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.

2017 Women’s Basketball Final Four Preview

February 9, 2017

#4 University of Winnipeg Wesmen vs #1 Canadian Mennonite University
Saturday, February 11th – 12:00 PM Duckworth Centre

Season Series
October 30th: CMU 71 – UW 12
November 15: CMU 79 – UW 29
January 11: CMU 85 – UW 21

The first place team in MCAC women’s basketball find themselves sitting in a very similar position as last season, entering the Final Fours championship in first place and having shown the rest of the conference for much of the season just how lethal they can be. They lead the conference in virtually every category such as points, assists, field goal percentage, 3 pointers, both offensive and defensive rebounds, and no other team contributed more points off the bench this season than the Blazers. Had it not been for a 66-55 loss to the Red River College Rebels on January 20th, the Blazers would be perfect and entering their second-straight MCAC championship with an undefeated record.

The University of Winnipeg College Wesmen had a far different 2016-17 campaign, as they are still looking for their first win of the season. As hosts of the tournament, playing in their own gym surely can’t hurt their chances at putting together what could be the ultimate David vs Goliath narrative. The Wesmen struggled to put together a full squad for the last month of their season and will hopefully have a more formidable bench on Saturday to help combat the juggernaut that is the CMU Blazers.

Players to watch in this matchup will be CMU’s lone senior and captain, Cassie Wiebe, and her teammate and CMU sophomore, Sarah Townsend. Wiebe has scored less in 2016-17 than past seasons but remains to be the straw that stirs CMU’s drink. She ranked second in the conference for assists this season with 3.5 per game and is very clearly her team’s leader. Townsend on the other hand has become the Blazers’ sniper, ranking second in conference scoring, first in productivity and first in 3 pointers made, averaging just under 3 per game.

#3 Providence University College Pilots vs #2 Red River College Rebels
Saturday, February 11th – 2:00 PM Duckworth Centre

November 22: RRC 56 – PUC 46
January 14: RRC 63 – PUC 47
January 27: RRC 73 – PUC 51

Very similar to last year’s Final Fours, Providence enters this postseason in the middle of the pack while Red River College is on a late season surge. When asked about his team’s current state entering the final tournament, PUC Assistant Coach Joey Traa likes the determination he sees from the Pilots.

“We’re a scrappy team who is really starting to peak at the right time right now. Currently playing our best basketball, I think we can really turn some heads”.

One of Providence’s great strengths lies within it’s mixture of talent throughout the roster, never relying on just one player and playing a more team oriented style of ball.  With only 3 rookies on their team this season, the majority of PUC’s roster already know the ins and outs of the MCAC’s win-or-go-home final tournament.

The Rebels feature 5’3” sophomore guard, Zera Lynn Panesa, who leads the league in scoring with 19.5 points per over 8 games, including an average of two 3 pointers made per game. Two of RRC’s losses this season were due to forfeit as they were unable to field a full team, so don’t let their record fool you. The Rebels are arguably the most dangerous team in the latter half of this season and as the 2015-16 women’s basketball Coach of the Year, Jaenas Pangilinan, has shown in years prior, he is more than capable of bringing a squad together when it matters most. Red River enters this weekend having won the last five-straight MCAC championships.

Players to watch in this semifinal matchup include 5’11” sophomore, Britta Enns-Kutcy, who has been patrolling Red River’s paint to the tune of 3.5 blocks per game this season. The aforementioned Zera Lynn Panesa will also be an integral part of the Rebels’ scoring and the Pilots will be hard pressed keeping her off Saturday’s scoresheet.
5’8” junior forward Courtney Engel will be a piece of the PUC lineup that will need to play well in order for the Pilots to keep up with Red River’s scoring. Averaging 10.5 points per game this season, Engel is a big, strong presence who is good at creating her own opportunities around the hoop.

Story by Kelly McGuiness/MCAC

Rebels Weekend Wrap: February 3-5

February 7, 2017

The Rebels men’s basketball team finished the MCAC regular season strong, sweeping a weekend double header against the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. On Saturday at home, the Rebels cruised to a 97-69 victory. Taylor Brown led all scorers with 25 points while guard Jonathan Wilner added 15 points. Ezy Lerner also had a strong game for the Rebels scoring 10 points along with 10 rebounds. On Sunday night, the Rebels followed up with a 90-35 thrashing of the Wesmen. Brown and Paul Luzige each had 22 points for the Rebels. The Rebels end the year in first place with a 11-1 record and will face the Wesmen in the MCAC Championship Semi-Final on Saturday at the UW, 6:00PM. The MCAC Championship Final will be held on Sunday in the Duckworth Centre at UW, 3:00PM start.

