Kelsey Powell of Vernon tracks her shot at the 64th annual Silver Star Ladies Bonspiel Sunday at the Vernon Curling Club.

Shantz rink shines at Star bonspiel

Penny Shantz rink of Parksville/Salmon Arm wins A event in the 64th annual Vernon Ladies Silver Star Bonspiel last weekend.

The Penny Shantz rink of Parksville/Salmon Arm won the Sun Valley Source For Sports A event in the 64th annual Vernon Ladies Silver Star Bonspiel last weekend.

Sandra Jenkins, Debbie Pulak and Kate Horne supported Shantz in the 31-rink extravaganza.

The Vernon Veterinary Clinic B event was won by Jami Mitchell of Vernon. Mitchell was backed by Heather Kyllo, Carole Weitzel and Deb Poggemoeller.

Maureen Bird of Vernon topped the Denise Dobie/Century 21 Realty C event. Bird’s foursome included Dianne Nohr, Denise Forsberg and Lynn Gordon.

The Hi-Pro Sportswear D event champion was Di Bekker’s Salmon Arm rink of Tracy Latosky, Trish Probyn and Donna Shultz.

Meanwhile, Vernon’s Jim Cotter, with John Morris at skip and throwing third stones, is in the Capital One Road to the Roar Pre-Trials, presented by Monsanto, beginning Tuesday at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.

Dreams of representing Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will remain alive for the four teams that prevail at the Road to the Roar Pre-Trials.

A total of 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams are entered in the Pre-Trials, and two of each gender will advance to the final step of Olympic qualifying: the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials, presented by Monsanto, running Dec. 1-8 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg.

Cotter, who has a front-end of Tyrel Griffith and Rick Sawatsky, opens Tuesday against the winner of Steve Laycock of Saskatoon and Rob Rumfeldt of Guelph, Ont.

The format will see the teams in a triple-knockout draw, with four teams of each gender moving to a championship playoff to determine the two Trials qualifiers. The women’s qualifying games are Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. The men’s Trials qualifiers are Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.

The Capital One Road to the Roar will feature four skips who have won Olympic medals (Morris won gold in 2010 at Vancouver playing third for Kevin Martin; Brad Gushue won gold in 2006 at Turin, Italy, throwing fourth stones for Russ Howard, who called the shots; Cheryl Bernard won silver in 2010 at Vancouver; and Shannon Kleibrink won bronze in 2006 at Turin).

 

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