Draper’s rink advances to COSSA championship
By Darren Lum
Published Feb. 28, 2017
The Red Hawks boys’ curling team is heading to the COSSA (Central Ontario Secondary School Athletics) championships after overcoming early adversity.
The team of skip, Chris Draper, vice, Dustyn McCready-DeBruin, second, Josh Colicchia and lead, Brian Wheeler won four games in a row after dropping its opener to Cobourg 7-5 at the Kawartha championship on Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Omemee.
Hawks school coach Russ Duhaime said the team rallied to earn their COSSA berth.
“The boys played very well, especially in the final against Holy Cross. We decided to play a very defensive game and wait for Holy Cross to get frustrated and take some chances. It wasn’t until the seventh end that we were able to capitalize on their misses and steal the lead. I was impressed with their patience. It’s a very mature style of play and makes for nail-biting games,” he wrote in an email.
Besides Duhaime, the team’s coach is Ron Draper.
The team’s wins were against St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School 9-2, Cobourg, 7-6, I.E. Weldon 9-1 and Holy Cross 3-1.
The Hawks squad earned the second of two spots at COSSA on March 6. Fenelon Falls Secondary School won the tournament and will be the top seed from the area.
With files from Russ Duhaime