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Curling News Archive 1999-2000


SCA Award Recipients 
(April 12) The Saskatchewan Curling Association announced today, its annual award recipients.  The Junior Coordinator of the Year is Cheryl Boechler of the Saskatoon Granite Curling Club.  Stephen Smith of Gainsborough was named the Instructor of the Year.  The Coach of the Year went to Roger Anholt of Moose Jaw while The Scotty Richardson Memorial Award for a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of curling through their active membership in the SCA, went to Ken Rowley of the Saskatoon Hub City Curling Club.  An Honorary Membership was given to the Honorable J.E.N. Wiebe of Swift Current.  Honourary Life Memberships were awarded to Tom Naylen of Maryfield and Sam Richardson of Regina.  The award winners will be recognized at the SCA Awards Reception Saturday in Regina.  In addition, the Sandra Schmirler and Marj Mitchell teams will be recognized as inductees into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame.

Miller Finishes Second at  World Juniors
(March 26) Saskatoon's Stefanie Miller lost a heart-breaking final, 6-5 to Sweden in the Championship Final at the World Junor Championships in Geising, Germany Saturday. Miller needing a piece of the button on her final rock, was just heavy, allowing Sweden the steal. Watch final rock video
Meanwhile, the Canadian men's team won the Gold beating Switzerland in the final of the men's competition, 8-4 on Sunday.
Check results here.

Korte Loses Canadian Masters Final 
(March 26) Benno Korte of Muenster, Saskatchewan lost the  Championship Final at the Canadian Masters Championship in Cloverdale, BC Sunday, losing to Ontario, 5-3.  Korte defeated BC, 6-4 Saturday to advance, after coming from a tie-breaker win on Friday.  
Saskatchewan's Lee Morrison lost in the semi-finals of the women's competition, 7-6 to Alberta.  Alberta then beat Manitoba, 9-6 Sunday to win the women's final. 
Check results here

Coghlan Captures Provincial Mixed 
(March 19) Scott Coghlan of Saskatoon defeated Randy Gilewich of Regina, 9-3 in the Championship Final of the Provincial Mixed Championships in Prince Albert Sunday.  Coghlan will now represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian Mixed Championship in January 2001 to be held in Weyburn, SK.  Check full results here.

Vollman Takes Provincial Juvenile Title 
(March 19) Kronau's Shane Vollman won the Provincial Juvenile Championship Sunday in Battleford.  Vollman defeated Glen Doll of Dodsland, 8-4 in the final.  Check full results here. 

Schmirler Remembered
(Mar 7) Thousands watched from various venues and on television, the funeral service for Sandra Schmirler, who lost her battle with cancer early Thursday morning.
Saskatchewan Place, site of the Brier, was full of people watching the televised service on the large screens.  The afternoon draw of the Brier was delayed 65 minutes to allow fans and players to watch the service.  Brian McCusker, husband to Joan McCusker, paid tribute to Sandra noting that Sandra would want him to keep it brief because the Brier is on. Schmirler died Thursday after an eight-month battle with cancer.

Schmirler Trust Fund 
(March 5) The trust fund initially set up to help the Schmirler family pay for travel expenses and cancer treatments for Olympic Gold Medalist, Sandra Schmirler is now being used for donations towards cancer research. Donations to the Trust Fund can be made at any Canadian branch of the Bank of Montreal.

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(February 27)  The run for the Scott ended Friday for June Campbell of Regina, dropping an 8-4 decision to BC in the 3rd vs. 4th playoff game at the Scott Tournament of Hearts in Prince George, BC.  BC's Kelley Law went on to defeat Manitoba in the semi-final Saturday and then beat Ontario's Anne Merklinger, 9-4 in the Championship Final Sunday.
Check the draw, results, teams, stats:
CCA Website
TSN Website

Coghlan Wins Saskatoon Mixed Playdown
(February 27) Scott Coghlan had to go to a second playoff game of the "AB" final but eventually won the Saskatoon Mixed Playdown Sunday at the Nutana Curling Club.  Coghlan, who won the "A" final over Cory Spanier, 8-3 on Friday, lost the first game of the "AB" final Sunday afternoon, 7-6 to Gerald Achtymichuk.  In the second game, Coghlan tied up coming home used the hammer to win a berth to the Mixed Provincials in March. 

