Rebels Free Throw Challenge

March 9, 2018

One minute to become the #rebelsrec free throw champion! On March 14 from 11am-1pm swing by the North Gym for the chance to win great prizes. Don’t forget to fill out your March Madness Bracket while you are there. Free to play, open to all RRC Staff and Students.

Zinger Talks Mental Health at RRC

March 6, 2018

You’re invited to attend a special lunch hour event with True North Sports + Entertainment’s Craig Heisinger (Zinger) as he brings his mental health awareness talk to RRC.

Date: Tuesday, March 13th

Time: noon – 1pm

Location: South Gym, Livestreaming available at rrc.ca/streaming

Zinger is Senior Vice-President & Director, Hockey Operations/Assistant General Manager of the Winnipeg Jets. He also serves as the General Manager of the Manitoba Moose. Zinger was very close with player Rick Rypien who struggled with mental illness and ultimately died by suicide.

Following Rick’s death, Zinger has become a champion for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. We’re happy to host Zinger’s talk and provide a free pizza lunch to all who attend. Other campuses are also participating by viewing the livestream and offering a free pizza lunch. Look for information on your campus!

All students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend. If you have accessibility needs, please contact blsawatzky@rrc.ca.

Rebels Weekend Wrap

March 5, 2018

The Rebels Futsal teams finished their regular seasons this past weekend with games in St.Boniface against Les Rouges. Unfortunately, the Rebels were swept in all 3 games by Les Rouges, with the men losing 11-3, and the women’s team lost both of their two games by the scores of 8-6 and 4-3.

The Rebels men’s futsal team finished the MCAC season with a record of 4-0-6 and in fifth place, missing the playoffs. Val Komilov and Alex Castro lead the Rebels in scoring with 12 goals each, tied for 5th best in the MCAC. The women’s team also finished in 5th place and out of the playoffs with a 2-2-6 record. Megan Castro led the team with 12 goals, good for 3rd place in the MCAC.

The MCAC Futsal championships will take place this weekend in Brandon at Assiniboine Community College, click here for more info.

Get Movin Challenge Winners

March 2, 2018

We have concluded another successful Get Movin Challenge for 2018! Over 500 staff and students signed up with goal of being less sedentary and more active! Below is a list of the prize winners for 2018. Congrats to the winners, and everyone who participated in the challenge, we look forward to the next challenge in 2019!

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Get Movin Challenge Week 4 Prize Winner

February 27, 2018

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…

This is the final weekly prize winner. Be sure to submit your results for Get Movin to our online form at: http://blogs.rrc.ca/rebels/fitness-wellness/get-movin-challenge/

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 4 Prize Winner: Gord Bone

Our Week #4 Get Movin Challenge Prize Winner is RRC Instructor Gord Bone. Gord submitted these photos with the following:

I’m entering my Sunday morning outdoor trash-talkin’ shinny skate, for the Get Movin’ Challenge. As I’ve mentioned to you in the past we’ve been at it for 40 yrs (began in 1976 or 77), never let temperature shut us down, (at least for the hard core group of 7-8), skated many times in the minus 30’s (before wind chill). Play is just for fun, no one cares about a score, it’s great back and forth exercise in the fresh air from 10:00-noon, 12-14 times each year. It’s remarkable, almost every time as we leave the ice the shared commentary is the same, ”Wasn’t that a great morning!” Winter is a fabulous time to get outside, for me outdoor shinny is a highlight of our colder season, and I’m always sad when the sloppy warm days of March are here.

Congrats to Gord  and thanks to all participants who submitted photos. Good luck to everyone in the Get Movin Challenge!!

Click Here for more photos of RRC Staff and Students in the Get Movin Challenge!

If you have questions in regards to the challenge, please send an email to coskinner@rrc.ca

2018 MCAC Men’s Volleyball Final Four Results

February 25, 2018

2018 Men’s Volleyball Final Four Results

Story by Neil Noonan/MCAC
The men’s top four team’s in the conference took the court at Red River College on Saturday to fight for their spot in the championship game.
All photos were taken by Lindsay Rowan.

#1 Providence University College Pilots defeat #4 Red River College Rebels 3-1

The Red River Rebels came out swinging in the first set with new recruits Josh Goossen and Andrew Lysack leading the way. Goossen’s powerful kills on offence and Lysack’s defence at the net led to an early 15-7 lead forcing a Providence timeout. The Pilots made their run, but the Rebels stayed steady and took the first set 25-18.

The Pilots flipped the script early in the second set going up 8-4 before a Rebels timeout, but they never seemed to be able to pull away and take a commanding lead. Conference MVP Matthew Friesen had some monstrous plays down the stretch for the Pilots as they took the second 25-22.

