Fort curlers stopped at U18 playdowns


Even if the two local rinks playing away from home right now wanted to get depressed about their lot in life, there’s no time for it with plenty of curling still to do.
The NWOSSAA championships are in full gear in Longlac, having kicked off yesterday with the Muskies represented in the girls’ and boys’ divisions after the same teams just wrapped up competition at their respective U18 provincial championships.
With usual skip Chris Silver out of action with a hamstring injury, the revamped boys’ team of skip Daniel Vandenbrand, third Jason Bazylewski, second Owen Riches, and lead Davis Jackson still put together a solid effort to defeat the Sioux Lookout Warriors 6-2 in seven ends in their opener last night.
The defending NWOSSAA champions and OFSAA silver-medalists faced the École Saint-Joseph Chevaliers (Wawa) earlier today, with the score unavailable at press time.
Then the Muskies will face the St. Patrick’s Saints (Thunder Bay) later today before concluding the round-robin event tomorrow against the Hammarskjold Vikings (Thunder Bay) and Geraldton Knights.
The team with the best record advances to the OFSAA championships March 22-25 in North Bay.
At the U18 boys’ provincials in Nipigon, with Atikokan’s Griffin Garuk in for Riches, the local rink struggled to a 1-6 record to finish seventh in the eight-team tournament won by Jacob Horgan (Sudbury).
Meanwhile, the Fort girls’ rink of skip Tory Beaudry, third Anika Beaudry, second Katrina Slomke, lead Andrea Schram, and fifth Ashley Payne made it into a playoff tie-breaker at the U18 provincials with a 4-3 record to share third place with Kira Brunton (Sudbury).
But Brunton ended their hopes with a 6-2 victory in the tie-breaker, with Brunton going on to win the title.
Already in Longlac, the rink recharged and donned its Muskie colours–only to fall 7-4 to Sioux Lookout in its first NWOSSAA game yesterday.
But the black-and-gold rebounded with an 11-2 hammering of École secondaire Chateau-Jeunesse (Longlac) in six ends earlier today.
The Muskies then took on Hammarskjold (score unavailable) and will battle Geraldton tonight before finishing tomorrow against the Churchill Trojans (Thunder Bay).
The first-place girls’ squad also will qualify for the all-Ontarios in North Bay.