Category: RDC Athletics

Domoney, Ferguson named RDC Athletes of the Week

Red Deer College Athletics is proud to announce the Bedford Food Company Athletes of the Week:

Kaylee Domoney – Queens Volleyball
Hometown – Red Deer
Kinesiology General (4th year)

Domoney has been a steadying force for the RDC Queens Volleyball team (6-2) all-season and she continued her strong play in a pair of matches against the Rattlers in Medicine Hat.

Over two games, Domoney recorded an impressive 46 digs (5.75 digs per set), five assists and one kill. The fourth-year libero helped guide the Queens to a four set win (25-15, 29-27, 17-25 and 25-19) on Friday with effective defence and accurate passing, finishing with 26 digs and two assists.

Once again, Domoney made significant contributions in Saturday’s four set victory (25-23, 25-14, 20-25 and 25-17), accumulating 20 digs, three assists and one kill. The win was the Queens’ sixth in a row.

The Kinesiology General student has been one of the top liberos in the league and she currently ranks fifth in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) with 4.21 digs per set.

Scott Ferguson – Kings Hockey
Hometown – Sylvan Lake
Bachelor of Business Administration General Management (4th year)

Captain Scott Ferguson played a significant role in the RDC Kings earning two wins this past weekend against the Portage College Voyageurs.

The fourth-year player recorded five points, helping the Kings (8-1-1-0) maintain second place in the ACAC Men’s Hockey standings, only one point behind the NAIT Ooks (9-1-0-0). In Friday’s 8-3 victory, Ferguson connected twice on the power play and he added an assist.

Then in Saturday afternoon’s contest, the Bachelor of Business Administration General Management student helped lead the Kings to a 5-2 decision. Ferguson, who is from Sylvan Lake, added another power play marker, which turned out to be the eventual game winner.

The respected leader also assisted on RDC’s opening goal. In 10 games, Ferguson has produced 11 points, placing the hard-working right winger in a tie for seventh in the league.

Weekly recap: Nov. 14-16

RED DEER- It was another exciting week of competition. The Hockey Queens downed the Olds College Broncos in both games.

The Red Deer College Kings Hockey team defeated the Portage College Voyageurs twice.

The RDC Queens Volleyball squad picked up a pair of match wins over the Medicine Hat College Rattlers.

The Volleyball Kings split their weekend series with the Rattlers.

The RDC Queens Basketball team finished 1-1 and the Basketball Kings come up a bit short in two contests, but did push the undefeated Kodiaks to overtime in one of them.

Here is a summary of what happened this past week:

Queens Basketball | Friday, Nov. 15 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Queens defeated the Ambrose University Lions 79-63. Amy Szymanek contributed 19 points, 12 rebounds and four steals in the win.

Queens Basketball | Saturday, Nov. 16 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Queens (4-2) got down in the first quarter against the Lethbridge College Kodiaks (4-3) and couldn’t close the deficit. The Kodiaks picked up a 72-67 decision. Britney Peters totaled 17 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and an assist for RDC.

Kings Basketball | Friday, Nov.15 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Kings had a 28 point fourth quarter, but couldn’t complete the rally against the Ambrose University Lions. The Lions grabbed an 89-86 win. Tyronn King accumulated 16 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal.

Kings Basketball | Saturday, Nov.16 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The RDC Kings (3-3) pushed the undefeated Lethbridge College Kodiaks (7-0) into overtime, but the Kodiaks eventually captured the contest 96-85. Red Deer’s Spencer Klassen stacked up 28 points, 12 rebounds and two steals for the Kings.

Queens Hockey | Thursday, Nov. 14 | Olds College

The RDC Queens defeated the Broncos 4-1 in Olds. RDC’s Neisha Germann scored two goals. Tyra Anderson and Mary Hirsch added singles. Queens goaltender Madison Fox made 23 saves.

Queens Hockey | Saturday, Nov. 16 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

In double overtime, the first place Queens (8-1-1-0) won 3-2 over the Broncos (1-7-2-0). Sydney Rowley scored her first goal in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) and assisted on her sister Brooklyn’s game winner. Neisha Germann opened the scoring for the Queens. RDC netminder Karlee Fetch turned aside 14 shots, earning the win.

Kings Hockey | Friday, Nov. 15 | Portage College

The Hockey Kings had many contributors in a dominating 8-3 win over the Portage College Voyageurs. Ross Heidt scored two shorthanded goals. Scott Ferguson connected twice on the power play. Chance Longjohn, Kyle Salaway, Ryley Smith and Chase Thudium rounded out the scoring. Kings goalie Nathan Alalouf made 22 saves for the win.

