Rebels Basketball Head to Devils Lake for the Holiday Inn Classic This Weekend

November 9, 2016

Both Rebels men’s and women’s basketball teams head to Devil’s Lake, North Dakota this weekend to participate in the Holiday Inn Classic. Both teams play a pair of exhibition games, starting on Saturday afternoon with the women facing Candeska Cikana Community College at 2pm and the men squaring off against Jamestown at 4pm.

On Sunday, both teams face the host Lake Region State College, women at 12pm, men at 2pm.

All games will be streamed online at:

Below is the full tournament schedule

Friday November 11th 2016

11:00 AM- (W) Dakota College @ Bottineau (Light) vs. Northland Community College (Dark)

1:00 PM- (M)  Dakota College @ Bottineau (Light) vs. Candeska Cikana Community College (Dark)

3:00 PM- (M) Northland Community College (Light) vs. Jamestown JV (Dark)

5:00 PM- (W) Lake Region (Light) vs. Jamestown JV (Dark)

7:00PM- (M) Lake Region (Light) vs. Gillette Community College (Dark)

Saturday November 12th, 2016

10:00 AM – (W) Jamestown JV (Light) vs. Dakota College @ Bottineau (Dark)

12:00 PM- (M) Gillette Community College (Light) vs. Dakota College @ Bottineau (Dark)

2:00 PM- (W)  Candeska Cikana Community College (Light) vs. Red River Community College (Dark)

4:00 pm- (M) Jamestown JV (Light) vs. Red River Community College (Dark)

6:00 PM- (W) Lake Regions State College (Dark) vs. Northland Community College (Light)

8:00 PM- (M) Lake Regions State College (Dark) vs. Northland Community College (Light)

Sunday November 13th, 2016

12:00PM- (W) Lake Region State College (Dark) vs. Red River Community College (Light)

2:00PM- (M) Lake Region State College (Dark) vs. Red River Community College (Light)


Rebels Weekend Wrap: Nov 4-6

November 8, 2016

The Rebels women’s volleyball team has shown tremendous improvement this season and continued their strong play with a pair of well played games this weekend. On Friday night at home, they lost a heartbreaking 3-2 (25-18, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24, 16-14) decision to the always strong U of Winnipeg Wesmen. However, showing a resiliency not seen in past seasons, the Rebels defeated their Route 90 rivals, the CMU Blazers,  3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-17) Saturday night. Rookie Sydney led the team during the weekend, amassing 62 assists and an impressive 19 digs over the two games. The Rebels currently sit in third place with a 3-2 record in the MCAC.

The Rebels men’s volleyball team is still searching for their first win of the MCAC season, losing to UW 3-1 (25-19, 25-12, 25-15, 25-17) on Friday and CMU 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-20) on Saturday. Both volleyball teams next host the ACC Cougars from Brandon on Friday November 11 at 6pm and Saturday November 12 at 1pm in the North Gym,

Finally, the Rebels men’s basketball team remain undefeated early into the MCAC season, beating the CMU Blazers 80-76 Friday evening. Jonathan Wilner led the Rebels with 18 points and 6 rebounds while veteran Taylor Brown added 12 points and 13 rebounds. Both men’s and women’s basketball teams head to Devil’s Lake, North Dakota this upcoming weekend for a pair of exhibition games each.


Rebels Soccer Teams both earn Silver Medals at MCAC Championships

October 31, 2016
Story by Kelly McGuinness/MCAC

Meeting for their second Championship Final in as many years,  Brandon University and Red River College both entered the 2016 Final on Sunday without recording a loss in Conference play this season. Both of their encounters in the regular season resulted in draws, so the best team in the MCAC would finally have to be decided.

By kickoff, the temperature was about ten degrees celsius with a strong south wind. Red River played the first half with it in their favour and it showed. If there was a difference in possession it was in favour of the Rebels who got the ball deep to the corners. They tested BU keeper Sydney Carter-Squire a few times while BU kept working against RRC’s defence and the wind. When RRC keeper Brittany Derkacz was made to play the ball, it resulted in her huge kick with extra distance. Most of the first half was loose balls and small runs in the neutral zone of the field.


