Not one, not two, but three teams will represent Seaway District High School at the upcoming EOSSA Curling Championship, scheduled for March 1-2 in Brockville.
Last week, the three Seaway rinks worked their way through SD&G preliminary round action in Cornwall on Wednesday, to advance to the semi-finals and finals played in Morrisburg, Thursday.
In the girls semi-final action, Seaway’s Stephanie Venema defeated La Citadelle while North Dundas’ Sarah Churchill eliminated Rothwell-Osnabruck.
For the girls final, Venema, the defending 2011 SD&G champ, met Churchill for a final that played itself out in a similar fashion to last year. However, this time, it was Churchill who came from behind to claim the championship win.
Playing for Churchill were Abby Fawcett, Sarah Holmes and Letitia Alcock.
On the ice with Seaway’s Venema were Kelsey Craig, Haley Van Allen and Samantha Venema. The Seaway girls are coached by Monique Engwert.
After preliminary round robin action in Cornwall, the Seaways boys team skipped by Sam Decker found themselves in third place for the right to advance to the semi-finals against second place La Citadelle.
A win against La Citadelle set the boys final, for the second consecutive year, with a game between Decker and North Dundas’ Dan Lillico.
And for the second consecutive year, it was Lillico stepping into the winner’s circle. The North Dundas team consisted of Lillico,
Lillico, Travis Faith, Josh Zollinger and Aaron Burns.
Playing for Seaway were Decker, Denzil Barkley, Nick Goupil and Matt Kuperferling. The team is coached by Jeff Crooke.
For the first time in a number of years, Seaway iced a mixed team for the SD&G.
Skipped by Alice Cameron, they finished second in their preliminary round draw. They then defeated St. Joe’s in their semi-final to advance to the championship against a strong Glengarry team who scored a relatively easy win.
Playing for Glengarry were skip Marshall MacPherson, Ali MacLeod Mayes, Cameron MacPherson and Iliana Wagner.
Representing Seaway were Cameron, Jacob Graham, Jessica Thompson and Jared Gibson. They are coached by Jeff Crooke.
The top two finishers in each of the three categories in the SD&G curling championship all earned the right to advance to EOSSA in March.
SD&G bonspiel organizer, Ian Wilson, said he was impressed with the curling this year and was particularly impressed with the number of teams.
“We had 23 teams this year, which is the largest we have ever had,” said Wilson. “It’s good.”
The 23 teams broke down into eight boys entries, nine girls and six mixed.