Under 16 curling provincials crown new boys, girls champions

Eric McCarthy
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ALBERTON -- It was a long time in the making, but Donald DeWolfe, skip of the Cornwall boys team said their first win over the Alex MacFadyen rink in two or three years couldn’t have come at a better time.
It came in the championship final of the O’Connor Glass Curl P.E.I. Under 16 Boys competition Sunday night at the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton.

DeWolfe trailed the defending champion MacFadyen from the Silver Fox until a timely deuce tied things up 3-all in the fifth end and he took the lead 7-4 in the seventh when his team scored a four-ender.

The Kaleigh MacKay rink from Crapaud and Montague also picked up an important four-ender in the seventh Sunday night to take a 7-2 lead on the defending champions Lauren Lenentine rink from Cornwall, resulting in early handshakes.

MacKay, last year’s Under 16 runner-up, went through the girls triple knock-out and page playoffs undefeated, a perfect 5-0. “Pretty cool,” she chuckled, after a fan compared her run to Jennifer Jones’ undefeated record at the Olympics.

It was her team’s third game of the weekend against the defending champions, and the result was always the same. They were the runners-up to the Cornwall rink at last year’s championship.

“Just keep positive, just got to keep each other going,” MacKay said of her team‘s mission throughout the weekend. “Just be happy out on the ice and have some fun; no pressure.”

MacKay threw third stones and called the game. Danielle Collings threw fourth stones. Other team members are Alyssa Wright at second and Kaleigh Peters at lead. AJ Campbell is their coach.

DeWolfe couldn’t estimate how many times his team has played the MacFadyen team, but said this is their first win against them in two to three years. They lost 12-4 to MacFadyen in the round robin.

Asked if the final was a little bit about getting even, he replied, “I think it was. We were definitely looking to beat them for a while.”

And what was the difference in the final? “Pure focus and determination,” he answered.

The team also capitalized on a MacFadyen team pick late in the seventh that helped them keep a rock in play and ultimately score their four points.

Other members of the championship team are mate Avery Wells, second Cameron Jenkins and lead Nick Johnston. Aleya Quilty is their coach. She shared the Under 16 coaching award with her father, Pat, who coached the Lenentine girls team. Wells is the only member of the boys championship team who is not eligible to defend.

Rounding out MacFadyen’s runner-up team are Tyler Smith, Matthew MacDonald and Ben Gardiner. Kelly MacDonald and Kevin Smith are their coaches.

Other members of the Lenentine team are Rachel O’Connor, Elly Whitney-Coulter and Breanne Burgoyne and coach Pat Quilty.

MacKay beat Lenintine 7-5 in the A-B Page play-off game Sunday morning and then sat out until the finals. While MacKay was beating Lenentine, Lauren Moerike from Charlottetown was beating Cornwall’s Katie Rogers 13-4 in the C-D Page playoff. That sent Moerike into the semi-final against Lenentine. Lenentine scored three in the eighth in to tie the game and stole a point in the ninth for a 9-8 win and a rematch with MacKay.

DeWolfe, who finished second to MacFadyen in the boys’ round robin, scored an 11-1 semi-final win over Summerside’s Alex Gallant to earn a rematch with MacFadyen in the final.

Organizations: Silver Fox, Olympics

Geographic location: Cornwall, Charlottetown, Summerside

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