Array

Kings not listening to the hype

There’s been a lot of talk around the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference lately that the two-time league champion RDC Kings basketball squad, who finished second at the nationals, will be a shadow of themselves next season. The loss of three fifth-year starters — Lloyd Strickland, Jacob Cusumano and Rob Pierce — plus at least three others — Ashaunti Hogan, Sam Lolik and Taner Parrington — will definitely leave several holes to fill. Hogan will attend Lakehead University while Parrington is going to Mount Royal University. There’s also a possibility Clay Crellin may play pro in Europe next season.

There’s been a lot of talk around the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference lately that the two-time league champion RDC Kings basketball squad, who finished second at the nationals, will be a shadow of themselves next season.

The loss of three fifth-year starters — Lloyd Strickland, Jacob Cusumano and Rob Pierce — plus at least three others — Ashaunti Hogan, Sam Lolik and Taner Parrington — will definitely leave several holes to fill. Hogan will attend Lakehead University while Parrington is going to Mount Royal University. There’s also a possibility Clay Crellin may play pro in Europe next season.

But Kings head coach Clayton Pottinger isn’t about to throw in the towel.

“We’ll have several guys back and with the guys coming in I believe we’ll challenge for the league title again,” he said following the team’s ID camp at RDC Sunday.

It was a busy weekend as the Queens also held their ID camp Saturday.

Matt Johnson and JP Leblanc will return for the Kings at guard, plus Henry Bankazo, who played with Medicine Hat College prior to Christmas last year, is also on hand.

Brian Prenoslo will return up front along with Dallas Hancox and Jordan Britton, who was a red shirt last season, while Mari Peoples-Wong can play either guard or wing.

US import six-foot-eight Craig Johnson was also at camp, and there’s a possibility he may return, says Pottinger, who liked what he saw from several of the newcomers on hand.

Guard Brayden Daniels played last year with St. Mary’s University of Calgary while Cody Pinder of Nassau, Bahamas can play either the wing or small forward. Guard Brandt Seibel of Ponoka also caught the veteran coach’s eye along with Matthew Cunning of Carstairs.

“There were several other Central Alberta kids that looked good,” he said. “Overall it was a good camp.”

Pottinger hopes to have his team basically selected by early May, but knows that may be tough.

“If it’s like other years it will be into July before everything falls into place,” he said. “There were several guys we’re definitely interested in who couldn’t make it this weekend. Both the University of Calgary and Alberta had camps as well as other colleges.

“I know there’s some players we’ll be talking to and looking at from those camps.”

Meanwhile the Queens could have nine players returning, including fifth-year forward Jessica Foley.

Guard Dedra Janvier and forward Kaitlin Bracko will be back for a third year while the status of Desirea Paterson is up in the air, along with Paola Viveros. Second-year guards Manesha Sidhu and Gillian Griffins will return along with red shirts Janelle Kakakaway and Madeline Klootwyk, who is also coming off an injury.

Several others also caught the attention of Queens head coach Mike Woollard.

Aneca Fretts, who played with Mount Royal University, is expected to add depth and experience up front.

Woollard was also looking to add depth at guard and several rookies — Morgan Dool of Ponoka, Brenna Seymour of Meadow Lake, Sask., Kennedy Burgess of Okotoks and Sydney Daines of Innisfail — will do just that. As well, Emma Reinhart of Beiseker, caught the coach’s eye.

“We’ll be stronger at guard which is something we needed,” said Woollard, who will also continue to bring in players over the next couple of weeks.

“We have a couple of bigger girls coming in this week as some players couldn’t make it to the camp,” he said. “Overall I’m happy with what I saw. We should have a strong nucleus and we’ll definitely add players, who can play in the league.”

There were also several Grade 10 and 11 students on hand and Nicole Fischer of Hunting Hills, who is going into Grade 12, was one of the more impressive.

Woollard would like to have his roster set in early May, but like Pottinger, realizes that may not happen.

“I would like to, but there’s a couple of American camps and a camp in Germany, so you never know who we may be available,” he said.

Just Posted

Police is still looking for Second World War army passport owner

No one has claimed a rare Second World War German army passport… Continue reading

Castor murderer denies he’s a killer

Jason Klaus tells courtroom he loved his family who were murdered in December 2013

Advocate poll shows another hospital wanted in Red Deer

Over 50 per cent of voters support second hospital

WATCH news on the go: Replay Red Deer Jan. 21

Watch news highlights from Red Deer and Central Alberta

RDC chosen to host 2019 men’s volleyball national championship

Sports enthusiasts in Red Deer will have more to look forward to… Continue reading

Police is still looking for Second World War army passport owner

No one has claimed a rare Second World War German army passport… Continue reading

DJ Sabatoge and TR3 Band kick off Sylvan Lake’s Winterfest 2018

Central Alberta’s youngest DJ will open for TR3 Band kicking off Town… Continue reading

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

WATCH news on the go: Replay Red Deer Jan. 21

Watch news highlights from Red Deer and Central Alberta

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month