt

Malcolm Gordon will defend his Havoc flyweight belt against Austin Ryan on Friday at the Prairie Pavilion. Originally a co-main event, it has become the lone headlining fight on the 12-fight card after Ryan Machan’s bout with UFC veteran Cody McKenzie fell through. READ

Chiefs look to be first host team to win Esso Cup

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs have spent the season building towards the Esso Cup. On Tuesday, the trophy for the midget AAA girls hockey national championship was unveiled at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. READ

Big payday for Big Valley cowboy

The small town of Big Valley was big news in Houston, Texas this weekend. That’s because a young rodeo competitor from the cowboy community went from being a last minute fill-in all the way to the championship of the rich RodeoHouston event. Zeke Thurston laid claim to $53,650, a saddle, and a buckle for winning the saddle bronc riding in Houston, the same title his father Skeeter had also won. READ

Blackfalds Bulldogs win provincial championship in Sexsmith

Peewee B The Blackfalds Bulldogs captured the provincial peewee B hockey championship Sunday at Sexsmith with a 5-1 victory over the Drayton Valley Rangers. The Bulldogs, who crushed the Provost Blades 10-2 in a semifinal, went 3-0 in pool play with impressive 9-2, 8-3 and 10-0 wins over the Fairview Sharp Thunder, Kneehill Chiefs and St. Paul Canadians. Brett Meerman paced Blackfalds with 15 points through the tournament, including nine goals. Dylan Hunt was next in line with nine points (5-4), while Brayden Hatto (4-4) had eight and Kayl Spiller (4-3) and Tate Causey (1-6) even contributed seven. Meanwhile, Kneehill reached the semifinals before falling 5-2 to Drayton Valley. The Chiefs were 2-1 in pool play with wins of 9-2 and 9-1 over St. Paul and Fairview. Leading the Kneehill scoring parade was Orrin Armstrong with eight goals and 12 points, while Connor Paget (6-1) recorded seven points and Corbyn Stoneman (4-2) had six. Midget A The Olds Grizzlys settled for silver in the provincial championship tournament at Calgary, falling 4-3 to the Wetaskiwin Ice Kings in the final. Olds was 4-0 in pool play before blanking the Stettler Storm 3-0 in a semifinal. The Grizzlys opened the tourney with a 9-1 pasting of the High Prairie Legionnaires, then thumped the Calgary Saints 10-2, roared past the Lloydminster Blazers 10-1 and buried the Southeast Edmonton Samsquanch 9-0. The Grizzlys had two players in double figures for points through the provincials, as Keaton Perigny contributed 11 (6-5) and Everest Hughes recorded 10, including four goals. Quintin Thorburn (6-2) and Connor Brown (2-6) each had eight points. Stettler posted two wins and two ties in pool action, beating the Okotoks Oilers 2-0 and Shaw Meadows 5-1, and battling Wetaskiwin and the Barrhead Steelers to 4-4 and 2-2 draws. For the Storm, Matthew Sylvester led the way offensively with five goals and seven points. Quade Cassidy followed with six points (1-5). Midget B female The Stettler Storm fell one game short of a provincial title at Vermilion, losing 3-1 to the St. Albert Rush in the championship final. The Storm, who were 3-1 semifinal winners over the Lakeland Jaguars, reached the playoffs after accumulating a 4-0 record in pool play. Stettler edged the St. Albert Rush 5-4, then rolled the host Tigers 9-2 before posting 8-2 and 3-1 wins over the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Edmonton Heat. Stettler was paced offensively by Kierra Scollo and her 16 points (11-5). Grace Chapman (5-10-15) and Jayden Hogg (3-7-10) also reached double figures. The Olds Grizzlys dropped a 3-1 decision to St. Albert in the other semifinal after racking up four wins. Olds opened with a 2-1 victory over Lacoka, then edged Lakeland 4-3, doubled the Beaverlodge Blades 4-2 and got past the Calgary Spartans 5-3. Cassidy Belsher was the top Grizzlys producer with six goals and 11 points. Kiera Davidson follwed with six points (4-2) and Kelly Leonard had five (2-3). Lacoka recorded a win and a tie and suffered two losses in pool play, beating the Spartans 9-3, drawing 2-2 with Beaverlodge and losing 2-1 and 4-2 to Olds and Lakeland. Danica Polson led Lacoka with six goals and nine points. Lindsay Jansen had five points, including two goals. READ

