The Twin Rivers Curling Club in North Battleford hosted 12 Junior Men’s and 12 Junior Women’s teams as these teams competed for the right to represent Saskatchewan at the upcoming Junior National championships.
In a rematch of the 2013 Junior women’s final, defending champion Jessica Hanson met Kristen Streifel to determine who would represent Saskatchewan. Streifel prevailed with an 8-7 extra end victory. Hanson had early control of the game making a crucial draw in the fifth to keep a 4-2 lead. The turning point came in the 7th end with a steal of three points by Streifel to take the lead for the first time in the game. With Hanson again in trouble in the eighth, Streifel scored a steal of a single point to go up by three points. However, Hanson forced the extra with two points in the ninth and a tenth end steal before Streifel claimed the win in the eleventh end.
Streifel is accompanied by third Elyse LaFrance, Ashley Skjerdal, Karlee Korchinski and Coach Tracy Streifel from the Saskatoon Nutana. Hanson’s team included third Kourtney Fesser, Jordan Maas, Kirsta Fesser and Coach James Malainey of the Saskatoon Granite.
Hanson advanced directly to the women’s final with a 7-2 victory over Lorraine Schneider’s Kronau team in the Q1 game. Both teams had won their respective pools with undefeated records. Schneider then met Streifel who had advanced to the semi final with a 7-2 win over Saskatoon’s Danielle Bertsch.
On the men’s side a new champion was guaranteed as defending champion Brady Scharback was defeated 9-7 in the semi-finals by Saskatoon’s Chad Lang. Lang then went on to play Tyler Hartung’s Langenburg based team in the men’s Final. Hartung got off to a quick start scoring 4 in the third end to establish a 6-2 lead. Lang fought back with a key steal in the 5th to stay in the game after Hartung narrowly missed a shot for two. Lang continued to make key shots to prevent Hartung from
running away with the game. Hartung was one up playing ten facing two Lang counters and made the draw for the single and the championship title.
Hartung team includes third Mat Ring, Brendan Ryan, Brandon Leippi and Coach Jeff Hart from Langenburg. Lang plays with third Anthony Neufeld, Nicklas Neufeld, Brett Lang and Coach Jim Wilson from the Saskatoon Nutana.
Both Hartung and Scharback advanced to the playoffs with undefeated records. Meeting in the Page 1 game, Hartung defeated Scharback to advance directly to the Final while Scharback dropped to the semi-finals. Chad Lang and Cole Tenetuik had both finished second in their pools resulting in the a quarterfinal match up. Lang defeated Tenetuik to advance to the semi against Scharback. Lang prevailed over Scharback in a high scoring 9-7 game ensuring a new provincial champion.
The M&M Junior National Curling Championships will be played in Liverpool, Nova Scotia from January 18th – 26th, 2014.