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Red Deer’s Gradyn Bowd 'pitch perfect'

He’s climbed the rugby ladder to the extent that he’s now reached one of the top rungs.

Actually, for many players, earning a berth on the national men’s rugby team would be considered the top rung. Red Deer’s Gradyn Bowd, however, is hopeful he can take it one step further and perform at a professional level. READ

Vipers open playoffs with victory

The Red Deer Vipers were angry with themselves but took it out on the Ponoka Stampeders. Three nights after falling 3-1 to the visiting Stamps — a defeat that cost Red Deer top spot in the Northern Division of the Heritage Junior Hockey League and in fact knocked them all the way down to third place — the Vipers pumped Ponoka 7-0 Tuesday at the Arena. READ

Queens happy to have Barthel home

Coming out of high school McKenna Barthel liked the idea she was headed to the U.S. to play volleyball. “My sister had some friends who played in the States and they said it was a good experience,” she explained. “They helped get my name out there plus I had a recruiting video made to show to coaches. I had several coaches call me and I went on a couple of visits to Texas and Iowa.” READ

Gowsell downs Armitage for a spot in provincials

The stories have stood the test of time. The tales will never lose their colour, but are they accurate? “I guess it depends on which stories,” laughed the subject in question, Paul Gowsell, following his 10-2 defeat of Rob Armitage of Red Deer in the C-event final of the Southern Alberta Curling Association senior men’s playdowns Monday at the Pidherney Centre. READ

Vipers win sixth straight to take first in division

The hottest team in the Heritage Junior Hockey League isn’t showing any signs of cooling off. The Red Deer Vipers racked up their sixth consecutive victory Monday night at the Arena, cruising past the Stettler Lightning 7-0 and moving into first place in the Northern Division, a single point up on the Mountainview Colts. READ

Red Deer teams to meet in semifinal at senior men’s playdowns

The merger was a long time coming, but so far, so good. Wilf Edgar recently hooked up with the Rick Hjertaas Red Deer foursome and has been skipping the rink during the Southern Alberta Curling Association senior men’s playdowns at the Pidherney Centre. READ

Eisenhawer following in familiar footsteps

Abbie Eisenhawer is following in familiar footsteps. Eisenhawer is one of the top young two-sport athletes in the province, competing in curling and softball, following a similar route taken by Jocelyn Peterman, who is second with provincial ladies curling champion Chelsea Carey and a former Alberta and Canadian junior champion. Peterman is also an outstanding softball player. READ

Generals hosting Eagles and Ryan Smyth this weekend

From a Bentley Generals standpoint, the only negative aspect surrounding Ryan Smyth’s venture into senior AAA hockey is the fact he’s a member of the Stony Plain Eagles. Otherwise, the 39-year-old winger, who scored 386 goals and accumulated 842 points in 1,270 NHL regular-season games — mostly with the Edmonton Oilers — has been a welcome addition to the Chinook Hockey League. READ

Red Deer’s Sarcevic headed to Bosnia for soccer

Red Deer Renegades Soccer Club player Ajdin Sarcevic has been invited to attend the Bosnian national team under-17/19 identification camp beginning Feb. 8 in Zenica, Bosnia. Sarcevic, currently a member of the Edmonton Academy Football Club, participated in an ‘open door’ Bosnian soccer camp in Denver in May of last year and also attended a camp in Medjugorje, Bosnia in June. READ

Rebels lose to Broncos in shootout

The Red Deer Rebels owned the puck through the vast majority of the contest, but the Swift Current Broncos got the last laugh Friday night at the Centrium. READ

Former RDSA members honoured posthumously

Two former long-time members of the Red Deer Soccer Association will be honoured posthumously at the Alberta Soccer Association general meeting today in Edmonton. READ

Kings hoops fall to Kodiaks

LETHBRIDGE – The RDC Kings are still nowhere near where they need to be if they expect to make a run at the Alberta Colleges Men’s Basketball League title this season READ

Queens volleyball sweeps Briercrest

The last time the RDC Queens faced the Briercrest Bible College Clippers it was early in the season and on the road in Caronport, Sask. The Queens aren’t the same team that lost 3-1 and 3-0 in Alberta Colleges Women’s Volleyball League play to the Clippers back in November. READ

Jones comes from other side of world to fulfill dream

Jessica Jones knew if she wanted to continue her education and play volleyball she would have to leave home. In Australia they don’t have volleyball programs at post-secondary institutions, as a result a number of athletes have joined university and college teams in North America, including Red Deer College. READ

Lightning’s power comes from post

As last season came to a close, Hunting Hills senior girls Lightning basketball head coach Jill de Jonge was looking ahead to the current campaign as one in which her team’s potential would come to fruition. So far, so good. READ

Hancox headed in the right direction

Dallas Hancox has his priorities straight. Coming out of high school at Hunting Hills Hancox was one of the top men’s basketball players in Central Alberta and was heavily recruited by RDC Kings head coach Clayton Pottinger. Hancox joined the Kings for the 2013-14 season and while basketball was a major part of his life, so was education. READ

Vipers win inches them closer to top spot

The Mountainview Colts were snake-bit Monday night at the Arena. Literally. Riding high atop the Northern Division of the Heritage Junior Hockey League, the Colts coughed up two third-period goals and fell 4-3 to the Red Deer Vipers, who took over second spot in the division — one point ahead of the Airdrie Lightning — and closed to within four points of Mountainview. READ

Local girls off to World Ringette Championship

Three Central Alberta players are preparing for the biggest challenge of their ringette lives. 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

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