Friday, July 31, 2015

Keffer captures N. Ont. crown

Fort Frances native Tirzah Keffer, who currently attends school in Thunder Bay, will represent Northern Ontario at the Canadian junior curling championships in Fort McMurray, Alta. later this month
Keffer and her rink from the Port Arthur Curling Club, which also includes third Sheree Hinz, second Megan Westlund, and lead Rachel Camlin, advanced following a 7-4 win over Sudbury’s Krysta Burns in the women’s provincial final yesterday morning in Sault Ste. Marie.

The Keffer foursome jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three ends, then withstood a late comeback bid by Burns by scoring a critical deuce in the ninth end to seal the victory.
Keffer had finished the round-robin portion with a perfect 7-0 record, with her closet games being one-point triumphs over Burns and Sarah-Anne Guay (Kapuskasing).
Also competing at the women’s provincials was the Jessica Haw rink from Stratton, which included third Maria Vandenbrand, second Myan Miller, and lead Shauna Moen, who
finished tied for fifth with a 3-4 record.
The M&M Canadian junior curling championships will run Jan. 31-Feb. 10 in Fort McMurray.
The official draw has yet to be released.
Meanwhile, Keffer’s younger brother, Isaac, came one win short of also earning a ticket to the national championships.
Keffer, who plays third for the Kurtis Byrd rink from the Port Arthur Curling Club, finished in second place at the men’s provincial junior playdowns in Kapuskasing after losing 7-6 in a tightly-contested final to fellow Port Arthur curler Zach Warkentin.
After trailing 4-1 after three ends, the Byrd foursome, which also included second Joshua Szajewski and lead Mike Zsakai, clawed their way back to a single-point deficit in the ninth end.
But they were run out of rocks in the 10th and final end.
The Byrd rink had finished in a three-way tie with Warkentin and Nick Dawson (Sault Ste. Marie) for first in the round-robin with a 5-2 mark.
But they earned a bye to the final as a result of their wins over those two rinks earlier in the week.

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