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Ben Hnatiuk would score the first touchdown of the game for the Central Alberta Buccaneers in their huge rivalry game against the Fort McMurray Monarchs on Aug. 11th. Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express

Central Alberta Buccaneers come up short against Monarchs

Bucs’ lose star quarterback in heartbreaking affair

Ben Hnatiuk would score the first touchdown of the game for the Central Alberta Buccaneers in their huge rivalry game against the Fort McMurray Monarchs on Aug. 11th. Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express
(Lisa Joy/Black Press)                                Doug Swan - Red Deer, AB - 1970 Plymouth Duster (Lisa Joy/Black Press)

WATCH: Drag races at Stettler Airport draws crowd

UPDATED: Red Deer’s Kevin Young and Guy Mackinnon win

(Lisa Joy/Black Press)                                Doug Swan - Red Deer, AB - 1970 Plymouth Duster (Lisa Joy/Black Press)
Two-time Canadian Champion Bullrider Scott Schiffner, 38, is given the final salute at the Calgary Stampede. Schiffner is from Stettler and now lives in Strathmore. He was the highest money earning bull rider in Canada. Schiffner announced his retirement from the rodeo circuit during the Calgary Stampede. (Ben Dartnell/Calgary Stampede photo)
Two-time Canadian Champion Bullrider Scott Schiffner, 38, is given the final salute at the Calgary Stampede. Schiffner is from Stettler and now lives in Strathmore. He was the highest money earning bull rider in Canada. Schiffner announced his retirement from the rodeo circuit during the Calgary Stampede. (Ben Dartnell/Calgary Stampede photo)
McKenna Bowering, Skye Gillespie and Emma Smith from Lacombe Matrix U12 girls’ softball team share a laugh while waiting their turn to bat at the Provincials held in Edmonton July 6 - 8. The Matrix played Sundre Red Hot Devils Friday, winning the game 8-7. However, Sundre contested the game and another inning was played Saturday morning and the final score was 9-8 for Sundre. Lacombe played West Valley Vipers from Calgary winning 14-13 and also defeated High Park Flyers from Edmonton 15-9 on Saturday. Their final game against Bonnyville was postponed until Sunday morning. Bonnyville Angels won the game 10-8. Treena Mielke Photo

Lacombe Matrix U12 girls compete in Provincials

Girls have fun at Provincials

  • Jul 13, 2018
McKenna Bowering, Skye Gillespie and Emma Smith from Lacombe Matrix U12 girls’ softball team share a laugh while waiting their turn to bat at the Provincials held in Edmonton July 6 - 8. The Matrix played Sundre Red Hot Devils Friday, winning the game 8-7. However, Sundre contested the game and another inning was played Saturday morning and the final score was 9-8 for Sundre. Lacombe played West Valley Vipers from Calgary winning 14-13 and also defeated High Park Flyers from Edmonton 15-9 on Saturday. Their final game against Bonnyville was postponed until Sunday morning. Bonnyville Angels won the game 10-8. Treena Mielke Photo
The team of Elliott and Denny work together during the team roping event to see their names on the leader board. Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News

Results from the 101st Benalto Stampede

Compeitors came from around North America to compete in the annual rodeo

The team of Elliott and Denny work together during the team roping event to see their names on the leader board. Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News
Eckville’s Ben Anderson recieved loud cheers during his ride in the novice saddle bronc event. He went on to also compete in the saddle bronc event.

PHOTOS: Benalto’s 101st annual Fair and Stampede

Photos from Benalto’s rodeo performance

Eckville’s Ben Anderson recieved loud cheers during his ride in the novice saddle bronc event. He went on to also compete in the saddle bronc event.
BIG CRUNCH - Matt Merkley and the Central Alberta Buccaneers would power through the St. Albert Stars to take sole possession of second place in the AFL. Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express

Bucs manhandle St. Albert to take second in AFL

56-8 win puts Bucs’ right behind Ft. Mac in AFL standings

BIG CRUNCH - Matt Merkley and the Central Alberta Buccaneers would power through the St. Albert Stars to take sole possession of second place in the AFL. Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express
Bareback rider Richmond Champion rides Virgil to a 91.25 point win, just getting past Jake Vold who scored 90.75. Champion earned $12,948 overall.

Ponoka Stampede closes with several first time winners

Ponoka athletes just miss the win in the showdown round to packed stands.

Bareback rider Richmond Champion rides Virgil to a 91.25 point win, just getting past Jake Vold who scored 90.75. Champion earned $12,948 overall.
Edmonton International Raceway 50th birthday

Edmonton International Raceway 50th birthday

EIR held anniversary for track on Canada Day, July 1

Edmonton International Raceway 50th birthday
Hardisty’s Lane Watt holds on for a strong ride June 30 on the fifth day of the Ponoka Stampede. Watt managed to hold on but scored a 69.25, not enough to get him in the top 12. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka team ropers in top 12 spot so far

As Ponoka Stampede day 5 closes, Ponoka team ropers land themselves in the runnings

Hardisty’s Lane Watt holds on for a strong ride June 30 on the fifth day of the Ponoka Stampede. Watt managed to hold on but scored a 69.25, not enough to get him in the top 12. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Stettler’s Elizabeth Morton, 10, wins gold at the Northern Alberta Long Course Swimming Provincials in Edmonton. With her is swim coach Mark Way. (Contributed photo)

Stettler swimmer wins provincial gold

Breaks two Stettler swimming records dating back to 1983

Stettler’s Elizabeth Morton, 10, wins gold at the Northern Alberta Long Course Swimming Provincials in Edmonton. With her is swim coach Mark Way. (Contributed photo)
Bareback rider Jake Vold prepares his saddle before the bareback riding event.

