2017-18 curling season
Curling season started in November and ended in March. There were many new curlers this year, including several international students. There were two competitive curling teams this year. Unfortunately we did not have enough players to form a girls team, but Ann Sauve, Grace Heuver, and Kennedy Hampson attended practices and were dedicated to improve their game.
Skip - Riley Bradford
Third – Jack Sauve
Second – Andrej Halkovic
Lead – Ethan Chow
Our boys team came out on top of their pool at zones after the first day of competition in Springbank, but struggled in the playoffs in Cochrane. The boys finished with a 4th place overall in the zone. Congratulations to the boys on a great showing and really coming together as a team. Riley and Andrej are graduating students this year and will be missed.
Skip – John Damen
Third – Micayla Kooistra
Second – Nick Slater
Lead – Cheldynn Molnar
The mixed team advanced to the semifinals at zones in Cochrane, and walked away with bronze medals after a stellar performance in their last game. That normally would have been the end of a great curling season for the mixed team, but on Tuesday February 27th we got a last minute invite to provincials because another zone dropped out. We had to scramble to get ready and head out to St Albert for the first draw on Thursday morning (March 1st). We couldn’t even make the practice ice on Wednesday because we couldn’t get there on time.
On Thursday, the SHS curlers won their first game, and after a tough loss that evening, we regrouped and won both games on Friday to end up with second place in our pool. On Saturday morning we won our semifinal game 6-2 against Chinook High from Lethbridge. We played Barrhead for the gold medal and had last rock in the 8th to score 2 to tie. That forced an extra end but we were without hammer. We played a great last end with Barrhead chasing every rock. All they had at the end was a difficult draw to win, and the team came up short. It was unbelievable, heart stopping action.
This is the first provincial banner for mixed curling that Mr. Steele or Mrs. Ledene can remember, and we have been coaching together for 18 years now at the high school. Our Spartan athletes showed that they deserved to be competing at the provincial level even though we were a last minute addition. What a Cinderella story and a great ending for a fantastic curling season. Our mixed team provincial banner will hang in the SHS gym to commemorate this epic win and proud accomplishment. Nick graduates this year and leaves SHS as a provincial champion.
Curling season starts in November and we are always looking for new curlers. No experience is necessary. Come out next year to join a fun lifelong sport.