Barons capture curling silver

By Jamie Harkins

March 9, 2017 10:51 AM

SILVER BARONS The Lloydminster Comprehensive High School Barons senior boys curling team won a silver medal at the ASAA provincial championships at Lethbridge's ATB Centre on Saturday. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Sometimes credit has to be given to a perfect shot from your opponent.
The Lloydminster Comprehensive High School (LCHS) Barons senior boys curling team, including skip Mackenzie Olson, third Brandon Dayton, second Luther Jurke and lead Adam Berg, fell 2-1 to the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Clippers in the Alberta Schools Athletic Association (ASAA) finals at the ATB Centre on Saturday.
The Barons were leading 1-0 until the last rock was thrown.
Barons head coach Tracy Berg said the Clippers needed to hit a raised double takeout and stay for the win with the hammer in the eighth end, and they did it. She said that incredible shot may have won the game, but the boys can keep their chins up for the way they played throughout the match,  and the sportsmanship and determination they showed during the whole tournament.
“It was a great achievement,” said Berg. “Three of the boys (Olson, Dayton and Jurke) are in Grade 12, so this was their last attempt at this. I think they all went out feeling really happy.”
The Barons advanced to the provincial final through a 7-5 win over Wainwright’s Blessed Sacrament Thunder, a 4-3 besting of Edmonton’s Harry Ainlay Titans and a 9-3 loss to the Clippers in round-robin play before knocking off the Okotoks Holy Trinity Academy Knights 7-4 in the semifinals.
“It’s a pool we go into every year and it’s a tough pool,” noted Berg. “The fact that they got into the semifinals (means) we were very proud of them.”
The provincial silver medal follows two gold medal victories for the Barons that captured first place finishes in both the district championships in Vermillion and the zone finals at Lamont last month. A big part of this success comes down to the four players having a familiarity and likability among each other stemming from their days on the ice with the Little Rockers, the junior curling team, and finally the Barons senior rink.
Berg said the boys didn’t make it out of the round robin at provincials last year, so capturing the silver medal this season showcases the hard work and excellence at the roaring game the team possesses. She said Olson, Dayton and Jurke will now be moving on as graduating players and they will be missed, but there are more determined and provincial medal-worthy curlers coming down the pipeline.
“We have some really good Grade 10s this year,” said Berg. “I look forward to (an excellent season) from our girls team, mixed team and another strong boys team. We had a mixed team that went to districts and didn’t make it out and it was one Grade 12 and three Grade 10s, so they didn’t quite strive together but honestly next year it’s looking pretty good. We have some strong curlers.”

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