Red River started the second half strong, nearly scoring on a third-try opportunity. RRC played very strong at the beginning of the half this weekend, getting out to early opportunities in both of their games. So it was shocking to see BU’s forward Jaycee Castle scored soon after, taking advantage of a waist-high ball that careened off her and in. The Bobcats were in the lead of a Final again. With the ball trading sides so often, it was difficult to tell if there would be enough energy for either team to mount another goal. But Nadine Reimer tied it when she scored for Red River and gave the Rebels life again.


Wasting no time, Brandon grabbed the ball and got it back to midfield. They kept possession off the kick and didn’t give it up until they scored less than two minutes after the Rebel’s goal, this time by rookie midfielder Kiera Riehl. After a quiet start the game was all of a sudden 2-1 in favour of the visiting Bobcats.

Third-year Julia Friesen had some great chances for Red River and Reimer continued to run the right side of the field and get close, but keeper Sydney Carter-Squire was fierce for the Bobcats. Several times she sacrificed her body and got the wrong end of a leg or elbow.

The Bobcats were granted a penalty kick with about 10 minutes left to play when Jaycee Castle was taken down in the box.

Aziza Kinnarath scored easily and after a season spent neck-and-neck, the best women’s team in the MCAC would win the Final by a score of 3-1.

Jaycee Castle was awarded Most Valuable Player of the tournament. When asked about her team’s return to the Final, she acknowledged the feeling of avenging last year’s disappointment.

“Last year still stings for us. That was our motivation to do better. We’ve tied with Red River all season so we wanted to win. We didn’t want to come to a draw, we didn’t want it to go to overtime or penalty kicks, we wanted to finish it.”

BU Head Coach Rainer Schira was impressed with the way his team showed up.
“They executed the plan that we had. They stayed calm and collected, they believed in themselves and in the team. We played like a team today and that’s exactly what we wanted.

“Our defense did its job, kept their long balls and running at bay. Our goalie (Carter-Squire) stepped in when she had to, our midfield distributed the ball well and our forwards struck when they had to. So we were really happy with all the team members…they executed the plan.”

This is the first MCAC title for Brandon University since joining the MCAC in 2015.


Men’s Final

Six of the eleven players named to the 2016 MCAC All-Conference team belong to Universite de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges and Red River College Rebels. The first-seed Les Rouges were looking for their third straight MCAC men’s soccer title, while the Rebels were trying to get RRC its first Men’s title ever.

There was no love lost between these two teams, testing the referee’s judgement throughout. After a collision in front of Red River’s goal with All-Conference keeper Rory Picton and USB’s Sam Dhaoui, Picton was forced to come off with an apparent lower body injury. Picton played a huge role in the Rebel’s 2-0 semifinal win over Canadian Mennonite University on Saturday, and it was if his exit from the game opened the door for USB.

Before Picton’s backup, Shayne Pfeifer could get comfortable on the cold and windswept field, Les Rouges’ forward Aristide Ebrottie placed a ball in front of the goal mouth for midfielder Melchisedek Nkongo to put St. Boniface up a goal.

The second goal of the game would come when Sami Atoui took advantage of Pfeifer and the Rebels defence playing much too casually in their own end, and Les Rouges all of a sudden had a commanding two-goal lead.

In the second half the cold weather and fatigue started to wear on both teams. Play became physical and officials had to collect a great deal of injury time as players went down.

Ebrottie was red carded for an unsportsmanlike play and all of a sudden USB was without an important piece. Conduct has been a point of weakness for Les Rouges in the past, but they gathered their composure and resumed play. If there had been a time for Les Rouges to unravel it would have been now, but midfielder and third-year team captain Yahia Chihab got control of his teammates and settled them down.

