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Teams McCrady and Drexel book trip to U18s after BC Games wins

Teams McCrady and Drexel will represent B.C. at the Optimist U18 International Curling Championships in Edmonton.

The teams booked their trip to the event after winning curling gold at the 2016 BC Winter Games in Penticton this past weekend.

The Royal City rink of Matthew McCrady, with third Zac Curtis, second Liam Purgavie, lead Jacob Umbach and coach Ken McArdle, represented Zone 4 (Fraser River).

They were unbeaten in the competition, winning the final against Team Schiman from Vernon 6-2.
This will be the second trip to the U18s for Team McCrady, who finished in fourth place last year.

Team Drexel from Coquitlam/Chilliwack/Cloverdale, made up of Heather Drexel, skip, Everly Royea, third, Bailey Burke, second, Madeline Britz, lead, and coach Alan Smith, represesented Zone 3 (Fraser Valley). This will also be the second trip to U18s for Heather Drexel, Everly Royea and Bailey Burke, but the first for Madeline Britz.

The girls had a shaky start to the competition, losing their first game against Team Cotter 7-1. But they turned things around and won the rest of their games, beating Team Bowles from Delta 9-6 in the final.

Silver medals were awarded to Team Schiman and Team Bowles. Team Schiman is made up of skip Matt Schiman, third Ben Morin, second Adam Raber, lead Andrew Cowell and coach Dale Hofer, while Team Bowles is made up of skip Elizabeth Bowles, third Jensen Taylor, second Grace McCusker, lead Chelsea Taylor and coach Al Kersey.

Another Delta rink, Team Sarah Loken, featuring Matthew McCrady’s sister Sarah McCrady, got the bronze medals, while on the boys’ side, the bronze went to Team Anderson, from Grand Forks.
The girls’ team is made up of skip Loken, third McCrady, second Kim Bonneau and lead Kylie Karoway with coach Marion McNeil.

The boys’ team is made up of skip Colin Anderson, third Devin Anderson, second Elliott Starchuk, lead Dawson Reid and coach Dave Bartlett.

Visit http://playdowns.com/curlbc/ to see the results of all the games played at the BC Winter Games.

To find out more about the Optimist U18 International Curling Championships, visit http://www.u18curling.ca/. The under-18 event will take place from March 30 to April 3 in Edmonton.

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