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The calm before the storm

The Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs already know where their season will end up, right now they are concentrating on getting there in the best possible shape.

As Esso Cup hosts, the Chiefs (16-5-0-4) already have a bye to the female midget AAA national championship, but they have no intentions of resting on their laurels. Their goal is to win the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League and then knock off the B.C. provincial champ and earn their way in. READ

Chapman makes good in return

It was only three months ago that Chris Chapman lost his mixed martial arts pro debut, but it felt like three years to the Red Deer fighter. “It felt good to finally get that one after losing my (debut) in September,” Chapman said Friday night, after defeating Jamark Brady of Red Deer by rear naked choke in the first round of a 165-pound bout on the Havoc Fighting Championship card at the Sheraton Red Deer. READ

Oil Barons slip by Grizzlys on Ugly Sweater Night

Ugly sweater night was fitting for the way the Olds Grizzlys lost at the Olds Sportsplex on Friday night. READ

Raiders’ balance has them poised for deeper run

The 2014-15 Lindsay Thurber Raiders senior girls basketball team possesses speed, balance and a desire to play like they practise. The attributes are paying off so far as the Raiders are off to a 3-0 start in the Central Alberta High School Basketball League season. READ

Wranglers look for title sweep

At 21-0-2 the Blackfalds Wranglers are almost perfect this Heritage Jr. B Hockey League season. The ‘almost’ part, however, is what keeps driving the coaching staff. The good and the bad was on display during their 5-3 win over the Cochrane Generals (14-5-3) on Sunday afternoon in Blackfalds. READ

Maclise on new mission with Generals

The odyssey of Cam Maclise has landed the Lacombe hockey player with the Bentley Generals for the season. Senior hockey is a strange landing spot at 22 for one of the best junior A hockey players in the country over the last decade. But for one year at least, the Chinook Hockey League team will be his home. READ

Canadian cowboys end season with solid showing at NFR

Christmas for a trio of Canadian cowboys will be a little easier, thanks to ten days spent in Las Vegas. Not many people can leave that city with cash in hand, but Dustin Flundra, Curtis Cassidy and Jake Vold managed to earn some bonus bucks, as they put the finishing touches on their 2014 pro rodeo season. READ

Chiefs hold off late charge for win over Pats

For 40 minutes the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs (6-10-5) looked like world beaters on Friday night, but they had to held on for dear life for the final 20. Pretty it wasn’t, but the Chiefs are desperate enough for wins that they are not about to turn down their 7-5 Alberta Midget Hockey League victory over the Knights of Columbus Pats (3-15-2) out of Edmonton at the Red Deer Arena. READ

Vold keeps winning with another big paycheck at NFR

There’s only one night left at the 2014 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, but Jake Vold isn’t done winning yet. Friday night the Ponoka bareback rider picked up his biggest cheque of the event so far, and he’s had plenty of them. But this round he combined with the horse named Delta Glamorous for 84 points, which was only a point and a half behind the go-round winner, Kaycee Field. Once again, Vold was matched up with a horse he didn’t know, and didn’t have a chance to watch when he was out the first time in Las Vegas. READ

Getting a taste of the action

He wasn’t there for a long time, but he had a good time. Lacombe’s Josh Smith resurrected his major junior career when he joined the Portland Winterhawks in the fall, but as a 20-year-old he fell victim to the numbers game, the ‘Hawks deciding that the five-foot-nine, 191-pound defenceman didn’t fit the bill as one of three overage players allowed on their Western Hockey League roster. READ

Red Deer’s Smith breaking records in the pool

Rebecca Smith is only 14 years old, but she’s already one of the fastest swimmers in Canada. At the Ontario Junior International in Toronto on the weekend, the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club member claimed her second Canadian age group record, this time in the 50-metre freestyle at 25.40 seconds, beating the previous mark by 0.12 seconds. Two years ago she set the 200-metre backstroke time for 12-year-olds, a mark that still stands. READ

Chiefs looking for consistency

Head coach Brandin Cote has preached patience and process all season with the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs (5-10-5), but he is starting to run out of games. Two days after waxing one of the best teams in the Alberta Midget Hockey League, they fell on their face in a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames (8-7-6) on Sunday afternoon at the Red Deer Arena. READ

Generals get payback against Kings in exhibition test

The Bentley Generals are a proud bunch with long memories. The Chinook Hockey League powerhouse Generals came out on the short end of an exhibition meeting with the RDC Kings one year ago at the Penhold Regional Multiplex. The teams met again Saturday, same place, and this time the senior squad emerged with a 4-0 win. READ

Vold starts strong at National Finals Rodeo

You could say everything is going just ‘Jim Dandy’ for Jake Vold in his debut appearance at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. The Ponoka raised bareback rider was matched up with a horse by that very name Sunday night at the Thomas and Mack arena, and for the fourth straight night, he cashed in at the $6.3 million slot machine. READ

Rebels beat Warriors in tight-checking game

Red Deer Rebels captain Conner Bleackley hit a milestone Friday at the Enmax Centrium, but like a true leader he insisted the end result was more important. READ

Lightning teams going through rebuild

There have been few years since Scott Doan took over coaching the Hunting Hills Lightning senior boys basketball team in 2002 that he knew less about. The Lightning are returning just three bench players from their zone championship team of last season and have seven players up from junior varsity team to fill out the 10-man roster. On Thursday they opened their Central Alberta High School basketball season with a 50-29 loss to the Rocky Rebels. READ

Eckenswiller, Olstad named high school football MVPs

This year’s Central Alberta High School Football League MVP’s mirrored each other. Both Hunting Hill Lightning’s Tanner Olstad and Sylvan Lake Lakers Kyle Eckenswiller play receiver and defensive back, both lead their teams to division championships, and both are more substance over style athletes. They optimized the term football player. READ

Grizzlys swing blockbuster to bring in more offence

The Olds Grizzlys have swung another big trade, bringing in Grande Prairie Storm leading scorer Jade McMullen. Heading north in the trade are a trio of Grizzlys, Dustin Gorgi, Josh Zablocki and Alex Brewer. READ

Bantam Rebels White look to lockdown a playoff spot

The Red Deer Rebels White’s 5-11-2 record is far from pretty, but they’re far from out of playoff contention in the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League’s Ram South Division. They fell 3-0 to the Calgary Flames (13-1-5) on Sunday, but they are still in third place in the division, comfortably in a playoff spot. READ

Tigers bite Rebels in OT

There was a time, as recent as last winter, when the Red Deer Rebels might have been tickled with gaining a single point in a Western Hockey League game at Medicine Hat. READ

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