Langley’s Tyler Tardi grounded Japan’s Minato Hayamizu 6-1 to claim the A Final of the 14th annual Rick Cotter Memorial Junior Classic Sunday afternoon at the Vernon Curling Club.
Tardi, supported by Jordan Tardi, Nicholas Meister and Zachary Umbach, collected deuces in the second, fifth and sixth ends to earn early handshakes and $2,000. The Langley foursome will represent B.C. at the Canada Winter Games, starting Feb. 13, in Prince George.
Team Hayamizu (third Rui Satoh, second Genya Nishizawa and lead Syu Kai) earned $1,600.
It is the first time the $10,000 event, named after the late Rick Cotter, a longtime supporter of youth curling in Kamloops, has been held in Vernon. It is now organized by his son, Jim Cotter, and sponsored by Prestige Hotels.
In the B Final, Vernon skip Thomas Love, backed by third Erik Colwell, second Brendan Chapple and lead Johnathan Schwartz, outlasted Victoria’s Paul Henderson 5-3 to collect $800.
Love held Henderson to a single in one, countered with a triple in two and put the game away with back-to-back singles in five and six. Henderson pocketed $600.
In the junior women’s division, 2013 Canadian junior champ Corryn Brown of Kamloops iced Delta’s Sarah Daniels 7-4 for $2,000 and the title.
The Brown foursome (Erin Pincott, Samantha Fraser and Sydney Fraser) counted a triple in three and double in four before capping the win with a double in six. Daniels (Dezaray Hawes, Cierra Fisher and Vernon’s Sydney Hofer) is also headed to the Games in Prince George.
Vernon’s Erin Huitema pocketed three wins in the eight-team junior women’s spiel, slamming Kamloops’ Megan 10-1, Prince George’s Alyssa Connel 6-5 and Northwest Territories’ Carina McKay-Saturnino 5-4.
Vernon’s Claire Schmidt finished at 2-3, with wins over Huitema (7-5) and Wood (5-3).
Vernon’s Brendan Cliff (Logan Powell, Deven Schmidt and Matthew Young) finished the 12-team junior men’s bracket at 1-4. Their lone win was a 6-4 decision over Steven Schafthuizen of Kamloops.
Vernon’s Matthew Schiman (Jesse Monette, Ben Morin and Adam Raber) went 0-4.