Monday, August 3, 2015

Keffer rinks remain unbeaten

The Fort Frances brother-and-sister curling tandem of Isaac and Tirzah Keffer find themselves in the lead after three draws at the Northern Ontario junior men’s and women’s provincials playdowns in Kapuskasing and Sault Ste. Marie, respectively.
Tirzah Keffer, who attends school in Thunder Bay, improved to 3-0 with a 9-2 win over Brianne Manson (Sudbury) this morning at the Soo Curlers Association, which left her tied for first with fellow Port Arthur Curling Club member Megan St. Amand.

Keffer’s rink, which includes third Sheree Hinz, second Megan Westlund, and lead Rachel Camlin, opened play yesterday with a pair of convincing wins.
They dumped Sudbury’s Robin Beaudry 9-1 in the afternoon draw, then dispatched Jenny Keetch (Thunder Bay) 10-3 last night.
Keffer was back in action this afternoon against Stratton’s Jessica Haw (the outcome wasn’t known as of press time), then will take on Krysta Burns (Sudbury) tonight.
The Haw rink, which includes third Maria Vandenbrand, second Myan Miller, and lead Shauna Moen, were tied for fifth place at 1-2 record following an 11-4 loss to St. Amand this morning.
The Stratton foursome had a mixed day yesterday, defeating Sarah-Anne Guay (Kapuskasing) 8-2 last night after a heart-breaking 9-8 extra-end setback to Burns yesterday afternoon.
Following their contest with Keffer, Haw will meet Keetch in tonight’s draw.
Over at the men’s playdowns at the Kapuskasing Curling Club, Keffer’s younger brother, Isaac, who plays third on Kurtis Byrd’s rink from the Port Arthur Curling Club, moved into sole position of first place following a 7-1 win against fellow clubmate Zach Warkentin this morning.
The Byrd foursome (3-0), which also includes Joshua Szajewski at second and Mike Zsakai at lead, opened play yesterday afternoon with a narrow 6-5 win over defending provincial champ Brennan Wark (Thunder Bay).
The squad followed that up with a dramatic 10-7 triumph over Tanner Horgan (Sudbury) last night, stealing three points in the final end.
The Byrd rink looked to continue its winning ways this afternoon against Connor Lawes (North Bay) before going up against Nick Dawson (Sault Ste. Marie) tonight.
Both provincial playdowns will wrap up Sunday, with each winner earning berths to the national championships Jan. 31-Feb. 10 in Fort McMurray, Alta.

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