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Dyrland loves the long distances

Debbie Dyrland’s family and friends thinks she’s crazy, but she doesn’t care. She’s in love. With running.

The longer the course, seemingly, the better. READ

U16 heading to nationals after provincial win

Heading into the Alberta U16 A girls fastball championship tournament July 18-20 at Strathmore, the Red Deer Rage were looking ahead to another trip — to Duncan B.C., for the Western Canada finals Aug. 7-10. “We were planning on going to westerns. We thought we were the second-best team in the province,” said Rage assistant coach Cara Lee, prior to a team practice Tuesday at the West Park diamond. READ

Defence is king as offences still try to find footing

Offence is still MIA in the CFL after last weekend, but many of the games could be used as a non-narcotic cure for insomnia. In fact, CFL fans may the run the risk of a full-on coma if they watch too many games like the ones showcased in the early 2014 season. READ

Red Deer set to host first of four straight senior men’s slowpitch nationals

The premier senior men’s slowpitch teams in the nation will be at Edgar Park for the Canadian championships Friday to Monday. Teams from Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Newfoundland will compete in two 50-and-over classes and one 60-and-over division. READ

Riggers get unbeaten streak back

The Red Deer Riggers are perfect again. The Fort Saskatchewan Athletics were forced to forfeit their win over the Riggers last week, due to an ineligible player, and Red Deer beat the St. Albert Tigers 7-4 on Tuesday at Great Chief Park to move to 19-0 in the Sunburst Baseball League. READ

Lack of support has Renegades reeling

It has been a tough season for the Red Deer Renegades Alberta Major Soccer League women’s team, that much was expected. What wasn’t expected is the seeming lack of support from the older age groups within the Red Deer City Soccer Association when it came to supplying players. READ

Bats or blades?

Levi Moon once faced a tough decision: should he play hockey or baseball? He dropped hockey following his second year of bantam to concentrate full time on baseball after receiving an offer to attend the Badlands Baseball Academy in Oyen. READ

Midget AAA Braves fall short of bid for Tier I provincials

The Red Deer Braves fell short of qualifying for then Baseball Alberta Midget AAA Tier I Provincial Championships on Sunday at Great Chief Park. They fell 8-3 to the Fort McMurray Oil Giants in the qualifying tournament hosted by the Braves, after splitting their round robin games on Saturday. READ

Catalina swimmer snags nine golds at Canadian Championships

Red Deer Catalina swimmer Joshua Young made some major waves in the Canadian Age Group Championships at the Pan Am pool. Young, 13, snared nine gold medals and admitted later that he was inspired by U.S. swim legend Michael Phelps. READ

Rampage advance to provincial finals for first time since 2007

The Red Deer TBS Rampage will be looking to make history next weekend with their first ever provincial championship. The Rampage advanced to the provincial tournament with a 3-1 semifinal series win over the Edmonton Warriors on Saturday at the Kinex Arena in Red Deer, winning Game 4 10-6. READ

Silverbacks win third provincial title

The Blackfalds Silverbacks are provincial champions again. The senior C lacrosse team has been around for four years and have now won their third Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League title by beating the Okotoks Erratic in two games in the best-of-three championship — 9-7 on Friday and 11-5 on Saturday in Blackfalds. READ

Midget AAA Braves hosting provincial play-in tournament this weekend

The 10-21 Red Deer Midget AAA Braves season may be over, but they’re still alive. They will be hosting a play-in tournament this weekend at Great Chief Park to decide the final two spots for tier I provincials in St. Albert over the August long weekend. READ

Kuehn runner-up at senior women’s golf championship

MEDICINE HAT — Lacombe’s Lynn Kuehn carded a final-round 80 Friday and had to settle for runner-up status in the Alberta senior women’s golf championship. READ

Charity golf tournament a chance to give back

The Innisfail Eagles took a big step towards the Allan Cup last year on the ice, this week they are hoping they have taken a big step towards it off the ice. READ

Rietze wins junior golf event in playoff

Jeremy Rietze of Lacombe rolled in a 15-foot downhill putt for birdie to force a playoff, then dropped a 10-footer for birdie on the first extra hole to win a McLennan Ross Sun Junior Golf Tour event Wednesday at Olds. READ

Teams struggling to score points in early part of CFL season

The CFL needs to issue an official statement after last weekend and serve notice they will leave no stone unturned in their search for missing CFL offences following their strange disappearance early in the 2014 season. The league should employ every measure at its disposal, including a milk carton campaign, to find the missing offences. READ

Riggers lose first league game of the season with loss to Fort Saskatchewan

The Red Deer Riggers flirted with an undefeated Sunburst Baseball League season almost right down to the wire. But all good things must come to an end and the Riggers suffered their first league setback of the year Tuesday at Great Chief Park, falling 7-5 to the Fort Saskatchewan A’s. READ

Rampage one win away from North final

The Red Deer Rampage took advantage of a frustrated and undisciplined opponent Sunday at the Kinex and are now one win away from advancing to the junior B tier 1 North final of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League. The hosts struck for four overtime goals — including two on the power play — to pull out a 12-10 victory and take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. Game 4 is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Kinex. READ

Riggers victorious in home tournament

The Red Deer Riggers weren’t leaving anything to chance in the final of their own senior men’s baseball tournament Sunday at Great Chief Park. After suffering their first loss of the season within provincial borders — 3-2 to the Calgary Wolfpack — Saturday night and edging the Fort Saskatchewan A’s 9-7 in a semifinal Sunday afternoon, the Riggers buried the Wolfpack 12-0 in a championship game that was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. READ

Renegades stumble in regular season home finale

It’s one step forward, two steps back for the Red Deer Renegades Alberta Major Soccer League women’s team. After finally getting their first points of the season in a tie last weekend with the Lethbridge FC, they came out with a lackluster performance on Saturday in their home finale and were beat 4-0 by the Edmonton Scottish Angels (7-3-0). READ

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