Local rinks chasing berths


A spot in the Northern Ontario men’s curling championship will be up for grabs here this weekend, with two local rinks vying for the lone berth.
Trevor Bonot’s rink from Stratton and Adam Bolen’s foursome from the host Fort Frances Curling Club will go up against John Cummine (Sioux Lookout) in the Region 1 playdowns starting Friday afternoon.
The winner advances to the provincial championships, which will take place Feb. 5-12 in Sault Ste. Marie.
The provincial champ then will travel to the Tim Hortons Brier, which takes place this year from March 3-11 in Saskatoon.
Bonot, who is joined by third Scott McCallum, second Tim Jewett, lead Andrew McCormick, and fifth Al Macsemchuk, will square off against the Bolen rink, which includes third Mitch Seguin, second Matt Johnson, and lead Travis Showalter, in the first game of the double round-robin event at 2 p.m. on Friday.
Bonot then will play Cummine on Friday at 9:30 p.m., with Bolen then taking on the Sioux Lookout foursome Saturday at 9 a.m.
The local rinks will battle again at 2 p.m. on Saturday, with Bonot then taking on Cummine once again at 7 p.m.
Bolen will conclude his round-robin slate on Sunday at 9 a.m. versus Cummine, with a tie-breaker game (if necessary) slated for 1 p.m.
Meanwhile, Tirzah Keffer, who grew up here but now attends school in Thunder Bay, will be vying for a berth at the junior nationals this weekend in Sioux Lookout, where the Northern Ontario provincial showdown is being held.
Keffer, who is joined by third Sheree Hinz, second Paige Rubenick, and lead Rachel Camlin, will be competing against seven other rinks for the provincial title, with their first game taking place tomorrow afternoon against Danielle Ouellet (Longlac).
The winner of this weekend’s championship will earn a spot into the M&M Meat Shops Junior National Championships on Feb. 4-12 in Napanee, Ont.