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Top fighters hold ground at Super Fights 24

No title changed hands at Superfights 24 as the challengers couldn’t knock off the top billed fighters. For one Red Deer fighter, Stephanie Schmale, that meant holding her own against a fighter whose style is similar to her own.

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Pankewitz powers out win at Innisfail

Bull riders are no strangers to challenges. After all, they do believe their 170 pounds can outmuscle a 1700-pound bovine for at least eight seconds. But Tyler Pankewitz came to the Daines Ranch Saturday night facing an extra hurdle or two. Take, for instance, the fact he has a broken foot.

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Riggers roll to pair of Father’s Day wins

Making short work of the visiting Confederation Park Cubs, the Red Deer Riggers needed only 12 innings to beat them twice in a doubleheader. The two Sunburst Baseball League teams met Sunday afternoon for Father’s Day at Great Chief Park. The Riggers rattled off two straight wins, 13-2 and 8-1 over the visiting Cubs.

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Renegades edged by Mavs despite strong effort

A shorter bench led to one of the best lacrosse games Red Deer Renegades head coach Owen Rush has seen this season. Playing with only 14 players, the Junior B tier II Renegades fought back from 8-6 and 9-8 deficits late to force overtime.

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Bucs blast Stars for third straight win

Out in front 38-0 by the third quarter, the Central Alberta Buccaneers gave Lacombe-raised Judah Knipp some snaps as the quarterback. He may be the third-stringer, but with the comfortable lead the hometown kid got into the game on his turf at the M.E. Global Field on Saturday.

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Renegades edged by Mavs despite strong effort

A shorter bench led to one of the best lacrosse games Red Deer Renegades head coach Owen Rush has seen this season. Playing with only 14 players, the Junior B tier II Renegades fought back from 8-6 and 9-8 deficits late to force overtime.

Burzuk, Lonay named top athletes at Hunting Hills

In his last season in high school sports, Brandt Burzuk averaged 8.4 yards per carry as the lead running back for the Hunting Hills Lightning football team. “Everyone knew I was getting the ball,” the Grade 12 student chuckled.

Sutter left feeling good after Memorial Cup

It was Western Hockey League brand hockey at its finest. A tough, tight-checking and hard hitting game. The Brandon Wheat King struck first in the second period, but the Red Deer Rebels tied it up with 5:05 to play in regulation.

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Hurlburt hooked on rugby

Connor Hurlburt was introduced to rugby while in middle school and he was hooked. “Norm McDougall introduced us to the game and it became a huge passion of mine,” explained the 17-year-old Grade 12 student at Hunting Hills High School.

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Vavra has strong debut for Riggers

It’s a long way from squaring off against Bryce Harper, but Tyler Vavra was solid in his debut for the Red Deer Riggers. The right-hander started and went five innings in his first outing. After three innings of shutout ball he gave up one run in the fourth before striking out three straight.

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Rebels look to keep Memorial Cup run going

There is no rest for the weary in the MasterCard Memorial Cup. Still riding an emotional high after a 2-1 overtime win, the Red Deer Rebels (2-1) hit the ice Thursday to prepare for their semifinal match against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (1-2).

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Knights knock off Rebels

The London Knights have put the rest of the MasterCard Memorial Cup field on notice, their offence is a force. Showing no signs of slowing down, the Knights top line torched the Rebels for six goals in the opening two periods. And the host team just could not keep up with the Ontario Hockey League Champions.

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REBELS VS WHEAT KINGS  -- sports-- Jeff de Wit of the Red Deer Rebels fends off Macoy Erkamps of the Brandon Wheat Kings during Saturday night WHL action at the Enmax Centrium.

Local Rebels players get a chance of a lifetime

As if lacing up the skates for the team they grew up watching wasn’t special enough. Among the 28 Red Deer Rebels on the roster for the Western Hockey League playoffs, three grew up in the city they now play for.

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REBELS VS WHEAT KINGS  -- sports-- Jeff de Wit of the Red Deer Rebels fends off Macoy Erkamps of the Brandon Wheat Kings during Saturday night WHL action at the Enmax Centrium.
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Junior golfers develop life skills on tour

Picking up his first golf clubs at three-years-old, Sam Hamelin has his sights set on one day playing on the Canadian tour. For now, the 15-year-old Stettler resident will tee-off on the McLennan Ross Junior Golf Tour. Last year, Hamelin won two tour events at the Whitecourt Golf and Country Club and the Blackhawk Golf Club in Spruce Grove. At Whitecourt he shot a 78 and at Blackhawk he shot a 71.

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Bucaneers look to new QB for help on offence

In year two of a rebuild, the Central Alberta Buccaneers have heard many times they have a solid defence and they just need to score a few points. Head Coach Devon Hand may have found the guy who can get touchdowns for the Bucs in quarterback Brandon Leyh.

Quinn back behind bench for Midget AAA Chiefs

A familiar face will be behind the bench of the Red Deer Optimist Midget Chiefs next season as Doug Quinn returns to coach a team he led to two straight national titles. Red Deer Minor Hockey general manager Dallas Gaume said Quinn was approached a few weeks ago about returning to coach the Midget Chiefs.

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Cougars win historical championship

Seventeen Notre Dame High School badminton players qualified for provincials, and it took all 17 for the Cougars to emerge as 4A provincial team championships. For the first time in 22 years, the winner of that title is not from Edmonton or Calgary. Notre Dame became only the fourth team in the Alberta Schools Athletic Association to win the team championship joining Harry Ainlay, Western Canada and Archbishop Macdonald.

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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.

Rebels wheel and deal on draft day

Draft day turned into a trade day for the Red Deer Rebels as they traded first round draft picks twice in the Western Hockey League bantam draft. After the smoke had cleared, the Rebels used their first two picks of the draft to take two players from the Bantam provincial champion Lethbridge Golden Hawks. Goalie Byron Fancy and defenceman Nicholas Draffin.

Rebels lie in wait for Mem Cup opponents

After six weeks of playoff action across the Canadian Hockey League, the Red Deer Rebels now lie in wait to see who will be their Memorial Cup opponents. In the Ontario Hockey League, the London Knights and Niagara Ice Dogs start their final series on Thursday. In the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the series between the Shawinigan Cataractes and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies starts on Wednesday.