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Burtnyk Treated After Cancer Returns
(May 17) World-renowned curler Kerry Burtnyk remains in good spirits despite the re-occurrence of the tumour that troubled him three years ago. See Full Story From Slam Sports

Harcourt, Ridgway Top Year End Rankings
(May 7) The final year-end rankings were released today with the Provincial Men's and Women's Champions topping the rankings. Doug Harcourt is Saskatchewan's top men's team followed by last year's Champion, Bruce Korte. Glen Despins is ranked number 3. Michelle Ridgway edged out Sherry Anderson as the top women's team. Anderson is number 2 and Patty Rocheleau number 3. See Full Rankings

SCA Awards Handed Out
(Apr 23) The Saskatchewan Curling Association handed out is hardware Saturday at the General Meeting in Saskatoon. The Scotty Richardson Memorial Award went to Stan Petruic for his outstanding contribution to curling in the Province. Other award winners were Barb Swallow (Junior Coordinator of the Year); Debbie Aadland (Instructor of the Year); and Kathy Lawless (Coach of the Year). The new SCA President is Terry Arnold taking over from Jerry Shoemaker.  More

Linton Joins Former Schmirler Squad
(Apr 10) Sherry Linton has agreed to join the former Schmirler-skipped squad and will play with Jan Betker who is moving to the skip position this fall. The announcement comes after the team failed to qualify for an Olympic Trials berth with Shannon Kleibrink skipping the team. More

Laliberte Coming Out of Retirement
(Apr 10) Connie Laliberte will return to the ice next season after a one year absence from the game. The former World Champion will join older sister, Janet Arnott, Janet Harvey and Carey Burgess. More

Jones On Top of the World
(Apr 8) Canada's Colleen Jones is the World Women's Curling Champion beating Sweden, 5-2 in the Championship Final Saturday in Lusanne, Switzerland. Meanwhile, Randy Ferbey lost the Bronze medal game to Norway Sunday after losing to Switzerland in the men's semi-finals Saturday. Sweden won the Gold beating Switzerland, 6-3. Check results here

Middaugh Captures WCT Championship
(Mar 25) Wayne Middaugh defeated Kevin Martin 10-5 in the final Sunday to capture the World Curling Tour Championship in Calgary.  Meanwhile Russ Howard will be heading for the Olympic Trials after beating Peter Corner, 7-3 in a special playoff Sunday to determine the final berth to the Trials.  Bruce Korte advanced to the quarter-finals then lost to Howard.  Korte was the only Saskatchewan team to advance into the playoff round. Check results here

Canada Sweeps World Juniors
(Mar 25) Canada's Brad Gushue edged Denmark, 7-6 to join Suzanne Gaudet in sweeping the World Junior Championships for Canada.  Gushue had an open hit for the win on his final rock to win the Final in the Men's competition Sunday while the day before, Gaudet stole in an extra end to beat Sweden, 6-4 in the Final of the Women's Championship in Ogden, Utah. Check Results here. 

Canadian Masters Wind Up
(Mar 24) Manitoba's Barry Fry won the Canadian Men's Masters Championship Saturday while Alberta's Shirley Tucker won the Women's Masters Championship in Winnipeg.  Saskatchewan's Barry McFarlane finished the round-robin with a 3-4 record and out of the playoffs, while Lee Morrison of Saskatoon wound up at 2-4 on the women's side. Check results here.

Provincial Juvenile Won By George
(Mar 19) Kyle George of Regina took home the Provincial Juvenile Championship Monday in Burstall.  George edged Josh Novecosky of Humboldt, 5-4 in the Final Monday.  Check results here

Shymko Captures Provincial Mixed
(Mar 18) Gerald Shymko captured the Provincial Mixed Championship in Shaunavon Sunday edging Murray McEachern in the Final, 9-7 in an extra end.  Shymko will now represent Saskatchewan at 2002 Canadian Mixed Championship in January 2002.  Shymko got on a roll winning a tie-breaker Saturday night, 8-0 over Jeff Sharp and 10-4 over Glenn Batty in Sunday morning's semi-final. Check Results, Teams, Schedule Here.

Borst Advances To Olympic Trials
(Mar 18) Cathy Borst defeated Cheryl Bernard, 7-5 in the first and only playoff game to win the last berth to the Women's Olympic Trials at the the Last Chance Spiel in Okotoks, Alberta Sunday. Borst won the "A" and "C" finals while Bernard took the "B" and had to beat Borst twice. Shannon Kleibrink lost "B" and "C" event finals. Check results courtesy of the Women's Curling Tour website. 

