2017 PEI Under 16 Curling Championships

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Mitchell Schut and Katie Shaw rinks win PEI Under 16 titles

Cornwall’s Mitchell Schut rink won their final game in the three-team double round robin boy’s division, this 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.

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.

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

The runner-up Chase MacMillan team includes Liam Barbrick, Davis Nicholson, and Jack MacFadyen, with coach Rob Roberts.

Runner-up 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 Burris 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

The Curl PEI Provincial Under 16 Curling Championships, with boy’s and girl’s divisions for curlers under the age of 16 years, are scheduled for the three sheet Western Community Curling Club in Alberton from March 4-5. Three boys and six girl’s teams are participating.

Last year’s champions were the Lauren Lenentine and Mitchell Schut rinks from Cornwall. Schut, who recently finished as runner-up in the Under 18 championship, is back with the same team this year, while Lenentine is now competing in the older divisions and has won both the Under 18 and Under 21 championships. Also entered are the U18 girl’s runners-up — the Rachel MacLean team, also from Cornwall.

This year’s three boy’s teams will play a Double Round Robin (DRR) format (4 games each), with the winner determined from the DRR with no playoff. The ranking will be determined first by win/loss, then head to head between tied teams, and finally cumulative last stone draw results.

The six girl’s rinks are divided into two three-team pools (B & C), and will play a single round-robin in their pool (2 games), plus a championship round.


Boys Pool 

MacMillan, Schut, Pineau

Girls Pool B

Jack, Shaw, Burris

Girls Pool C

Wilkins, Ferguson, MacLean

Girls Playoff Games are in yellow on the Schedule


(Saturday boy’s games schedule revised on Feb. 28)

Date Time Draw Ice 1 Ice 2 Ice 3
10 am 1 MacMillan v Pineau Jack v Shaw Wilkins v Ferguson
2 pm 2 Ferguson v MacLean MacMillan vs Schut Shaw v Burris
6 pm 3 Jack v Burris Wilkins v MacLean Schut v Pineau
10 am 4 MacMillan v Schut PA: 2nd place B v 3rd place C (Girls) PB: 2nd place C v 3rd place B (Girls)
2 pm 5 PC: Winner PA vs 1st place C (Girls) PD: Winner PB vs 1st place B (Girls) Schut v Pineau
6 pm 6   MacMillan v Pineau PE: Winner PC & PD (Girls)


Girl’s Playoff Round


U16 Boys Rosters

Skip 3rd 2nd Lead Alt. Coach Club
Chase MacMillan Liam Barbrick Davis Nicholson Jack MacFadyen   Rob Roberts Cornwall Curling Club
Cruz Pineau Brock Rochford Noah Gallant Brayden Snow   Shelley MacFadyen Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Community Complex
Mitchell Schut Colin MacKenzie Michael MacEwen Liam Kelly Nick Johnston Nancy Yeo Cornwall Curling Club


U16 Girls Rosters

Skip 3rd 2nd Lead Coach(es) Club(s)
Alexis Burris Sydney Howatt Meghan Sherren Madelyn Cantwell A.J. Campbell Cornwall Curling Club
Lauren Ferguson Emma Coffin Sierra Clyke Emily Sanderson Dario Zannier, Edgar Coffin Cornwall Curling Club
Clara Jack Beth Walsh Aurora Ulvstal Darrah MacLeod Aleya Quilty, Hanny MacLeod Cornwall Curling Club
Rachel MacLean Jordan Dunphy-Condon Olivia Barbour Avery Nicholson Carl Nicholson Cornwall Curling Club
Katie Shaw Amy Spence Lexie Murray Grace Bulger Leigh Gustafson Charlottetown Curling Complex
Alyssa Wilkins Nikkita Ellsworth Madison Profit Megan Butler Shawn Ellsworth Western, Maple Leaf, Silver Fox

Here’s a gallery of photos from Draws 2 and 3 (mostly warmup photos) at the Provincial Under 16 curling championships at the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton.

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