Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bantam teams in tough early

Hailey Beaudry and Chris Silver need to turn things around—and fast.
The two Fort Frances skips piloting the girls’ and boys’ entries at the Tim Hortons Bantam provincial curling championships in Sault Ste. Marie sport 1-2 records after three draws to sit tied for fifth in their respective divisions.

Beaudry and her rink of third Nicole Hartlin, second Erin Tomalty, and co-leads Tory and Anika Beaudry came out swinging in their opener yesterday, downing Cassidy Romyn (Sioux Lookout) 9-2 in seven ends.
But Calli Barclay (North Bay) sunk Beaudry in the evening draw by tying the game in the eighth end, then stealing a single in the extra end to win 6-5.
Then this morning against Megan Smith (Sault Ste. Marie), Beaudry stole a pair in the eighth to knot the game 5-5—coming all the way back from a 5-2 deficit.
But Smith regrouped and scored one in the extra end to take a 6-5 decision.
Beaudry faced Katie Rutledge (Sault Ste. Marie) this afternoon, then battles Emma Landry (New Liskeard) tonight.
The boys’ team of Silver, third Reece Jones, second Kurt McGuire, and lead Jason Bazylewski also got off on the right foot yesterday with a 6-3 win over Doug Goodmurphy (Thessalon).
But Felix Lasalle (Timmins) was a far more potent foe, though, as he picked up two five-enders to hammer Silver 12-3 in six ends last night.
Then this morning, Jaron Hoppe (Keewatin) ripped off seven-straight points en route to a 9-5 victory over Silver.
Silver met Sam Cull (Sudbury) this afternoon, then squares off against Christopher Perozak (Thunder Bay) tonight.

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