Sutter Fund Chiefs lose in Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League final

Maddison Toppe notched the lone goal for the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs Sunday in a 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Thunder in the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League championship game. Sarah Murray made 30 saves for the Chiefs, who were outshot 33-12. READ

Generals blast off to another Allan Cup

The Bentley Generals are heading back to the Allan Cup and they didn’t need God’s rocket ship to get there. The Generals completed their four-game sweep of the Innisfail Eagles on Sunday with a 4-1 victory. READ

Cougars finish with 1-3 record at basketball provincials

The Notre Dame Cougars were 66-49 losers to Okotoks Foothills in their final game of the Alberta 4A boys basketball provincials at Edmonton Jasper Place Saturday. READ

Senior Exelta Gymnastics Club members put up strong effort in last home meet

Not even a car accident could keep Kaelan Hayter could keep her from her final home gymnastics meet. Six weeks ago, Hayter, 18, rolled her truck and suffered bad concussion. She just recently returned to practice and was on the floor Saturday representing the Exelta Gymnastics club at the Western Canadian trials at the Collicutt Centre. READ

Chiefs rally late but fall in OT in provincial final

The Calgary Royals nearly learned the hard way Sunday that there’s no such thing as a comfortable cushion. The Royals opened a 3-0 lead over the Red Deer Indy Graphics Chiefs in the final of the Alberta midget AA hockey championship tournament at the Arena when Josh Fletcher scored from the high slot at 7:36 of the third period and were apparently well on their way to capturing the provincial title. READ

Elks stay alive with win over Chiefs

The Red Deer Elks were fully aware of the situation as they entered Friday’s game versus the Strathmore Wheatland Chiefs. Due to a 4-2 loss to the Calgary Royals late Thursday, the Elks knew they couldn’t afford anther setback in the provincial midget AA hockey championship. Clearly up to the challenge, the Red Deer crew blanked the Chiefs 4-0 at the Kinex to even their record at 1-1 with two Pool A games remaining today. READ

Wranglers get bucked out of Heritage League final

For all of the success the Blackfalds Wranglers have had, they just can’t seem to win the Heritage Junior B Hockey League championship. They are headed to provincials again this year but will once again be on a wild card entry after being swept in three games by the Coaldale Copperheads, who finished them off with a 4-1 victory in Blackfalds on Thursday. READ

Host Chiefs open provincials with big win over Edmonton

Al Sim was unsure just how his team would respond to being hosts at the Hockey Alberta Major Midget AA Provincial Championships. The answer he got exceeded any expectations. The Red Deer Indy Graphics Chiefs crushed the Edmonton’s South Side Athletic Club 6-2 at the Red Deer Arena on Thursday night to open the tournament in style. READ

Chiefs go into league finals with momentum

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs are hitting their stride at the right time. After losing the first game of their Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League best-of-five playoff series to the Rocky Mountain Raiders, they won the next three games, including 3-2 on Saturday in DeWinton, to advance to the league final tournament. READ

Rimbey edges Olds for provincial atom B gold medal

The provincial championship atom B hockey gold-medal game Sunday at Daysland was an all-Central Alberta clash, with the Rimbey Renegades edging Olds 3-2. The Renegades were led offensively by Keagan Landry, who collected 20 points — including 18 goals — in five games through the tournament. Tyler Gyori was next in line with eight points (5g,3a) and Gavin Scott contributed seven (2-5). READ

Stettler Storm take home gold

The host Stettler Storm got two goals from each of Alex De Young and Brayden Smith and defeated Stony Plain 6-3 Sunday in the gold-medal game of the Alberta bantam A hockey championship. READ

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