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Raiders roll past Lightning into zone final

Justin VanTetering picked the right night to go off.

The Grade 12 shooting guard had a game high 18 points in leading the Lindsay Thurber Raiders past the Hunting Hills Lightning 70-56 on Thursday at Lindsay Thurber High School in the Central Alberta High School boys basketball 4A zone semifinal. READ

Lightning girl’s strike down Cougars to advance to zone final

Suffice it to say the Hunting Hills Lightning have come a long way since the start of the senior high girls basketball season. The Lightning advanced to the zone 4A final versus the Lindsay Thurber Raiders with a 66-43 victory over the visiting Notre Dame Cougars Thursday, roughly three months after they were taken to the woodshed by their next-door neighbours in an early-season Central Alberta High School Basketball League contest. READ

Big weekend for pair of Big Valley cowboys

They’ll be celebrating in the cowboy community of Big Valley, after two of their residents were among the Canadian contingent to have a big weekend on the rodeo trail. Zeke Thurston is on his rookie campaign in the pro ranks, but he’s been matching moves with the veterans and taking their cash. In his first appearance at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, the 20-year-old won a round with an 83 point ride on a Calgary Stampede horse called Whitney. READ

Queens recruit Danish point guard

The Red Deer College Queens basketball have got an early start on their recruiting for next season, and they are going to need every minute of it. READ

Central Alberta athletes win five medals in second week of Canada Winter Games

Central Alberta athletes snared five medals in the second and final week of the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. Winning silver medals were Taylor Laing of Red Deer in synchronized swimming, and Jeremy Klessens of Red Deer County and Dominic Schiemann of James River Bridge in male hockey. Kalena Soehn of Red Deer earned a bronze medal in individual female trampoline and Mark Armstrong of Red Deer was a bronze medalist in the male category. READ

Kocher lands on podium at IBU event in Canmore

Red Deer biathlete Zina Kocher blazed through the field en route to a silver-medal finish in the women’s sprint event of the IBU Cup 7 competition during the weekend. Kocher, 32, shot 9/10 and clocked a time of 20:16.5 around the 7.5 km track to grab her first international podium finish since 2007. READ

Rebels’ offence comes alive in win

Rebels 5 Raiders 3 The Red Deer Rebels’ offence, both regular-strength and on the power play, came alive Friday night at the Centrium. It was a welcome sign for GM/head coach Brent Sutter, whose club still had to weather a third-period rally by the Prince Albert Raiders before pulling out a 5-3 Western Hockey League win in front of a recorded gathering of 5,165 at the Centrium. READ

Queens beat Broncos to punch ticket to nationals

OLDS — Megan Schmidt didn’t save her best for last, only because there is still more volleyball for the Red Deer College Queens captain to play. The third-year middle found a new gear in leading the Queens past the Olds College Broncos in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference women’s volleyball semifinals 3-0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-16) on Friday in Olds. READ

Kings, Queens take down Briercrest Clippers

Friday was a good day for the RDC Queens basketball squad. Head coach Ken King was told one of his top recruits — point guard Eva Bonde of Denmark — has confirmed for next season, and the Queens downed the Briercrest Bible College Clippers 78-76 in Alberta Colleges Women’s Basketball League action before over 800 fans at RDC. READ

McPherson inducted into Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Red Deer’s Hugh McPherson has been recognized on many occasions for his extensive work and involvement in the community. He’s taking special pride in his latest honour — induction into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame as a multisport builder. READ

Bull riding season kicks off with new Red Deer event

Saturday night’s Rebel Energy Services Red Deer Bull Riding gave cowboys a chance to knock the winter dust off their game. A new addition to the group’s calendar, the event kicked off the PBR Canada season. Garrett Green had been off a little longer than most of his fellow bull riders, since the Meeting Creek cowboy shut down last season’s efforts in August. But you couldn’t spot even a speck of rust as he turned in two stellar rides to capture all the marbles at the Centrium. READ

Wranglers put Vipers on brink

The Red Deer Vipers are one loss from their season being over, but recent history has them believing a comeback is possible. The Blackfalds Wranglers took a 3-0 series lead in the best-of-seven Heritage Junior B Hockey League North semifinal on Sunday with a 3-1 win. But all the Vipers have to do is turn the calendar back to the 2012-13 North final when they overcame a 3-0 deficit to advance to the league final with four wins in a row. READ

Queen’s, Kings secure top spots

The Red Deer College Queens went into their final two games of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference women’s volleyball season with one goal in mind: Win at least once against the Briercrest Bible College Clippers and secure first place in the South Division. READ

Kings take down Griffins in OT

The Red Deer College Kings sent a message to their likely first round Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference men’s hockey playoff opponent on Friday. READ

Turnover in third period costs Rebels

The Red Deer Rebels were playing a perfect road game Friday night when tragedy struck in the third period. READ

Generals starting playoff run in new locality

The Bentley Generals will begin their march to the 2015 Allan Cup in unfamiliar surroundings. Due to poor ice conditions, the Generals have relocated to the Eckville Arena for the Chinook Hockey League playoffs, which begin there tonight at 8:30 p.m. with a best-of-seven semifinal against the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs. “Last year we struggled (with ice) but this year’s been really bad and it got to the point where we had a near-miss in practice,” said Bentley general manager Jeff McInnis. READ

Rebels battle back to beat Blades

SASKATOON — Facing the very real possibility of having their WHL winning string snapped at one game, the Red Deer Rebels found another gear in the late stages of Wednesday’s clash with the Saskatoon Blades. READ

PBR returns to the Centrium Saturday

It’s been a long time since there’s been dirt in the floor of Red Deer’s Enmax Centrium, but they’ll be rolling out the brown carpet when the bulls roll into town Saturday night. That’s when the Rebel Energy Services Professional Bull Riding event makes its debut in the city. The action-packed evening is being put on by the Adrenaline Bullriding outfit, and spokesman Corey Cipperley is excited about bringing a Canadian Touring Pro event to central Alberta. READ

Donaghy delivering in a big way

When the Red Deer College Queens volleyball team was faced with replacing a pair of star powers this off-season, they took an unconventional rout to filling the gap. READ

Wranglers down Vipers in series opener

The Blackfalds Wranglers looked like a team that had not played a meaningful game in more than a month for the first 20 minutes of the Heritage Junior B Hockey League semifinal on Tuesday. For the next 40 minutes, however, they more resembled the team that built a cavernous gap at the top of the North Division standings. The Wranglers rebounded from a two-goal deficit to beat the Red Deer Vipers 6-4 in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series in front of a sold out Blackfalds Multiplex crowd. READ

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