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Rebels MVB Josh Goosen named MCAC Player of the Week

February 15, 2019

­­WINNIPEG, MB., February 14, 2018 – The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference announced Thursday that Blaire De La Mare from the ACC Cougars women’s volleyball team and Josh Goossen from the RRC Rebels men’s volleyball team are athletes of the week.

Athlete_of_the_Week-1gnrq2n Congratulations to Josh Goossen, outside hitter for the RRC Rebels, who is the male athlete of the week.

The UofM Bisons transfer had “the most dominant performance” Rebels’ head coach Lindsey Habib has seen in his two seasons, connecting on 56 kills with a .384 hitting efficiency in back-to-back 3-0 sweeps over the ACC Cougars.

“Josh has had a very strong year leading the conference in kills,” says Habib. “He has dominated right from the start, and this weekend was his most impressive performance – he took it to another level.”

The Rebels will host the Providence Pilots (7-8) in their last game of the season this weekend after missing out on the playoffs by just two games. This may be Goossen’s final game with the Rebels as well, as he is set to graduate from the creative communications program this June.

 

 

GMC Week 2 Prize Winners

February 14, 2019

For the entire month of February, Red River College staff and students are meeting the challenge of reaching 7,000 steps per day! This month long challenge encourages you to be active and reduce sedentary behavior in your life. Need more incentive? No problem! We have some great prizes lined up for participants. The more days you reach 7000 steps, the better the prizes! Think reaching 7000 steps in one day is too difficult? Think again…Here are some simple ways you can do it: Walking, running, sports, fitness class, have a walking meeting, working out, take the stairs, park further away, walking lunch hour… Read More →

Rebels Men’s Basketball win MCAC Championship

February 11, 2019

The Red River College Rebels defeated the Providence Pilots 76-68 in the 2019 MCAC Men’s Basketball Championship.

By Nicholas Bueno/MCAC

“Next time I’ll get thirty.”

That was Mark Ridd, who finished the game with 29 rebounds and a Finals MVP selection.

After their attempt for a ninth-straight title was thwarted in 2017, the Rebels quickly got back on track with an MCAC title last season. They won their second consecutive Saturday at the Loewen Athletic Centre, beating the Providence Pilots 76-68.

“Feels unbelievable for the guys,” said Rebels head coach Scott Kirkpatrick after capturing their 10th title in 11 years. “They’ve been working since September, so it’s nice to see some success here. We’re big on winning the local championship.”

Pilots’ Jordan Lawson and Rebels’ Marco Valera

The game started out in a frustrating way for both teams. Red River shot 24% from the field while Providence only shot 18%. The game was not short of three-point attempts, with a combined 16 threes put up in the opening quarter.

The second quarter proved to be an improvement for Kirkpatrick’s squad, with Rebels guard Torrez McKoy scoring eight quick points while picking up three steals. Guard Kyle Queijo had three three-pointers at the half, and the Rebels lead ballooned to ten. Mark Ridd was impressive hauling in 17 rebounds by halftime. Ridd’s aggressive play was difficult for the Pilots to handle, with only one foul in the first half.

The Pilots’ defense kept this game fairly close, forcing 10 Rebels turnovers.

“It’s definitely challenging, but we have great coaches and we have so many mature players,” Kirkpatrick said of losing four players this semester.

The third quarter started well for the Rebels, holding the Pilots scoreless for the first three minutes. The Pilots answered every Rebels run, cutting a 13-point lead to as close as one. The Rebels seemed to have an answer with every push, as Queijo finished the quarter with five threes. Ridd had 24 rebounds at the end of three quarters.

“It’s a nice experience, it just feels unbelievable to win with this group of guys,” Ridd said of getting his first Finals MVP.

Ridd finished the game with a ridiculous stat line: six points, 29 rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal in 37 minutes of play.

“Prov is a good team, they got a lot of great shooters and they can get hot. It was nice to stop them on defense and keep chipping away,” Ridd said of Providence’s relentlessness.

After an impressive upset win over hosts CMU, Providence struggled to put up points efficiently. Shooting 31% on the game and only awarded 14 free-throws.

Nonetheless, this is an encouraging result for rookie head coach Pierre Dubreuil, who will be looking to take his squad back here.

The Pilots have three players heading into their fifth year: Kendall Perpall, Cash Blanca and Braxton Phommarath, who would love to bring the Pilots their first title in a very long time.

