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Two Central Albertans selected in WHL Draft

It took three rounds, but WHL teams started taking players from Central Alberta, starting with Rocky Mountain House native Deegan Mofford.

Only two Central Albertans were drafted by WHL teams in Thursday’s bantam draft. A total of 228 players were chosen, a large portion of those drafted were born in 2001. READ

Ulliac values Red Deer experience

Annie Ulliac grew up playing soccer in Edmonton, but it was an opportunity to play full time for the Red Deer Renegades in the Alberta Major Soccer League that brought her to Red Deer for a summer. Ulliac was looking for a place to grow as a goaltender as she prepared to attend university in the United States and the Renegades were the perfect fit. READ

Rampage open with pair of victories

Two wins are always a great way to start a season, but the Red Deer Rampage are always trying to be better. Their head coach, Trey Christensen, said after Saturday’s win over the St. Albert Crud, 12-9, the team still wants to be better. READ

Riggers ready to redeem themselves after tough end to last season

A strange, but disappointing ending to the Sunburst Baseball League final followed by a quarter-final exit at nationals is still fresh in the minds of the Riggers. “It leaves a bitter taste in everybody’s mouth,” said Riggers coach and shortstop Jason Chatwood. “When you lose Game 5 of the playoffs at home. READ

Red Deer minor baseball sees huge growth this season

Dwayne Lalor has to laugh when discussing how long he’s been president of the Red Deer Minor Baseball Association. “It’s been five or six years … I think this is six,” he said. But one thing he’s certain about is that he’s seen a big increase in the number of players involved in the sport since he took over. READ

Bantam AAA Braves looking for success with veteran lineup

A team of bantam veterans dot the lineup of the Red Deer Bantam AAA Braves, as they prepare for the season. Taking advantage of a few imports afforded to bantam AAA teams, the Braves are drawing a few players in from Innisfail and one player from Stettler. READ

Former player takes helm of Rampage

It’s a big transition, but at the same time it was the natural next step for Trey Christiensen moving into the head coaching role of the Red Deer Rampage lacrosse team. Christiensen was a player and assistant coach with the junior B team last season, but now at 22 he’s excited to step in to the new role. READ

Raiders set for another strong rugby season

Zone champions and bronze at provincials the last time they took the pitch, the Lindsay Thurber Raiders boys rugby team have been training since Feb. 15 for the 2016 season. Head coach Dean Plant said last year’s squad was a solid older squad who played a close semifinal game at provincials. READ

Lalor, Brisbane named Advocate's athletes of the year

In her time at Lindsay Thurber, Kelsey Lalor couldn’t pick just one sport to excel at. Leader of the Raiders basketball teams in her Grade 12 year the multi-sport athlete is rarely not involved. She’s also a star on the Lindsay Thurber senior girls’ volleyball and competes in track and field, cross country and badminton. READ

Local pair suit up for Canada at international handball tournament

Considering they’ve only been involved in the sport for a little over three years a pair of Central Alberta athletes have made an impression on the national scene. Both Bryn MacDougall and Chelsea Antonio got involved in team handball in 2014 at Notre Dame High School and this year they were named to the Canadian juvenile team to compete in the Youth Pan American Championships in Chile. READ

MMA fighter bides his time for a shot

Hungry for a chance to make the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a Red Deer fighter knows his chance is coming soon. The 28-year-old flyweight was on the verge of trying out for the mixed martial arts promotion, when open tryouts were abruptly cancelled. READ

Barker digs deep for third-place finish

Josh Barker’s third-place finish at the Red Bull Ragnarok snowkiting race in Norway was a triumph over years of debilitating health problems. READ

Sailing past the competition

Red Deer’s Peter Martel is the fastest snowkiter in the world, sailing past 350 competitors in blizzard conditions with a broken steering line at the Red Bull Ragnarok in Norway. READ

Generals victorious in OT to win Allan Cup

Avenging last year’s loss in the Allan Cup final wasn’t easy for the Bentley Generals, but that’s what made their victory that much sweeter. Fifteen minutes into overtime, Carter Rigby was the dagger that exacted the revenge when he beat South East Prairie Thunder, defending Allan Cup champions, goalie Steve Christie and scored the game winner. READ

Generals to face Thunder in Allan Cup final

The Bentley Generals have found themselves in familiar territory after a semi-final win. READ

Prairie Fire program provides opportunity to compete at high level

The Central Alberta Prairie Fire has been a hit since its birth five years ago. The Fire, who play in the Calgary Area Midget Football Association, have consistently drawn between 60 and 70 players to their camp each season with 55 on their roster. READ

Generals edge North Star to earn spot in Allan Cup semifinals

Battling back from a one goal deficit in the third period, the Bentley Generals earned a semifinal berth with a 4-3 win over the Ile-des-Chenes North Stars in Allan Cup round robin play. Matt Stefanishion again led the Generals with two goals, giving him five through the first two games of the tournament. He scored the game winning goal with less than two minutes to play in regulation. READ

Bentley rolls to big win in Allan Cup opener

A natural hat trick from Matt Stefanishion led the Bentley Generals to an 8-2 victory over the Stoney Creek Generals in their opening game at the Allan Cup tournament. Stefanishion’s three goals all came in the third period started at the 1 minute mark and finishing 11:30 into the frame. READ

Rebels take 2-0 series lead

Winning two one-goal games back-to-back is a confidence booster. But the way the Red Deer Rebels pulled out the wins over the weekend, brought out the grit it takes to succeed in Western Hockey League playoffs. READ

Smith headed to wrestling nationals

The term natural is usually reserved for a few athletes. But for Hunter Smith, the term applies to his ability as a wrestler. Smith, a student at David Thompson School west of Red Deer, was encouraged by a friend about three years ago to go wrestling practice with him. The 15-year-old did and enjoyed it then. He’s stuck with the sport ever since. READ

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