Provincials: Salmon Arm Secondary’s Mikaela Paetsch delivers the rock while Paige Rivers

Provincials: Salmon Arm Secondary’s Mikaela Paetsch delivers the rock while Paige Rivers

Curlers finish strong in BCs

The Salmon Arm Secondary girls curling team came on strong through the provincial championship in Parksville, placing fourth overall

The Salmon Arm Secondary girls curling team came on strong through the provincial championship in Parksville, placing fourth overall.

“We had a couple of tough outings, but the girls picked themselves up and finished strong with two well-played games resulting in wins,” said coach Darryl Horne.

“Lorelei (Guidos) did a great job reading some tricky ice, and they had just sanded the rocks so there was some big swing to deal with.”

To break a tie, the teams had to draw to the button rather than play an extra end due to tight game times. So, in one game they ended up deadlocked after eight ends, when the opposition threw first to the back of the four-foot. Mikaela Paetsch simply covered the pin for the victory.

“Jenn (Pletsch) did a great job mapping the ice and judging draw weight all week. And really, she and Paige (Rivers) actually ‘placed’ Mikaela’s draw on the pin. Paige, who joined up with the team just for the high-school competition, set up a lot of ends with awesome draw weight,” Horne said.

As the youngest team there and with two more years of eligibility the girls are excited about working toward getting back to provincials next year.  I have no doubt the girls will work hard on all aspects of their game over the next 12 months.  They’ll be in the hunt and they’ll be stronger.