Enge qualifies for Ontario Scotties


Former Muskie curler Jenna Enge is heading back to the Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts for the second-straight year.
The Devlin native, who plays second for the Tracy Horgan rink from Sudbury, earned a spot at the provincials, slated for next month in Kenora, following a third-place finish at the Northern Ontario playdowns over the weekend in Copper Cliff.
The Horgan rink, which curls out of the Idylwylde Golf and Curling Club and also features third Jennifer Seabrook and lead Amanda Gate, went 4-2 in Copper Cliff to snag one of four provincial berths up for grabs.
Also advancing to Kenora were Marlo Dahl and Krista McCarville of Thunder Bay, along with Laura Pickering of North Bay.
In the round-robin format, Horgan jumped out to a quick 2-0 start on Friday with a 11-4 win over Louise Logan (Copper Cliff) and an 11-2 thrashing of Sandra Lahti (Copper Cliff) before dropping a 6-3 decision to Dahl that night.
But Horgan bounced back Saturday with a 12-1 thrashing of Pickering in just five ends, then edged out Ashley Kallos (Thunder Bay) 7-6 that night.
Horgan’s foursome rounded out their round-robin slate Sunday morning with a 9-7 loss to McCarville.
The rink now will get ready for the provincial playdowns in Kenora, set for Jan. 23-29, where they’ll look to improve on their third-place showing at last year’s Ontario Scotties in Thornhill.
In the 2011 provincial playdowns, which was won by Rachel Homan’s young rink from Ottawa, the Horgan foursome lost to McCarville in the semi-finals.
Also competing at the Northern Ontario playdowns in Copper Cliff last weekend was former district resident Angela Lee-Wiwcharyk, who played third on Kallos’ team.
Unfortunately for Lee-Wiwcharyk, her hopes of qualifying for the provincials were dashed with their loss to Horgan on Saturday night as they missed out on a berth with a 2-4 record.