Four New Provincial Champions Declared in Saskatchewan Over the Weekend!

Syrota Completes “Three-Peat” in Watrous

What a run it has been over the past few curling seasons for Team Delores Syrota out of the Wadena Re/Max Curling Club. They completed the “Three-Peat” this past weekend, with new team member June Campbell joining them at the second position.

Syrota got off to a rockin’ start in Pool Play, as they went 5-0 clinching a berth into that all important 1vs1 Page Playoff game! They got down 6-0 early to 2014 Senior Provincial Champion Lorraine Arguin, managed a bit of a comeback, but lost a 6-4 decision. With Arguin earning the bye to the final, Syrota dropped down into the semi-final meeting up with 3-Time Canadian Masters Champion Merle Kopach of Saskatoon. Syrota managed to get off to a 5-0 start after 3 ends, and never looked back making another big score of three leading to the 8-6 win.

A rematch was on our hands for this years provincial title, and Syrota got her revenge as they managed a score of three in the 3rd end, following it up with a big steal of four! Leading to the 8-3 win and a third straight provincial championship!

Congratulations Team Syrota as they will represent Saskatchewan on home soil at the 2019 Canadian Masters Women’s Championship, April 1-7 at the Saskatoon Nutana Curling Club!

L-R: Delores Syrota (Skip), Bev Krasowski (Third), June Campbell (Second) & Sylvia Broad (Lead).

L-R: Dan Ormsby (Lead), Randy Graham (Second), Terry Marteniuk (Third), Brad Heidt (Skip).

Heidt Defeats Thiele in Masters Men’s Final

The three time Provincial Senior Champion & two time Tankard Men’s Champion Brad Heidt, along with longtime teammate Dan Ormsby welcomed a bit of a new look heading into the 2019 Masters Men’s Provincial Championship in Watrous. Where they added Terry Marteniuk of Yorkton at third and Randy Graham of Kindersley at second!

With a 4-1 record after Pool Play, Heidt found themselves in the 1vs1 Page Playoff game, where they took on the Iggie Baranieski rink out of the Tisdale Curling Club. A back and forth game in this one until Heidt broke it open in the 7th end, scoring three which lead to the 6-5 victory, and a bye into the championship final Sunday evening.

Baranieski then dropped into the semi final, where he met up with Regina’s Peter Thiele who came off a big 9-8 win earlier in the day over 6-time Provincial Masters Champion Eugene Hritzuk of Saskatoon. Another nail biting game where Thiele needing his deuce in the final end did just that, hanging on to the 8-7 victory to set up the final with Heidt.

The championship final started with a bang, where Heidt jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the 1st end, followed by steals in the 4th & 5th ends. Ultimately running Thiele out of rocks in the final end and claiming the 6-3 victory!

Congratulations Team Heidt as they will now represent Saskatchewan on home soil in the 2019 Canadian Masters Men’s Championships, April 1-7 at the Saskatoon Nutana Curling Club.

Bindig Defends U18 Title

The Regina Callie was a rockin’ place this past weekend, as they were host to both the Men’s & Women’s U18 Ramada Hotels Championships presented by the Optimist Clubs of Saskatchewan.

Wadena’s Team Jayden Bindig were looking to make a run at defending their title. The true triple knockout found Bindig in the same position as last year, needing a semi-final win to move into the final, where they first defeated Dalton Wasden of Spiritwood 8-1 in the C-Event final. The two teams then headed right back onto the ice for a semi-final matchup, where Bindig scored big with hammer late in the game, leading to a 7-4 win and a matchup with 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games Champions Team Daymond Bernath of Saskatoon.

Both teams traded singles leading into the fourth end, where Bindig scored the first deuce of the game. The turning point was the very next end, with Bindig taking a big steal of two which lead to the 5-2 victory and yet another provincial championship!

Congratulations gentlemen!

L-R: Jayden Bindig (Skip), Nathen Pomedli (Third), Braden Fleischhacker (Second), Ethan Nygaard (Lead) & Amber Holland (Coach).

L-R: Claire Johnson (Coach), Emily Haupstein (Skip), Shayla Moore (Third), Emma Wiens (Second), Abbey Johnson (Lead) & Danette Tracey (Coach).

Haupstein Earns First Green Jackets

Team Emily Haupstein of Weyburn had a weekend to remember at the Regina Callie, as they claimed their first set of green jackets as a team!

Earlier in the year, lead Abbey Johnson teammed up with Bindigs second Braden Fleischhacker to win the 2019 U18 Mixed Doubles Provincial Championship in Estevan, adding a second title to their resume for this season!

What a grind it was for Team Haupstein, as they played 8 games in just over three days before their showdown with Madison Kleiter of Saskatoon in the championship final Sunday. In this triple knockout format, Haupstein earned victories in both the B & C-Events, forcing Team Kleiter (A-Event Winners) to defeat Haupstein twice for the provincial championship.

Game 1 was a back and forth matchup, with teams trading three enders in the 5th & 6th ends. All tied up coming home, Kleiter having hammer scoring their single and forcing a second game. Back on the ice they went just an hour later, Haupstein got out to a 4-2 lead heading into the break. And followed it up with back to back steals in the 5th & 6th ends. Kleiter made a game out of it though scoring a big three in the 7th end, but Haupstein with hammer scored the single she needed taking the 7-5 win!

Congratulations to both Team Haupstein & Team Bindig, as they will both head to Sherwood Park, Alberta and represent Saskatchewan at the 2019 Canadian U18 Boys & Girls Championships!