Rosthern, Aberdeen win CVAC Junior Curling crowns

Darius Bueckert and Emma Harder of the Waldheim Raiders mixed curling team bring the rock over the hog line during the CVAC Junior Curling Championship that was held at the Martensville Curling Club on March 8 and 9

The Central Valley Athletic Conference (CVAC) Junior Curling Championships featured some fierce competition, as the Rosthern High Huskies won both the boys and mixed divisions, while the Aberdeen Composite Crusaders came out on top of the girls category.

  Each respective championship tournament was a double-knockout format, as teams representing schools within the CVAC district battled it out at the Martensville Curling Club on March 8 and 9.

The girls division consisted of seven teams, while six teams competed in the mixed category, and five teams were entered in the boys competition.

In the boys competition, Laird defeated Venture Heights (Martensville) 4-3 and Langham 2-1 to advance to the A-side final. Rosthern High also advanced to the A-sie final after defeating Borden 4-1. A 9-1 victory by Rosthern left them waiting for a B-side challenger. 

It was all hand on deck as members of the Laird Mustangs junior boys curling team do their best to sweep the rock across the hog line but it comes up just short

On the B-side,Venture Heights beat Borden 4-2, but due to being unable to field a team on Saturday, Borden advanced in the tournament. Borden then defeated Langham 4-3 and earned an 8-0 win over Laird,  to set rematch with Rosthern for the championship. 

Once again, Rosthern used its experience, winning 6-5 in an extra end.

In the Girls competition,  the  Langham A team earned a 12-0 win over Borden, while the Langham B team defeated Waldheim 6-1, and Aberdeen pulled out a 4-2 win over Laird, during the first matchups of the tournament. 

Langham A  defeated Leask to advance to the A-side final while Aberdeen beat Langham B to move on to the A-side final.  Aberdeen dominated that match winning 5-1, sending Langham A to the B-side. 

On the B-side of the draw Laird started strongly, as they defeated Waldheim 6-0 and followed that up with a 7-0 victory over Leask. Langham B eliminated Borden with a tight 4-3 win, setting up a matchup against Laird.

A 6-0 victory by Langham B matched them up against Langham A in the B-side final. 

Wyatt Dyck of Borden School

The experience of Langham A showed by earning an 8-1 win, creating a rematch against Aberdeen in the championship final.  Aberdeen came out on top with a 5-3 win.

In the mixed category, the competition opened up with two Venture Heights  victories. VHS A defeated Lake Vista (Martensville) 7-0, while VHS B slipped by Waldheim 3-2.  These victories were followed by losses, as Hanley beat VHS A 5-2 and Rosthern beat VHS B 11-1. 

The A-side final between Hanley and Rosthern was one sided as Rosthern cruised to an 8-2 win. 

On the B-side, Waldheim and Venture Heights B advanced to the B-side semifinal after beating Venture Heights A and Lake Vista respectively. 

Waldheim earned a 5-0 victory over Venture Heights B, moving on to the B-side final against Hanley.  Hanley won 4-1, which created a rematch against

Hayden Sametts and Sasha Rodriguez of the Venture Heights 2 mixed curling team
Jake Klassen and Carson Lang of the Langham Vikings junior boys curling team drag the rock as far as they can
Lyndon Epp of the Waldheim Raiders junior mixed curling team watches very intently as his rock makes its way down the ice
(l-r) Owen Dyck and Bill Hosegood of the Borden Bruins boys curling team sweep furiously

Rosthern in the championship final. Rosthern defeated Hanley 7-2.