Kings Hockey | Saturday, Nov. 16 | Portage College

In an afternoon rematch, the second place RDC Kings (8-1-1-0) defeated the Voyageurs (0-9-1-0) by a score of 5-2. Austin Hunter, Tyler Podgorenko and Scott Ferguson connected on the power play. Jantzen Leslie and Podgorenko added even strength goals. Netminder Arik Weersink stopped 19 shots.

Queens Volleyball | Friday, Nov. 15 | Medicine Hat College

The Queens defeated the Rattlers in four sets (25-15, 29-27, 17-25 and 25-19). Middle Alexandria Greenshields had 13 kills and five stuff blocks. Libero Kaylee Domoney accumulated 26 digs and two assists in the road victory.

Queens Volleyball | Saturday, Nov. 16 | Medicine Hat College

The third place Queens (6-2) downed the Medicine Hat College Rattlers (4-6) in four sets (25-23, 25-14, 20-25 and 25-17). Queens outside hitter Tess Pearman led the offence with 14 kills. Kaylee Domoney added 20 digs, three assists and one kill.

Kings Volleyball | Friday, Nov. 15 | Medicine Hat College

The RDC Kings roared back from a two set deficit against the Rattlers, eventually winning the match in five (23-25, 22-25, 25-20, 28-26 and 15-10). First-year Carter Hills got on a roll, pounding 27 kills. Setter Thomas Wass had 54 assists.

Kings Volleyball | Saturday, Nov. 16 | Medicine Hat College

The Rattlers (2-8) downed the third place Kings (6-2) in four sets (25-21, 27-25, 21-25 and 25-20). Carter Hills had 13 kills. Mark DeWit added seven. Adelaide, Australia’s Thomas Wass totaled 33 assists, seven digs and two kills.

For more information on RDC Athletics, the student-athletes and teams, visit: rdcathletics.ca

Star runners named RDC Athletes of the Week

A pair of cross country runners who turned in solid performances last weekend at CCAA nationals in Grande Prairie have been honoured as the latest RDC Athletics Bedford Food Company Athletes of the Week:

Shayla Sklaruk- Queens Cross Country Running
Hometown – Stony Plain, AB
Bachelor of Education Elementary (2nd year)

Sklaruk (26:50.53) had a strong race In snowy and cold weather conditions in leading the RDC Queens to a fourth place team finish, narrowly missing bronze.

Sklaruk completed the 6 km race in 11th spot in a deep and talented field of the top collegiate female runners across Canada.

Devin Saunders – Kings Cross Country Running
Hometown – Red Deer, AB
Business Administration General Management (2nd year)

Saunders (29:33.32) ran incredibly well at nationals and led the Kings to bronze, which was the first national medal for the RDC men.

The second-year competitor from Red Deer placed tenth over 8 km and earned a spot on the CCAA Men’s Cross Country Running All-Canadian team.

Kings cross-country squad earns podium finish at nationals

The Red Deer College Kings cross-country team ran to a team bronze medal this weekend at the CCAA national championships in Grande Prairie.

They also did so in cold, snowy weather, 15 centimetres in fact were on the course earlier in the day.

Red Deer’s Devin Saunders (29:33.32) was the top King, finishing 10th out of 106 racers over 8 km. He was also named a CCAA All-Canadian.

Other Kings to compete include:

-Daniel Szucs (29:57.11) – finished 13th

-Will Cebuliak (30:08.15) – finished 17th (ACAC Men’s Rookie of the Year)

-Stephen Rowley (32:12.78) – finished 65th

-Carson Schiller (32:58.98) – finished 75th

-Benjamin Arychuk (33:02.52) – finished 77th

“It was a great day and huge victory for the men,” says RDC Cross Country Head Coach Kari Elliot. “To have three of the men finish in the top 20 is incredible and it’s the first time the Kings have podiumed at nationals.”

The Fanshawe Falcons took gold, and the St. Clair Saints won silver.

On the women’s side, the RDC Queens finished fourth, missing the podium by a single point.

Shayla Sklaruk (26:50.53) paced the Queens over 6 km, crossing the finish line in 11th spot out of 90 racers.

Other Queens to compete include:

-Jill Stewart (27:36.14) – finished 22nd

-Shayna Brower (27:49.78) – finished 27th

-Caitlin Debree (27:53.06) – finished 29th

-Shaelyn Moltzahn (27:57.98) – finished 30th

-Teagan Shapka (29:16.43) – finished 47th

“The snowy and cold conditions presented problems and all of our top female runners fell,” says Elliott. “The runners who were able to stay on their feet had the advantage, but there were just some things that were out of our control. Everything has to go your way.”

