Curling winds down with local, provincial bonspiels

The high school curling teams made the trip up to Bonnyville for the provincial competition

The high school curling teams made the trip up to Bonnyville for the provincial competition and came home with lots of good things to say about the experience.

The young men’s team lost its first two games in the round-robin play, then competed against the top team to enter the provincial tournament and won. That was not enough to earn them a berth into the final, but it helped to soften the losses.

The mixed team lost its first game and won the second and third games to carry the locals into the final, where they won the semifinal and brought home a silver medal.

Congratulations to both teams.

The junior high girls’ basketball team went to Rolling Hills for their play-downs and came away with a fourth in competition. The junior high boys were heading into their zone competition as the youngest team in the tournament. They gained a lot of experience and represented the school well, but didn’t make the playoffs. Just wait for next year, boys.

The senior high boys’ basketball team goes to the zones this weekend.

Russel Steen’s junior high basketball team from Big Valley headed up to Stettler for their district competition and proved to be the little team that could. They challenged mighty Stettler Middle School in the final and earned the right to advance to the CWAJHAA Tier 3 tournament. Congratulations, boys! Unfortunately, they can’t go to the next level because the players have too many other commitments, so they had to forfeit the opportunity to Gus Wetter School from Castor.

The mixed bonspiel started this Monday and is well underway as you read this. There are lots of teams entered, which is great for the curling rink. Don’t forget about the oyster night on Thursday night and every other night offers steak and baked potato, hamburgers, delicious homemade soup, pie and all the extras. Saturday will be the windup for the curling season, so it’s a great night to attend, get a great meal and visit with everyone.

Marj Kiemele, her daughter, Jana, Brittany Cawiezel and Claire Swanson curled in the Byemoor bonspiel and came home sporting first place in the first division. Tim Primrose, Brooks Watts, Mike Steen, and Phil McBride also curled in Byemoor and could only brag about taking second in the first. Kudos to the ladies!

Helen Steen reported a fun story. She has been a friend of the manager of the IGA in Drumheller for many years and he recently called to ask if she would be interested in entering in a “home-baked pie contest.” She said she would be happy to do it, but she couldn’t get it down to Drumheller, so he offered to come up and pick it up if she baked it! Well, Helen won second with her pie and, I think, the manager wrangled himself a tasty pie.