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BC teams bring home hardware from nationals

A successful weekend of curling for teams from BC resulted in three medals for the province.

The BC curling teams who travelled to Sherwood Park, Alberta, for the Canadian Under 18 Curling Championships, were both able to reach the podium yesterday (Sunday, April 7).

The Erik Colwell rink from Vernon, featuring skip Colwell, third Mitchell Kopytko from Kamloops, second Ben Morin from Vernon and lead Tyler Powell from Invermere, had an incredible week, making it all the way to the gold medal game. The team, coached by Dale Hofer, managed to close the gap with opponents Ontario, after some early losses, but they were still one point shy of sending the game to the extra end. The game ended 6-5 for Ontario and BC were awarded the silver medal.

The Kimberley rink of skip Kaila Buchy, third Katelyn MacGillivray, second Hannah Lindner and lead Arissa Toffolo made it to page playoffs, but lost to Ontario in the semis, sending them into the bronze medal game. The bronze medal game against New Brunswick was a one-sided affair, with the Buchy rink, which also has connections to Kelowna (MacGillivray) and Fort St John (Lindner), winning 8-1. Buchy and MacGillivray were part of the BC team that travelled to nationals last year. The team was coached by Tom Buchy.

At the 2019 Canadian Masters Curling Championships, which wrapped up yesterday at Nutana Curling Club in Saskatoon, Team Klebe from Chilliwack and Richmond, were also able to secure a silver medal for BC. The women had an outstanding week, going undefeated in their pool, with their only defeat during the championship round against the home Saskatchewan rink. The BC rink, which features Janet Klebe, Kerri Miller, Jane Adam, Laurie Shimizu and coach Vic Shimizu, had a heart-breaking end to their run. Leading 7-5 going into the final eighth end of the gold medal game, they gave up three to the home rink. The final score was 8-7 for Saskatchewan.

In men’s play, Campbell River’s Boyce rink also made it to playoffs, but lost the bronze medal game 9-3. It was a great result for BC, with skip Lyle Boyce, third John Lapointe, second Don Pennell and lead Tom Green, representing the province well.

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