Wildcats rink resilient at provincials
By Darren Lum
Published April 21, 2016
Losing a heart breaking quarter final game at the Tim Hortons Timbits Elementary School Provincial Championship did little to shake the focus of the Archie Stouffer Elementary School Wildcats rink of Evan Roitz, Crystal Petry, Grace Hudson and Ben Pilcher, who regrouped from the loss to win two successive games to capture the K event.
The team that curls out of the Minden Curling Club finished 4-1 at the championships held in Gananoque from April 7 to 9 in a field of 54 school teams from across Ontario.
Its only loss came during the A event quarter final against the Lester B. Pearson Public School team. The Wildcats tied Lester B. Pearson in the quarter final 6-6 with its lost rock, but in the next and final end couldn’t stop their opponents from winning 7-6, using the hammer.
Lester B. Pearson went on to advance to the A final and lost.
Coach and 20-year member of the club Dave McKay was very impressed by the play of the team’s skip Roitz, who is calm and knowledgeable about the sport.
This was Roitz’s last year of eligibility for the elementary school provincial championship.
The Grade 8 skip also skipped the Bantam boys’ team.
McKay adds, with the team’s 3-3 finish in last year’s provincials, it showed great improvement.
McKay said he accompanied the team to the provincials for the team’s regular coaches Scotty and Jane Boyd, who were unable to attend the event.