Area boys teams lose close games at curling regionals

Matthew Gourlie
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The margin between victory and defeat was mighty slim at the Ford Curling Centre Friday.

There were a number of close games in the late draw at the SHSAA regional curling championship — including three that went to an extra end. Unfortunately for the district local representatives in the boys draw, they were on the wrong side of a few key shots.

Peacock's boys rink won their opening game 6-3 over Maple Creek's Winstyn Horton before losing the A semifinal 8-4 to Mike Kashuba's Regina LeBoldus rink.

Avonlea's boys team defeated Swift Current's Brendan Ross 8-3, but lost 8-7 in an extra end to Kevin Haines from LeBoldus.

Avonlea's rink of skip Sheldon Daniel, third Clayton Weinrauch, second Tyson Stevens and lead Ryley Ludwar had a 6-1 lead in the sixth end against Haines when they gave up a five-ender.

"We were up by so many and were so confident, but one mistake can cost you the game and that's the way it goes sometimes," said Daniel.

LeBoldus had plenty of stones behind the T-line, but Avonlea was controlling the front of the house — until they had a shot pick.

"I thought if we could get a couple there or even steal one they might shake hands and concede," said Daniel. "We had one at the top of the house and we were going to go around and knock theirs out, but it picked at the hog line. That's curling though."

Both teams made sure there was a lot of granite in the house — even when Avonlea had a sizeable lead — which made for some exciting ends and big momentum swings.

"I like to play aggressively like that," said Daniel. "You might give up a few big ends, but you'll get a lot more big ends. That's the way I like to play."

LeBoldus had a chance to win the game with their final stone, but flashed on their take-out attempt and had to settle for a single point and an extra end. Daniel had a difficult final shot in the extra end and couldn't pull the win out of the bag.

"I didn't really expect us to be here at the start of the year," said Daniel. "We have three games (Saturday) to play and I think we have a good chance at making a comeback, but we have to take it one step at a time."

Peacock and Kashuba's LeBoldus team were tied 4-4 playing the seventh end. Ackerman had the hammer facing two, but he wasn't able to score as he rolled out of the house. The stone he had hit ended up biting for two to give LeBoldus a 6-4 lead.

"It just hung. Every other rock was cutting and mine just hung for some reason," said Peacock skip Carson Ackerman. "We were with them, we just had too many misses late in the game. There were opportunities there and we just didn't take them."

Ackerman and his teammates Kyle Munro, Kacey Rodland, Brayden Johnson and Devyn Kitts still had the hammer in the final end, but LeBoldus played a textbook end.

"There was just absolutely nothing there," said Ackerman of his final attempt of the game. "We couldn't quite get things going."

He was happy with how his rink curled in the morning draw and is hoping to see more of the same when they meet Swift Current on the B side.

"This morning we had a really good game. We shot well and took advantage of our chances," said Ackerman.

Avonlea faces Kindersley in their B side game. The two LeBoldus rinks will meet in the A final in a rematch of the Regina city final.

The A and B qualifiers will earn a trip to the SHSAA provincials.

In mixed play, the Vanier rink of Kaitlin Corbin, Jonathon Wells, Stacey Light and Chad Stevens lost their opening game 5-2 to Mariah Jacklin's Cabri rink.

Vanier rebounded to defeat Regina Campbell's Steve Macera 7-2 in the B event. Vanier will now face Regina O'Neill Saturday at 9 a.m.

The Mossbank rink of Berkley Petersen, Jaden Sullivan, Katelyn Smith, Kolton Nord and Teneille Clements failed to advance as they lost both of their games Friday.

They opened with a 5-3 loss to Swift Current and then lost 5-4 to Dinsmore.

In the mixed A semifinals, Outlook beat Cabri 5-4 in an extra end and Swift Current beat O'Neill 8-6.

It was a tough day for the South Central district winners in the girls draw.

The Avonlea foursome of Kennedy Jelinski, Chantelle Miller, Emma Dombowsky and Marissa Getzlaf bowed out after two games. They lost 7-2 to Hodgeville and 7-4 to Kindersley.

The Gravelbourg rink of Sarah Hoag, Renée Michaud, Sylvie Gauthier and Sidney LeBrun also lost their first two games.

Gravelbourg lost 9-3 to Maple Creek and 9-7 to Regina Winston Knoll.

Maple Creek's Brooke Martin rink advanced to the A final with a 9-5 win over Kyle. They will face Hodgeville's McAyla Krauchek rink who beat Campbell 7-6.

Geographic location: Swift Current, Maple Creek, Hodgeville

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