Curlers advance to regionals

Jonathan Zuchotzki of CHS keeps an eye on the action during district play Feb. 8.

Jonathan Zuchotzki of CHS keeps an eye on the action during district play Feb. 8.

by Phil Ambroziak

Home ice certainly proved to be an advantage for Carpenter High School’s curling team on the weekend.

The PineRidge Ford Curling Club played host to the North West High School Athletic Association’s district curling championships Feb. 7-8, an event that eventually saw three CHS teams advance to next weekend’s Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association (SHSAA) regional competition.

“The district event was designed to allow two representatives from each of the three divisions (boys, girls and mixed) to advance,” explained CHS coach Kendra Paramzchuk. “We had seven girls teams, three boys teams and four mixed teams compete, and one from each category was able to qualify for regionals.”

The Carpenter rink of Tessa Briscoe (skip), Andie Kurjata (third), Shelby Larson (second) and Ashley Twidale (lead) will be in Delisle Feb. 14-15 for the girls competition. The boys squad, featuring Warren Fink (skip), Grayson Roger (third), Bradley Dyck (second) and Colin Fink (lead) will be in Rosthern while the mixed rink of Jonathan Zuchotzki (skip), Tasha Huffman (third), Shane Campbell (second) and Morgan Gladue (lead) will compete in Waldheim. Other teams to qualify for regionals were Maidstone (girls) and St. Walburg (boys and mixed).

“It’s great to see Carpenter represented in all three categories,” Paramzchuk continued. “Our curling program has quite a few members now, which means greater opportunities to compete and a greater chance for success. These curlers have put a lot of time into the program as well as into the local club, so it was nice to also see them do so well when the hometown spotlight was put on them.”

Paramzchuk went on to say she has confidence in all three rinks and believes they have what it takes to win at regionals and advance to provincials at the end of the month. She also said the CHS curling program has been around for many years and, in the past, the school has achieved success at the provincial level.

“Our mixed team is young, but some of the others have been to regionals before and know what to expect,” she said.

Aside from the success the players demonstrated on the weekend, Paramzchuk added the chance to compete at the provincial level is something the athletes deserve based on their dedication to the sport alone.

“I had a chance to coach a lot of these kids before – when they were at Jonas Samson Junior High,” she said. “Now, I coach the mixed and the girls teams while Mike Tourigny coaches the boys. We’ve both seen how much these kids give back. They were once part of the curling club’s junior program and now do their part to instruct other young players at the club. It’s actions like this which help the growth of the sport amongst young people.”

She also said this season is do or die for several members of the CHS curling program.

“Some of the players are in Grade 12, so this will be their last kick at it,” she noted. “They’ve come a long way and it would be nice to see them go all the way to the top.”

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