Sign Up for March Madness at RRC!

February 16, 2017

Looking for some fun, physical activity and the chance to make new friends? Come sign up for one of Recreation Services Special Events. These one day co-ed recreational events are great way to meet new people, exercise, and have fun!

Sign up by yourself, with a friend or get a group of friends together and make a team to try and win one of the coveted Intramural Champion T-Shirts. Open to all RRC Staff and Students.

Upcoming Special Events

Rebels March Madness Week

3v3 Tournament
Wednesday March 8th 6-9pm.
North Gym, NDC
This is Co-Ed Event. There must be one player of each gender on the court at all times. Open to all Staff, Students and Community Members.
Deadline to enter is Thursday March 2nd 4:00pm.
Click Here for registration form: 2017 March Madness 3v3 Basketball Registration Form

Free Throw Contest
Wednesday March 15th 11am-1pm
North Gym, NDC
Free to Enter, Open to all Staff and Students.
Description: Come and Go challenge event. See how many free throws you can hit in 1minute! Great Prizes to Won!

Bracket Challenge
Try your luck picking the winner of the 2017 March Madness Men’s Basketball Championship! Once the field is selected on March 13th, fill out the form and submit to the North Gym Front Desk.
Free to enter for all RRC Staff and students. Great Prizes to the Winners!
Bracket Form Available on March 13th.

Event Rules

3 vs 3 Co-Ed Basketball Rules

For further information please contact Athletics and Recreation Coordinator Cole Skinner at 204.632.2397 or

Rebels Weekend Wrap February 10-11

February 13, 2017

MCAC Basketball Championship weekend came and went for the Rebels, with the women’s team capturing their 6th straight championship, while the men’s team fell short in defending their title. For in depth stories of both, please click on the below links:

Women’s Basketball

Men’s Basketball

The Rebels women’s volleyball team earned their first shot at a MCAC Championship in 4 years this weekend, qualifying for playoffs by the slimmest of margins. Even the though they were swept by ACC in both games this weekend, 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-19) and 3-2 (25-18, 16-25, 25-18, 24-26, 15-11), they still managed to qualify on a 4th (!!!) tie-breakers. The following is the MCAC explanation of how the Rebels earned the 4th and final playoff spot.

i: Record Head to Head – The record between Red River College and Assiniboine Community College this season was 2-2

ii: Sets Won/Lost Head to Head – Red River College and Assiniboine Community College both won 8 sets and lost 8 sets against each other.

iii: Sets Won/Lost Overall – Red River College finished the season with 31 sets won and 49 sets lost, a differential of -18.
Assiniboine Community College finished the season with 27 sets won, 47 sets lost, a differential of -20.

 Red River College enters the 2017 MCAC Volleyball post season on behalf of a 2 set difference.

The lady Rebels will face the PUC Pilots in their MCAC semi-finals on Saturday February 25th at 12:00pm with the championships being hosted at St. Boniface.

In other Rebels action:

The men’s volleyball team ended their season splitting the final two games against ACC 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-21) and 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-16). The men finished in 6th place and will miss the playoffs.

The Rebel futsal games, faced USB Les Rogues Friday night in St. Boniface winning both games: Men 7-4 and women 4-1. Both teams next travel to CMU to face the Blazers this Friday night, with the women’s game starting at 6:00pm.

To be Active or Not: Tips for When You are Sick

February 13, 2017

sick-quote-1The brunt of winter is here and the classroom or office has a cold running through it.  You’re coughing and sneezing but your active living routine has achieved a nice rhythm and you don’t want to lose momentum. There are two voices in your head—one encouraging you to rest—the other urging you to get up and go. Now what do you do?

It’s the toughest call and it’s usually made under duress. Read More →

2017 MCAC Women’s Basketball Final: Red River College wins Sixth Straight Championship 68-57

February 12, 2017

It was clear from the beginning of the 2017 Women’s Final that RRC had found their shot and CMU was going to need to work the ball inside if they were going to contend with the scoring touch of the Rebels. The beginning of the game was relatively low scoring as both teams felt the opposition out and neither clicked into their offensive sets immediately. The largest lead of the first half came late in the first quarter when Red River went up 16-7 and CMU was struggling to get open looks. Regular season MVP Zera Lynn Panesa played terrific in the early stages of the first half, shooting 2-for-4 from 3 pt and led all scorers with 10 points. CMU helped their case considerably by taking the ball to the rim and drawing fouls, scoring 10 points off free throws alone. Shortly before the half the Rebels went on a small run that put them up 31-24, and their 15 points to CMU’s 0 from the 3 point line looked to be the largest factor of the half. Jessica Marx-Houndle led CMU in scoring with 6 points, shooting a perfect 4-for-4 from the field.

