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New coach, new approach for Buccaneers

The Central Alberta Buccaneers have a new head coach and a new ambitious approach to the Alberta Football League.

Duane Brown stepped down following his fifth season patrolling the sidelines and has been replaced by defensive coordinator and former player Devon Hand. READ

Valentine making most of opportunities

His time in the Red Deer minor hockey system was brief, but profitable. Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Dallas Valentine, whose family farm is located between Pine Lake and Lousana, played one season of bantam AAA hockey in Camrose before sticking closer to home and suiting up with the minor midget AAA (elite 15-year-old) Red Deer IROC Chiefs in the 2011-12 season. READ

Cougars take down Rams in league consolation final

There was next to nothing on the line, but nonetheless the Notre Dame Cougars put their best foot forward Thursday at Great Chief Park. “Like I told the kids before the game, ‘this game doesn’t really mean anything in the standings, but we want to move forward for next week’, and I think we did,” said Cougars head coach Gino Castellan, following his team’s 38-14 mauling of the Lacombe Rams in the Central Alberta High School Football League City Division consolation final. READ

Red Deer’s Smith selected for Swimming Canada’s coaches program

Mandi Smith of Red Deer is one of five coaches named to Swimming Canada’s inaugural Select Coaches Group program aimed at developing the country’s next generation of elite coaches. READ

Young Raiders looking to repeat as provincial volleyball champions

There’s a reason the cliche about the difficulty in repeating as a champion exists and at the high school level it only becomes tougher. It is the feat the Lindsay Thurber Raiders senior boy’s volleyball team is trying to accomplish this year after capturing last year’s provincial banner. READ

Raiders head to final after win over Rams in high school football semifinals

There’s little surprise that the Lindsay Thurber Raiders are in the Central Alberta High School Football League final, but they certainly made it more interesting than it should have been. The Raiders will try to end the Hunting Hills Lightning’s two-year reign as league champions and earn a tier II provincial berth after beating the Lacombe Rams 33-15 in Friday’s semifinal at Great Chief Park. READ

Defence leads Lightning over Cougars

The Hunting Hills Lightning defence was electric on a cool Thursday evening at Great Chief Park. The Lightning defenders held the Notre Dame Cougars offence to 199 yards in total as Hunting Hills posted a 24-0 win in a Central Alberta High School Football League City Division semifinal played in front of 339 fans. The second semifinal, featuring the Lacombe Rams and favoured Lindsay Thurber Raiders, goes tonight at 7 p.m. at Great Chief. READ

Midget AAA coach Cote not worried about slow start

Red Deer Optimist Chiefs head coach Brandin Cote is adamant that despite a slow start, his team has what it takes to contend this season. After falling 4-1 to the Calgary Northstars on Sunday at the Red Deer Arena, the Chiefs dropped to an uncharacteristic 2-4-2 record to open the Alberta Midget Hockey League season. READ

River Bend Golf Club’s Kozak wins national award

River Bend Golf Club course foreman Carmen Kozak is the 2014 winner of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association Future Superintendent of the Year award. The award is presented to a full-time student member of CGSA who is completing his/her graduating year in a CGSA recognized turf management program. The nominees who are considered for this award are interviewed by a three-person panel comprised of a representative of the Toro Company (the award sponsor), the industry (an architect, owner, superintendent, etc.) and the CGSA. READ

Lightning zap Cougars in seeding game

The Hunting Hills Lightning and Notre Dame Cougars didn’t merely go through the motions Friday night at Great Chief Park, despite the fact both clubs will meet again next Thursday in a contest with some real meaning. Friday’s outing was for second place in the Tier 1-2 Division of the Central Alberta High School Football League and the Lightning prevailed, jolting their Red Deer foes 35-8. Next week’s clash is a division semifinal. READ

Central Alberta continues to produce quality WHL players

Central Alberta is a virtual hockey hotbed, an area of the country that produces quality players on a consistent basis. Many of the young athletes who perform to a high degree of success in minor hockey move on to play at the junior A level, but the WHL also features a proportionally large number of Central Alberta natives. READ

Cougars targeting a provincial run

The word consolation came up a little too much for the Notre Dame Cougars liking last year. The senior boy’s volleyball team were stuck behind arch rival Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School all season — first losing the zone final to the Raiders, then while LTCHS was celebrating provincial gold the Cougars brought back the consolation banner. READ

Big shift sees Thurber drop to tier II in high school football

A major tectonic shift took place in Central Alberta High School Football this past week, as the Lindsay Thurber Raiders dropped from tier I to tier II. It is the first time the school has had to drop a division a move that was not expected from any football program in the region. READ

Red Deer schools share high school cross-country zone title

The Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School Raiders and the Hunting Hills High School Lightning each grabbed a share in the high school cross-country zone 3A-4A title last week. Bentley won the 1A-2A Central Alberta School Athletics Association banner, as more than 500 athletes took part in the Oct. 8 race at Riverbend Golf Course and Recreation Area. READ

Bigchild rides to junior bullriding title at FCA Finals

Cylas Bigchild of Rocky Mountain House racked up 80 points through four performances of the Foothills Cowboys Association Finals Rodeo at the Westerner Stockmens Pavilion during the weekend and captured the junior bull riding title. Bigchild won $885 for his efforts. READ

Barrett, Olstad connect for three touchdowns to lead Lightning over Rams

Brett Barrett and Tanner Olstad are best friends and have played football together for six years, but never had they had a night like Friday. READ

Slow start, late lapse proves costly for Rebels

The Red Deer Rebels were spectators instead of soldiers in the first period and then broke down in the homestretch of Friday’s Western Hockey League meeting with the Medicine Hat Tigers. READ

Raiders rack up big win over Cougars

Not a bad way to celebrate a birthday. As Sam Vesely turned 17-years-old, he returned an interception for a touchdown to seal a 35-14 win for the Lindsay Thurber Raiders over the Notre Dame Cougars in Central Alberta High School Football League action at Great Chief Park on Thursday. It was my birthday present to me,” said Vesely with a laugh. READ

FCA rodeo season wraps up with Cowboy Classic starting tonight in Red Deer

It’s round-up time in the rodeo corral! Lots has been going on the last few weeks, and with the Cowboy Classic Finals Rodeo beginning tonight in Red Deer, it’s time to get caught up. The 2014 season has wrapped up on the pro rodeo calendar on both sides of the border. When the dust cleared, there were three Canadians among the world’s top 15 who will make their way to Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo in December. READ

Generals add speed and youth for 2014

The Bentley Generals 2014-15 roster features more than a few new faces, but the team’s goal remains the same — to win their last game of the season. “We’ve set the bar in senior hockey and to keep that bar going up we have to keep going up,” said veteran Generals defenceman Don Morrison. “Everyone is trying to beat us, we’ve always had that target on our backs and that’s what drives us to keep getting better and better every year. Our expectations are to always be in that final game of the season and win it every year. That’s our mentality and we don’t take it lightly. It’s a very serious thing for us.” READ

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