RRC continued to play as fast as they could and were able to spring a couple chances late, but in the end they couldn’t put anything past USB keeper Samir Achour before the final whistle. Universite de Saint-Boniface were crowned their third-straight men’s soccer title. Melchisedek Nkongo was named Player of the Tournament.

USB Head Coach Justin Legare was extremely happy with the way his team played.

“They played incredible… I was really pleased we actually played our game”.

Legare said Ebrottie’s departure from the game was unfortunate considering how hard this team has worked on removing negative attitudes and playing through the ins and outs of a game. He says this is something that differentiates this year’s team from last.

“I had a lot of chats (this season), lots of talks with my players. We also brought in some players from structured soccer backgrounds which helped a lot too, so both of those things kind of helped.”

“I knew I had to the team to win this season, but it’s not always easy being the favourite. We put in a lot of time, a lot of time, and the guys worked so hard and it paid off.
Moroccan sniper and All-Conference selectee Yahia Chihab said he recognized his Les Rouges teammates begin to lose their composure late, but had too much time left on the clock to let them implode.
“(After the Ebrottie red card) I asked the ref ‘How much time’? And he said ‘fifteen’, and I said that’s kind of a lot of time…I told the guys to stay up and just (win).”

Chihab is thrilled to win his third Championship in a row.

“The third one was very important to me. Especially with Red River this year, they were really scary. A great roster with all their guys, they’re very good. So I thought this year there would be a lot of competition in the Final, but I’m just so happy!” He laughed. “The third one is magic”.

Rebels Advance to MCAC Soccer Finals

October 30, 2016

2016 Soccer Final Fours – #1 Red River College defeats #4 Providence University College 9 – 3

Story by Kelly McGuiness/MCAC

Women’s Semifinals
#1 Red River College defeats #4 Providence University College 9 – 3

Despite what the final score looks like, it was actually Providence University College who got out to an early 1-goal lead in their semifinal. All-Conference selection Julika Kehler put the Pilots on the board when she made good from about thirty feet out and put the home team Rebels on their heels.

When asked what going through her head after her hot start, Kehler was very happy.

“We have a chance. We have a chance to get the undefeated team down. And we kept fighting, but unfortunately that stopped.”

For the rest of the half it was all Rebels as first-year Julia Friesen scored, followed by Abby Grant and then another by Friesen to make it 3 – 1.

RRC had possession most of the half and weren’t called upon to play defence until the ball could be placed up to Kehler, who always had at least one defender nearby.

“It was tough, the first five minutes of the second half was just goal-goal-goal, so that’s where we lost the sense of authority in the game”

Red River head coach Doug Lawrie wasn’t surprised to see a great deal of Kehler from the other side, but he also acknowledged how dangerous his Rebels can be on the offensive.

“We created good opportunities,  we scored on a few very nice plays, we knew Julika Kehler was going to be a threat and she managed to get the space she needed to get a few goals…but we managed to contain her for the most part and our offensive capabilities came through and we have a variety of attacking players that were able to put the ball in the net so I was quite pleased with it”.

Kehler would score twice in the second half and Friesen would add another to give both snipers three on the afternoon. Both were named Player of the Game for their respective sides.

Providence keeper Abigail Morran had a whale of a game, often turning away several shots at a time. Unfortunately for her, Red River College’s Nadine Reimer has one of the hardest boots in the conference. Reimer also found the scoresheet and was one of the many threats Lawrie referenced.

Red River plays Brandon University tomorrow at 1:00 for the 2016 Championship. This will be the second year in a row the two meet in the Final after the Rebels won a nail-biter last year, 2-1.


2016 Soccer Final Fours – #2 Red River College defeats #3 Canadian Mennonite University 2 – 0

An exciting matchup on paper, this semifinal didn’t disappoint.
The veteran-laden CMU Blazers were well prepared to take on the many offensive weapons featured by Red River, both teams playing some very back-and-forth soccer in the first half.

