Ackerman rink takes title

Katie Brickman
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Girls face off in final on Thursday

Winning the city final has eluded Carson Ackerman for the last two years.

In an all-Peacock matchup in the boys curling city final, it was Peacock 1 that was victorious. The team included (L-R) Patrick Ackerman (coach), Carson Ackerman, Kyle Munro, Kacey Rodland, Brayden Johnson and alternate Devin Kitts. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

After winning silver in both Grade 9 and 10, the Grade 11 Peacock athlete skipped his team to the boys city curling trophy.

“Now to finally do it, feels great,” said Ackerman.

It was an all Peacock matchup in the final, but Peacock 1 — Ackerman, Kyle Munro, Kasey Rodland and Brayden Johnson — defeated Peacock 2 by a score of 11-3 for the title at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre on Wednesday afternoon.

“Everyone played real solid,” said Ackerman. “It was a good game. We didn’t miss many shots and capitalized on given opportunities to put it away pretty quick.”

It was a good run for the rink as they had a strong season. They went unbeaten in the playoff round as well, but sensed it would be Peacock 2 they would face.

“I kind of saw it coming because they were nipping at our heels all season. I figured we would be playing them in the final,” said Ackerman. “We never lost to them in the season, so I figured we would be able to pull it off in the final.”

Ackerman has been able to find a good mix of teammates and gel with them. Between his junior team, high school team and Super League team that curl on Wednesday nights, he has a mixture of three teammates.  

“We have thrown a lot of rocks, played a lot of games and now it is starting to show,” said Ackerman.

The team will now head to Avonlea this weekend to compete in districts and are confident in their ability to finish high enough to come back and participate in regionals at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre next weekend.

“Oh yeah. We are good to go,” said Ackerman.

In girls action, Peacock defeated Cornerstone 7-5 in the A/B final on Wednesday. Since Cornerstone was ranked the No. 1 team and with the double-knockout format, the teams will play again tonight (3:45 p.m., Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre) so a city champion can be named.

Vanier won the mixed curling title on Tuesday afternoon. They and Cornerstone will head to Central Butte this weekend for their districts.

Moose Jaw will host the regional tournament for all three divisions on Feb. 14 and 15 at the Curling Centre.

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