The Olds Stingers begin their first season as a Tier 2 Junior B Lacrosse team on Friday, April 13th. Their Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League home opener is at 9 o'clock on the main surface at the SportsComplex versus the Rockyview Rage. Assistant Coach Andy Sweetman says they have a special ceremony planned to retire the jersey of Ryan McBeath prior to the game at 8:45pm. He encourages fans and community members to get there early.
Another opportunity for the local sports community to come together and support each other is coming up on the main surface at the SportsComplex in Olds.
Ryan McBeath from Olds - who tragically passed away in a motor vehicle collision on Highway 27 in March - played lacrosse for the Olds Stingers.
Assistant Coach Andy Sweetman says they have had it planned since then to honour Ryan with a special ceremony before the Stingers home opener on Friday, April 13th.
Sweetman remembers Ryan as a likable kid but a gritty lacrosse player.
Deposits to the Ryan McBeath Memorial Account can be made at Mountain View Credit Union. There is also the Ryan McBeath Memorial Fund at ATB. This memorial fund supports local athletes, hoping to turn this tragedy into a triumph.
Sweetman says before the game they will also take a moment for the Humboldt Broncos and Graysen Cameron from Olds. He says Cameron played lacrosse with the Olds Mavericks last year and is currently in hospital following the bus crash but is doing alright.
Meantime, according to Sweetman, moving the Mavericks up to Tier 1 and the Stingers up to Tier 2 is a goal they had in mind when they got started with the Olds lacrosse program 4 or 5 years ago.
He says they participated in a player draft this off-season.
Sweetman says there will be plenty of familiar faces on the Stingers this season.
He believes the Stingers players are ready to start their first season of RMLL lacrosse as a Tier 2 Junior B team.
The Olds Stingers encourage fans to get to the SportsComplex early for their first Tier 2 Junior B lacrosse game against the Rockyview Rage. The pre-game ceremony starts on Friday, April 13th at 8:45pm.
Agriculture for Life is launching its 2nd annual education symposium next month. Ag for Life CEO Luree Williamson says it will be held in Red Deer this year and it is open to students as well as teachers across the province.
Some late third period heroics allowed the Olds College Bronocs to beat the Red Deer College Queens 3-2. It was the front end of a pink in the rink challenge between the two teams and the lone women's hockey game on the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference schedule for Thursday, October 18th.
On Tuesday, October 16th at approximately 2:30 pm Innisfail RCMP received a complaint of a robbery that had just occurred on a rural property north east of Innisfail in Red Deer County. Innisfail RCMP with the assistance of Innisfail integrated Freeway Patrol responded immediately.
It is pink in the rink night on Thursday, October 18th at the Olds SportsComplex as Olds College's ACAC women's hockey team faces off with Red Deer College. Admission to the game at 7 o'clock is $10 which will also get you a pink toque at the door. This year the Broncos are also challenging the RDC Queens to see who can collect the most money for a good cause this year at their pink in the rink game.
Red Deer is ready for championship rodeo action. A media launch on October 16th for the 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo featured local dignitaries, athletes, representatives from Pro Rodeo Canada and more. Rick Moore - Interim CEO of the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce - says the Enmax Centrium may be a smaller venue for seats than the old Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, but it will be full and it will be loud. He believes the cowboys and cowgirls are going to get a real charge out of the crowds in Red Deer.
Red Deer RCMP have charged three people with trafficking and seized significant amounts of cocaine, methamphetamine and cash after a four-month long drug trafficking investigation that culminated in search warrants at residences in Red Deer and Sylvan Lake on October 10.
Town of Olds residents had their say during the latest online budget survey. Chief Administrative Officer Michael Merritt says the town gets an annual service level review to identify the pressure and where updates are needed.