RRC’s Paulo Nonnenmacher was able to probe the CMU defence several times but it was nearly impossible to get past CMU’s Andrew Letkeman. Whenever RRC forwards could beat CMU on the outside, Letkeman was always there to meet them and sweep any threats aside.
It wasn’t until a penalty was called in the box that scoring was imminent.
Mohamed Haida made good on the kick for Red River, going low right-side and just under CMU’s keeper Chris Giesbrecht’s hands. Giesbrecht played the kick near perfectly, but Haida played it better.
The game still didn’t feel decided though with CMU’s Cole Johnson and Ryan Jensen getting some great runs and chances in the offensive zone. But RRC keeper and All-Conference selection Rory Picton owned the day. His team kept balls away but he was still called upon to make some huge stops.
After a costly giveaway in their own end, CMU was forced to watch recent Rebel substitute Aziz Zerrouki score Red River’s second goal of the game late in the second half, all but ending the match.

Picton was named Player of the Game for Red River but he gave credit to his teammates.

“We played very well, we all contributed as a team and we ended up winning. It was a whole team effort”.

“They made me look good. They did their job and I did mine and we ended up with the win”.

Letkeman was named Player of the Game for CMU, and concluded his five years spent in the MCAC. A well-respected player throughout the conference, he finishes his last season awarded the 2016 regular season MVP.

Red River College plays Universite de Saint-Boniface tomorrow at 3pm.

2016 MCAC All-Conference Soccer Teams Announced- 4 Rebels Awarded

October 28, 2016

The 2016 MCAC All-Conference Men’s and Women’s soccer teams have been named, as voted on by every participating head coach within the conference.

Women’s 2016 All-Conference Team
Aziza Kinnarath  Brandon University
Alex Berena  Universite de Saint-Boniface
Julika Kehler  Providence University College
Jade Barrault  Brandon University
Kate Broadhead  Assiniboine Community College
Anna Lysack  Canadian Mennonite University

Paige Procter

Paige Procter  Red River College
Jaycee Castle  Brandon University
Amy Kingdon  Brandon University
Amelia Reimer Providence University College

2016 Regular Season MVP:
Megan Burns Universite de Saint-Boniface
 Men’s 2016 All-Conference Team
Yahia Chihab  Universite de Saint-Boniface
Rory Picton Red River College
Taylor Blue  Brandon University
Melchisedek Tangwa  Universite de Saint-Boniface
Aidan Beckingham  Canadian Mennonite University

Aristide Ebrottie Universite de Saint-Boniface
Osian Edwards Brandon University 

Cole Johnson  Canadian Mennonite University
Anderson Pereira Red River College
Brendan Adamo Red River College

2016 Regular Season MVP:
Andrew Letkeman Universite de Saint-Boniface

Rory Picton

Rory Picton


Brendan Adamo

Brendan Adamo

Anderson Periera

Anderson Periera

Fan Info for 2016 MCAC Soccer Championships

October 26, 2016

Red River College welcomes all members of the MCAC and their fans to the 2016 MCAC Soccer Championships. We look forward to an exciting weekend of soccer. Below is all the tournament information that will get you ready for the weekend.


Saturday, October 29th, Women’s Semifinals

12:00 PM – #1 Red River College  vs #4 Providence University College (East Field) 12:00 PM – #2 Brandon University vs #3 Universite de Saint-Boniface (West Field)

Saturday, October 29th, Men’s Semifinals

2:15 PM– #1 Universite de Saint-Boniface vs #4 Providence University College (West Field) 2:15 PM – #2 Red River College vs #3 Canadian Mennonite University (East Field)

Sunday, October 30th 

Women’s Final – 1:00 PM Men’s Final – 3:00 PM (East Field)

Location: Norm Konowalchuk Fields. North Side of Campus (RRC Notre-Dame Campus) 2055 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg, MB

Admission: $5 per day. Free for Students of any MCAC school provided school ID is shown, and children 12 and under.