Monica Morin is Week 1 Prize Winner of Get Movin Challenge

February 8, 2019

For the entire month of February, Red River College staff and students are meeting the challenge of reaching 7,000 steps per day! This month long challenge encourages you to be active and reduce sedentary behavior in your life. Need more incentive? No problem! We have some great prizes lined up for participants. The more days you reach 7000 steps, the better the prizes! Think reaching 7000 steps in one day is too difficult? Think again…Here are some simple ways you can do it: Walking, running, sports, fitness class, have a walking meeting, working out, take the stairs, park further away, walking lunch hour…

Weekly Prizes

During the challenge, we encourage participants to send in a pic of you and/or your co-workers, fellow students, friends and family being active and achieving your daily 7,000 steps to coskinner@rrc.ca along with a brief synopsis and be entered to win a weekly prize! Your pic may make the blog and inspire other participants to Get Movin!

Week 1 Prize Winner: Monica Morin

Here is a pic after I shoveled some heavy and some soft snow, it’s a bit of a trail for my small dogs and also to get to the fire pit of course. It took me about 45 minutes which translates into 8775 steps.

It’a great way to keep moving!

 

Congrats Monica on being our week winner! Monica will receive a Rebels Prize Pack courtesy of Rebels Athletics.

 

 

 

 

Given up on your New Years resolutions?

February 8, 2019

By Mario De Negri

Fitness Coordinator, Rebels Athletics and Recreation Services

It’s come to that time of year where most of us have not only given up on our New Years resolutions but more importantly just recalled we had some. What’s so fascinating about this is that now that we have brought it back to the forefront of our thoughts, most, and I’m saying close to all of us will still not do anything about it.

So I ask what is it that would stop me from implementing an action towards that resolution I had. I would like to think its distraction. When I am focused and I know what I want I usually do what is necessary to get it. Read More →

Eduardo Bardello named MCAC Athlete of the Week

February 8, 2019

­­WINNIPEG, MB., February 8, 2018 – The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference announced Friday that Katie Moniot from the USB Les Rouges women’s futsal team and Eduardo Bardello from the RRC Rebels men’s futsal team have been named athletes of the week. Read More →

2019 Men’s Basketball Championship Preview

February 7, 2019

The #2 CMU Blazers and #3 PUC Pilots will battle it out in the semifinals on Friday, February 8 at 8 PM in CMU’s Loewen Athletic Centre. / By Nicholas Bueno/MCAC

by Nicholas Bueno

The CMU Blazers have been here before.

Head coach Billy Isaac has taken his team to four of the last five MCAC finals. After winning his lone championship in 2016-17 in an upset victory over the Red River College Rebels, their attempt to repeat was thwarted by the Rebels in an 88-75 loss last season.

They have another chance at a finals birth Friday night with the Providence Pilots again in their path. The last time these two didn’t face off in the semifinal was in 2015, which was the last time Providence found themselves in the championship game.

Blazers forward Riley Ens

Coach Isaac’s squad has rebounded well this year by replacing the production of last season standouts Jaden Harms, Kniel Sullera and Nick Kasmik admirably. CMU is the second highest ranking Manitoban team in the NIAC standings, sporting a 6-8 record.

The Blazers scoring is led by second-year forward Riley Ens putting up 17.4 points per game and guard Keegan Beer’s hot shooting nailing 40% from beyond the arc this year. Forward Ty Venderbos leads the teams in rebounds at 9.3 per contest.

On the other side of the bracket, the Providence Pilots sit at 5-11 on the season and are looking to break a four-year MCAC final appearance drought. It would be an incredible feat for rookie head coach Pierre Dubreuil.

The two times these sides have met in the season produced two CMU wins, 98-91 and 80-74 respectively. The Blazers are second in NIAC three-point percentage at 34.4% with the Pilots not far behind at 27.9%.

The Pilots are led by their fourth-year leader, Kendall Perpall. Perpall scores 18.3 points a night and converts his free throws at a 74% rate. The Pilots scoring punch is complemented by Winnipeg natives third-year Chris Dick and fourth-year Cash Blanca, who each score 11.6 points per game.

Pilots forward Kendall Perpall

Not to be forgotten in the Pilots lineup is third-year forward, Jordan Lawson. Lawson is the whole package for the Pilots, averaging 17.8 points per game while contributing nine rebounds per game.

The semifinal between the Blazers and the Pilots takes place at CMU’s Loewen Athletic Centre on Friday, February 8 at 8 PM following the women’s match. Entrance is free for MCAC students with valid Student ID.

The MCAC has been run by the Rebels for the past decade collecting nine conference banners along the way. The Rebels have continued their winning ways with the best Manitoban record in the NIAC this season at 11-5, tied for the most wins on the season.