Alberta Claims First Nokia Brier
(Mar 11) Alberta's Randy Ferbey defeated Kerry Burtnyk from Manitoba, 8-4 to win the first Nokia Brier in Ottawa Sunday. Ferbey, with Dave Nedohin throwing skip rocks, finished in first place in the round-robin then beat Ontario's Wayne Middaugh 8-6 in the 1 vs. 2 Page Playoff Friday night. The Alberta foursome also claims the Olympic Trials berth. Manitoba beat Ontario, 6-5 in Saturday's semi-final after downing Quebec 9-7 Friday afternoon in the Page 3 vs. 4 Playoff.  Saskatchewan's Doug Harcourt finished the round-robin Thursday with a 6-5 record and out of the playoffs. 
Check full results of the Brier here courtesy of the CCA website.  Also visit the Team Harcourt Daily Diary page  

Morrison Win Provincial Intermediate Women's
(Mar 11) Karen Morrison of Kindersley captured the Provincial Intermediate Women's Championship in Moosomin Sunday.  Morrison defeated Leila Mohr of Earl Grey, 6-2 in the Championship Final. Check results here

Schmirler Remembered.. One Year Later
(Mar 1) On the eve of the one year anniversary of Sandra Schmirler's death, the curling world continues to mourn. In an interview with Joan McCusker, second for the Schmirler team on Thursday, McCusker admits the grieving continues but Sandra taught the curling world how to put a new perspective on the sport.  More

Nova Scotia Wins Scott - Ridgway Misses Playoffs 

 
Feb 25/01-  Nova Scotia's Colleen Jones reclaimed the title of the Scott Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women's Curling Championship Sunday in Sudbury.  Jones edged defending champ, Kelley Law (Team Canada), 7-6 in an extra end to win her second title in three years.  Saskatchewan's Michelle Ridgway finished with a 4-7 record and out of the playoffs. Check Results here from the CCA website. Also check out Team Ridgway Daily Diary

Miller Loses Heartbreak Final at Juniors

Feb 11/01 Stefanie Miller, after going undefeated in the round-robin of the Canadian Junior Women's Championship with a 12-0 record, dropped a heart-breaking 5-3 decision to PEI in Sunday's Championship Final.  PEI's Suzanne Gaudet drew the button on her last shot of the 10th end against three Saskatchewan rocks for the win.  In the men's competition, Saskatchewan's William Coutts finished just one game out of the playoffs with an 8-4 record. Check results here for the Women  Men

Masters Results

Feb 17/01- Barry McFarlane edged Gordon Grimes, 5-4 in Sunday's Championship Final of the Provincial Masters Men's Championship in Whitewood. McFarlane will represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian Masters in Winnipeg, March 20-24, 2001. Check Results

Meanwhile, Lee Morrison of Saskatoon defeated Regina's Liane McLean, 9-7 in the Championship Final of the Master Women's Provincial Championship in Nipawin Thursday morning. Morrison won the 1 vs. 2 Page Playoff game while McLean defeated Fern Seel in the semi-final Wednesday, 10-7. Check Results

Ridgway Heading For Sudbury

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Jan 28/01-  Michelle Ridgway won the Provincial SaskPower Scott Tournament of Hearts Sunday capitalizing on last rock to beat Sherry Anderson in the final, 5-4 in Estevan. Ridgway will now represent Saskatchewan at the Scott Tournament of Hearts in Sudbury next month.  The Regina foursome of Ridgway, third, Lorie Kehler, second, Roberta Materi, and lead Joan Stricker finished in first place in the round-robin with 5-2 records along with Patty Rocheleau and Anderson.  Anderson beat Rocheleau in the semi-finals, 7-6 thanks to a great double hit for two and the win on the 10th end.  
Patty Rocheleau was awarded with the Marj Mitchell Award for competitiveness and sportsmanship.
The Championship final was webcast on saskcurl.com... the first time an event was webcast on the website.
Check results here. 

Canadian Senior Results

Jan 28/01 Al Kehler dropped a 7-4 decision to Ontario Friday night in the second tie-breaker at the Canadian Senior Men's Championship in Calgary. Kehler defeated Northern Ontario, 10-4 in the first tie-breaker Friday. Manitoba won the Championship beating Alberta in the Final. On the women's side, Nancy Kerr lost her tie-breaker to Ontario, 11-5. Ontario went on to win the Championship beating Manitoba in the Final.   Check Men's Results hereCheck Women's Results here. 

Men's Saskatoon and Regina Region Results

Jan 28/01 Randy Bryden,  Randy Gilewich, Brad Law and Dave Kidby all advanced to the Southern Men's Playdowns from Regina.  The Regina Men's Region Playdowns wrapped up Sunday.  Check Regina Results

Meanwhile, Bruce Korte defeated Warren Ferguson, 3-1 Sunday in one of 2 "C" event finals at the Saskatoon Regiona Men's Playdowns. Charlie Haichert lost his third qualifying game to Shawn Joyce.  Korte and Joyce join "A" winner, Brian Humble and Kelly Salmon (B) at the Northern Playdowns in Melfort.  Check Results here

Altman Returns To Provincials

Jan 21/01-  Sue Altman returns to the Provincial Women's Championship after a long absence advancing from the "C" event at the Northern Women's Playdowns in Tisdale. Altman beat Myrna Nielsen, 10-3 while Barb Griffin downed Chandra Morgan, 8-3 to claim the other "C" spot. Earlier, Patty Rocheleau won the "B" final and joins Sherry Anderson who won the "A" final Saturday.  Check Results here.