Red River busted out of the break adding to their lead and getting a much needed boost from 3rd year Raven Boulanger, who hit a couple of huge back-to-back 3 pointers for RRC. The Rebels were up 38-25 midway through the 3rd quarter and CMU was lacking a boost.
Rookie centre Caitlin Fennell gave her Blazers a much needed wake up when she blocked Panesa in CMU’s end and then laid a number of big pick and rolls for the Blazers, getting to the line and playing with some grit. She also played tremendous defence inside, something CMU was able to do quite well throughout the game.

When CMU had cut RRC’s lead to just 8 with less than a minute to go in the third, RRC coach Jaenas Pangilinan called a timeout to try to get control of his team’s dwindling lead. Out of their timeout, RRC was unable to convert their possession into points and CMU’s Remy Dickson got a huge and-1 for the Blazers, cutting RRC’s lead to 5. After RRC again failed to score on their trip down the floor, CMU then got the ball with about 10 seconds left in the quarter. They turned the ball over before the clock could run out and as the crowd counted down the final seconds, Panesa hit a wild runner in the lane to stem the momentum that CMU had begun generating.

The beginning of the 4th quarter was back and forth but CMU continued to cut into the lead that RRC had established in the first half. A huge turning point occurred when Zera Lynn Panesa fouled out with 3:57 to play and All Conference guard Sarah Townsend hit both free throws to bring CMU’s deficit to 58-49. Panesa’s scoring had slowed down considerably in the second half before she fouled out, but Boulanger continued to either make shots or get to the foul line, effectively slowing the game down and preventing CMU from generating enough momentum to catch up.

Remy Dickson shot 5-for-12 on the day and led all Blazers with 12 points. Brita Enns-Kutcy had a big game, grabbing 10 rebounds and finishing with 5 points. Boulanger led all scorers with 20 points and was named Tournament MVP.

Story by Kelly McGuiness/MCAC

2017 MCAC Men’s Basketball Final: CMU Upsets RRC 77-68

February 12, 2017

The CMU Blazers started hot out of the gate in the men’s Final on Sunday afternoon, getting a 16-8 lead on Red River early. Blazers third-year forward Sam Kinsley shot 3-for-8 and led the Blazers with 9 points in the first half, but it was the collective play of CMU that helped them spread the ball out and keep the lead early.

The Rebels – who were looking for their program’s ninth straight men’s basketball title – didn’t get a lead until the 4:50 mark of the third quarter when Jonathan Wilner scored a layup to put the Rebels up 47-45. At this point the youth of CMU’s roster looked to be finally catching up with them, and Red River kept pushing.

CMU Head coach Billy Isaac was forced to take a timeout with Red River leading 54-47 in hopes of stopping the momentum. But it appeared to keep rolling in Red River’s favour when Gliff Macalua, who finished the game with 9 points, hit a 3 shortly before the third quarter was over. But CMU inbounded the ball and got it up the court just time for Evan Klassen to bang a 3 in response, and the third quarter ended with the Rebels up 58-56.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Blazers began to take control of the game by reclaiming the lead and playing a strong defence against RRC’s Taylor Brown and Jon Wilner – the two players who had carried much of the offensive load for Red River this season.

“We needed to shut down Jonathan, because he’s obviously a big part of what Red River did” says CMU head coach, Billy Isaac.

The Blazers were able to curb Wilner’s scoring to 13 points on the day, making him shoot 5-for-15 and keeping him from getting comfortable in the lane where he was deadly against University of Winnipeg College in the semifinal. And after racking up 18 points in the first half, Taylor Brown would add just 4 more in the second half to finish the night with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 steals.

Late in the game with CMU leading by 14 and RRC struggling to hit shots from the outside, it began to look like CMU had wrapped up the 2017 Final. But a couple of costly turnovers led to Red River getting the ball back and RRC’s Paul Luzige hit a couple of big threes late to cut the lead to 5. Issac used his timeouts to slow the pace and remind his players what they needed to do to weather the storm.

“I told them our offence still needs to attack because we can’t just stall away the game. We need to still look to attack and be at the rim.”

CMU would get to the foul line and make enough free throws to push their lead out of reach, and when the final horn sounded it was CMU on top 77-68.

Junior forward Sam Kinsley was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, after finishing the Final with 15 points, 20 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals. With a gold medal around his neck and a huge smile on his face, he spoke about his confidence entering Sunday’s Final.

