Sports Curling

Alberta alternate Heather Nedohin gives third Lisa Eyamie a high five after a win over Saskatchewan during the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in St. Catharines, Ont., on Feb. 21, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Alberta's alternate getting it done

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — Remember that scene in the best sports movie ever, Seabiscuit, when the loopy radio man loses his mind upon learning the star race horse’s injured jockey would be replaced by the most decorated rider available?

Brechin Public School students, left to right. Taylor, Brooklyn, Cashton, Ella and Bridget with Carol Wilson, back row left, from the Orillia Curling Club, and teacher Natalie Wallace. SUBMITTED

Orillia finishes third at bonspiel

During the curling season, there are many opportunities for avid curlers to participate in bonspiels outside their home clubs. Friends from one curling club can play with friends from another club or organization.

Submitted Ready to curl last Friday afternoon are, from left, Anne Beers, Aubrey Ford, Daveen Morrison, Ken Schamehorn and Dave Young.

Orillia curlers headed to provincial qualifier

Last Friday afternoon, despite severe snow squalls in the area, 40 curlers showed up at Barnfield Point Recreation Centre to curl in the regular Friday afternoon mixed tag draw.Each week, players start arriving just after noon and hang their nametags on the tag draw board, placing it on a hook beside the name of the position they normally play on a

Sunshine Rockers, left to right, David Hamilton, Brad Sears, David Pratt, Alison McGillivray and Dennis Chamberlain, placed second in the "B" division of the Special Olympics qualifier in Walkerton. SUBMITTED

Curlers head to Walkerton

In late November, zone playdowns for Special Olympics curling were held at the Orillia Curling Club. As a result of placing first in their division, Team Chamberlain from the Orillia Sunshine Rockers went to Walkerton earlier this month with five curlers to curl in the South West Ontario qualifier.

SUBMITTED Winners of the Nuts and Bolts bonspiel were, from left, Bill Cartmill, Glen Ryder (skip), Wendy Lou Paquette and Gary Smith.

Flurry of activity at local curling club

The second half of the curling season at the Orillia Curling Club began early in 2017 with all sections either picking up right after they left off before the holidays or starting all over with new teams.

SUBMITTED The newbie bonspiel winners were, from left, Karma Hepburn, Bob Hepburn, M.J. Robertson and John Robertson.

Newbies and new rules in world of curling

Another successful “newbie” bonspiel, organized by Wendy Lou Paquette and her committee, was held last weekend at the Orillia Curling Club. Experienced curlers played as skips and vices and 24 new curlers played as the front ends (seconds and leads).

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