Many of RDC’s cross-country student athletes will now recuperate and move on to the ACAC indoor track season which begins in January.

RDC hosts its annual grand prix on March 7, 2020.

RDC Kings finish 6th at soccer nationals in Ontario

Oshawa, Ontario – The RDC Kings have proven themselves the sixth best team in Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Soccer.

Dealing with a number of injuries, the Kings lost their final game against Ontario’s Humber Hawks by a score of 5-0.

“I think if we could play more than ten minutes with our full roster, we could compete at this level, but that isn’t what happened this week,” said Head Coach Wade Groenewegen.

The coach also described the way his team played at the tournament in Oshawa as a “complete effort.”

The Kings finished as the top team representing the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference. Lethbridge finished 8th.

The champs were the home team Durham College Lords, who beat the Vancouver Island University Mariners 3-2.

(with files from RDC recap)

RDC Kings soccer set to compete at nationals

The RDC Kings soccer team is ready to put its best foot forward at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Soccer National Championship in Oshawa, Ontario this week.

After a strong finish to the ACAC season, which included a silver medal, the Kings are said to be ready to compete on the national stage.

“We have been playing win and you’re in soccer since the last weekend of the regular season,” says head coach Wade Groenewegen, in a press release. “The boys have really found themselves again. Nationals is of course going to be a great challenge, but just like the ACAC Championship, if you can win your first two games, you are in the final.”

The Kings (7-3-2) will open the national championship quarter-final against the Holland Hurricanes of the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) at 3:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 6.

The Hurricanes picked up an 8-1-3 record during the regular season and won ACAA gold with a 1-0 win over the University of New Brunswick Saint John Seawolves.

“We expect Holland to be very well prepared,” adds Groenewegen. “They are probably the team that makes it to nationals the most often. They are used to being there and will be very comfortable, I would expect.”

As for the Kings, Groenewegen says there is definitely going to be some ‘newness’ and excitement for them.

“It will be our task to harness that energy and unleash it on the field,”adds Groenewegen.

The six other teams competing for the national title are the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) Champion Humber Hawks (6-2-1), Rseau du sport tudiant du Qubec (RSEQ) gold medal winning Champlain College Saint-Lambert Cavaliers (4-2-2), ACAC Champion Lethbridge College Kodiaks (8-1-3), PacWest silver medalist VIU Mariners (7-3-2), PacWest Champion Douglas College Royals (6-4-2), and OCAA host Durham College Lords (8-2).

College officials say the Kings spent some time this past Saturday at the new Dome Red Deer to fine tune some preparation before departing for Ontario.

“Preparation has been good and will continue right up to the event,” says Groenewegen. “We have taken stock of how we did at ACAC’s and have refocused. We were definitely beat up a little bit last weekend, but are moving towards being more fit as a group.”

After dropping their ACAC quarter-final a season ago, Groenewegen and the Kings remained confident in their abilities and fittingly had visions of a trip to the national tournament this season.

“Last year we were eliminated from ACAC’s on the first day, but we trained for two additional weeks because we wanted to be prepared to play this time of year,” he says. “One year later we are on our way to nationals.”

Information about the King’s schedule and webcast can be found online.

(With files from RDC Athletics)

Weekend recap: Nov. 1-2

RED DEER- This past weekend the Hockey Kings defeated the Concordia University Thunder twice.

Both basketball teams earned victories over the St. Mary’s University Lightning in Calgary.

The RDC Queens Hockey team split their series with the MacEwan University Griffins.

Proceeds from the 50/50 draws at both the Hockey Kings and Queens’ home games went to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Here is a summary of what happened this past week in RDC Athletics:

Queens Hockey | Friday, Nov. 1 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

In a defensive battle, the MacEwan University Griffins edged the Queens 1-0. Karlee Fetch made 17 saves for RDC.

Queens Hockey | Saturday, Nov. 2 | MacEwan University

The second place Red Deer College Queens (5-1-0-0) defeated MacEwan University (7-1-0-0) by a score of 4-2, handing the Griffins their first loss. RDC’s Tyra Anderson, Avery Lajeunnesse, Carissa Hogan and Brooklyn Rowley found the back of the net. Queens goaltender Karlee Fetch had a great game, making 39 saves.

Kings Hockey | Friday, Nov. 1 | Concordia University

The RDC Kings handled the Concordia University Thunder 5-1. Chase Thudium had a pair of goals. Scott Ferguson, Ross Heidt and Kyle Salaway added singles in the road win. Kings goaltender Arik Weersink made 29 saves.

