Cornwall’s Mitchell Schut rink won their final game in the three-team double round robin boy’s division, Sunday afternoon at the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton, beating the Cruz Pineau foursome from the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community Complex in Summerside by an 8-3 score, and clinching their second PEI Under 16 boy’s title. The evening match, between Pineau, and Cornwall’s Chase MacMillan rink, became a battle for second place, with MacMillan winning 6-4.
Front row (Left to right): Nancy Yeo, Liam Kelly, Michael MacEwen, Nick Johnston, Mitchell Schut.
Back row: Fr. Art Pendergast, President, Western Community Curling Club
Missing from photo: Colin MacKenzie
Schut finished with a 3-1 win-loss record, losing only their opener, 4-3 to MacMillan, while MacMillan went 2-2 and Pineau finished at 1-3. Other members of Team Schut are third Colin MacKenzie, second stone Michael MacEwen, lead Liam Kelly, with alternate Nick Johnston and coach Nancy Yeo. Johnston, who was also on the 2014 and 2015 U16 championship teams, filled in for MacKenzie, who was leaving on a school trip, on Sunday.
The runner-up Chase MacMillan team includes Liam Barbrick, Davis Nicholson, and Jack MacFadyen, with coach Rob Roberts.
Photo (L-R) Rob Roberts (coach), Davis Nicholson, Liam Barbrick, Jack MacFadyen, Chase MacMillan
Meanwhile, the girl’s championship round resulted in some very exciting games, with the Rachel MacLean rink from Cornwall, who were undefeated in the round robin, losing in the semi-finals to their clubmates the Alexis Burris team, who stole two points in an extra end for an 8-6 win, while Charlottetown’s Katie Shaw foursome downed Cornwall’s Lauren Ferguson team, playing with only three players, 13-3. This set up the final between Burris and Shaw, with Shaw stealing the eighth end to tie the game, and then stealing a point in the extra for a 7-6 win.
Winning Shaw team (L-R): Katie Shaw, Amy Spence, Lexie Murray, Grace Bulger, with coach Leigh Gustafson,
The winning Katie Shaw rink includes third Amy Spence, second Lexie Murray, and lead Grace Bulger, with coach Leigh Gustafson, Playing on the runner-up Burris team are third Sydney Howatt, second Meghan Sherren, and lead Madelyn Cantwell, with coach A.J. Campbell.
Runner-up team (L-R): Alexis Burris, Sydney Howatt, Meghan Sherren, Madelyn Cantwell, coach A.J. Campbell.
The closing ceremonies at the Provincial Under 16 curling championships on Sunday evening also included the presentation of the Coaching Award, as voted on by all the coaches, and the Sportsmanship Awards, as voted on by the players.
The coaching award went to Carl Nicholson, coach of team Rachel MacLean from Cornwall.
Coach Nicholson (left) and Team MacLean
The boy’s Sportsmanship award went to Brayden Snow, from the Cruz Pineau rink out of the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community Complex in Summerside.
Photo (L-R) Brayden Snow with Fr, Art Pendergast from the Western Community Curling Club
The girl’s Sportsmanship winner was Beth Walsh, from the Clara Jack team from Cornwall.
Photo: Beth Walsh