Kamloops, BC (December 28, 2015) – Sixteen junior teams are gearing up for the 2016 Tim Hortons BC Junior Curling Championships, which get underway at Kamloops Curling Club tomorrow (December 29).
The event will feature eight junior women’s and eight junior men’s teams playing for the chance to travel to Stratford, Ontario, January 23-31 for nationals.
Tickets can be purchased at the Kamloops Curling Club for $5 per game, $10 for a day pass, or $25 for an event pass. Visit http://www.kamloopscurlingclub.com/ for more information.
The junior men’s and junior women’s finals will be televised on Sportsnet on January 3. The junior women’s final will air at 9 a.m. on Sportsnet Pacific and the junior men’s final will air at 2 p.m. on Sportsnet One.
Team Love and Team Harvey, from Vernon Curling Club, and Team Buchy from Kimberley Curling Club, were the final teams to qualify at playdowns in Vernon over the weekend of December 5 to 6.
Team Harvey is made up of Skip Winter Harvey, Third Jaelyn Cotter, Second Megan McGillivray and Lead Cassidy Schwaerzle. The team is coached by BC Men’s Champion (and Jaelyn’s father) Jim Cotter. Team Buchy, from Kimberley Curling Club, with Skip Alysha Buchy, Third Kaila Buchy, Second Haylie Farquhar and Lead Arissa Toffolo, is coached by Tom Buchy (Alysha and Kaila’s father), a two-time BC Mixed Champion who is regularly a contender in the BC Men’s Championship.
Junior men’s team, Team Love, made up of Skip Thomas Love, Third Erik Colwell, Second Brendan Chapple and Lead Johnathan Schwartz, is coached by Dean Chapple.
In November, seven berths were decided at Coastal Playdowns at Port Moody Curling Club, one junior women’s team qualified at Northern Playdowns in Prince George and a Kootenay junior men’s team qualified without having a playdown.
On the junior men’s side, the following teams qualified through playdowns: Team Henderson (Victoria – Skip Paul Henderson, Third Duncan Silversides, Second Benton Boychuk-Chorney, Lead Timothy Henderson and coach Todd Troyer), Team Kiss (Royal City – Skip Jordan Kiss, Third Nicholas Umbach, Second Travis Cameron, Lead Zachary Umbach, Fifth Matt Young and Coach Craig Lightbody), Team Carpenter (Royal City – Skip Brayden Carpenter, Third Tyler Proctor, Second Matthew Chan, Lead Breyden Chong and Coaches Roger Chan and Curt Bogren), Team Croteau (Victoria/Kerry Park – Skip Connor Croteau, Third Scott Gray, Second Derek Chandler, Lead Jared Vlassis and Coach Bob Coulombe).
Team Bartlett (Grand Forks/Invermere – Skip Zane Bartlett, Third Sam Gaspar, Second Steven Schafthuizen [Kamloops], Lead Colin Anderson, Fifth Devon Anderson and Coach Dave Bartlett) qualified without having a playdown.
On the junior women’s side, the following teams qualified through playdowns: Team Coulombe (Victoria – Skip Mariah Coulombe, Third Bailey Tinkler, Second Jordan Koster, Lead Sydney Brilz and Coach Andrew Komlodi), Team Loken (Delta Thistle – Skip Sarah Loken, Third Catera Park, Second Kylie Karoway, Lead Kim Bonneau and Coach Marion McNeill), Team Jensen (Tunnel Town/Juan de Fuca/Parksville – Skip Shawna Jensen, Third Katherine Silversides, Second Michaela Douglas, Lead Rebecca Douglas, Fifth Sarah McCrady and Coach Dave Douglas), and Team Connell (Prince George – Skip Alyssa Connell, Third Bailey Eberherr, Second Jordan Henson, Lead Erin Ross and Coach Rick Fewster).
Finally, four teams qualified by gathering the most points on the BC Junior Curling Tour, which ran from September 25 to November 15 and was made up of five events across the province. They were Teams Tardi (Langley/Royal City – Tyler Tardi, Third Daniel Wenzek, second Jordan Tardi, lead Nicholas Meister, Fifth Sterling Middleton and Coach Paul Tardi), Daniels (Royal City – Skip Sarah Daniels, Third Marika Van Osch, Second Dezaray Hawes, Lead Megan Daniels and coaches Katie Witt and Ernie Daniels), McCrady (Royal City – Skip Matthew McCrady, Third Zac Curtis, Second Liam Purgavie, Lead Jacob Umbach and Coach Ken McArdle) and Brown (Kamloops – Skip Corryn Brown, Third Erin Pincott, Second Samantha Fisher, Lead Sydney Fraser and Coach Allison McInnes).
The Kamloops championships will be two eight-team round robins running simultaneously. Live scores and results from the event can be viewed at http://www.playdowns.com/ under the Curl BC tab.
The winning teams will travel to Stratford, Ontario for the 2016 Canadian Junior Curling Championships, presented by Egg Farmers of Ontario. The winners of that event will go to the World Junior Curling Championships in Erzurum, Turkey.