Saskatoon high school curling team-by-team snapshots

The Saskatoon high school curling season has been flying by, with B leagues currently in the middle of their playoffs and A leagues set to begin playoff action in early February. The StarPhoenix presents our high school curling team-by-team snapshots. As usual, coaches from each school have provided us with their insights.

 

Aden Bowman Bears

Coaches: Gwen Kaminski, Jason Sanche and Jeff Pederson.

Key players to watch

  • Nolan Lindberg – A-team, Skip, Grade 10. Great draw weight, clutch performer.
  • Millie Jamieson – Open-B, Skip, Grade 11. Excellent strategist and a great leader.
  • Zoey Schneider – Girls B, Skip, Grade 12. Good draw weight and calm under pressure.
  • Cara Mino – Open-B/Girls B, Grade 9. A rookie that can play any position and has picked up the sport quickly.

Results from last year

“Aden Bowman’s A-teams had an excellent learning experience as first-year A teams last year that have helped propel them to a strong regular season finish and high hopes for the playoffs this year. The Bears hope to build on the strong finish of the Open B team last year as they finished second in the city.”

Expectations for the team this year

“The Bears have had a strong regular season which will hopefully translate into playoff success. Each team has made significant strides this season and shows strong leadership and sportsmanship that has been the hallmark of Aden Bowman teams in the past.”

 

Bedford Road Redhawks

Coaches: Franny Rawlyk and Mitch Friesen

Key players to watch

  • Nomi Whittingstall – Boys B, Skip. Team leader and shot maker.
  • Kathryn Guenter – Open-B. Leadership and consistency.

Expectations for the team this year

“We had a lot of interest from new curlers this season and were able to put in three teams: Mixed-B, Boys B, and Open-B. Many of our Grade 12s have been playing for years and have taken a strong leadership role in teaching the new curlers, which is great to see.”

 

Bethlehem Stars

Coaches: Jason Cody

Key players to watch

Open B Team

  • Jared Schnmidt – Grade 11.
  • Kaela Martens – Grade 11.
  • Natalyia Cuesvas-Navarro – Grade 9.

Girls B Team

  • Alex McInnes – Grade 10.
  • Hannah Souster – Grade 10.
  • Jocelyn Moody – Grade 9.
  • Carsyn Kindt – Grade 10.

Results from last year

“Last year saw only one team of beginning curlers come out of Bethlehem so it was a developmental year.”

Expectations for the team this year

“This year’s teams are playing well. The new players have developed immensely over the course of our short season and our returning players have shown great determination, commitment and drive finishing first in their pool.”

 

Bishop Mahoney Saints

Coaches: Marla Cheston, Dan Duguid, Tim Prytula, and Leon Prescesky

Key players to watch

  • Alex Regehr and Nic Prytula – Mixed-A, Skip and Second, Grade 12s. A great pair who work well together and always have a good time.
  • Kyle Beal – Mixed-A, Skip, Grade 12. Strong leader who is willing to take chances.
  • Zach Pardonski – Boys B, Skip, Grade 10. Always calm and steady, the backbone of his team.
  • Kaylee Rosenfelt – Girls B, Skip, Grade 9. New to the team and always willing to step up when needed.

Results from last year

“Last year was a great year with three gold medals in Girls A, Boys B, and Girls B.”

Expectations for the team this year

“This season has been going great with a nice mix of new curlers and experienced players. Both Mixed-A teams have started really strong under experienced Grade 12 skips and are looking forward to playoffs. Our Boys B and Girls B teams have many new curlers that have picked up the game quickly making for a bright future.”

 

Centennial Chargers

Coaches: Mario Jean, Darlene Danyliw, Della Greer, Lane Gerwing, Richard Thompson

Key players to watch

  • Savanna Taylor – Mixed-A, Skip, Grade 9. Driven, skilled, optimistic and passionate leader who sets high expectations for herself and the rest of her Grade 9 teammates.
  • Grace Norman – Girls A, Skip, Grade 9. Has the most fun on the ice out of anyone while having clutch performances with those last two rocks.
  • Summer Norman – Girls A, Skip, Grade 11. School’s most experienced player who plans shots and game tactics very well with her teammates. She throws very well under pressure.
  • Kaitie Cornea – Girls A, Third, Grade 12. Lone Grade 12 player is very dependable and well-rounded in her abilities. This leader can analyze an opposing team’s strengths and weaknesses for her team’s benefit.

