Hawks rink advances to Gore provincial final
Submitted by Alexis David
Published Feb. 14, 2017
The Red Hawks curling program is showing their quality this season after strong results at the Gore Mutual Provincial Curling Championship Regional Playdowns from Feb. 4 to 5 in Peterborough.
There were two Haliburton Highlands Secondary School girls’ curling teams that qualified for the event. They earned their trip by advancing from the double-knock-out zone qualifier several weeks before.
Coach Alexis David said both teams played amazingly at the Ontario School Curling Championships in Peterborough.
Casper’s rink, consisting of skip Alanna Casper, Emily Parish, Ania Smolen and Emma Casey, lost their first game, knocking them into the B division where they won their next two games. In the semi-finals, it was a close game, but the girls fell a little short, ultimately being eliminated from the championships.
Team Byers, consisting of Jessica Byers, Mackenzie Tidey, Destiny Wilson-Wells and Lena Haase, made it to the A-side finals, where they lost after a close game. The loss relegated them to the B-side where they won the finals and qualified for provincial finals. They will be heading to Perth to compete from Feb 15 to 19 at the Perth Curling Club. This competition will feature the best eight boys’ teams and eight girls’ teams from across the province. They will battle for the right to hoist the Gore Trophy and the Gore Bowls in victory.
While they are at provincial finals, Casper’s rink will be representing HHSS at Kawarthas on Wednesday, Feb 15 in Omemee. Hugh Nichol coached Byers’ rink to their victory and will be accompanying them to provincials. David will be taking Casper’s team to Kawarthas.
“We are thrilled with both teams’ success but especially impressed that the qualifying team is made up of all Grade 9 students. The girls are thrilled to have made it this far in their first year of Gore play,” David said.
Submitted by Alexis David with files from Darren Lum