Vernon rinks meet in semifinal

Vernon rinks were in playoff contention heading into Saturday draws at the B.C. U18 Championships

Vernon rinks were in playoff contention heading into Saturday afternoon draws at the inaugural B.C. U18 Championships in Nanaimo.

Thomas Love was 3-0 atop the four-team B division, while Vernon clubmate Adam Raber was 2-1 in the A.

Love, backed by third Erik Colwell, second Brendan Chapple and lead Logan Miron (coached by Dean Chapple) stopped Hayato Sato of Cloverdale 5-2 in Draw 1 and then shaded Duncan Silversides of Victoria 7-6 and dispatched Ramsay Murray of Kelowna/Kamloops 7-4.

Love and Raber were playing a semifinal at press time Saturday. Raber, supported by Ben Morin of Vernon and second Andrew Colwell and lead Gray Simms, both of Salmon Arm (coacvh Dale Hofer), fell 7-4 to defending provincial and national junior men’s champion Tyler Tardi of Langley/Victoria.

Raber then recovered by bouncing James Brown of Prince George 7-4 and brushed back Jordan Geiger of Invermere 6-5.

On the girls side, Vernon’s Jaelyn Cotter went 1-2. Cotter, who has Winter Harvey at third, Katelyn McGillivray at second and Cassidy Schwaerzle at front end, is coached by her Brier-famous father Jim. The Vernon girls lost their opener 5-3 to Sarah Daniels of Delta, the silver medalist at the 2016 Canadian junior playdowns. They fell 7-3 to Rebecca Douglas of Victoria before icing Kaitlyn Hessel of Invermere 10-2.

Cotter was tangling with Claire Schmidt of Lake Country in semifinal play at press time.

The winning rinks advance to the nationals, April 17-22, in Moncton. Visit: http:/playdowns.curlbc.ca for live scoring.