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They may share a last name and both played for Delta Hockey Academy, but Arshdeep and Akash Bains aren’t related. Arshdeep, who took to the ice for the second time at rookie camp played with the Bantam Prep team last year in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League. He registered 28 points (15g, 13a) in 25 games and considers himself a scoring forward.
Mission accomplished for the SetToDestroyX team. The five-person online gaming team, which included Red Deer’s Keynes Ng, emerged as champions of Canada’s first multiplayer national eSports tournament held in Toronto on Aug. 21. As winning team in the Cineplex WorldGaming Canadian Tournament, Ng and his four teammates shared a $50,000 prize.
The power of print led a young man on a journey to a roster spot on Canada’s national wheelchair basketball team. At 13-years-old, Peter Won’s mother was reading a newspaper when she came across an ad for wheelchair sports and she signed her son up.
Closing games hasn’t been the strength of Alberta at this year’s Baseball Canada Senior Women’s Invitational Championship. On Saturday, they surrendered five runs in the last two innings and barely hung on to beat Quebec 10-9. Then on Sunday morning, they have up six runs in the last two innings and lost to Ontario 6-2.
A 72-game season, riding the bus, the Sutter reputation and a chance to play in the “prestigious” Western Hockey League have driven one player more than 2,500 km to try to crack the Red Deer Rebels lineup. Quinn Martin, 17, has been in Red Deer for a few weeks getting ready for training camp, which opened Wednesday. The Santa Fe, New Mexico native was in Red Deer for prospects camp back in June and made enough of an impression to get invited back.
It was a bit surprising that the Sherwood Park Athletics didn’t start Adam Paulencu in the fifth and deciding game of the Sunburst Baseball League and provincial senior AAA final against the Red Deer Riggers. But once starter Ryan MacDonald got in a bit of trouble they were quick to call on Paulencu and he proved too much for the Riggers in a 5-3 10-inning loss before over 400 fans at Great Chief Park Sunday.
If there ever was a team win the Red Deer Riggers pulled one out in a come-from-behind 7-6 victory over the Sherwood Park Athletics at Great Chief Park Tuesday. The win evened the best-of-five Sunburst Baseball League and provincial senior AAA final at 1-1 with the third and fourth games on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. at John Fry Park in Edmonton. If a fifth game is necessary it’s Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Great Chief Park. The game had a little bit of everything from good pitching to key hitting and even a few lost balls in the lights.
Winning silver was sweet for the Red Deer Lock N Safe AA2 Mosquito Braves, as they won four straight games before losing in the final. The Braves jumped out to 3-0 in round robin play and then eked out a 12-11 win over the Sylvan Lake Storm in the semifinals to make it to the tier 3 finals. A 10-6 loss to the Edmonton South Jasper Blue Jays ended their provincials run, but the Braves still came home with shiny silver medals.
At the start of the third round, Mike McAdam led Brett Pasula by two strokes. Four hours later, that’s how the two golfers ended. But it wasn’t a smooth ride for the Red Deer Golf and Country Club member. “He had three birdies on the front nine and was up two and I had bogies,” said McAdam. “But I was patient and got birdies on 13 and 14, which was huge. “I felt the nerves.”
Recently named the best football team in the Canadian Major Football League, the Central Alberta Buccaneers steamrolled the Airdrie Irish 77-10, improving to 7-0. With a grin, head coach Devon Hand said the team hasn’t played a complete game yet this season but has managed to manhandle their opponents.
After two days of chuckwagons at the Westerner, Lee Adamson has developed a one second lead on two competitors. Adamson improved on his opening night 1:19.10 with a 1:16 Thursday night. Kevin Desjarlais and Brian Miller had similar times in a night that was noticeably faster for the field than the opening night on Wednesday. Desjarlais came in second and Miller came in third.
Brady McKinlay put together one of his best rounds of the season at the perfect time. The 15-year-old Lacombe native fired a one-under par 70 to win the Jordan Brand Memorial tournament Wednesday at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club, the latest stop on the McLennan Ross Junior Tour.
The Red Deer Riggers can forget about a perfect season in the Sunburst Baseball League. But their 6-4 loss to the Sherwood Park Athletics at Great Chief Park Tuesday isn’t something that will worry them for long, if at all,.
Bull riding may be hailed as rodeo’s toughest event, but at the Ponoka Stampede, steer wrestling deserves equal billing. As Canada’s biggest rodeo neared the half way point, only six bulldoggers had been able to catch both their steers. That meant Thursday’s crew only had to get their steers thrown down to put themselves on the top twelve qualifying list for the Finals.
When you talk swimming in Red Deer more often than not it’s about the Red Deer Catalina Swim Club. And while the Catalina club is a premier year-round club, producing a number of outstanding national calibre athletes, the Red Deer Marlins Swim Club has received it’s share of accolades as well.
The ropes were as hot as the temperature during the third performance of the Ponoka Stampede. Both the tie-down and team roping events speeded up Wednesday afternoon. Local fans were excited to see the lead in the team roping snagged by Ponoka’s own Levi Simpson and his heeling partner Jeremy Buhler, from Arrowwood. In their morning run, they caught a steer in 5.5 seconds. Then in the heat of the afternoon, they did even better, by finishing up in five seconds flat. Their total time of 10.5 seconds puts them on the top of the Ponoka team roping standings, with a cushion.
Red Deer’s Garrett Scott rallied with a two-under 70 to vault into a tie for sixth at the 2016 Alberta Men’s Mid Amateur Championship. The score brings his two-day total to 146, five strokes back of the leader Levi McDermott of the Alberta Public Players Club.
Size and youth are two of the qualities that stand out in the Red Deer Rebels import draft selection. The 16-year-old Alexander Alexeyev, a defenceman, was selected 49th overall on Tuesday in the Canadian Hockey League import draft. He stands six-foot-three and weighs 180 pounds.
Red Deer Rebels general manager, head coach and owner Brent Sutter got out the ink and signed eight young hockey players to the club. Five of the eight prospects who signed deals were selected by the Rebels in the 2016 Western Hockey League Bantam draft. The five were the Rebels’ first five choices in the draft held on May 5 in Calgary.
A tough fight almost went the distance for Red Deer’s Cam O’Connell, but he wore down his opponent over the eight rounds and stopped him in the final round. O’Connell, who hasn’t lost a fight yet, faced his toughest test on Saturday. His adversary was the younger, but experienced Bence Molnar of Hungary.