Monday, March 2, 2015

SACA Bantam Curling Playdown held in Pincher Creek

Team Taylor Olmstead  (Delia Curling Club) won all three of their A Level games
Taylor Olmstead, Alia Nielsen, Presley Battle, Kali Richardson 
T. Lucas photos

Toni Lucas

The Southern Alberta Curling Association (SACA) Bantam District B Curling Playdown occurred at the Pincher Creek rink during the weekend of Friday, February 27, Saturday the 28, and Sunday March 1. Curling enthusiasts 14 years old and younger from areas as far away as Delia, Alberta came and tested their skills against each other. Of the 12 teams that participated seven teams qualified to go to the next level at the Bantam Southern Playdown that will occur in Sundre March 20-22. Qulifying were two teams from level A, 2 from level B, and 3 from level C.

Twenty three games were played to determine the standings of the qualifying teams, who were:
A Teams - Olmstead, Mason
B Teams - Kroker, Whittmire
C Teams - Kobylnyk, McIntyre, and Baxter

The teams played between 3 to 6 games to see if they would continue on to the Southern Playdown. There is a social aspect of the game that some of the kids expressed that they enjoyed - being out with teammates, meeting new people, and travelling to new areas. On the ice, it was all business. These young players were taking every throw as seriously as seasoned players. SACA Official Ida VanDerMolen was on hand as oversight for the playdown. VanDerMolen said that even at this level the rules that have to be followed are an excellent training ground for those that hope to continue on even to the level of the Brier, as the strict adherence to the rules are the same there. She commented that the hosting was excellent, and said "I think the kids are really comfortable here, in a smaller rink." Pincher Creek Curling Club Executive Brenda Heisler said that Pincher Creek Curling Club has hosted playdowns before, but not in recent years, and was very happy to host this year's event.

Spectator Tyler McNeil

A level
teams moving on to Southern Playdowns

Team Taylor Olmstead won 3 of 3 games
Delia Curling Club
Taylor Olmstead - Skip
Presley Battle - Third
Alia Nielsen - Second
Kali Richardson - Lead

Team Jared Mason - Coach Barry Mason, Jared, Justin, Carter, Devin

Team Jared Mason won 3 of 3 games
Delia Curling Club
Jared Mason - Skip
Carter Reed - Third
Justin Anderson - Second
Devin Buchwitz - Lead

B level
teams moving on to Southern Playdowns

Team Ayden Whittmire - Ayden, Kyler, Kaden, Noah, Coach Jeff Davidson

Team Ayden Whittmire - 2 wins from 3 games

Ayden Whittmire - Skip
Kyler Kurina - Third
Kaden Zmeko - Second
Noah Tymko - Lead

Team Joshua Kroker - Lowell, Kaden, Zac, Josh

Team Joshua Kroker - 3 wins from 4 games
Joshua Kroker - Skip
Kaden Niemans - Third
Lowell Whittmire - Second
Zac Robinson - Lead

C level
teams moving on to Southern Playdowns

Team Max Kobylnyk - Max, Jessica, Cayman, Cas
Team Max Kobylnyk - 4 wins from 6 games
Garrison  Curling Club
Max Kobylnyk - Skip
Cas Kobylnyk - Third
Jessica Wytrychowski - Second
Cayman Turn - Lead

Team Jaden McIntyre - Jaden, Logan, Max, Josh

Team Jaden McIntyre - 2 wins from 4 games
Coaldale Granite Club
Jaden McIntyre - Skip
Logan Huss - Third
Max Stevenson - Second
Joshua McNeil - Lead

Team Jocelyn Baxter - Emily, Paige, Emma, Jocelyn

Team Jocelyn Baxter - 1 win from 3 games
Bow Valley Curling Club
Jocelyn Baxter - Skip
Paige Baker - Third
Emma Gingras - Second
Emily Baker - Lead

Participating Teams

Team Evan Crough - Elysa, Madison, Evan, Rhet

Team Evan Crough
Huntington Hills  Curling Club
Evan Crough - Skip
Rhet Vanden Elsen - Third
Madison Senft - Second
Elysa Crough - Lead

Team Rhiley Quinn - Rhiley, Sarah, Daityn, Kassidy

Team Rhiley Quinn
Curling Club A.R.C.
Rhiley Quinn - Skip
Kassidy Varga - Third
Sarah McKinnon - Second
Daityn Lohr - Lead
Brieanne Kinghorn - Fifth

Team Ryan Nikota - Tyson, Brynn, Darah, Ryan
Team Ryan Nikota
Hanna  Curling Club
Ryan Nikota - Skip
Darah Buchwitz - Third
Brynn Kelbert - Second
Tyson Cox (Sabine) - Lead

Team Sonya Nielsen - McKenzie, Jensen, Chase, Sonya

Team Sonya Nielsen
Delia Curling Club
Sonya Nielsen - Skip
Chase Chambers - Third
Jensen Battle - Second
McKenzie Olmstead - Lead

Team Nolan Wever - Katryna, Raymond, Taylor, Nolan

Team Nolan Wever
Claresholm  Curling Club
Nolan Wever - Skip
Taylor Rae - Third
Raymond Cox - Second
Katryna Lytwyn - Lead

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