Parking is Free: Parking can be found to the south east and east of Norm Konowalchuk Fields.

Concessions: Hot dogs, drinks, chips etc. will be for sale.

Seating: There is bleacher seating on each field. There is limited seating for the west field, fans are encouraged to bring their own folding chairs.

Bathrooms: There are porta potties onsite along with washrooms available on campus, J Building being the nearest to the field.

Rebels Weekend Wrap-Up: Oct 22-23

October 24, 2016

Action packed weekend for Rebels Athletics with all three 3 varsity sports in action, including volleyball home openers, basketball season opener, and soccer regular season finales.

Soccer: The women’s soccer team, defending MCAC champions, finished their regular season undefeated and secured 1st place with a win and tie this weekend. The Rebels defeated ACC on Saturday 5-0, Julia Friesen score a hat trick along with goals from Nadine Reimer and Claire Soubry. The Rebels then tied 2nd place Brandon University at home on Sunday 1-1, with Friesen scoring the lone goal. The Rebels will now begin preparations for championship weekend, facing PUC at noon on Saturday in a semi-final.

For the men’s team, a bittersweet feeling on Sunday, losing their final game regular season 3-1 to BU, Aziz Zerrouki with the goal. However, the loss was tempered with the knowledge that they return to the playoffs after a one year absence with a sparkling 6-3-1 record, and a second place finish. The Rebels will now try to earn their first MCAC championship, starting at home on Saturday at 2:15pm against CMU in a semi-final.

Final 2016 Regular Season Soccer Standings

MCAC Women’s Soccer W D L P
Red River College Rebels 8 2 0 26
Brandon University Bobcats 7 3 0 24
Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges 5 1 4 16
Providence University College Pilots 3 1 6 10
Canadian Mennonite University Blazers 2 3 5 9
Assiniboine Community College Cougars 0 0 10 0


MCAC Men’s Soccer W D L P
Université de Saint-Boniface Les Rouges 7 2 1 23
Red River College Rebels 6 3 1 21
Canadian Mennonite University Blazers 5 1 4 16
Providence University College Pilots 4 1 5 13
Brandon University Bobcats 4 1 5 13
Assiniboine Community College Cougars 0 0 10 0

2016 MCAC Soccer Final Fours, October 29th & 30th, hosted by Red River College Location: Norm Konowalchuk Field (RRC Notre-Dame Campus) 2055 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg, MB

Saturday, October 29th, Women’s Semifinals

12:00 PM – #1 Red River College  vs #4 Providence University College
12:00 PM – #2 Brandon University vs #3 Universite de Saint-Boniface

Saturday, October 29th, Men’s Semifinals

2:15 PM– #1 Universite de Saint-Boniface vs #4 Providence University College

2:15 PM – #2 Red River College vs #3 Canadian Mennonite University

Sunday, October 30th 

Women’s Final – 1:00 PM Men’s Final – 3:00 PM

Volleyball: After struggling the past few years, it looks like the women’s volleyball team might be turning the corner with a pair of victories this weekend. The Rebels won two hard fought games over USB W 3-2 (20-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-15, 20-18) and UW W 3-2 (25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 14-20, 15-11) improving their record to 2-1 on the season.

The men’s team, last year’s MCAC finalist, have been slow out of the gate this season. Losing to USB on Saturday 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-14) and UW on Sunday 3-0 (25-9, 25-22, 25-8). Their overall record on the season is 0-3. Both teams return to play, hosting UW Friday November 4th.

Basketball: Finally, the defending champion men’s basketball team opened their regular season at PUC, downing the Pilots 104-87. They next face the CMU Blazers, at CMU on Friday November 4th.

