Styba & Brown win BC Juvenile Curling Championships
Coquitlam’s Mitchell Styba & Kamloops’ Corryn Brown were both victorious this past weekend at the 2011 Tim Hortons BC Juvenile Curling Championships hosted by the Cowichan Rocks Curling Centre in Lake Cowichan.
Styba and his team of Justin Medwid, Dylan Heimburger and Zachary Umbach dominated the competition in their pool this past weekend, defeating Kelvin Harper 8-1, Maxim Langlais 11-0 and Alexander Horvath 10-1.
Their semi-final game against Kelowna’s Brandon Emslie proved to be a tighter match, needing an extra-end steal for a 5-4 win. Styba trailed 3-0 after three ends in the gold medal game against Victoria’s Daniel Wenzek, but scored 3 in the 4th end and stole 2 in the 5th to take a 5-3 lead. The teams exchanged deuces in the 6th and 7th ends, but Styba ran Wenzek out of rocks in the 8th and final end.
Corryn Brown, Erin Pincott, Samantha Fisher and Sydney Fraser, who are fresh of their gold medal performance at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax, began their weekend with a 2-1 win over Tunnel Town’s Shawna Jenson, followed by a 7-3 win over Chilliwack’s Ali Renwick and a 7-5 victory over Nanaimo’s Shaelyn Rice.
Brown faced Vernon’s Amy Edwards in the semi-final, scoring a big 4 points in the 5th which would lead to a 7-5 win. Facing Rice in the final, Brown blanked the first 3 ends and then scored 1 in the 4th, stole 1 in the 5th and another 2 in the 6th. Rice managed to score a single in the 7th end, but the 3-point lead and advantage of hammer in the last end, resulted in a 4-1 victory for the Kamloops squad.
Styba & Brown now advance to the Optimist International U-18 Curling Championships in Toronto, March 31 – April 3, 2011.
Mitchell Styba (Coquitlam) 3-0
Alexander Horvath (Juan de Fuca) 2-1
Kelvin Harper (Trail) 1-2
Maxim Langlais (North Shore Winter Club) 0-3
Daniel Wenzek (Juan de Fuca) 3-0
Brandon Emslie (Kelowna) 2-1
Levi Williams (Royal City) 1-2
Aiden Fentiman (100 Mile House) 0-3
Gabrielle Plonka (Coquitlam) 3-0
Amy Edwards (Vernon) 2-1
Mariah Coulombe (Juan de Fuca) 1-2
Megan MacKay (Trail) 0-3
Corryn Brown (Kamloops) 3-0
Shaelyn Rice (Nanaimo) 2-1
Shawna Jensen (Tunnel Town) 1-2
Ali Renwick (Chilliwack) 0-3