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Local rinks fall short at U18 provincial curling tourney

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It was a tough go of it for the Owen Riches and Ashley Payne rinks at the U18 provincials held Wednesday through yesterday in Sault Ste. Marie.

Neither of the local teams were able to make the playoffs in their respective divisions.

Team Riches, which also featured Kian McEvoy (lead), Brett Schram (second) and Jordan Ekstrom third, compiled a 2-5 record on the boys' side to finish in seventh place out of eight teams.

After dropping their opening game to Andrew Hong (North Bay) 7-5, the squad rebounded with a 10-4 win over Precision Auto (New Liskeard) and a 7-5 victory over Dallas Burgess (Kakabeka Falls).

But Team Riches was unable to build off that momentum and dropped their final four games to fall shy of qualifying for the playoff round.

On the girls' side, meanwhile, the Ashley Payne rink compiled a 1-6 record to finish eighth out of eight teams and also fail to qualify for the playoff round.

The squad, which also is comprised of Lauren Penney (lead), Daffni Chabot (second), Jillian Cousineau (third) and Anna Peters (fifth), lost their first six games of the competition but ended on a positive note with a 10-3 win over Britney Malette (Thunder Bay) on Saturday morning.

The Brendan Rajala (Sudbury) rink claimed the boys' title with a 8-7 win over Samuel Branconnier (Sudbury) yesterday while Bella Crosier (Sudbury) claimed the girls' crown with a 7-5 win over Mia Toner (Sudbury).

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