There is a buzz in the air and life back on Prairie's campus as our students return for the 2012-13 school year. Prairie's gym, the Rick Down Athletic Centre (RDAC), is also full of life again as the Pilots athletes gear up for what looks to be an exciting season. The Prairie Pilots compete in the Alberta Colleges Athletic League (ACAL) which includes a number of other colleges from Central Alberta, Calgary and Saskatchewan. The league focuses on three sports, volleyball, basketball and, again for the 2012-13 season, futsal (indoor soccer). Prairie competes in all three sports with both men's and women's teams. The Pilots have been rebuilding their program over the past couple of years and are now in a good position to make some noise.

"I'm really excited about the upcoming competitive seasons," says Prairie's Athletics Manager Randy Stewart. "With many returning athletes we have a great foundation on which to continue building our program and with the addition of several good freshmen the Pilots should make a strong showing."

The ACAL year begins with the volleyball season in late September. The Pilots have had a strong presence in the volleyball league over the past couple of years with the men finishing second in 2010. This year expectations are once again high. The men's team brings together an exciting blend of returning students including Frank Peters and Marcus Hirch from the 2010 team who will join last year's ACAL Player of the Year, Kyle Ryzebol. These players, alongside a number of promising freshmen, are set to make a formidable line up.

Last year the women finished just outside of the medals and are determined to raise the bar. The nine returning athletes, including last year's ACAL All-Conference Players Michelle Brule and Beth Richardson, are sure to make an impact this season. The Pilots host their home opener on Sept. 27th at 6:00 pm. Then the Lady Pilots are off to Red Deer College to compete in an ACAC pre-season tournament. This will be followed up with home games on Oct. 11 and 19 and Nov. 2, 7 and 8. Women play first at 6:00 pm with the men's game following. The exception is on Oct. 11th when the Pilots will start at 5:00 pm to make way for an exhibition match between the RDC Kings and Briercrest Clippers later that evening! Admission to all Pilots games is free.

For more information, including a detailed season schedule, you can visit the Pilots website at prairie.edu/athletics. The Prairie Pilots are excited about bringing collegiate sports to Three Hills. We hope to see you at the RDAC this year!

(Sept 18, 2012)


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