Vernon juvenile rinks advance to B.C. finals

Vernon will have two rinks in the B.C. Juvenile Curling Championships, Feb. 25-28, in Penticton.

Morning Star Staff

Vernon will have two rinks in the B.C. Juvenile Curling Championships, Feb. 25-28, in Penticton.

Matt Schiman and Jaelyn Cotter won the Zone 2 playdowns last weekend in Oliver with Schiman clipping clubmate Thomas Love 6-5 in the finals.

Cotter ambushed Maeve Calloun of Kamloops 18-2 and 14-1 in the two-team juvenile girls playdowns.

Schiman was supported by third Ben Morin, second Adam Raber and lead Andrew Colwell. Dale Hofer coaches the rink.

Love had Erik Colwell at third and a front end of Brad Anderson and Johnathan Schwartz. Love iced Schiman 7-5 and grounded Ramsay Murray of Kelowna 6-3 earlier.

Schiman then shaded Love 6-5 in the B final before doing the same in the A. Schiman edged Murray 7-6, while Love dispatched Tyler Makar of Kamloops 7-4 in other games.

Cotter is backed by Elijah Meixner, Katelyn McGillvray and Cassidy Schwaerzle. Jim Cotter is the foursome’s coach.

Meanwhile, Bob Ursel of Kelowna won the Okanagan senior men’s playdowns in Enderby and  advances to the B.C. finals, Feb. 15-21, in Richmond.

With former Vernonite Dave Stephenson on injured reserve, Vernon’s Garry Vandenberghe stepped in as third as Ursel went 5-0 in the seven-team event.

Ursel downed David Mellof of Kelowna 5-3 and stuffed Wayne Saboe of Kamloops 7-3 on the A side before brushing off Rob Koffski of Kamloops 7-4, smothering Mellof 9-3 and doubling Frank Cseke of Salmon Arm 8-4 on the B side.

Ursel’s wife, Leanne, third for Diane Foster of Kelowna, will also head to Richmond. Foster took the senior women’s playdowns in Enderby by ousting Karen Anderson of Kelowna 10-5 in the final.

Foster , who has Vernon’s Sherry Heath at lead, bounced Lil Blashko of Summerland 11-3 and rolled over Sandra Jenkins of Salmon Arm 6-3.