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Shuswap, Okanagan rinks out of playoffs at Canadian U18 curling

Kaiden Beck of Salmon Arm finishes 4-4, Kelowna’s Megan Rempel 3-5 at nationals in Ottawa
B.C.’s U18 men’s curling champions finished with an overall record of 4-4 at the Canadian U18 Male championships in Ottawa. The team includes (from left) coach Dale Hofer of Vernon, skip Kaiden Beck of Salmon Arm, third Ethan Chu of Port Moody, second Nolan Beck of Salmon Arm, and led Harrison Hrynew of New Westminster. (Facebook photo)

Okanagan-Shuswap rinks finished out of the playoffs at the 2024 Canadian U18 Male and Female Curling Championships in Ottawa.

On the men’s side, Team Beck – featuring skip Kaiden Beck of Salmon Arm, his brother Nolan at second, third Ethan Chiu of Port Moody, and lead Harrison Hrynew of New Westminster, and coached by Vernon’s Dale Hofer, finished with a 2-4 record in the preliminary round.

After getting back to .500 at 2-2, the Beck quartet lost 7-4 to Nash Sugden of Morden, Man., and fell 11-4 to Rogan Snow of Saskatoon.

The 2-4 record in Pool B put the B.C. champs into the Ranking Games, where Beck and company deffeated Kamdyn Julien of New Liskeard, Ont. 9-8. Nolan Beck threw lead stones and skipped the B.C. rink’s final game, a 9-3 victory over Charles Snider of Whitehorse.

Beck’s team lost to the eventual Canadian champions in the second draw of the event. Simon Perry from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador – who beat Beck 9-3 – defeated Dylan Derksen of Martensville, Sask. 5-4 in the gold-medal match.

Kelowna’s Megan Rempel followed a similar formula in the women’s tournament.

Rempel, third Parker Rempel, second Gwyneth Jones, and lead Ella Walker, and coached by Bryan Lyall, went 1-5 in the preliminary round. Their only win was an 11-3 romp over Hannah Connolly of St. John’s.

The two teams met again in the first round of the Ranking Games, with the Okanagan squad again winning decisively, 10-1.

The Kelowna side finished the tournament with a 12-3 victory over Hadley Callan of Whitehorse.

Shaela Hayward of Carman, Man. won the gold medal with an 8-5 victory over Jolianne Fortin of Saguenay, Que. Fortin defeated Rempel 8-3 in the round-robin.

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Roger Knox

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