Kings Hockey | Saturday, Nov. 2 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

In a rematch, the first place Kings (6-1-1-0) earned a 4-2 victory over the Thunder (2-4-1-1). Trevor Costello, Scott Ferguson, Jacob Wozney and Tyler Podgorenko scored for the Kings. Arik Weersink was outstanding and made 32 saves in the win.

Queens Basketball | Friday, Nov. 1 | St. Mary’s University

In Calgary, the RDC Queens (2-1) defeated the St. Mary’s University Lighting (3-3) by a score of 76-60. Sandra Garcia-Bernal contributed 15 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and one steal. Amy Szymanek led RDC with 22 points.

Kings Basketball | Friday, Nov. 1 | St. Mary’s University

The Red Deer College Kings (2-1) earned an 82-80 road win over the St. Mary’s University Lightning (2-4). Reno, Nevada’s Jouvon Edison scored the winning bucket and was named the Kings Player-of-the-Game.

For more information on RDC Athletics, the student-athletes and teams, visit: rdcathletics.ca

RDC Kings, Queens supporting Hockey Fights Cancer this weekend

Hockey has been part of many people’s lives across Canada and unfortunately so has cancer.

As part of Hockey Fights Cancer weekend at RDC, proceeds from the 50/50 draws at both the Kings and Queens’ home games will go to the Canadian Cancer Foundation.

Hockey Fights Cancer was founded in 1998 by the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) to rally support for people with cancer, and their families.

RDC Queens Hockey will take on the MacEwan University Griffins this Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Gary W. Harris Canada Game Centre. Then on Saturday, Kings Hockey will host Concordia at 7 p.m.

Tickets for both games can be purchased at the door or online at rdcathletics.ca.

(With file from RDC Athletics)

Weekly recap: October 24-27

RED DEER- The RDC Kings Soccer team earned silver at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Championship.

The RDC Kings Cross Country Running team captured gold and the Queens took silver at the ACAC Championships.

The Queens Basketball team won against the SAIT Trojans.

The Basketball Kings dropped their home game to the Trojans.

The Hockey Kings split their weekend series with the NAIT Ooks and the Queens Hockey team defeated the SAIT Trojans twice.

The RDC Kings & Queens Volleyball teams downed the Ambrose University Lions in a pair of matches.

Here is a summary of what happened this past week in RDC Athletics:

Kings Soccer | Friday, Oct. 25 | ACAC Championship | NAIT

The Red Deer College Kings defeated the Concordia University Thunder 2-1 in the quarter-finals. Pedro Humberto Mourao Neto and Nathan Swartz scored for RDC.

Kings Soccer | Saturday, Oct. 26 | ACAC Championship | NAIT

In the semi-finals, the RDC Kings and SAIT Trojans were even 1-1 after 90 minutes and the Kings eventually won on penalty kicks. RDC’s Turner Johnson scored during regulation time.

Kings Soccer | Sunday, Oct. 27 | ACAC Championship | NAIT

The RDC Kings earned ACAC silver after dropping a close 2-0 contest to the Lethbridge College Kodiaks. Both teams earned berths in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Soccer National Championship in Oshawa, Ontario starting November 6. This is the first time the RDC Kings will play for national soccer gold. Durham College is hosting the event.

Cross Country Running | Saturday, Oct. 26 | ACAC Championships | SAIT

The RDC Kings won ACAC gold and the Queens silver. Shayla Sklaruk (24:42) captured individual bronze and made the ACAC Women’s Cross Country Running All-Conference team. Daniel Szucs (27:48) and Devin Saunders (28:26) earned spots on the ACAC Men’s Cross Country Running All-Conference team. Szucs was fourth and Saunders finished seventh. Both teams have qualified for the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Cross Country Running National Championships in Grande Prairie on Saturday, November 9.

Queens Volleyball | Friday, Oct. 25 | Ambrose University

In Calgary, the RDC Queens defeated the Ambrose University Lions in five sets (23-25, 27-25, 21-25, 25-23 and 15-12). Setter Emma Letkeman accumulated 56 assists and outside hitter Emma Holmes pounded 29 kills.

Queens Volleyball | Saturday, Oct. 26 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

In their home opener, the Queens (2-2) downed the Lions in three sets (25-19, 25-22 and 25-20). RDC’s Tess Pearman totaled 16 kills, 10 digs and one ace in the win.

Kings Volleyball | Friday, Oct. 25 | Ambrose University

RDC swept Ambrose University (25-22, 25-14 and 25-21). Cody Boulding accumulated 10 kills, one ace and one dig.