“I knew it was gonna be a battle with both teams punching, making their runs, but I knew we were gonna win. The boys were peaking at the right time so I mean that might sound cocky, but I knew we had each other’s backs and I knew we were gonna play the best game we’ve played all year”.

The win is Canadian Mennonite University’s first men’s basketball title since they won back-to-back in 2008 and 2007.

MCAC Men’s Basketball Semifinal: #1 RRC defeats #4 U of W College 89-50

February 11, 2017

The University of Winnipeg entered their semifinal matchup with the hopes of treating a home crowd to a huge upset. Trailing by only a single bucket after the first quarter, the Wesmen were able to keep the game within reach going into the break down by only 10 points and holding all Rebel scorers to single digits. At the break, All-Conference guard Jonathan Wilner had scored 8 points while Taylor Brown posted 9 points and 7 rebounds. The Wesmen’s Dennis Cicak had already grabbed 9 boards and 5 points while guard Dhruv Barman led U of W with 6.

Trailing by 10 entering the third frame, U of W kept their composure for the first several possessions before Red River’s pedigree began to shine through and take over the game. A good indication of RRC’s depth was their 47 points off the bench compared to U of W’s 10. The Rebels were also feeling it from behind the three point stripe, with 4 players stroking 10 three pointers in the game.
Adam Rush led all Wesmen with 11 points while Taylor Brown led the Rebels with 16. Brown was named a Player of the Game as was the Wesmen’s Tyler Linklater.

Story by Kelly McGuiness/MCAC

2017 MCAC Women’s Basketball Semifinal: RRC defeats PUC 57-40

February 11, 2017

Entering the second women’s semifinal match of the day, Red River College knew they had to play a half decent offensive game in order to move on to Sunday’s final. Alternatively, Providence had the size and strength to defend Red River and knew that if they could slow the game down enough and keep regular season MVP Zera Lynn Panesa from getting too comfortable, they would have a shot at an upset. And really, both teams did a pretty good job at executing their game plan. Panesa was held to just 8 points on the entire game and Providence was able to keep Red River from scoring any more than 16 in each quarter. But PUC just never had the points production needed to get ahead and Red River methodically outscored the Pilots by a handful of points each quarter.

In the early stages of the first half, the Rebels implemented a full court press that sent PUC scrambling and RRC was able to play with a comfortable lead for much of the game.
Courtney Engel, PUC’s lone All-Conference selection this season, shot 1-for-11 from the field and was held to just 2 points but cleaned up 13 rebounds on the game. Guard Lauren Wiebe and centre Isabella Selk led Providence with 10 points.
Red River’s Lucija Golubic led Red River with 17 points and 4 steals. Zera Lynn Panesa and Isabella Selk were named Players of the Game.

Story by MCAC/Kelly McGuiness

Zera Lynn Panesa Named MCAC Wbball MVP. Kutchy and Wilner added to All Star Teams

February 10, 2017

MCAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team 2016-17


Brita Enns Kutchy

Brita Enns Kutchy – Red River College

Courtney Engel – Providence University College

Sarah Townsend – Canadian Mennonite University

Cassie Wiebe – Canadian Mennonite University



Zera Lynn Panesa

Zera Lynn Panesa

2016-17 Most Valuable Player Zera Lynn Panesa – Red River College




MCAC Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team 2016-17

Jon Wilner

Jon Wilner

Jon Wilner – Red River College

Sam Kinsley – Canadian Mennonite University

Ridel Ebero – Canadian Mennonite University

Richard Rodgers – Providence University College

2016-17 Most Valuable Player Romeo KC – Providence University College

2017 Men’s Basketball Final Four Preview

February 10, 2017

#3 Providence University College vs #2 Canadian Mennonite University Blazers Saturday, February 11th – 4:00 PM Duckworth Centre

Season Series
Oct 21: CMU 114 – PUC 94
Nov 9: CMU 114 – PUC 90
Nov 25: PUC 94 – CMU 78
Jan 17: PUC 102 – CMU 94

In what could very likely be the game of the day on Saturday at Duckworth Centre, the 7-5 Blazers will see a 6-6 Pilots squad who bounced back against the Blazers in their last two meetings to tie the season series at 2 games apiece. Twice, CMU scored the most points of any men’s basketball game this season against Providence, so the possibility of a shootout between these two teams is on the table.
PUC 4th year point guard and last season’s Regular Season MVP, Romeo KC, led his team in scoring this season with 21.8 per game and showed once again why he has been such a valuable asset during his time spent in the MCAC. KC’s speed and relentless pursuit of the ball make him extremely difficult to contain but his selfless play among a well-rounded roster is perhaps even more impressive than his ability to put the ball in the hoop. Australian forward, Richard Rodgers, has also been a force for the Pilots this season, especially when it comes to collecting rebounds. Averaging 9.45 boards a game, Rodgers has the physical makeup and scoring touch to hurt opponents from both inside and outside of the paint, as well as on the offensive or defensive side of the ball.

