Curlers nab silver


A championship push came up one point short but there was no shortage of pride among the Muskie boys’ curling rink.
Skip Chris Silver and his team of third Daniel Vandenbrand, second Jason Bazylewski, and lead Davis Jackson matched the best-ever finish by a Fort High curling team at OFSAA by earning the silver medal following yesterday’s 5-4 loss to the Richview Saints (Etobicoke) in North Bay.
Rinks skipped by Bill Crewson (1998) and Isaac Keffer (2011) also won OFSAA silver.
“It was awesome just to be here,” said Jackson.
“But then to get to compete for gold was just amazing,” he added.
Silver blanked the first end but was held to one the second. The scenario then flipped around as the Saints blanked the third and only got one in the fourth for a 1-1 tie at the break.
The Muskies picked up a deuce in the fifth when Silver drew to the four-foot.
But Richview, which had beaten the Muskies 9-3 in pool play earlier in the week, struck for a three-ender in the sixth to lead 4-3.
The Saints then stole one in the seventh to go up by two heading home.
Silver, with hammer, tried to get his pair for the tie to force an extra end.
But an angle raise on his last shot didn’t quite work—leaving him with only a single.
With all four team members eligible to return next season, Silver already is fired up for what lies ahead.
“It was great that we could get NWOSSAA two berths to the provincials next year again with our good finish,” he noted.
“We’ll practice tomorrow if we can, or maybe take a couple of days off,” Silver added.
“But we can’t wait to come back next year.”
The Muskie girls’ rink, meanwhile, went 1-3 in pool play to miss out on a playoff berth.