City high school curling champions crowned

Matthew Gourlie
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James Barkway’s Central boys curling foursome took the long way back to repeat as city champions.

The Central boys beat Peacock 10-2 in the afternoon and again 10-4 Thursday to come up through the B side.

In other Moose Jaw high school curling city finals, Vanier beat Peacock 1 7-6 to win the mixed title and Peacock beat Cornerstone 8-1 to win the girls title.

Central’s boys team of Barkway, Matt Barre, Josh Blandford and Brett Prokopchuk were intact from their win a year earlier and capped their Grade 12 season with a title.

“It was the exact same situation as last year so we were ready for it,” said Barkway. “We won quite a few games, but we also lost a few. We learned from the games and it translated into this — winning in the playoffs.”

The team also made a fashion statement with orange and white plaid pants that looked peach on the ice.

“Last year we didn’t wear anything that went together,” said Prokopchuk. “This year we wanted to stand out. We wanted to get the most vibrant things we could find for under $10.”

Vanier’s mixed team of Stacey Light, Jonathon Wells, Kaitlin Corbin, Devon Schweiger took control of the mixed final when they scored four points in the fifth end to take a 7-3 lead. Peacock 1 scored a point in each of the next two ends, but still trailed by two without the hammer coming home.

Light had a take-out facing two to win the game and could only hold her breath as one of her sweepers slipped brushing the stone as it entered the house. Her teammate fell, but didn’t burn the rock and Vanier made the shot to hang on.

“I’m sure I aged myself five years watching him go down there,” said Light. “He moved right out of the way so we were good.”

Vanier played well, but Peacock showed a lot resiliency as they stole in the final two ends to force Vanier to make their final shot.

“Peacock played an amazing game, but we knew even if we lost we had one more game to play (Thursday) night because it was a double-knockout. We were calm and played our game,” said Light.

Moose Jaw is hosting the mixed provincial this year and the Vanier foursome will now advance as hosts.

“We were really excited about that,” said Light. “We’re playing great. We still need to work on some things.

Peacock’s girls team of Shaelynn Sperling, Emily Farago, Brittany Johnson and Laura Duncan capped their unbeaten season by beating Cornerstone Christian School 8-1 in the final. It was the first time in nine years that Cornerstone had iced a curling team.

“Hopefully we can do well at districts and move on to regionals,” said Sperling.

“We want to congratulate Cornerstone too and wish them good luck at districts.”

The two finalists in each category will all take part in the South Central districts this weekend at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre. The winners will advance to regionals.

Organizations: Cornerstone Christian School, Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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