Campbell Prepared To Defend Title

Jan 21/01-  Defending Provincial champ, June Campbell has advanced to the Provincial Women's Championship winning Sunday's "B" Final at the Southern Playdowns in Swift Current. Campbell beat Cathy Trowell, 8-1 and now joins Michelle Ridgway who beat Trowell in the "A" final, 7-5 Saturday. In the "C" finals, Trowell beat Jill Dushinski, 8-4 and Kristy Lewis downed Sherry Linton, 9-3.  Check Results here.  

Marvelous Monday For Coutts - Wins Junior Crown

 
Jan 15/01-  William Coutts had a great Monday.  Coutts edged defending Champion, Brock Montgomery, 6-5 to win the Provincial Junior Men's Championship in Canora Monday night. Earlier in the day Coutts won the "C" event final, before beating Steve Laycock, 3-1 in the semi-final and advancing to the final.  Check Results

Miller Defends Junior Title

 
Jan 15/01-  Stefanie Miller defended her Provincial Junior Women's Championship Monday winning the first game of the Playoff round in Rosetown.  Miller won both the "B" and "C" events while Carmen Lawless won the "A" final Saturday. Miller defeated Lawless, 11-2 to win the title Monday afternoon.  Check Results.

Coghlan Finishes Fourth at Canadian Mixed

 
Jan 14/01-  Quebec stole one in the 10th end to beat Nova Scotia's Mark Dacey, 5-4 in the final of the Canadian Mixed Championship in Weyburn Sunday. Saskatchewan's Scott Coghlan finished in fourth place after dropping a 7-5 decision to Nova Scotia in the 3 vs. 4 Page Playoff Game Saturday.  Saskatchewan ended up tied in first place with 6 other teams at the end of round-robin play Thursday with 7 and 4 records and survived two tie-breakers without the services of their third, Kim Hodson.  Hodson was given permission to leave the event to play in her Women's Region playdowns with her team skipped by Sherry Anderson. Saskatchewan defeated both Alberta and Ontario in Friday's tie-breakers to advance to the playoffs. 
Quebec defeated PEI, 7-3 in the 1 vs. 2 Playoff Friday night to advance to the Final Sunday. PEI then lost the semi-final to Nova Scotia.  Check results here (Courtesy of the CCA website).  Also read Coghlan's Daily Diary  

Women's Region Results

Jan 14/01-  Amber Holland and Jan Betker were the two major victims of the Regina Women's Region 7 Playdowns, failing to qualify for the Southerns.  The five qualifiers were Cathy Trowell (A), Sherry Linton (B); Kristy Lewis (B); June Campbell (C) and Michelle Ridgway (C). Check Results

Jan 9/01-  Patty Rocheleau and Chandra Morgan both stole single points in the 10th ends to win their games and advance to the Northern Women's Playdowns in Tisdale starting January 18th. They join "A" winner Lori McGeary and "B" winner, Heather MacMillan. Check Results here

Kehler, Kerr Capture Senior Titles

 
Jan 7/01-  Al Kehler of Regina captured the Senior Men's Provincial Title Sunday in Prince Albert while Nancy Kerr defended her Senior Women's crown. Kehler edged Ken Bell of North Battlefore, 5-4 in the men's final, while Kerr downed Marnie McNiven 7-2 in the women's final.
Kehler finished the men's round-robin in first place with a 5-2 record along with Bell and Rick Thompson of Maryfield. Bell beat Thompson in the semi-final 6-5. Check Sr Men's Results
 


In the senior women's event, Kerr went through undefeated finishing the round-robin with a 7-0 record to get the bye to the final.  McNiven of Saskatoon and Shirley Palendat of Wawota finished the round-robin with 5-2 records.  McNiven defeated Palendat, 8-2 in the semi-final. Check Sr Women's Results

 

Despins Maintains #1 Ranking

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Dec 31/00-  Glen Despins of Strongfield has maintained his team's number one ranking in the Folk's Curling Corner / saskcurl.com Rankings for December released today.  The pre-playdown rankings are following the cash spiel season and prior to the Playdown season which gets underway after New Year's Day.  
Despins has won over $29,000 in prize money this season including a win at Thunder Bay's Grand Prix of Curling.  Defending Provincial Champion, Bruce Korte holds the number two ranking, winning over $21,000.  Bryan Derbowka maintains the number 3 spot followed by Rod Montgomery at #4. Rob Ewen moves up three to make it into the top 5.
In the women's Rankings, Sherry Anderson continues to be the top ranked team with Michelle Ridgway moving into the number two spot dropping Amber Holland to #3.
Check Rankings