Jake Vold takes the lead at Ponoka Stampede

Ponoka Stampede’s fourth day of rodeo was full of thrills and spills.

Bareback rider Jake Vold prepares his saddle before the bareback riding event.
CELEBRITY BREAKFAST - Mellisa Hollingsworth, Olympic Bronze Medalist in skeleton, was the special guest speaker at the 12th Annual Special Olympics Charity Breakfast.Todd Colin Vaughan/Lacombe Express

WATCH: Mellisa Hollingsworth highlights Special Olympics Celebrity Breakfast

Olympic Bronze Medalist from Central Alberta shared her journey with a packed house

CELEBRITY BREAKFAST - Mellisa Hollingsworth, Olympic Bronze Medalist in skeleton, was the special guest speaker at the 12th Annual Special Olympics Charity Breakfast.Todd Colin Vaughan/Lacombe Express
A bull chases Brody Tattrie during the freestyle bullfighting event in Stettler for the 10th Annual Stettler Steel Stampede June 7. (Lisa Joy/Stettler Independent)

Cowboys face off with bulls in freestyle event

WATCH: Stettler’s 10th Annual Steel Wheel Stampede kicks off

A bull chases Brody Tattrie during the freestyle bullfighting event in Stettler for the 10th Annual Stettler Steel Stampede June 7. (Lisa Joy/Stettler Independent)
HALL OF FAME - Former Calgary Flame Theoren Fleury was one of 12 Albertans enshrined into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in Red Deer on June 1st. Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express
HALL OF FAME - Former Calgary Flame Theoren Fleury was one of 12 Albertans enshrined into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in Red Deer on June 1st. Todd Colin Vaughan/Red Deer Express
Meeting Creek’s Layton Green earned a once-in-a-lifetime centennial buckle at the Falkland Stampede over the May long weekend. It was at this time last year that Layton’s season started rolling, the same appears to be the case for this season. File photo from the Ponoka Stampede

Layton Green wins centennial Falkland Stampede buckle

The Meeting Creek saddle bronc rider’s 2018 season is starting to kick off at a decent pace.

Meeting Creek’s Layton Green earned a once-in-a-lifetime centennial buckle at the Falkland Stampede over the May long weekend. It was at this time last year that Layton’s season started rolling, the same appears to be the case for this season. File photo from the Ponoka Stampede
Rimbey Rush soccer team was defeated by Sylvan Lake Blizzard 6 to 2 on May 7 at Rimbey soccer field.                                The Rimbey team is coached by Robyn MacEachern. Pictured in the blue are Rimbeys’ players Aden Robinson and Logan Browne. In the background is Luke Kreil. The goal keeper is Caleb Toews. Val Browne Photo

Soccer in Rimbey

Sylvan Blizzard rages against Rimbey Rush

  • May 9, 2018
Rimbey Rush soccer team was defeated by Sylvan Lake Blizzard 6 to 2 on May 7 at Rimbey soccer field.                                The Rimbey team is coached by Robyn MacEachern. Pictured in the blue are Rimbeys’ players Aden Robinson and Logan Browne. In the background is Luke Kreil. The goal keeper is Caleb Toews. Val Browne Photo
BUCS’ FOOTBALL - The Central Alberta Buccaneers unveiled their new logo for the 2018 season. Photo Submitted

Central Alberta Buccaneers gearing up for 2018 season

New logo, uniforms and field highlight a promising season for the senior football club

BUCS’ FOOTBALL - The Central Alberta Buccaneers unveiled their new logo for the 2018 season. Photo Submitted
BASEBALL ACADEMY - Jason Chatwood, seen here hitting for the Red Deer Riggers, will take over as lead teacher at St. Joseph High School’s new baseball academy.                                file photo

Rigger Jason Chatwood to lead St. Joseph Baseball Academy

Chatwood previously played for the NCAA’s Gonzaga Bulldogs

BASEBALL ACADEMY - Jason Chatwood, seen here hitting for the Red Deer Riggers, will take over as lead teacher at St. Joseph High School’s new baseball academy.                                file photo
Mayor Sean McIntyre, along with Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer and Penhold Mayor Michael Yargeau proudly show off the jersey with their hometown name printed on the back during the Hlinka Gretzky Cup announcement March 27. Photo from Mayor MacIntyre’s Twitter

UPDATE: Sylvan Lake to host international hockey game

The NexSource Centre will host the USA vs Slovakia game of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup

Mayor Sean McIntyre, along with Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer and Penhold Mayor Michael Yargeau proudly show off the jersey with their hometown name printed on the back during the Hlinka Gretzky Cup announcement March 27. Photo from Mayor MacIntyre’s Twitter