Julia Friesen named Week 6 Athlete of the Week

October 20, 2016

After logging her second hat-trick of the season in a 7-3 win over Providence University College Saturday, Red River College’s 5’7” winger Julia Friesen scored again the following day against Universite de Saint-Boniface to help lift her Rebels to a 3-1 win over Les Rouges. The wins give Red River a 7-1-0 record so far in 2016, and maintains the Rebels’ first-place ranking within the conference.

A rookie winger scoring ten goals in her first season played in the MCAC would be a welcome surprise to any roster. But Friesen, a Nursing student originally from Niverville, already had high expectations from head coach Doug Lawrie coming into the Rebels’ 2016 campaign.

“Julia’s play isn’t a tremendous surprise as she was an MHSAA Rural Championships All-Star twice with the Niverville Panthers.  I have also seen her play in women’s senior club (Winnipeg Women’s Soccer League) several times this year, so I knew what she was bringing to the team”.

Friesen’s four-goal weekend brings her total to ten scored on the season. Having only given up five goals in 2016, the Rebels sport a whopping +17 goal-differential.

“What I am impressed with is her rapid adjustment to the higher calibre soccer in the MCAC than what she had faced before”, says Lawrie.

Friesen and the Rebels head to Brandon this weekend to finish off their season against Assiniboine Community College on Saturday and Brandon University on Sunday. BU held the Rebels to a draw earlier this season and currently sit just two points back from Red River in the MCAC. Friesen will then get her first taste of MCAC postseason play on October 28th when Red River College hosts the 2016 MCAC Final Fours

Story courtesy MCAC/Kelly McGuiness

Rebels Weekend Wrap Up- Oct 15-16

October 17, 2016

Women Soccer

Saturday Oct.15 @ PUC: Rebels defeat the Pilots 7-3
Sunday Oct.16 at USB. Rebels defeat Les Rouges 3-1
Currently sit in MCAC first place with a undefeated 7-1-0 record.

Men’s Soccer

Saturday Oct.15 @ PUC: Rebels defeat the Pilots 5-1
Sunday Oct.16 @USB. Rebels tie Les Rouges 1-1
Currently sit in MCAC first place with a undefeated 5-3-0 record.

Both teams travel to Brandon to face the ACC Cougars Saturday Oct.22, followed by hosting the BU Bobcats Sunday Oct.23 at noon.

RRC also hosts a pair of volleyball games this week, Wednesday Oct 19th is the season home opener against the PUC Pilots, followed by hosting Les Rouge of USB Saturday Oct.22. Women’s games start at 6:00pm, men’s game follow at 7:30pm.

Rebels Invitational Men’s Volleyball Tournament Results

October 10, 2016

Rebels Invitational Men’s Volleyball Tournament Results

Friday Oct 7th
1st draw
Rebels 2 ACC 0 (25-22,25-18)
PUC 2 UWinnipeg 0 (29-27,25-23)
CMU 2 St.Boniface 0 (25-23,25-22)
2nd draw
UWinnipeg 2 ACC 0 (25-21,25-16)
St.Boniface 2 Rebels 0 (25-21,25-22)
CMU 2 PUC 1 (25,23,23-25,19-17)

Saturday Oct 8th
3rd draw
UWinnipeg 2 Rebels 0 (25-19,25-20)
USB 2 ACC 0 (26-24,25-23)
4th draw
@cmublazers 2 Rebels 0 (25-9,25-18)
@PUC_Athletics 2 @LesRougesUSB 0 (25-14,25-23)
5th draw Providence Pilots 2 ACC Cougars 0 (25-21, 25-14)
6th draw 
@Wesmenathletics 2 @LesRougesUSB 0 (25-23, 25-20)
@cmublazers 2 @CougarsACC 0 (25-17, 25-22)
7th draw 
Rebels 2 @PUC_Athletics 1 (20-25, 28-26, 15-13)
@cmublazers 2 @Wesmenathletics 0 (25-23, 25-18)

Final Standings
1) CMU Blazers
2) Providence Pilots
3) UW Wesman
4) USB Les Rouges
5) RRC Rebels
6) ACC Cougars