The 2017–18 season was the most successful year in the history of Lakeland Rustler athletics.
Competitively the Rustlers hosted the Conference Futsal Championships with the men falling just short of a medal finishing ion 4th place. The women’s basketball team just missed the podium as well with a 4th place finish while the men’s basketball team returned home from the championships with an ACAC Silver medal. The Women’s volleyball team won Lakeland first ever back to back championships, repeating as the Conference Gold medalists.
Nationally the men’s basketball team attended the nationals championships in Laval and the women’s volleyball team competed in the national championships close to home in Grande Prairie. The ladies did not repeat as national champions but did return home with a national bronze medal. The rodeo team hosted the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Championships and won 4 out of the 13 championship buckles. .
Individually 9 Lakeland student athletes received All-Conference Awards, 2 Women’s Volleyball Players named as Tournament All Stars at the National Championships, Nathan Newman was chosen CIRA cowboy of the year, Women’s Volleyball player Rae Sigurdson was selected as a CCAA All Canadian and Chris King was selected as the ACAC North Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year,
Academically - Rustler student-athletes achieved the highest collective GPA in the history of the Rustler athletics program. 120 student athletes combined to earn a collective GPA average of 2.85. 18 student athletes were awarded CCAA National Scholar awards and ACAC Academic Athletes and 2 student athletes were presented with CCAA Academic All Canadian awards.
In the Community Rustler student athletes continued to coach youth in club programs and camps in their sports. Rustler student athletes and coaches contributed over 2400 hours in the Lakeland community leading and engaging local youth