The Rebels women’s team had a light weekend, both of their games scheduled against the UW were forfeit wins. They finish in 2nd place with a 8-4 record. On Saturday at 2:00PM they face the Providence University Pilots in the MCAC championship semi, with the winner going on to the final at 1:00PM on Sunday, all games being held at the Duckworth Centre.

Coach Doug Lawrie’s women’s futsal team had a very successfully Saturday in Brandon, winning a game each against their MCAC rivals, ACC and BU. They first defeated the ACC Cougars 4-2, with Paige Proctor scoring 2 goals and strong play from defender Emeraude Nginda, who has also scored a goal in the win. The Rebels then followed up with a 4-2 victory over the BU Bobcats. The Rebels were lead by Nadine Reimer’s hat trick and strong goaltending from Brittany Derkacz. The Rebels currently sit in second place with a 4-1-1 record.

Unfortunately the Rebels men’s futsal team did not have the same success, losing to BU and ACC by identical 6-5 scores. The pair of losses drops their record to 3-3, where they sit in the 3rd place. Both Futsal teams head to USB on Friday to face the Les Rouge in a pair of games, women’s starting at 6:00PM.

Finally, the Rebels women’s volleyball team missed a glorious opportunity to secure the final MCAC playoff spot on Saturday losing to PUC in five sets, 3-2 (25-13, 19-25, 25-27, 25-21, 15-7). This comes after a strong 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-17) win over the UW on Wednesday. The women’s team currently sits in 4th place (final playoff spot) two games ahead of the ACC Cougars. They, along with the men’s team (who have been eliminated from playoff contention), finish the regular season this weekend in Brandon against ACC with games Friday or Saturday night. The women Rebels need to win one of the two games to clinch a playoff berth, for the first time in 4 years.

Tips for Balancing Life/School/Work

February 6, 2017

When I went to university half way into the school year, I still hadn’t found that feeling of being in stride with it. I understood the routine of getting up for classes and making sure I caught my bus at the same time every time, I felt the stress of workload piling up on me and I could barely see any free moments to spend time just relaxing and not thinking, just still being young and having fun.


I thought my new goal resolutions would’ve held out but who was I kidding. I knew it would be the same pattern as every time I tried years before which, even just that thinking had already set me up for failure. I knew that if I was to succeed with what I wanted out of life I had to really take a good look at myself. Really see who I was and face some of the unwanted answers that might be me. This would mean I would have to make some tough decisions as well as maybe change the way I live and recognize some patterns.

Here are some tips which have helped me and still to this day have made my life one that I design for myself and not something that others have programmed for me. Read More →

Rebels Weekend Wrap: Jan 27-28

January 30, 2017

The men’s and women’s Futsal teams hosted both Brandon schools this weekend in a pair of MCAC regular season contests. The men’s team completed a Brandon sweep, defeating the BU Bobcats 4-2, Anderson Pereira, Cesar Carvahlo and Ali Castro (2) scored, and the ACC Cougars 4-2 with Pereira, Aziz Zerouki (2) and Nebojsa Stevanovic scoring for the Rebels. The women Rebels defeated the Cougars 4-2, Nadine Reimer and Lucija Golubic each scoring a pair of goals, then tied the Bobcats 1-1 with Megan Castro the lone goal scorer. The men’s team improved their record to 3-1 on the season, while the women’s team sit with a 2-1-1 tally. Both teams head to Brandon this Saturday for a pair of return matches against ACC and BU.

On Friday night, the men’s and women’s basketball teams swept the PUC Pilots at home in the North Gym. The women’s team cruised to a 73-51 victory. Guard Zera Lynn Panesa led the Rebels with 26 points, while Susie Namgung added 12 points and Lucy Golubic chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. They now sit in 2nd place in the MCAC with a 6-4 record. The men’s team defeated a pesky Pilots team 95-84, with Jon Wilner leading the way with 27 points, followed by Gliff Macalua at 22 points and Ezekiel Lerner adding 13 points and 10 rebounds. The men’s team remain in 1st place with a 9-1 record. Both teams next face the UW Wesmen at home this Saturday with the women’s game starting at 6pm.