Park Double Winner

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Dec 10/00-  Kevin Park was a double winner Sunday at the Saskatoon PointOptical Curling Classic winning both the $14,000 first prize money but also the Olympic Trials berth at next winter's Trials in Regina. Park defeated Greg McAulay in the Championship Final, 7-0 in four ends after earlier edging Bruce Korte of Saskatoon, 5-3 in the semi-finals.  The win in the semi-final, coupled with McAulay's win in the semis over Al Lyburn, 7-1, guaranteed Park the Trials berth since McAulay already had a spot in the Trials. 
Check Full event results here. 

Anderson Finishes Second at JVC Skins

Dec 10/00-  Kelley Law, with a big skin in the 9th end worth $20,600 after four carry-overs, defeated Sherry Anderson in the final of the JVC Skins Game at the Tartan Curling Club in Regina Sunday. Law finished the weekend with $51,700 while Anderson pocketed $20,400. Check Results from TSN

Esson Win Provincial Police

Dec 10/00-  Hugh Esson defeated Mitch Yuzdepski, 6-4 in the final of the Provincial Police Championship Saturday at the Granite Curling Club in Saskatoon. Esson will now compete in the National Police Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon in February. 

Middaugh Earns Trial Berth at Schmirler Classic

Dec 4/00-  It was a dream weekend for Sherry Middaugh winning the SaskPower Schmirler Women's Curling Classic in Regina Monday but more importantly secured enough money to receive a berth in next winter's Olympic Trials in Regina.  Middaugh edged Renelle Bryden, 10-8 in the Championship final Monday afternoon, winning $14,000 while Bryden pocketed $9,000. Earlier in the day, Middaugh beat Lois Fowler, 7-5 in the semi-finals, while Bryden downed Heather Fowlie, 6-4. Check results here

Despins Wins in Thunder Bay

Dec 3/00- Saskatchewan's top ranked men's team, Glen Despins, won the Sun Life Grand Prix of Curling in Thunder Bay, Ontario Sunday, beating Russ Howard in the final, 7-2.  Despins wins $14,000 for the victory while Howard takes home $9,000.  The women's event was won by Colleen Jones, pocketing $10,000 for the win.  Check Results 

Derbowka Comes Up Short at Skins

Dec 3/00-  Bryan Derbowka of Yorkton lost in the first game of the TSN Skins Game in Fredericton, NB Saturday and failed to advance into Sunday's final.  Derbowka won $7300 but lost the match to Greg McAulay who won the Skins Final over Wayne Middaugh.  McAulay picked up a record $66,100 for the weekend. Check TSN results 

Bodnarchuk Suffers Heart Attack

Dec 2/00-  Merv Bodnarchuk, famous for trying to buy a Championship team, suffered a heart attack and is in a Vancouver hospital but apparently doing well.  Gary Scheirich, skip of the team, got the call Thursday afternoon preparing for the Terroco Classic in Red Deer.  Dale Duguid has been called in to skip the team and Don Dabrowsky is playing the lead position.  It is speculated that Bodnarchuk is out for the rest of the year.  The team won their first two games Friday.  

Martin Takes Painted Hand

Nov 27/00-  Kevin Martin defeated Jeff Stoughton, 7-2 Monday night, in the Championship Final of the Painted Hand Casino Classic in Yorkton. Martin picked up $12,000 for the win while Stoughton settles for $8,000.  Martin advanced to the final with a 5-1 win over Gerald Shymko in the semi-finals while Stoughton edged Doran Johnson, 2-1 in 12 ends.  Check Results here

Ridgway Earns Olympic Trials Berth at Maritime Classic

Nov 27/00-  Michelle Ridgway of Regina gained a berth to next winter's Olympic Trials in her home city, with a big win at the Maritime Classic in Halifax Monday.  Ridgway beat Kay Zinck, 9-5 in the final to win the event. Ridgway advanced beating Cathy Trowell in the quarter-finals and Cathy Borst in the semi-final.  In the men's competition, Glen Despins advanced from the "C" event to the Championship round but lost in the quarter-finals to Guy Hemmings.  Former Canadian Junior Champion, John Morris won the men's event beating Vic Peters in the final.  Check Results here.

Evergreen For Streifel

Nov 20/00-  Tracy Streifel of Saskatoon defeated Brenda Malaryk, 8-5 in the women's Championship Final of the Evergreen Classic in Nipawin Monday.  The win was worth $5,000 while Malaryk settled for $3,000. Earlier in the day Malaryk beat Sherry Linton, 7-4 while Streifel downed Candace Wielgoz, 7-5 in the semi-finals.  In the men's competition: Dave Boehmer edged Bruce Korte, 4-3 in the final to win $11,000.  Korte takes home $8,500. In the men's semi-finals Korte defeated Shawn Joyce, 7-2 to advance while Boehmer defeated Clint Dieno, 7-6.  Check Results . NOTE: We apologize for technical difficulties this weekend.

