Two CHS teams advance at curling regionals

by Phil Ambroziak

Two out of three isn’t bad.

That’s how Carpenter High School coach Kendra Paramchuk feels about the success achieved by CHS curlers at regional competitions held Feb. 14 and 15. Of the three CHS rinks to compete for a chance to play at this weekend’s provincial events, two were able to advance to the next round.

“We did really well,” Paramchuk said.

CHS was represented at regionals in the boys and girls, as well as the mixed categories. Those advancing to provincials include the girls rink of Tessa Briscoe (skip), Andie Kurjata (third), Shelby Larson (second) and Ashley Twidale (lead), as well as the mixed squad of Jonathan Zuchotzki (skip), Tasha Huffman (third), Shane Campbell (second) and Morgan Gladue (lead).
“There were six teams from throughout the region competing in each category, including the provincial host teams,” Paramchuk said. “The host teams automatically qualify for provincials, but one other team from each event had to earn their spot.”

In girls regionals, held in Delisle, CHS won the ‘A’ side of the tournament while the provincial host team from Hanley, SK won the ‘B’ event. The mixed rink, meanwhile, was in Waldheim where they won the ‘A’ event and later went on to defeat the ‘B’ winners from Spiritwood to claim their spot at provincials.

The boys team, consisting of Warren Fink (skip), Grayson Roger (third), Bradley Dyck (second) and Colin Fink (lead), competed in Rosthern, but was the only group from Meadow Lake not to make it to provincials.

“The girls team had some good games,” Paramchuk said. “They were actually losing the ‘A’ final 5-0, but were able to come back and win 8-5. For them, mentally, that was nice. They played smart.”

Briscoe said she is extremely proud of the accomplishments of her group.

“We played really well and went undefeated,” Briscoe said. “Going to provincials also means a lot to us because we’ve been a team for two years now, have never been to provincials before and three of us are in Grade 12, so this is our last shot at it.”

Briscoe’s rink defeated Spiritwood in CHS’ opening contest 8-6 before going on to earn the 8-5 win against Hanley.

As for the mixed rink, Paramchuk said they went into the competition showing no fear and just kept winning.

“I think they may have underestimated themselves at first,” she said. “They beat Spiritwood, who were last year’s bronze medalists.”

The mixed rink also went undefeated, winning against Spiritwood 8-3, Martensville 7-2, St. Walburg 8-4 and Spiritwood 9-3.

Provincials are scheduled for Feb. 28 and March 1. The CHS girls will compete in Hanley while the mixed rink will be in Martensville.

“Both teams have a chance to medal,” Paramchuk noted. “For most of the girls, this will be their last kick at it, so it’s very exciting for them. The mixed team is still quite young, so, if nothing else, this will be a great experience for them. They’re also super excited.”

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