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Bantam Raptors poised for provincials

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    It is going to be a busy week for the Drumheller Bantam Raptors and volunteers as they host provincials.
    Eight teams will be participating at the Bantam C Provincial Championships, including the host Drumheller Western Chev/Boston Pizza Bantam Raptors. The teams will be vying for a spot in the gold medal final on Sunday, and a chance to win the provincial crown.
    The tournament starts on March 15 and continues through Sunday, March 18. Games will be played at the Drumheller Memorial Arena. Organizers are busy preparing for the event.
    The tournament kicks off with the Opening Ceremonies on Thursday, March 15, and right after the hometown Raptors will be taking on New Serepta in pool play at 7:30 p.m.
    Pool play continues until Saturday, March 17, and the top four teams qualify for the semi-finals, which will be held Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.  The gold medal game is scheduled for 4 p.m.
    Karie Drouin says the community has shown great support with many individuals and businesses supporting the tournament. The Peewee teams are also supporting the  Raptors by volunteering to help with the tournament.
    The local organizing crew has put together a raffle table and is hosting a social for the tournament participants.
    The Raptors are also slated to play on Friday, March 16 at 2 p.m. and then Saturday, March 17 at 2 p.m. The Raptors, while they have a spot in the tournament as hosts, have chosen to compete for a spot and have earned their way into the provincials.
    The full schedule of games and updated results throughout the weekend for the Bantam C Provincial Championships can be found at Results will be updated regularly on the site throughout the tournament, and also will be available on the live website ticker.

Sister duo to compete at Curling Nationals

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    Sisters Katie and Shelby Primrose of Rumsey are off to the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Curling National Championships in Leduc from Saturday, March 24 to Wednesday, March 28.
    Both are current students at Red Deer College (RDC). Katie is working towards her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and plays as lead for the curling team. Shelby on the other hand is in her first year of Business and plays second.
    The women’s team played in Provincials where the top three teams move on to the National Championships.
    They started out strong winning all three of their round robin games.
    “I don’t think we played eight ends during round robin. We were strong and then we got in to the 1-2 playoff game against Grant MacEwan (University) and then we played them in the final again,” said Shelby. “So we played them three times back to back to back.”
    Katie and Shelby are pleased with the results of last weekend’s tournament.
    “I think it was really satisfying, I mean the RDC women’s team hasn’t won Provincials since 1982 so it’s kind of satisfying to go into Nationals knowing that you won Provincials,” said Katie. “It gives you that extra boost like you are more motivated to be there.”
    Shelby felt the team would do well before Provincials even began, due to the high skill level and focus the team has continually exemplified this season.
    “We felt pretty confident going in with our team, we did really well at the winter regional and we knew we could do it so we just stayed focused and curled really well,” said Shelby.
    This will be Katie’s second time competing at the national level. The RDC team won top place last year and are expecting to defend their title.
    The Leduc Recreation Centre is hosting four Canadian Championship curling events over nine days. The 2018 U SPORTS/Curling Canada Curling Championships and the 2018 CCAA/Curling Canada Championships will be from March 24 to 28. The 2018 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship will happen from March 26 to 31 and the 2018 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship will be from March 29 to April 1.
    The facility has become a central hub for large events as the BMO Curling Rink inside the large recreation centre has eight sheets for participants to work with.
    Both sisters are happy to be on the ice with someone they have curled with for years.
    “It’s definitely a positive curling with a sibling out there,” said Shelby.
    Sara McMann (skip), Brett Day (third), and the Primrose sisters make up the winning team with coach Brad Hamilton at the helm.
    “Three of us won Nationals last year so it is exciting to go back,” said Katie.

Delia claims mixed curling gold

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    The Delia mixed curling team struck gold in Cochrane on Tuesday, February 13, at zones.
    Round robin competition began on Monday, February 12, where the team played strong, winning all three games. This put them into the A pool where they played against the B pool finalists.
    This match win brought them into the final gold medal round match against Carstairs.
    “My team curled pretty well, of course in any sport you’re  going to have your ups and downs but they came out on top and prevailed with five straight wins in zones,” said Barry Mason, coach of the team.
    Jared Mason, Kali Richardson, Ryan Francis, and Presley Battle make up the winning team. Mason and Battle are from Delia School, and Richardson and Francis are from Hanna JC Charyk School. Three out of the four players are in their final year of high school.
    Mason credits their success to hard work and ‘a little luck too’.
    “I guess dedication to do as well as you can,” said Mason. “They put their heart and soul into it.”
    The team will be off to Provincials on Thursday, March 1 to Saturday, March 3, in St. Albert.
    “They are ecstatic, they cut loose and jumped for joy,” chuckled Mason. “I was pretty proud of my team.”
    Marc Kennedy will be the guest speaker at the Provincials Banquet the first day of the tournament. He is the third for Kevin Koe’s team competing for Canada at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang this year.
    “The team is pretty excited to meet him,” said Mason. “Marc is such a dynamic curler.”

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