Despins Ranked #1

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Nov 16/00-  Glen Despins of Strongfield is ranked Number One in the Folk's Curling Corner / saskcurl.com Rankings for November released today.  Despins takes over the top spot from defending Provincial Champion, Bruce Korte, who drops to the number two spot.  Despins' strong performance in the DirectWest Classic with a second place finish, as well as qualifying in two other events gave the team total earnings for the new season of over $12,000.  Despins was last season's Provincial runner-up losing the Tankard Final to Korte.
The hot Bryan Derbowka foursome leaps into the number three spot, up from number 13, winning a total of $25,550 so far this season including three wins. Rod Montgomery moves up two spots to number 4, while last season's number 3 team skipped by Brian Humble drops to number 5.
On the women's rankings, red hot Sherry Anderson continues to be the number one team. Anderson has won $22,500 including three first place finishes this season. 
There was no movement in the top five positions, with Amber Holland being ranked number 2; Defending Provincial Champion, June Campbell at number 3; Michelle Ridgway at number 4, and Sherry Linton at number 5.
Check Rankings

Ewen Steals Wayside

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Nov 14/00-  Rob Ewen stole single points in the 9th and 10th ends to beat Bert Gretzinger, 5-3 in the Championship Final of the Wayside Classic in Lloydminster Monday night.  Ewen pockets $12,000 for the win while Gretzinger settles for $7,000. Ewen advanced Monday afternoon with a 10-6 win over Brian Humble in the semi-finals.  In the other semi-final, Gretzinger beat Barry Chwedoruk, 7-5. Check Results

Middaugh Rallies to Win Ottawa

Nov 14/00-  Wayne Middaugh fought back from the "C" event and then won four straight playoff games to win the Welton Beauchamp Classic in Ottawa Monday.  Middaugh defeated Kerry Burtnyk in the final, 5-3 to win $15,000 but the Olympic Trials spot was awarded to Burtnyk since Middaugh already had a berth from the SGI Classic win in October.  Glen Despins and Rod Montgomery lost in the first playoff round. Despins had qualified from the "B" event while Montgomery advanced from the "C" event.  Both teams pick up $4,200 for qualifying.  Randy Gilewich and Gerald Shymko failed to qualify.  
In women's play, Sherry Fraser won the final, 7-2 over Shelley Bradley. Shannon Kleibrink, Cindy Street and Cathy Trowell failed to qualify.  Check Results

Bjornerud Loses Semi in Swan River

Nov 14/00- Yorkton's Grant Bjornerud advanced to the semi-finals before losing at the White's Drug Store Classic in Swan River, Manitoba.  Bjornerud dropped a 10-8 decision to Barrie Sigurdson of Gimli on Monday afternoon but picked up $5,250 for his efforts. Allan Lyburn of Brandon won the event and the $12,000 first prize money, beating Sigurdson in the final, 7-5. Lyburn advanced with a 5-3 win over Rick Kinaschuk of Benito, Manitoba. 

Prince Albert Results

Nov 12/00-  Sherry Anderson won her third straight spiels in as many weeks winning the Northern Lights Prince Albert Ladies Classic Sunday.  Anderson defeated Patty Rocheleau in the final, 6-2 in 9 ends.  Anderson advanced with an 8-5 win over Erickson, while Rocheleau defeated Lori McGeary, 7-5 in the semi-finals.  Meanwhile in the men's competition, Mark Lane defeated defending champion, Scott Coghlan, 8-7 in an extra end Sunday, to win the Prince Albert Men's Spiel.  Lane beat Martin, 8-4 in the semi-finals, while Coghlan downed Pryor, 8-7. 

Record Profit For Brier 2000

 
Nov 8/00-  The Saskatoon Brier 2000 Committee announced today that this spring's event was the most successful Brier in history recording a net profit of $1.207 million.  The Vice-President of Finance, Jim Kapeluck attributed the record profit to the record attendance of 248,973, in addition to other records such as the $1.1 million in corporate sponsorship and huge Brier Patch sales. "Financial results of this magnitude could not have been achieved without the tremendous support of the community.  Canadian Curling Association CEO, Dave Parkes said that the CCA is pleased that curling Canada wide as well as in Saskatchewan will benefit from the outstanding event.  The CCA takes $479,000 of the profit, while the host committee turned over $414,000 to the umbrella organization for curling in Saskatoon, Curl Saskatoon, to split among the local clubs and keep a share for future bids and programs.  

