O’LEARY – The Lauren Lenentine rink from Cornwall Curling Club is heading back to the New Holland Canadian junior curling championships, and this year they will be accompanied by the Alex MacFadyen team from the Silver Fox in Summerside.
Lenentine successfully defended her 2017 provincial title, going 7-0 (won-lost) in this year’s Pepsi P.E.I. junior curling championships, which wrapped up at the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary on Friday evening.
MacFadyen and his team of James Dalton, third stone; Leslie Noye, second stone Parker MacFadyen, lead, and coach David MacFadyen breezed through the four-team men’s modified triple-knockout championship with a 4-0 record. Their final three wins were in the A, B and C event finals – all against Mitchell Schut’s Cornwall rink. MacFadyen pulled out an 8-7 win in the title-clinching game.
Team MacFadyen got off to a flying start in the C final, scoring four with the hammer in the first end. As it turns out, he needed the big start as Schut narrowed the lead to 6-5 in the seventh end, and went into the 10th tied 7-7. MacFadyen counted one with hammer for the win.
Curling with the Schut squad, coached by Lori Robinson and Bill Hope, were Nicholas Johnston, third stone; Colin MacKenzie, second stone, and Liam Kelly, lead.
Lenentine and her rink of Kristie Rogers, Breanne Burgoyne, Rachel O’Connor and coach Pat Quilty faced a Charlottetown/Cornwall/Crapaud rink skipped by Lauren Ferguson in the C final.
The Lenentine rink scored a single with the hammer in the first end, and stole its way to a 5-0 lead going into the fifth-end break, before Ferguson staged a comeback, conceding in the 10th trailing 6-3.
Rounding out Ferguson’s runner-up rink are Katie Shaw, third stone; Alexis Burris, second stone; Lexie Murray, lead, and coach David Murphy.
The Canadian championships will be played in Shawinigan, Que. From Jan. 21 to 28.