The third set stayed close throughout with neither team able to together a significant run. The highlight plays were happening every rally and the crowd let them hear it. Pilots took it 25-21.

A high energy fourth set never saw a team take a lead larger than three until the very end with the Pilots taking it 25-21 and the match 3-1. Regardless of the outcome, the Rebels gave the top team a good scare.

Pilots setter Lucas Pappel and Rebels right-side Josh Goossen were named players of the game.

The Pilots move on to the championship tomorrow at 1:00.

#2 Canadian Mennonite University Blazers

defeat #3 Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges 3-2

The Blazers got off to a quick start in the first set capitalizing on Les Rouges misplays and put themselves in a commanding 14-6 lead. Once the lead bloomed to double-digits, coach of the year Guy Bourgeois took his second timeout of the set at 17-7, but not much changed as the Blazers took the first set 25-12.

Les Rouges picked it up in the second set and kept it close throughout, with their All-Conference outside hitters, Eric Dornez and Derrick Sabourin connecting on a few kills each. The bigs on their frontline did their part on the defence and ended multiple rallies with blocks at the net. The extended, thrilling rallies made this a long one, but Les Rouges took it 25-18 to tie the match 1-1.

The match continued to pick up the pace in the third with both sides attacking relentlessly. Les Rouges looked to have swung the momentum to their side, but the Blazers stuck with it and forced a tie at 20-20. Dornez was a monster down the stretch, connecting on four attacks in the last five points, and leading Les Rouges to a 25-21 third set victory.

From beginning to end, the fourth set belonged to the Blazers, taking it 25-15. Huge hits from All-Conference hitter Mackenzie Hildebrand, monster blocks from everyone one in the front line,  and hustle plays from libero Thomas Friesen.

The fifth and final set was everything the fans hoped for. The Blazers led 8-6 before switching sides and never looked back. A massive kill from Blazers left side Carter Hofer put his team back up two, 11-9, and focused a Les Rouges timeout. Both teams went back and forth exchanging kills out of the timeout until Dornez floated one long out of bounds that resulted in another timeout. Middle Colin Reimer shut it down at the net for point 14, and Mackenzie Hildebrand sent Les Rouges home with a final kill to give the Blazers a 15-11 victory.

2018 MCAC Women’s Volleyball Final Four Results

February 25, 2018

2018 Women’s Volleyball Final Four Results

Story by Neil Noonan/MCAC
The women’s top four team’s in the conference took the court at Red River College on Saturday to fight for their spot in the championship game.
All photos were taken by Lindsay Rowan.

#2 Red River College Rebels #3 Canadian Mennonite University Blazers

The Blazers began capitalizing on the Rebels misplays in the middle of the set taking an early 12-8 lead. Rebels coach of the year Dan McGregor took back to back timeouts hoping to correct course and sparked a small run from the team bringing the game within two. It remained close since then, but the Blazers finished it off winning the set 25-21.

Both teams traded five-point runs at the beginning of the second until a massive kill from Goodwin down the middle caused a Blazer timeout down 10-6. The Rebels really started to hit their stride midway through the set riding a streak of nice serves from Sara Meisner and some amazing hustle plays from all positions. The Rebels fought off a late comeback and won the set 25-20.

Lead changes continued to be a trend as neither team could put together a string of points in the third. The Rebels found their way to the hardwood more often than not making ball-saving plays after kills from the Blazers hitters. The Blazers made the first big run late in the set and never looked back, taking it 25-18.

The Blazers didn’t take their first lead in the fourth set until 17-16. Goodwin hit a patented side-swipe spike and followed it up with an ace to tie it up at 20, but two quick points from the Blazers forced a late timeout from the Rebels bench. Tension filled the gym as both teams traded a couple points with the Blazers leading 24-22 coming out of their own timeout. After a missed block, the ball found the floor, and the Blazers secured the fourth and final set.

#1 Providence University College Pilots #4 Assiniboine Community College Cougars

The Cougars put up a big fight in the first set with multiple highlight players from their All-Conference tandem, but the entirety of the Pilots deemed too strong taking it 25-18.

The cats clawed their way to four straight points to start the second before the crowd fell silent  Cougars second-year middle, Brittany Krahn, went down at the net with a non-contact knee injury. Despite the Cougars’ relentlessness, the Pilots started to find their stride midway through the set with a few big hits from their front line and finished off another set 25-18.


Pilots’ conference co-MVP Shayne Staerk wasn’t letting anything past her in the back row all game, and despite some huge hits from Cougars Erica Scott, the Pilots defence remained the difference maker finishing the final set with a double-digit 25-15 lead.

