Thursday, July 31, 2014

End of road for Jacksons

Craig Armstrong is one title away from a Maritime getaway.
The Stratton skip and his rink of third Ted Heyens, second Kevin Nielson, and lead Lawrence Armstrong went a perfect 4-0 to capture the Region 1 men’s crown in the Travelers (formerly The Dominion) Curling Club Championships in Atikokan over the weekend.

Armstrong clinched first place Saturday with a 7-5 win over Lorne Jackson of Fort Frances, who needed to beat Armstrong to force a rematch between the two yesterday.
Instead, Jackson ended up in a three-way tie for second in the five-team field at 2-2.
Armstrong also beat Paul Warkentin (Keewatin) 7-1 in six ends, hammered Enzo Martone (Red Lake) 9-3 in seven ends, and squeaked by Clint Taylor (Atikokan) 7-6.
Jackson was without his usual third, brother Derek Jackson, who was unavailable for the weekend.
By rule, any player picked up for the event must play lead.
That meant Jackson’s usual second, Mark Pederson, was bumped up to third while normal lead Cory Labbe was promoted to second to make room for Stratton native and former Fort Frances resident Adam Bolen, now living in Thunder Bay.
The group started strong, nipping Martone 7-6 and steamrolling Taylor 15-1 in six ends to open the weekend.
But a 7-5 loss to Warkentin put Jackson in must-win territory and Armstrong ended up eliminating the two-time participant in the provincial men’s curling playdowns.
The news was no better for Jackson’s better half as Kathie Jackson had her run at a second-straight provincial title in the event sidetracked in Atikokan.
Jackson’s team of third Teresa McFayden, second Lisa Penner, and lead Kris Sinclair wound up the weekend in third place in the four-team field at 2-3.
After a 7-6 win over Val Stus (Atikokan) to begin the double round-robin, Jackson dropped a 6-2 decision to Lori Hoppe (Kenora).
That was followed by a 7-4 loss to Crystal Wojtowicz (Keewatin).
Jackson again beat Stus 10-6 but a 7-2 loss to Wojtowicz in Draw 5 eliminated Jackson from title contention.
It also sealed the regional crown for Wojtowicz, who at 5-0 could not be caught by Hoppe (3-2) for first place, leading to yesterday’s lone draw being scrapped.
Armstrong and Wojtowicz now will head to Copper Cliff for the provincial championships March 28-30.
The winners there will move on to the national showdown Nov. 24-29 in Halifax.

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