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Sanders, Lepine teams claim BC Masters crowns

Pat Sanders keeps adding to her titles.

The national and world champion added the 2018 BC Masters title to her list of achievements on Sunday along with her teammates Lorraine Gagnon, Sherry Findlay and Roselyn Craig of the Juan de Fuca and Kerry Park clubs on Vancouver Island.

Team Sanders edged Janet Klebe’s Chilliwack/Richmond team 3-2 in the final of the event, presented by the Hearing Loss Clinic in Creston on Sunday.

Klebe and her team of Kerri Miller, Jane Adam and Laurie Shimizu were undefeated up until the championship final. Klebe was up 2-0 after four ends before Sanders struck for singles in the fifth, sixth and eighth ends for the victory.

In men’s play, Craig Lepine used a steal of three in the fifth end to surprise previously undefeated Ron Koffski 8-6 for the title.

Neil Houston, Craig McLeod and Kevin Jeannotte rounded out Lepine’s team which represented the Langley, Cloverdale, Royal City and Penticton clubs. Lepine trailed 4-1 after three ends before striking for a deuce in the fourth and the pivotal steal of three in the fifth.

The teams exchanged deuces in the sixth and seventh ends before Koffski – whose team included Pat Ryan, Randy Nelson and Glen Brennan – was run out of rocks.

A large field of 20 teams competed in the provincial championship and the top two teams for men and women will now carry on to the 2018 Coastland Engineering & Surveying Canadian Masters Curling Championships happening at the Cloverdale Curling Club and Peace Arch Curling Club, Apr. 1-8.

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