The Pilots will move on to played the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers in the championship final at 1:00PM.

Rebels WVB Ashley Goodwin named MCAC Co-MVP, Dan McGregor named MCAC WVB Coach of the Year

February 24, 2018

2018 Volleyball All-Conference Teams Announced

Story by Neil Noonan/MCAC
Congratulations to all of the talented, hard-working student-athletes and coaches who have been recognized for their performance during the 2018 volleyball season.
Check out many of the athletes below at our 2018 Volleyball Final Fours this weekend.

2018 MCAC Women’s Volleyball Co-Most Valuable Players

Shayna Staerk

Providence University Pilots

From Pilots head coach Kyle Guenther…
“Shayna is a special player. On to the court, she is a gifted athlete. Shayna is a very strong and efficient attacker. She also leads our team in digs and is one of our most reliable passers. On top of that, she has a great serve and racks up many aces in a season. Shayna is such a well-rounded player that can have an impact on all facets of the game. Through her career here, she has learned to perform really well under pressure and faces the big moments head on. That’s something really admirable about her character and something you really want out of one of your leaders. She has been a huge part of our success this year and will be greatly missed after she graduates this spring.
Much like on the court, Shayna is gifted off the court as well. While being a very good student and athlete, she also finds time to give back to the game by coaching a 13U Girls team in our club program. Her selfless character is evident and inspiring.”

Ashley Goodwin

Red River College Rebels

From Rebels head coach Dan McGregor…

“After a few years away from the game Ashley has returned to form of being one of the top high school volleyball players in the province. It is rare to find a middle player that can be both dominant in the front and back row, but Ashley has shown that she is a well-rounded player and worked hard to show that she deserves to play through the back row as well. Ashley brings a positive attitude to all practices and games, and has a desire to be the best player she can be by always being focused in practices and asking a lot of questions on what she can do to improve.”

2018 MCAC Men’s Volleyball Most Valuable Player

Matthew Friesen

Providence University College Pilots

From Pilots head coach Scott Masterson…
“Matt is a great volleyball player, teammate and person. He is a natural athlete and most skills seem to come easily for him. At the same time, he works very hard to improve every day, pushing himself to be better at every opportunity. By having that mindset he naturally makes his teammate better. Matt finished the season with 236 kills in 389 attempts (the most on our team) with a 46.53 attacking % and he has a league-leading 4.07 kill average. Matt also excels at passing and general ball control. These skills, coupled with a great sense of the game, have helped Matt be one of the most consistent and effective players in the league.
I am very happy for him that he can receive this recognition and I know it will only provide more motivation for him to keep working hard and helping his teammates be the best they can be.
Matt is also helping coach our 18U boy’s club volleyball team as an assistant coach. It’s really great to see him taking the extra time out of his schedule to invest in the lives and skills of younger players. It is nice to know that a quality person like Matt is having a positive impact on the lives of younger men.”

2018 MCAC Women’s Volleyball Coach of the Year

Dan McGregor, Red River College Rebels

2018 MCAC Men’s Volleyball Coach of the Year

Guy Bourgeois, Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges

2017 MCAC Women’s Volleyball All-Conference Team

Sara Barker, Pilots

Sam Bridle, Pilots

Kalin Winter, Cougars

Erica Scott, Cougars

Renee Desroches, Blazers

2017 MCAC Men’s Volleyball All-Conference Team

MacKenzie Hildebrand, Blazers

Eric Dornez, Les Rouges

Derrick Sabourin, Les Rouges

Brett Foley, Pilots

Lucas Pappel, Pilots

Sara Meisner named MCAC Athlete of the Week

February 21, 2018

WINNIPEG, MB., February 20, 21018 – The Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference announced Wednesday that Sara Meisner of the Red River College Rebels women’s volleyball team and Lucas Pappel of the Providence Pilots men’s volleyball team have been named Athletes of the Week.

Sara Meisner

The first-year outside hitter, born in Moosehorn, Manitoba and a graduate of Ashern Central School, led the Rebels to two 3-0 wins over the Assiniboine Community College Cougars last weekend, totalling 11 kills, 12 digs, and five solo blocks. With the back-to-back wins, the Rebels (11-5) clinched the second seed heading into the conference playoffs this weekend.

“Sara’s passing and defense have been instrumental to the success of the team this season,” said head coach Dan McGregor. “She is a determined and passionate player with a strong desire to improve and brings a positive attitude to all practices and games.”

The Rebels women’s volleyball team will host the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers in the conference semi-finals on Saturday February 24 at 4:00.

All games are hosted at Red River College. For full schedule, check out mcacathletics.ca.