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Rebels open season with a 5-3 loss

The Red Deer Rebels got caught watching the puck in the danger zone and didn’t get a lot of help from goaltender Taz Burman while dropping their Western Hockey League season-opener Friday at the Centrium.

The Kootenay Ice roared back from a 3-2 deficit after 40 minutes to virtually steal a 5-3 victory over their hosts in front of 5,382 fans. READ

Lighting take down Cougars

The Hunting Hills Lightning were electric through the air and via the overland route Thursday night at Great Chief Park. The two-pronged attack resulted in a 28-7 victory over the Notre Dame Cougars before 556 fans and created a three-way tie for top spot in the Tier 1/2 Division of the Central Alberta High School Football League. READ

Stamps and Esks won’t find easy wins in the East this week

There is a common superstition that 13 is an unlucky number and we are now into Week 13 in the CFL. The bad luck encountered by two more quarterback starters in Week 12 proves 13 is just another number when it comes to misfortune and CFL quarterbacks this season. READ

Lots of events lined up leading up for Hockeyville celebrations

Sylvan Lake is taking being crowned Kraft Hockeyville seriously. The lakeside community has lined up six days of events and celebrations beginning on Friday and winding up with the big National Hockey League exhibition game between the Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames on Wednesday evening. READ

Red Deer chosen as host for Esso Cup

Tack on another national-level event officially coming to Red Deer. The city was officially announced as the host for the 2015 Esso Cup, the female midget hockey Canadian championship, from April 19-26. The announcement was of little surprise, with word circulating about the decision as early as last season, but all of the details have now been finalized. READ

Smith leads Cougars in upset over rival Raiders

Johannes Smith proved even the smallest and youngest players can make a big impact in the game of football. READ

Rebels down Oil Kings in preseason action

As the Western Hockey League preseason is winding down, the Red Deer Rebels are convinced that they’re winding up. READ

Quarterback injuries play large role in this week’s games

It was a tough week for quarterbacks in the CFL because two starters went down with season-ending injuries last weekend. The future looks very cloudy for B.C. Lions starter Travis Lulay after he re-injured his surgically-repaired throwing shoulder and now the Kevin Glenn trade looks very smart for the Leos. READ

Lightning zap Rams

The notion of starting the Central Alberta High School Football League season two-and-zero was a strange concept to the Hunting Hills Lightning and head coach Kyle Sedgwick. As it turned, the unthinkable was never a possibility as the Lightning dominated on both sides of the ball en route to a 36-7 victory over the host Lacombe Rams Thursday night at MEGlobal Athletic Park. READ

Red Deer Rebels seeking $400K from city for Memorial Cup bid

The Red Deer Rebels hope the city will pitch in $400,000 to support their bid to host the Memorial Cup in 2016. READ

Octathlete on his way to mastering track and field disciplines

The old cliche jack of all trades, master of none does not fly with Brayden Posyluzny. READ

Grizzlys expecting to claw their way to top of standings

The Olds Grizzlys believe they are ready to join the elite of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s South Division. To do so will take a giant leap from where they have spent the last three years, averaging less than 22 wins a season, including 21 in 2013-14. READ

Mixed results for Titans

In a physically exhausting sport like competitive rugby, roster depth is of the utmost importance. The Red Deer Titans Second and Third Division squads were short of secondary manpower while experiencing mixed results at Titans Park Saturday, with the No. 2 squad jumping out to a big lead before hanging on for a 37-36 win over the Foothills Lions and the Third Division crew falling 58-10 to Banff in the final regular-season match for both local teams. READ

Tour of Alberta gives exciting finish in Red Deer

The Tour of Alberta competitors were into the final loop of Thursday’s second stage and Swedish rider Jonas Ahlstrand wasn’t in any hurry to catch the front-runners. Until near the end, that is. READ

Local athletes to benefit from winter games

At the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, Jan Hudec became the first Canadian skier in 20 years to reach the podium, but it was a journey that started years before at the 1999 Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, N.L. The games in Newfoundland and Labrador were a launching pad for the Red Deer product, an event where for the first time he felt like he could do something bigger. READ

Cougars primed for positive season

They aren’t wearing shades, at least not yet, but the future looks bright for the Notre Dame Cougars. After a so-so past that was the 2013 Central Alberta High School Football League season, the present doesn’t look so bad, either. READ

Lack of Canadian talent a serious situation for CFL, but there is hope

We are now into the back nine of the CFL season and most teams are planning a candlelight vigil to find their still-missing-and-presumed dead offence. The main suspects are pressure defences, inconsistent quarterbacks, club-handed receivers and suspect O-lines. READ

Red Deer product lands in Helsinki with KHL

Big changes are nothing new to Daine Todd. READ

Lightning are ready to strike

Perhaps the biggest enemy of a dynasty is complacency. When it comes to high school football where there is a large turnover due to graduation from year to year, that danger is even higher. It’s easy for incoming players to believe because the team was successful the year before, they will be successful again because of the nameplate on the front of the jersey. READ

You can always come back

It never hurts to make contact with a player while on the recruiting trail, no matter how long the odds. READ

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