McAulay Takes Olds Classic

Nov 6/00-  Greg McAulay beat Gary Scheirich, 6-2 in 9 ends in the final of the Olds Classic Monday night picking up $12,000 for the win.  Scheirich pocketed $8,000.  Alan Coutts of Kindersley lost the semi-final to Scheirich winning $5,500. Bryan Derbowka and Gerald Shymko failed to qualify.  Check "A" event, "B" event, "C" event, Championship

Anderson Wins Parkland Savings

Nov 6/00-  Sherry Anderson made it two straight wins in as many weekends winning the Championship Final of the Parkland Saving Women's Classic in Red Deer Monday.  Anderson edged Michelle Ridgway, 7-6 in the final.  Anderson picks up $8,000 for the win, while Ridgway takes home $5,000. Ridgway beat Donna Phillips in the semi-finals, 5-3 while Anderson defeated Renelle Bryden in the other semi-final, 6-5 Monday afternoon. Check Results here

Montgomery Captures Direct West Classic

Nov 5/00-  Rod Montgomery of Moose Jaw captured the DirectWest Charity Classic Championship Sunday night in Regina, beating Glen Despins, 7-3 in the Final.  Montgomery pockets $7500 for the win.  Despins advanced to the final with a 5-3 win over Kelly Yuzdepski while Montgomery beat Pete Fenson of the U.S., 5-3 in the other semi-final Sunday afternoon.  Check Results here

Granite Gamble Results

Nov 5/00-  Randy Otsuka defeated Jerry Shoemaker, 4-3 in the "A" Event final to win the Saskatoon Granite Gamble Spiel. "B" Event winner was Derek Kendall; "C" event- Mitch Yuzdepski; "D"- Gord McLelland; Women's "A"- Carla Debert; Women's "B"- Brenda Goertzen; and Women's "C" - Dawn Epp.

Fowlie Claims Olympic Trials Berth

Oct 29/00- Heather Fowlie despite losing the Championship Final of the Saskatoon Parktown Ladies Classic will still go to the Olympic Trials next year.  Sherry Anderson defeated Fowlie, 7-3 in the final but already has a spot at the Trials giving the runner-up the berth.  Anderson picks up $7500 for the win.  Check Results

Derbowka On Way To Skins

Oct 29/00- Bryan Derbowka is on his way to the TSN Skins Game in Fredricton, NB. December 1-3, 2000. Derbowka defeated Chad McMullan, 7-3 in the final of the McCains SuperSpiel West in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba Sunday to earn a trip to the Skins Game in addition to the $14,000 first prize money.  Gerald Shymko of Yorkton lost to McMullan in the semi-finals earlier on Sunday.  Check Results 

CBC Dismisses Duguid

Oct 25/00-  Don Duguid, the color commentator for CBC Curling was shocked at his dismissal today by CBC.  Duguid is threatening legal action as he claims he was promised the job until the 2002 Olympics.  Full Story from Globe and Mail

Derbowka Drops Medicine Hat Final

Oct 23/00-  Yorkton's Bryan Derbowka continued his hot pace by advancing to the Championship Final of the Super 8 Medicine Hat Charity Classic, but lost 7-1 to Peter Lindholm. Derbowka earlier this season won the Tartan's Red Carpet Spiel and qualified out of the "A" at the SGI Classic in Regina.  Check Results

Lewis Loses Final in Kelowna

Oct 23/00-  Kristy Lewis of Regina lost the Championship Final of the Women's competition at the Kelowna Triple Cash Spiel Monday night. Lewis dropped a 5-4 decision to Marla Mallett, but picked up $3600 in her effort. Lewis defeated Diane Foster, 5-3 to advance while Sherry Linton, also of Regina, lost to Marla Mallett, 8-2 in Monday afternoon's semi-finals. Wayne Laface beat Jim Ursel to win the Senior Men's division.  Check Results

Gretzinger Wins Trip to Regina


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Oct 22- Bert Gretzinger advanced to next year's Olympic Trials in Regina with a victory at the Kelowna Men's Cash Spiel Sunday.  Gretzinger defeated Wayne Middaugh, 7-3 in the Final, but had already claimed the Trials berth due to Middaugh's victory at the SGI Classic earlier this month in Regina.  Saskatoon's Bruce Korte was the only Saskatchewan team to qualify losing in the quarter-finals to Gretzinger but picked up $3500 for the team's effort.  Check Results

Bryden Real Winner at JVC Winnipeg Classic

Oct 22/00-  Four time World Champion, Elizabeth Gustafson won the JVC Winnipeg Classic Sunday beating Kelley Law in the final, 8-2.  However since Gustafson can't go the TSN Skins Game in Regina in December, and Kelley Law already has a spot, Renelle Bryden played off against the other loser of the semi-final, Kelly Scott and won the berth to the Skins Game. All five Saskatchewan teams ( Atina Ford, Cathy Trowell, Shannon Kleibrink, Sherry Anderson and Amber Holland) failed to qualify for the Championship Round. Check Results courtesy of www.curlingwithrayturnball.com