Unfortunately the Rebels volleyball teams struggled the past weekend losing all 4 games they participated in. The women’s team fell to CMU 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-14) and PUC  3-1 (35-33, 19-25, 25-22, 25-16) while the men’s team lost to CMU 3-0 (32-30, 25-14, 25-12) and PUC 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-23). Both teams hope to rebound against the UW Wesmen on Wednesday Feb 1 at the Duckworth Centre. Their next home game is against PUC on Saturday with the women’s game starting at 1pm.

Click Here for full MCAC stats and standings

RRC Get Movin Challenge

January 30, 2017

This February, go toe-to-toe with your colleagues and walk your way to improved health and a chance to win some great prizes!

The Wellness Committee is hosting its second annual Get Movin’ Challenge. For the entire month of February, challenge yourself, your co-workers and students to stop sitting and start moving. Your challenge? Reach 7,000 steps per day.

Sign-up now by filling out the form on the Wellness blog (, .

All registrants who are interested will can use The Get Movin Challenge logbook (fillable form_get movin’_Jan.2017) to record your steps. All participants will be self-reporting, and at the end of February you will be invited to submit your results electronically on this page.

Counting Your Steps!
It’s easy! Use your smartphone, fitness band or a pedometer

Smart phone Apps Examples:
IPhone- Steps, Pacer, Pedometer
Android- S Health, Google Fit, Pedometer
BlackBerry- Casca/Sports Run Tracker Pro, Sports Tracker, Endomondo

Step Conversion Chart

Some activities do not allow for a pedometer to be used, or perhaps you would rather count your steps/exercise/activity without one. No problem. You can use the following Step Conversion Charts to mark your progress! Below are to separate but similar conversion charts, use whichever one that works best for you and get active!

Purdue University Activity Converter

Step Conversion Chart


Watch these two videos of RRC staff and students being active and achieving their 7000 steps!

Get Movin’ Challenge 2017 – 360° Experience (Facebook)

Get Movin’ Challenge 2017 – Standard (YouTube)


There are three huge prize categories that can be entered depending on how many days you achieve 7,000 steps! The more days you achieve your goal, the better the prizes. All participants will be self-reporting. Cutoff to enter results online is 3:00pm, Wednesday March 1st.

Incentives/Prize Structure: Participants will gain entry into each prize category if they complete a specific minimum number of days in which they achieve 7,000 steps per day. There will be 3 prize levels:

Bronze Level: 10 days completed

Swag, Rebels gear, Yard games, Fitness equipment

Silver Level: 15 days completed

Jane’s Restaurant $50.00 gift card, Free Rec Services Fitness Class, Massage session with Jason Matthes @ AAA Mobile Massage Therapy, Athletic Therapy Session with Rebels Athletics, Saje Wellness Diffuser , Snow Shoes

Gold Level: 20 days competed

$175.00 Photoshoot donated by Lindsay Rowan, $200.00 Thermea Spa Gift Certificate, 200.00 VISA gift card, $200.00 Gift Card to Float Calm Therapy Centre, $200.00 Sport Check gift card

Example on how prize leveling work: If Jill reaches 7,000 steps in 21 days, she is entered once in each level draw. If Joe reaches 7,000 in 17 days, he is entered once into the Bronze and Silver levels.

Weekly Prizes- NEW for this YEAR!!

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 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!

Prize Day:

After the results are collected, a draw will be held to determine the various prize winners on Thursday March 2nd. Winners will be announced at our Prize Day, Friday March 3rd 10am-12pm at the Cave on NDC. Winners will be announced then, and can either pick up their prizes in person or have other arrangements made. Along with the Prizes being handed out, the RRCSA will be holding a pancake breakfast at the same time in the Cave. More details about that to follow!

Please note: Result submissions will not be accepted on Prize Day. Deadline to submit results is March 1 at 3 pm using the online form that will be posted here later in February.

If you have questions in regards to the challenge, please send an email to