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Mountaineer curlers come up short

Women’s squad loses tie-breaker

With the two teams tied at 2-2, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Ooks exploded for four points in the sixth end and stole a deuce in the seventh, for an 8-2 victory over the Mohawk Mountaineers in the women’s tie-breaker at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association curling championships in Sault Ste. Marie last Saturday.

 The two teams finished the round robin portion of the event at the Soo Curlers Association club with 4-3 records and had to play the extra game.

NAIT also beat Kendall Haymes’ Mountaineers’ rink 8-3 in draw four of the round robin.

 Other members of Haymes’ Mohawk foursome were Vice Avery Thomas, Second Nikki Steep, Lead Allison Vail and Spare Elise Doyle. Thomas was selected as winner of the women’s Fair Play Award.

 With their win in the tie-breaker, the Ooks advanced to meet the Humber Hawks in the women’s semi-final and were defeated 6-5. Humber then lost 9-5 to the Red Deer College Queens of Alberta in the title match.

 The Mohawk men finished all alone in fourth place with a 4-3 record, but failed to advance.

Members of the Mountaineers rink were Skip James Freeman, Vice Logan James (who threw last rock), Second James Maslen, Lead Cody Strong and Spare Jared Zuliani.

 No tie-breaker was required in the men’s section and NAIT defeated host Sault College Cougars 7-4 in the semi-final. However, they lost in the gold medal match 7-4 to the MacEwan University Griffins of Edmonton.

The Griffins were the only undefeated team in entire championship going 8-0.

 Back to Mohawk.

Matt Kimber, who coached the Mountaineers, along with Betty Wackley, noted Red Deer’s lone loss in the championship was to Mohawk in the round robin.

As for the Mountaineers’ play in the championship Kimber said, “The girls and guys curled very well the entire week. We were just unfortunate that we couldn’t advance farther than we did. We just needed to capitalize better on opportunities. I’m proud of the way they played this week.”

 Last Saturday was a quite a day for Mohawk College’s All-Canadian guard Matt Fennell.

The London native earned 16 points, including 12 from beyond the three-point arc and was named most valuable player even though his West Division side lost 97-96 to the East in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Basketball all-star game at Durham College.

Earlier in the day Fennell won the three-point shootout in the NBA Skills competition.

Alex Reis also represented the Mountaineers on the West team.

Andrew Cicuttini was named to the team, but was unavailable to play.

 In the women’s basketball game, the East downed the West 72-66.

Stef Hrymak and JenJen Abella represented Mohawk.

 Meantime, Mohawk’s Chi Chi Chuks-Mady had the hardest spike in the women’s volleyball skills competition and Chuks-Mady’s West Division team scored an exciting five set win over the East in the volleyball all-star game.

The final set score was 15-9.

 In the men’s volleyball contest, the West downed the East 4-1.

Bryce Marcussen was a member of the winning side and Mark Kaveckas took part in the skills competition.

 

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