High school zone curling here Friday and Saturday

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Two teams from Roland Michener School will host and compete for the high school zone curling title this week. Teams from schools around northwestern Alberta will be in town playing in three divisions – boys, girls and mixed. The action goes all day Friday and Saturday at the Slave Lake Curling Club.

Roland Michener has teams in the boys and mixed divisions. Brian Hay, coach of the boys’ team, says they have a good chance of doing well, despite having not competed last year.

“They play in the men’s league, so that helps,” he says. “That’s good competition all the time.”

Skip for the boys is Max Albrecht, who curled competitively in Manning last year. Cruz McGregor, Parker Hay, Ty Kubel and Colby Cyr are his teammates.

The mixed team is skipped by Matt LaFrance, with Sydnee McGrath, Elizabeth Bell, Aiden Blocka and Will Carrell. Hay says they are “pretty much all first-year” players and will have their work cut out for them. The more experienced boys’ team, “should be right there,” he says. “It depends how they handle the pressure.”

The schedule had not been finalized by press time.

On a related note, the Rotary Club of Slave Lake is helping out with a raffle, with draws to take place on Feb. 23 at the curling rink. Three ticket holders will win suitcases full of “mystery stuff” worth around $700.

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