Results from last year

“This is a year of rebuilding as only four out of our 22 athletes are veterans from last year’s team, although one would not know it considering the quality of our curlers. Those 4 athletes moved from Girls B up to Girls A this year.

Expectations for the team this year

“What a great season it has been so far for our five Centennial teams: Mixed-A, Girls A (two teams), Girls B and Open-B. We had a great turnout of brand-new curlers who had never been on the ice before but had a great time learning the sport. Despite our Mixed-A and one of the Girls A teams predominantly being Grade 9’s, we see much potential in them and have provincial hopes, if not this year than certainly in future years. They push themselves hard and clearly have a love for the game. Our returning Grade 11 Girls A team will put up a solid performance at regionals and we certainly have some provincial hopes with them as well.”

 

École Canadienne Française Patriotes

Coaches: Moïse Gaudet

Key players to watch

“The new skip (Grade 9 student Satine Lundgren) is just starting this year. She has a keen eye and understands all the game has to offer. Her third, Ally Ronellenfitsch, is in Grade 11 and has experience. She also works part time, but is dedicated and tries very hard to always be present at games. Lead, Bryna MacRae, has finally managed to find her balance as she shoots rocks. She has improved incredibly this year. Ellyan Akl, the second, is in her second year, with great potential.  Her bubbly personality keeps the game fun in moments when things could become stressful.

Results from last year

“This is a new team, with some members having some experience.”

Expectations for the team this year

“They had a great season in the B event. They have been more or less consistent and will move forward with a positive attitude.”

 

E.D. Feehan Trojans

Coaches: Shanna Gourley and Shelley Lang

Key players to watch

  • Chayzen Stephens – Skip, Grade 11. Team leader with quiet sense of humour.
  • Shana Gumtang – Third, Grade 12. Consistent shot maker and confident personality.
  • Haley Stonehouse – Second, Grade 10. Positive attitude, consistent shot maker and always tries her best.
  • Tayler Hamaura – Lead, Grade 11. Brand new curler and has shown great improvement.
  • Youl Ruot – Lead, Grade 11. Brand new curler and he has a great attitude.

Results from last year

“Last year our team lost out in the first round of the playoffs. The team found last season was a great learning experience. We had 2 of our senior players graduate in June.”

Expectations for the team this year

“We ended up first in our pool in the Open-B league. We hope to carry on with our success and make it into the Final Four so we can have a chance at winning the Open-B title this year.”

 

Evan Hardy Souls

Coaches: Don Mantyka, Jeremy Burbridge

Key players to watch

  • Katie Prpich – Girls B, Skip, Grade 11. Provides veteran leadership on a young team and has made critical shots for the Souls all season.
  • Colton Jones – Boys B, Skip, Grade 11. The leader of the boys’ team has improved in the skip position throughout the season and is looking to build on his success throughout the playoffs.
  • Taryn Grimson – Girls B, Third, Grade 9. Has played a very important role for the Soul’s team this season. She will be an important part of the program in the years to come.
  • Evan Pope – Boys B, Third, Grade 10. Made great improvements throughout the season. He has proven himself to be very coachable and has grown into one of the Soul’s most dependable curlers.

Results from last year

“It was a good season last year for Evan Hardy. All of the school’s teams showed a great competitive spirit in a year of growth for the program. Katie Prpich, Colton Jones and Evan Pope made great improvements last year which has been the foundation for the school’s success so far this season.”

Expectations for the team this year

“Both the Evan Hardy girls’ and boys’ B teams are very young this season. They have relied on veteran leadership from the program’s experienced curlers as well as very important contributions from a talented group of Grade 9s and 10s. Both of the teams are shooting for a spot in the round robin and have the talent to be competitive with any team they may face in the playoffs.”

 

Holy Cross Crusaders

Coaches: Al Kraus, Rebecca Storey, Patrice Jean-Tremblay and Randy Strueby

Key players to watch

  • Murphy Lukan, David Baum, Ryan Johnson and Carter Miller on Boys-A1 team. All are in Grade 12 and well-seasoned curlers.
  • Other current Grade 12 curlers include Luke Brossart, Anne Mireau, James Owens, Josh Yuzik, Logan Kwan and Jesse Muir.
  • Up and comers include Manny Denis (Grade 9), Caden Snow (10), Peter Bumphrey (10), Matthew Klassen (10) and Dani Mclaughlin (10).