Kleibrink Wins Kamloops

Oct 16/00-  Shannon Kleibrink continued her hot streak this year by winning the Kamloop's Labatt Crown of Curling on Monday, while Dennis Graber  won the men's side. 
Kleibrink beat Sherry Heath in the final by a score of 9 - 4 to take home $4,500. Other qualifiers included well known names like Shelly MacDonald, Sheila Heath-Dewinton, Mo MacLeod and Allison MacInnes. 
On the men's side, Graber proved that anyone can beat anyone, as he took home the $10 000 first place prize. Dennis beat Barry MacPhee in the final, 5-4. Other semi finalists included Guy Hemmings and Brian Gessner, who each got $3600 while other qualifiers included Kevin Park, Dave Boehmer, Corey Heggestead and Jody Epp.

Middaugh Secures Olympic Trials Berth

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Kristy Lewis watches her rock
in the 9th end of the "A" final 
Saturday, winning 6-4 over 
Sherry Linton to advance to 
Championship round. 
Lewis lost in the semi-finals to 
June Campbell Monday.  
Oct 9- Wayne Middaugh secured a berth to the Olympic Trials next year by winning the SGI Canada Charity Classic Monday in Regina.  Middaugh defeated Dave Climenhaga, 10-4 in the final picking up $16,000 plus a berth to the Trials at the Agridome in December 2001. Middaugh advanced with a 5-2 win over Peter Corner in a rematch of last season's Ontario final in the semi-finals. Climenhaga beat Kerry Burtnyk, 7-3 in the other semi Monday afternoon.  In quarter-final action Monday morning, Corner edged Robinson, 7-6; Middaugh defeated Glen Howard, 7-3; Burtnyk over Kirkness, 9-6 and Climenhaga upset Stoughton, 7-5.
In the Casino Regina's Women's event, Patty Rocheleau defended her title, winning the final over Sherry Linton, 6-5 in an extra end winning $7,000. Linton beat June Campbell in the semi-final, 7-5 while Rocheleau downed Kristy Lewis, 7-6 in the semi-finals. 

Holland Qualifies For Olympic Trials

Oct 9/00-  Shannon Kleibrink, hoping to return to the Olympic Trials with the team she lost to (Team Schmirler) failed to qualify for the Trials this weekend.  Kleibrink lost the Championship Final of the  Husky Autumn Gold Classic in Calgary to Amber Holland of Regina, 7-5.  Holland qualifies for the Olympic Trials in 2001. Check Results

Red Carpet For Derbowka

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Randy Bryden throws final rock 
in 12th end of semi-final loss to 
Bryan Derbowka Sunday at Red
Carpet Classic in Regina.

Oct 2/00 (Sask Curling Centre) - Bryan Derbowka defeated Jamie Schneider, 8-7 in the Championship Final of  the Red Carpet Reality Classic at the Tartan Curling Club in Regina Sunday.  Derbowka won $2800 for the victory while Schneider takes homes $2000.  Schneider advanced with an 8-4 win over Brian Humble in the semi-final Sunday, while Derbowka hung on to beat Randy Bryden, 8-7 in 12 ends in the other semi-final.  Derbowka led the game, 7-2 after 6 ends, but Bryden fought back with a pair in 7, and steals in the 8th, 9th and 10th ends to force the game into extra ends. 
In the quarter-finals earlier Sunday, Schneider beat Jeff Hartung, Humble defeated Rod Montgomery, Bryan Derbowka downed Shannon Kleibrink, and Bryden beat Jason Krupski.  Krupski will be awarded the berth into the SGI Classic as all other men's teams that qualified are already entered in the SGI Classic, which begins Thursday in Regina. 
It was the debut on the bonspiel circuit for Team Kleibrink which got off to a slow start in the Red Carpet.  Kleibrink, who replaces Sandra Schmirler as skip of the team of Jan Betker, Joan McCusker and Marcia Gudereit lost her  first two games, before winning three straight to qualify from the "C" event.  
Third and Fourth Place won $1000 each, while the other four qualifiers pocketed $600 each.

Scheirichs Winless In Gander

Sep 25/00- Gary Scheirich of Saskatoon went through the Don Bartlett Classic in Gander, Nfld. winless in his pool with a record of 0-5. Meanwhile Russ Howard beat Kevin Martin, 5-4 in the final. Check Results

Saskatoon Super League Qualifiers Determined

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Eugene Hritzuk was one of 9 
men's qualifiers at the Super
League Qualifying Spiel on the
weekend.
Sep 25/00- The Super League is now set after nine men's qualifiers and three women's qualifiers were determined over the weekend at the Saskatoon Dynamic Super League Qualifying Spiel.  
On the men's side, Kelly Salmon, Randy Woytowich and Randy Otsuka won "A" event berths into the league while "B" qualifiers were won by Gord McLelland, Shawn Joyce and Jeff Wall.  The "C" qualifiers were Ted Phenix, Eugene Hritzuk, and Dale Craig. One notable knocked out of the event was Clint Dieno, losing a "C" game Sunday morning, 7-2 to Craig.  
Arva Goodman won the women's "A" qualifier, while Candace Wielgoz took the "B" and Lori McGeary the "C" qualifying games.  Check Results

