Vanier wins mixed curling title

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Boys and girls action continues Wednesday

Vanier’s mixed curling team won back-to-back titles.

Vanier won the mixed division city title on Tuesday afternoon after defeating Cornerstone. Team members include (L-R) Chad Stephens (lead), Stacey Light (second), Jonathon Wells (third), Katilin Corbin (lead) and coach Eric Light. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

The rink of Kaitlin Corbin, Chad Stephens, Stacey Light and Jonathon Wells won their best of three series over Cornerstone to claim the city final trophy on Tuesday.

“It feels pretty good,” said Light, who plays second for Corbin. “We played pretty good. We played better in our semi-final game than we did today (Tuesday), but we also had everyone playing full time on Monday.”

Light came down with a touch of the flu earlier in the day, but if she didn’t show up and play, the team would have to forfeit.

“I will get rested up and hopefully we will all be 100 per cent for that game on Friday,” said Light.

Vanier rushed out to an early lead, but Cornerstone did try to crawl back, but it was too late as Vanier won 13-7 at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre. On Monday, Vanier won 16-1 over Cornerstone.

“We were really drawing and we got onto the ice really fast, so that was helpful,” said Light of what worked. “Also, our hits … we just didn’t miss that much.”

This is a very similar team that won the title last year, but Stephens is the new link after their other player graduated.

“We have one new player, Chad, and this is his first year curling,” said Light. “He has done amazing. We are blessed to have him on our team.”

Both teams will now head to Central Butte this weekend to compete at districts. Vanier was using both of these games as practice prior to seeing other teams.

“We just needed to get in as many games as we could and this was a great game for us just before going there,” said Light. “We can never be too confident. Curling is a game where you win or lose no matter who you are playing, but we just want to play our best there so that we have good seed in the draw. I hope we play well.”

In other curling action, in the girls division, Peacock defeated Vanier 8-3 and will face Cornerstone in the A/B final on Wednesday.

In the boys action, Peacock 2 and Vanier played a tight match but it was Peacock 2 that held on for the 9-4 victory. Peacock 2 will now play Peacock 1 in the A/B final on Wednesday. Both games get underway at 3:45 p.m. at the curling centre.

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