Results from last year

“Last year Holy Cross had a Boys A, Mixed A, Girls B, two Boys B and an Open-Mixed team.  All teams were very competitive last year highlighted with our Boys A team qualifying for provincials. The Girls B team did very well in the city playoffs and all teams had fun and proved to be excellent ambassadors for our school.”

Expectations for the team this year

“The main expectation for our curlers is to learn, and enjoy participating in this potentially life-long sporting activity. Expectations are high for our Boys A1 team as they are all returning players that have achieved success in the past. Our second Boys A team also has strong potential to do well. All five of our B teams have the capabilities to qualify for the Final Four playoffs in their respective leagues.

 

Marion Graham Falcons

Coaches: Donna Arthur, Bob McIntyre, Ryan Songco and Dale Peckenpaugh

Key players to watch

  • Noah Percy – Skip, Grade 9. New curler with great form and good instincts for skipping.
  • Tyler Chow – Skip, Grade 11. Stepped up to become skip after the former skip stepped down. Doing a terrific job.
  • Keegon Thompson – Lead, Grade 10. Brand new curler who has been holding his own in the Mixed A League. Positive attitude.

Results from last year

“Marion Graham had a good season where all students improved their skills and appreciation of the game. We had four teams, two of which were comprised of senior students that have now moved onto post-secondary endeavours.”

Expectations for the team this year

“We’ve had a good year so far. Our new curlers have been working on the basics and our more experienced players have been working to improve theirs. They are a positive group of athletes.”

 

St. Joseph Guardians

Coaches: Dean Kleiter, Toby Becker, and Kaeli Larson, Kim Lendvay and Dean Rutten

Key players to watch

  • Rianna Kish and Garrett Huber make up a strong front end for the Mixed A team.
  • Matthew Drewitz (Skip, Grade 9) and Gabe Becker (Lead, Grade 10) are two young curlers on the Boys A team.
  • Regan Babyak is in his final year and skip of the Boys B team.
  • Elyse Wiebe and Faith Fenske are members of a strong Girls B (1) team.
  • Kelsey Young and Julia Strelioff lead the Girls B (2) team.
  • First time curlers Presly Goodwin and Josh Harmon are having a great rookie season.

Results from last year

“The Mixed A team won the provincial title last year.  Our Boys A and Boys B teams were runners-up in the city playoffs.”

Expectations for the team this year

“St. Joseph has a good mix of experienced curlers and rookies. The Mixed A foursome is returning and hoping to defend their provincial title. Most of the Boys playing on the A and B teams are club and high school curling veterans. Both teams are expecting to have a competitive playoff run. Our Girls B (1) team has had a strong season so far and are excited about their playoff opportunity. The Girls B (2) and Open teams are inexperienced curlers who have exceeded expectations and continue to improve each game.”

 

Walter Murray Marauders

Coaches: Megan Larson-Wilkie, Lynda Miscavish, Dell Franklin

Key players to watch

  • Jolena Klymyshyn – Mixed-A, Skip, Grade 12. After playing lead in previous years, she has now switched to the skip position and is fitting into the role well.
  • Alana Huntington – Mixed-A, Second, Grade 9. New to WMCI but an experienced, competitive curler.
  • Jacky Chung – Boys B, Skip, Grade 10. Only in his second year of curling, but quickly becoming skilled in both strategy and execution.
  • Jan Diakuw – Open-B, Skip, Grade 10. Shows excellent leadership with the new Grade 9 curlers.

Results from last year

“Last year, our Mixed-A team captured the city championship for the third straight year. Our two Open-B teams placed in the top three in their league last season.”

Expectations for the team this year

“Many of last year’s Mixed A curlers graduated in June, so we are looking forward to a learning and rebuilding year. This year we have 21 curlers and have formed a Mixed A team, a Boys B team, and two Open B teams. Our curlers are enthusiastic to learn more about the game and improve their skills. We hope to see all curlers return next year.”

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