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Juvenile curlers head to BC Winter Games

Sixteen juvenile curling teams have qualified for the BC Winter Games.

Eight boys’ teams and eight girls’ teams have triumphed in their respective zones to earn the chance to compete at the Games in Penticton from February 25-28. Curling will take place at the Penticton Curling Club.

Among the qualifiers is Team McCrady, the silver medallists from the 2016 Tim Hortons BC Junior Men’s Curling Championship, and Team Loken, the bronze medallists from the 2016 Tim Hortons BC Junior Women’s Curling Championship.

Team Anderson from Grand Forks and Team Wells from Invermere qualified in Zone 1 (Kootenays). Team Anderson is made up of skip Colin Anderson, third Devin Anderson, second Elliott Starchuk, lead Dawson Reid and coach Dave Bartlett.   Team Wells is made up of Abby Wells, third Alexa Von Niessen, second Lily Flamand, lead Kaitlyn Hessel, fifth Anna Stevens and coach Jack Keshen.

Team Schiman and Team Cotter, both from Vernon, qualified in Zone 2 (Thompson-Okanagan). Team Schiman is made up of skip Matt Schiman, third Ben Morin, second Adam Raber, lead Andrew Cowell and coach Dale Hofer. Team Cotter is made of skip Jaelyn Cotter, third Elijah Meixner, second Katelyn McGillivray, lead Cassidy Schwaerzle and coach Jim Cotter.

Team Moore from Langley and Team Drexel from Coquitlam/Chilliwack/Cloverdale qualified in Zone 3 (Fraser Valley). Team Moore is made up of skip Brenin Moore, third Jarod Rawlings, second Smit Patel, lead Karson Van baar and coach Wayne Moore. Team Drexel is made up of Heather Drexel, skip, Everly Royea, third, Bailey Burke, second, Madeline Britz, lead and coach Alan Smith.

Team McCrady and Team Loken qualified in Zone 4 (Fraser River). The boys’ team is made up of skip Matthew McCrady, third Zac Curtis, second Liam Purgavie, lead Jacob Umbach and coach Ken McArdle. The girls’ team is made up of skip Sarah Loken, third Sarah McCrady, second Kim Bonneau and lead Kylie Karoway with coach Marion McNeil.

From Zone 5 (Vancouver-Coastal), teams Kwok (Richmond) and Bowles (Delta Thistle) qualified. Team Kwok is made up of skip Gabriel Kwok, third Brandon Tong, second Johnson Tao, lead Jay Hou and coaches Tammy Hughes and Peter Kwok. Team Bowles is made up of skip Elizabeth Bowles, third Jensen Taylor, second Grace McCusker, lead Chelsea Taylor and coach Al Kersey.

The Zone 6 (Vancouver Island-Central Coast) qualifiers are Juan de Fuca’s Team Blenkin and Victoria’s Scott-Moncrief. The girls’ team of skip Cassandra Blenkin, third Loganne Bell, second Sophie Brissette, lead Kayla Wilson, fifth Sasha Wilson are coached by Julie Semenchuk.  The boys’ team of skip Evan Scott-Moncrief, third Ben Krystalowich, second Reed Oulton, lead Dennis Williams are coached by Ken MacDonald.

From the North West (Zone 7), the teams at the Winter Games will be Team Turney and Team Schulz. Skip Sean Turney, third Matthew Steventon, second Evan Doyle, lead Oliver Kildaw, fifth Spencer Walton and coach Laurence Turney are from Smithers. Skip Elizabeth Schulz, third Shyrell Lindstrom, second Vaughn Semmler, lead Paige Allen, fifth Kyla Vanwekhoven and coach Diana Lindstrom are from Fraser Lake.

The final teams to qualify for the winter games are team Brown and Team Withey from Prince George, who are representing Zone 8 (Cariboo-North East). Team Withey is made up of skip Jessie Withey, third Carly Connor, second Hannah Lindner, lead Carsyn Hamilton and coach Doug Dalziel. Team Brown is made up of skip James Brown, third Alasdair Wilson, second Tyler Slaney, lead Spencer Gamache, fifth Andrew Sherstan and coach Bill Fisher.

The scores and standings will be updated on during the event.

The winners of the BC Winter Games will compete at the Optimist U-18 International Curling Championships March 30 to April 3 in Edmonton. Visit for more information about that event.

Visit for more information about the BC Winter Games.


About Curl BC
Curl BC is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the development, promotion and organization of curling in British Columbia. Curl BC is also responsible for the championship system that declares provincial representation at National events. In cooperation with its Members, Curl BC provides services to both competitive and recreational curlers, including a variety of adaptive groups.

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