Calgary Gets 2002 Brier

Sep 19 - The Canadian Curling Association announced that Calgary will host the 2002 Nokia Brier.  It will be the second Canadian Men's Curling Championship sponsored by Nokia, the world's largest supplier of mobile telephones. The 2001 Nokia Brier takes place in Ottawa next March.
It will mark the fifth time that Calgary has hosted the Brier and the 10th time it's been held in the province. The last time Calgary staged the championship was in 1997 at the Saddledome, where a then-record 223,322 fans witnessed a tremendously exciting week of curling, highlighted by Alberta's Kevin Martin winning the Brier final over Manitoba's Vic Peters. That attendance record was subsequently broken by Edmonton in 1999 (242,887) then again in Saskatoon last March (248,793). Full Story

Thunder On Ice .... On Ice

Sep 15/00 (Sask Curling Centre) - Organizers of North Battleford's "Thunder On Ice" have canceled this year's edition of both the men's and women's events due to lack of sponsorship.  The cash spiels' major sponsor for the past three years was the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA).  Trish Johnson from the organizing committee said the event will take a one year leave from the curling tour in hopes of reviving the spiels next season.  Johnson says it is a "huge loss for us since we were expecting a high calibre of teams for the men's event"  heading to the Olympic Trials qualifying event in Saskatoon the following weekend.  SIGA was given the proposal to continue with the sponsorship this past spring, but as Johnson says "it was unfortunate that we just couldn't get a commitment in time to keep proceeding with plans".  
The North Battleford Curling Club hosted the event for the past three years and raised nearly $100,000 for the club's building fund to replace the aging facility.  With the loss of the event, the club will be looking at other means for raising money and will be reviving its building committee.  
"It's a detriment to the teams who were not going to the trials qualifying event in Saskatoon, and also to those who may have been using it for a warm up for the Saskatoon event" said Johnson.  She would not comment if the loss of sponsorship was attributable to the SIGA scandal of alleged misappropriation of funds by its Chief Executive Officer.  It is speculated however, that the distraction did cost the event the loss of lead-up time required to plan without a commitment from a major sponsor such as SIGA.  
The Yorkton "Painted Hand Casino" Classic is scheduled to continue and is unaffected by the happenings in North Battleford.  

Schmirler Trust Fund Restructures

Aug 31- The Sandra Schmirler Trust Fund, originally set up to defray costs related to the treatment of cancer for the Regina curler, has been restructured to provide for the future needs of Sandra's children, Sara and Jenna.  All expenses not covered otherwise were paid by the Trust and the family is sincerely grateful.  The new Children's Trust will be administered by Sandra's husband, Shannon England, and long time friend and teammate, Jan Betker.  Nearly $46,000 will be transferred to the new fund. 

Those wishing to contribute may make a tax-deductible donation to :
The Sandra Schmirler Scholarship Fund
University of Regina
3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, SK S4S 0A2

Schmirler Park Opens

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Aug 6 - Hundreds watched the team mates of the late Sandra Schmirler cut the ribbon at the Opening of the Sandra Schmirler Olympic Gold Park in Biggar, Sunday.  Jan Betker, Joan McCusker and Marcia Gudereit, along with Atina Ford, cut the ribbon for the opening of the Park in dedication of the former skip of the three-time Canadian and World Women's Curling Champion, and Olympic Gold Medalist. Full Story

Year End Men's and Women's Rankings Released

May 27- The Top 20 Men's Teams and the Top 15 Women's Teams have been unveiled to end the 2000 curling Season and kick off the 2000-2001 Season. 
Provincial Men's Champion, Bruce Korte leads the men's rankings with Provincial runner-up, Glen Despins in second spot.  Check Men's Rankings.

On the women's rankings, Sherry Anderson, who lost the Provincial final to June Campbell, leads with Campbell holding third spot.  Amber Holland is ranked number two in the Province.  Check Women's Rankings.

Live Coverage Announced for Provincial Men's and Women's Championships

The Saskatchewan Curling Centre Website will be providing LIVE coverage of both the Provincial Men's and Women's Championships next season.  End by end coverage for the Provincial SaskPower Scott Tournament of Hearts starts January 24, 2001 from Estevan concluding with the Championship Final on Sunday, January 28.
The Provincial Men's Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Tankard coverage will begin Wednesday, February 7, 2001 with end by end coverage including the Championship Final on Sunday, February 11 from Kindersley. 


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