Bonot, Keffer ousted


There will be no representation from Rainy River District when Northern Ontario decides its curling kingpin next month.
Stratton native Trevor Bonot and Fort Frances product Isaac Keffer both missed their last opportunities to qualify for the men’s provincial championship after coming up short at a West qualifier in Geraldton over the weekend.
Bonot skipped his Port Arthur Curling Club rink of third Kory Carr, second Jordan Potts, and lead Joel Adams to a 4-2 record during the round-robin.
That was good enough for a three-way tie for second with Bryan Burgess (Kakabeka Falls) and defending provincial champion Jeff Currie (Fort William Curling Club).
Ben Mikkelsen (Fort William) finished alone in first at 5-1.
To break the tie, officials had to look at the combined distance from the teams’ six pre-game draws to the button that occurred throughout the round-robin, with the largest two distances thrown out.
Burgess’ total of 38.7 cm was good enough to give him second place over Currie (47 cm) and Bonot (131.2 cm), forcing the latter two to play a tie-breaker yesterday to determine the third and final provincial berth.
Currie made sure he would get a shot at defending his title in Kenora from Feb. 5-8, scoring three in the third to break a 1-1 tie en route to a 7-3 victory.
Keffer, meanwhile, played third for the Matthew Johnson rink (Port Arthur), which was in good shape following a 2-1 start.
But the team lost its last three games to wind up tied for fifth with Mike Assad (Geraldton) at 2-4.