CRAPAUD – The James Dalton team from the Silver Fox in Summerside and the Cornwall Curling Club edged the Alan MacLean foursome, also from Summerside and Cornwall, 7-6 in an extra end in Sunday evening’s under-21 final of the Advantage Communications junior mixed curling championships.
Dalton, who won the under-16 title last year, finished atop the under-21 single round-robin standings with a 3-1 (won-lost) record, to earn a ticket to the final. Three teams finished with 2-2 records, necessitating a tiebreaker between Leslie Noye and his combined Crapaud, Western and Charlottetown team and Danielle Collings from Montague and Crapaud. Collings won that game 7-6 in an extra end.
MacLean then took on Collings in the semifinal. Collings was leading that game 4-1 after three ends, but MacLean followed up a deuce in four, with steals of two, one, one and two points to come from behind and win the game 8-4, advancing to the final.
The other team in the division, Kelly-Lynn Younker from Cornwall, finished play at 1-3.
The winning Dalton rink, coached by Kelly MacDonald, includes third stone Lauren Lenentine, second stone Matthew MacDonald and lead Breanne Burgoyne.
Rounding out the runner-up MacLean team are third stone Rachel O’Connor, second stone Noah O’Connor and lead Ava Whitney-Coulter, with coach Glen MacLean.
In the Under-16 Division, Owen Collier and his Montague rink won their final double round-robin game over Summerside’s Alex Gallant rink 7-6 score in an extra end on Saturday night to go undefeated at 4-0. Collier won the division and did not need to play a final, as the rules specify that a final will not be needed in a double round robin if a team goes undefeated.
Cornwall and Crapaud’s Mitchell Schut finished second at 2-2, and Gallant went 0-4. Other members of the winning Collier team are third stone Emily Sanderson, second stone Tyler Garnhum and lead Kaylee Stewart, with coach Nancy Collier.
Completing the runner-up Schut squad, coached by Dario Zannier, are third stone Taya Crossman, second stone Colin McKenzie-McLeod and lead Lauren Ferguson.
The coaching award, as voted on by the coaches, was presented to Tammy Dewar of the Danielle Collings rink.
The fair play sportsmanship award in the Under-16 Division went to Mitchell Schut while Leslie Noye received the award in the Under-21 Division.