NACI curlers win Zone Championship


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Submitted photo. The NACI boys and girls curling teams.

By Eoin Devereux 
Neepawa Banner & Press 

Neepawa will be well represented at the Provincial High School Curling Championship, as both the boys and girls teams won at the Zone Seven Tournament in Carberry on Feb. 7-8.

For the girls side, NACI was perfect, sweeping the round robin with identical 7-2 wins over Minnedosa and Rivers. From there, the team, who are skipped by Natalie Babcock, rolled over the competition with a 9-4 win over Carberry, a 7-5 decision over Erickson; and finally, a decisive 14-3 victory over Rivers. Along with Babcock, the team consists of third Josie Pedersen, second Tanner Speiss, lead Kara Ellis and coach Terry Ursel.

As for the boys side, who were skipped by Daly Chartrand, they were perfect in the round robin portion of the event. They first beat William Morton Collegiate (Gladstone) 7-3, and then followed that up with a 7-6 victory over the Carberry first team.

In the playoffs, NACI was once again dominant, claiming wins over Carberry Two, Rivers and Carberry One, ensuring their spot at provincials. Along with Chartrand, the team consists of third Griffin Kuharski, second Brett Madsen, lead Sage Pollock and coach Tom Madsen.

Both teams will now represent NACI at the MHSAA Curling Provincials, to be held in Winkler Feb. 22-24.