Head coach Scott Kirkpatrick and the Rebels are looking for back-to-back titles this season, including winning three of four titles with a win on Saturday.

A big key for the Rebels was getting forward Mark Ridd back on the roster this year, as there was some doubt as to whether or not he would return to action this season. Back on the floor, Ridd has not disappointed, averaging 9.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while shooting a perfect 100% from the free throw line.

Rebels forward Mark Ridd

The Rebels bolstered their roster in the offseason with key additions including forward Joshua Charr, guard Liam Soliven, and guard Devin Kinch.

The biggest strengths of the Rebels roster this year is their depth – 11 players played over 70 total minutes this season – and their balanced offensive attack, with no player scoring more than 90 total points over the course of the season.

The Rebels also boast a stout defense, leading the NIAC division in blocks (28) and steals (94). Their physicality is made even more obvious with their league-leading 151 offensive rebounds.

The Rebels will be waiting to meet their match Friday night before taking the court on Saturday, February 9 at 4 PM to battle it out for this year’s banner.

2019 Women’s Basketball Championship Preview

February 7, 2019

The #2 PUC Pilots and #3 RRC Rebels will battle it out in the semifinals on Friday, February 8 at 6 PM in CMU’s Loewen Athletic Centre. / By Nicholas Bueno/MCAC

By Nicholas Bueno

What a difference a year makes.

A year removed from going winless in MCAC play, the Providence Pilots have cemented themselves as a legitimate contender going 12-2 this season.

The Pilots are one game back of the league-leading CMU Blazers (13-1) and even took down the top seed in a 64-61 nail biter two weeks ago.

Providence is looking to break a five-year final drought with their last championship appearance occurring back in 2014 where they lost to the Red River College Rebels.

Pilots forward Hannah Van Schie

Their team dominance is evident in the stats. They lead the league in field goal percentage (37.1%), free-throw percentage (62.5%), bench scoring (136 total points), and second-chance points (106 total).

The Pilots are led by fourth-year point guard, and Selkirk, MB native, Taylor Goodbrandson, who leads the team in minutes (31 minutes per game) and assists (3.5 per game), while chipping in 11.7 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game.

Also leading the Pilots are second-year guard, Katelin Thiessen, who contributes 10.5 points a game and 5.3 rebounds per game, and fourth-year forward from Winnipeg, Alison Zajac, who adds 9.5 points per game and 8.2 rebounds a night.

A win Friday night would be a huge confidence boost not only for the current team but the women’s basketball program moving forward.

Contrastingly, the RRC Rebels run the risk of not making the MCAC finals for the first time in over seven years. Before losing the 2017-18 championship against the CMU Blazers, the Rebels won six consecutive titles.

They enter the semifinal this year at 5-9, good for sixth place in the NIAC standings. During the regular season, Red River posted a combined 0-4 record against both competing MCAC teams, CMU and Providence.

The Rebels are led by first-year guard Czyelle Mas, who averages 15.1 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, 1.4 assists per game and 2.8 steals per game.

Red River also features forward Kaelei Daniels, who boasts averages of 10.8 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game on 33% shooting from the field and guard Cayla Sagun who averages 6 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game.

The semifinal between the Rebels and the Pilots takes place at CMU’s Loewen Athletic Centre on Friday, February 8 at 6 PM.

It’s fair to imagine coach Joe Di Curzio sleeps a little better after the end to last season.

After losing four straight finals to the Red River College Rebels, DiCurzio finally got the CMU Blazers over the hump with a big-time win last year to give the women’s program their first ever MCAC championship.

The dominant frontcourt was key during their title run, and yet, they had two spots to fill with both Vanessa Millions and Caitlin Fennell both leaving the team.

DiCurzio wasted no time adapting by gearing the Blazers offense to a more guard-oriented attack which has led them a conference-leading 13-1 record on the season.

Blazers guard Shirliz Apiyo

The Blazers, in the hunt for back-to-back titles, are led by three returning players including 2018 Finals MVP Jessica Marx-Houndle, plus second-years Shirliz Apiyo and Julia Schatkowsky.

Apiyo is a dynamic scorer, bringing 14 points per game on 41% shooting from the field, while Marx-Houndle is a classic all-around threat. She averages seven points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game and leads the Blazers with three assists per game. Schatkowsky is one of the most efficient players in the league, averaging 18 points per contest on 56% shooting from the floor while also shooting 83% from the free-throw line.

The top-ranked Blazers will take on the winner of the Rebels and Pilots semifinal matchup the following day, on Saturday, February 9 at 2 PM.