For the Blazers, it’s safe to say that Sam Kinsley will have a major part in determining the outcome of their season this weekend. Kinsley led the Blazers this season in all three major statistical categories averaging 20.3 points, 4.13 assists and 11.9 rebounds per game. Averaging a double-double is impressive in its own right, but doing so on the second best team in the conference really puts into perspective just how big Kinsley has been this season. 6’8” 2nd year Centre Jacob Penner is also a treat to watch for the Blazers, as he is perhaps one of the best big men in the conference when it comes to footwork. How PUC deals with Penner could play a big part in the outcome of this semifinal matchup.

#4 University Of Winnipeg Wesmen Athletics vs #1 Red River College Rebels 6:00pm
Season Series

November 25: RRC 69 – UW 43
December 4: RRC 77 – UW 62
February 4: RRC 97 – UW 69
February 5: RRC 90 – UW 35

The University of Winnipeg Wesmen men’s basketball team has perhaps the unluckiest record in the conference this season. Unable to snag a win throughout their 12 game regular season, the Wesmen lost a number of games that were very much within reach. At the beginning of February, the Wesmen lost an 84-81 overtime decision to the #2 ranked Mennonite University College when UWC Guard Tyler Linklater led all scorers with 25 points but the Wesmen as a whole shot just 25% from the field. In the Wesmen’s closest loss to the Rebels this season on December 4th, UWC got to within 15 points of RRC using their entire 8-man roster including Forward Davis Kos-Whicher logging a full 40 minutes in the loss. The short bench of University of Winnipeg College will be a challenge in facing Red River’s deep and talented roster, but what a story it would be if the Wesmen could find the win column in their season’s most meaningful game to date. A winless record is never pretty but don’t expect UWC to roll over; the Wesmen’s leading scorer, Dhruv Barman (12.7 /game), along with Linklater and Kos-Whicher, all showed that they can score at the college level and could give the Rebels a headache if any of them are to catch fire.

The Rebels on the other hand, with their 11-1 record and dominance throughout the last two months of the season, have put together a body of work this season that reminded the rest of the conference why their program has won the last 8 MCAC Championships. Their wealth of scoring talent and overall depth is unmatched throughout the field and league leading scorer, point guard Jonathan Wilner, showed the ability to go on scoring tears unlike any player in the conference. With an average point differential of 19.3 this season, the Rebels averaged 90 points scored per game and will undoubtedly force UWC to play some outstanding defence if the Wesmen hope to keep the score reasonable.

Alongside Wilner, 2015-16 MCAC Championship MVP and 5th year perimeter player Taylor Brown will be another player for RRC that fans should keep an eye on. Speedy 6’ point guard Matt Dyck is also a fun player to watch orchestrate the offense while showing a great deal of hustle on both sides of the ball. For the Wesmen, no other player has attempted more field goals than Tyler Linklater this season, so expect to see the ball fly when he is granted an open look.

Story by Kelly McGuiness/MCAC

Rebels Soccer Add New Recruit for 2017

February 9, 2017

Laura Halipchuk

L. HalipchukRed River College Women’s Soccer announces the commitment of Laura Halipchuk for the 2017 MCAC season. Laura played youth soccer with the Stonewall Youth Soccer Association. She attended Gimli H.S. where she was a multi-sport athlete. Laura was the soccer MVP all four years in high school and won the Athlete of the Year award twice. Laura was also a competitive figure skater throughout her youth, and won the Provincial Championship three times in the Individual event.

Laura comes to the team highly recommended by current team captain Paige Procter (Stonewall CI), who described Laura as the “hardest working player on the Gimli team”.

Laura graduated high school in 2013. She was an Honour Roll student and received the Crystal Kohler scholarship. She proceeded to the University of Manitoba where she completed her Nursing pre-requisite courses. While at the UofM Laura competed with the Bisons Synchronized Skating club. Laura transferred to RRC in 2016 upon gaining entrance into the RRC Bachelor of Nursing program. Laura will be entering her second year in the Nursing program.