Scharback wins Men’s Tour event
Brady Scharback’s rink needed to take the long route, but they got the victory.
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Skip Brady Scharback (centre) calls out a play to his sweepers, Jacob Hersikorn (left) and Quinn Heriskorn (right) during the Heritage Inn Tour Spiel, the Saskatchewan Men's Curling Tour event held at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre on Sunday afternoon. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
The young rink of junior curlers had to reach the championship game at the Saskatchewan Men’s Curling Tour by going through the C-event.
“We were really close games in the first ones, but just on the wrong side of the inch,” said Scharback. “It felt good to come back and be on the right side for these past couple of games.
“It feels really great because last year we actually went 0-3 in this thing. We couldn’t figure out the ice. So, to win it, it is awesome…especially since we are still a junior team.”
The Saskatoon rink defeated Justin Mihalicz in the men’s final game by a 7-2 score at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre on Sunday afternoon.
“We got a few misses out of them, so we got lucky there,” Scharback said. “When my team is shooting as good as they are, we can force a few misses.”
Scharback got an early lead, scoring three points in the opening end. They added three more in the third end. Mihalicz scored one in the second and another in the fourth end, but Scharback sealed the win in the fifth end with his seventh point. The teams shook hands after five ends.
“We are keeping it open, for the most part…knew when to go aggressive and knew when to bail. Everyone was shooting great (Sunday), so I could call whatever I needed to call,” Scharback stated. “They make my life easy when they shoot as great as they do.”
This is the first Saskatchewan Men’s Tour victory for the junior team.
Mihalicz went undefeated through the triple knockout format, but lost in the final. He defeated Kevin Marsh in the semifinal whereas Scharback beat Darrell McKee in the semifinal to reach the final.
On the Saskatchewan Women’s Curling Tour side, Lana Vey went undefeated to win the championship game over Sherry Just.
Vey also opened up with a big lead, scoring four in the first end. She added four more in the fourth end. Just, however, tried her best to stay with Vey — scoring singles in the second, third and two more in the fifth. Vey added another point in the seventh end to seal the 9-5 win.
“My team played so well this game. Getting two four-enders really helps you in the rest of the game. I could afford to miss and I didn’t really help us in the last few ends, but that definitely helped us with the win,” stated Vey. “We struggled a little bit early, but it seemed like we caught onto the ice by about our second or third game. Sometimes, things just go your way and it seemed like (Sunday) especially went our way.”
Vey defeated two-time Tour winner, Michelle Englot in the semifinal and Just came back to beat Sherrilee Orsted in her semifinal. It was a good weekend for Vey, as her team earned crucial Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) points that goes towards provincial seeding and prize money.
“Anytime you go to these Sask Tour events, there is all the top teams from Saskatchewan, minus only a few,” said Vey. “You always have to play well here and it is good competition going into playdowns.”
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