Kings Volleyball | Saturday, Oct. 26 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Red Deer College Kings (3-1) picked up a four set victory over the Lions (16-25, 25-21, 25-14 and 25-20). Patrik Toze had 12 kills, three digs, one stuff block, one ace and one assist.

Queens Basketball | Friday, Oct. 25 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Basketball Queens (1-1) earned a 67-46 victory over the SAIT Trojans (0-2). Sandra Garcia-Bernal contributed nine points, 13 rebounds, three steals and one assist for RDC.

Kings Basketball | Friday, Oct. 25 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The shorthanded RDC Kings (1-1) dropped a 93-82 game to the SAIT Trojans (2-0). Tyronn King had 24 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and one steal for RDC.

Queens Hockey | Friday, Oct. 25 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

The Queens defeated the Trojans 4-3. Tyra Anderson and Braxtyn Shawara scored singles. Camryn Wallan struck on the power play and added the game-winning goal for the RDC Queens.

Queens Hockey | Saturday, Oct. 26 | 7:00 p.m. | SAIT

The second place Red Deer College Queens (4-0) won 4-3 over the SAIT Trojans. Mary Hirsch scored a pair of goals. Neisha Germann and Tyra Anderson recorded singles.

Kings Hockey | Thursday, Oct. 24 | NAIT

The RDC Kings dropped the road contest 4-1 to the NAIT Ooks. Mathieu Lapointe scored the lone Kings’ goal on the power play.

Kings Hockey | Saturday, Oct. 26 | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

In a rematch, the second place Kings (4-1-1-0) defeated the Ooks 4-3. Chase Thudium scored twice. Tyler Podgorenko and Kyle Salaway tallied once. Arik Weersink made 31 saves for the win.

For more information on RDC Athletics, the student-athletes and teams, visit: rdcathletics.ca

Trio of RDC players named ACAC Soccer All-Conference selections

Three RDC student-athletes were recently recognized at the conference level, after strong campaigns on the soccer pitch this season.

Alisha Coules made the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) Women’s Soccer South All-Conference team. Pedro Humberto Mourao Neto and Kyle Bett were selected to the ACAC Men’s Soccer South All-Conference team.

Coules received the honour after an outstanding season on forward with the Queens. The second-year was an energetic force on the field, consistently using her quickness and playing with heart and determination.

Despite missing a couple games, she still managed to score nine goals which ranked in the top ten of ACAC Women’s Soccer. The Bachelor of Science Nursing student’s three game-winning goals placed her in a tie for third in the league. She also added three assists.

“Alisha is such a good person and a really good player,” says Queens Head Coach Esad Elkaz. “She has all the necessary attributes that make her an effective forward. Her speed, skill and technique are just unbelievable.”

Coules was a positive teammate and often led by example. She worked efficiently, scoring on 50 per cent of her shots on goal. The student-athlete from Stettler played an integral role in the RDC Queens’ offense and was involved in 71 per cent of the team’s goals.

Neto, a second-year midfielder, and Bett, a third-year defender, helped lead the Kings to third place (7-3-2) in the south and a spot in the playoffs.

Neto recorded seven goals, placing the Business Administration General student in a tie for 12th in the league. One of his markers was a game-winner. He also added two assists and was one-for-one on penalty kicks.

Neto, from Fortaleza, Brazil, was a hard-working player on both sides of the ball, chipping in on offense and helping to stall the opponents’ attacks.

“PH (Pedro Humberto) is a key cog in our machine and when he is on his game, he is nearly impossible to deal with. A highly skilled player balanced with strength on the ball is hard to come by,” says Kings Head Coach Wade Groenewegen. “He and his family have made huge sacrifices for him to be a King these last two seasons, and I am glad to see some rewards coming back his way.”

Bett was very effective on defense all-season and he also played an important role moving the ball up field. Impressively, the Kinesiology student led his team with seven assists, which also placed him in a tie for second in the league.

Bett, who is from Calgary, started all 12 games and tirelessly logged a lot of minutes for the Kings, often playing against the top offensive players in the ACAC South Division.

“Kyle has been an engine for our team going on three years now. He started out as a midfielder and was very good at it, but as time and necessity dictated, we wound up shifting him to wingback where he has proven to be one of the best in the league,” says Groenewegen. “Kyle will move on next year and someone will fill the position, but he won’t be replaced.”

Neto, Bett and the Kings will compete in the quarter-finals against the Concordia University Thunder at the ACAC Men’s Soccer Championship on Friday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. NAIT is hosting the event.

The awards were presented at the ACAC Soccer Banquet & Award Presentations on Thursday, October 24, in the Productivity and Innovation Centre (PIC) on NAIT’s Main Campus.