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‘Curling Week’ kicks off tomorrow

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It’s time to salute a different type of rock-and-roll.

The Northern Ontario Curling Association kicks off its annual “Curling Week” festivities tomorrow across the region—and the Fort Frances Curling Club will be taking part.

The club will hold its annual “Breakfast Bonspiel” starting tomorrow, with action continuing through Saturday.

As well, locals can take their best shot in a draw-to-the-button contest being held throughout the week at the club.

The contest is divided into three age categories: under-12, 12-18, and over-18.

The best performers in each group then will have their results submitted to compare against those from other NOCA clubs.

The top individual in each age group from the region will receive autographed, game-used jerseys and brooms from two accomplished Northern Ontario rinks.

One of them is reigning Olympic champ Brad Jacobs out of Sault Ste. Marie.

The other is the Tracy Fleury (formerly Horgan) team based in Sudbury, which features Devlin native Jenna Walsh (formerly Enge) at second.

“Curling Week” will wrap up with the NOCA Region 1 junior women’s and men’s playdowns here Nov. 27-29.

Four female rinks will vie for three berths available for the provincial junior women’s championship Jan. 2-5 in Sioux Lookout.

Three of the four will be Fort-based teams skipped by Hailey Beaudry, Maggie LeMesurier, and Ashley Payne, respectively.

Cassidy Romyn (Sioux Lookout) rounds out the field.

On the men’s side, Chris Silver of Fort Frances will battle Zach Warkentin (Keewatin) in a best-of-three series, with the winner heading to Kakabeka Falls for the provincials Jan. 2-5.

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