Korte Again!
(February 20) Another Provincial Curling Championship was won Sunday by a Korte... This time, the father of recently crowned Men's Provincial Champion, Bruce Korte, took the Men's Provincial Masters title in Kamsack.  Benno Korte of Muenster defeated Burstall's Ken May, 6-4 in Sunday's Championship Final.  Korte will now represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian Masters Championship, March 20-24 in Cloverdale, BC. Check results. 

Morrison Wins Provincial Women's Masters
(February 16) Lee Morrison nearly went undefeated at the Provincial Women's Masters Championship in Moose Jaw.  Winning the "A" final and losing a close "B" final, won the first game of the "AB" over Fay Jackson, 11-3 to claim the title Wednesday.  Check Results.



Korte, Despins Lose in Semi-Finals at WCT Championship
(March 19)  Bruce Korte and Glen Despins both lost in semi-final action at the WCT Championship in Winnipeg.  Korte lost, 6-5 to Wayne Middaugh while Despins dropped a 6-5 decision to Kevin Martin.  Martin defeated Middaugh, 6-4 in the final Sunday. 
Check the draw, results:
WCT Website
BC Sweeps Championships

Bruce Korte, Rory Golanowski, Darrell McKee and Roger Korte look over the situation in Wednesday's action at Sask Place. (photo copyright-St.Clair Group/michael burns photo ltd).
(March 12)  Greg McAulay made it a sweep for BC in the Canadian Men's Championship Sunday in Saskatoon.  BC's Kelley Law took the Women's Championship only two weeks ago in Prince George, BC. McAulay defeated Russ Howard of New Brunswick, 9-5 in the Brier Final in front of a crowd of over 12,000 at Saskatchewan Place. Quebec's Francois Roberge came up short in his bid to win the Canadian Men's Curling Championship Saturday, losing 8-5 in the semi-final to Howard.  Quebec has surprised the curling fans at the Brier, defeating  Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton, 7-5 in the 3 vs. 4 playoff Friday.  BC's Greg McAulay advanced to the Final Sunday, with a 5-3 win over Howard in the 1 vs. 2 playoff Friday night.  
Saskatchewan's Bruce Korte finished the round-robin on Thursday with a 5-6 record after winning both games Thursday but finished out of the playoffs..
Read the Team Korte Diary.  
Saskatoon set a new attendance record of 248,793 for the week long event surpassing Edmonton's mark set last year of 242,887. 
Check the draw, results, teams, stats:
CCA Website
CBC Website
TSN Website
LIVE Cybercast

Korte Wins Provincial Tankard  - Hometown Favorite at Brier
(February 13)  Saskatoon's Bruce Korte will represent Saskatchewan at the Brier being held in Saskatoon next month.  Korte defeated Glen Despins of Strongfield, 10-5 in the Championship Final Sunday at the Provincial Tankard in Swift Current.  Despins advanced to the final by virtue of his first place finish in the round robin with a record of 6-2.  Korte advanced with a 9-5 semi-final win over Randy Gilewich Saturday night.  Check the teams, schedule, standings, results here. 

Saskatchewan's Miller Wins Canadian Women's Juniors
(February 12) Saskatchewan's Junior Women's team, skipped by Stefanie Miller won the Canadian Junior Championship Saturday.  Miller beat PEI, 7-5 to claim the title.  Meanwhile, Brock Montgomery lost the men's semi-final Friday night to Newfoundland.   Nfld will now play BC, who finished first.   Check results from CCA website.
Candian Seniors 2000 Kerr Loses Final at Canadian Senior's
(January 30)  Saskatchewan's Nancy Kerr dropped a close 4-3 decision to Agnes Charette of Quebec in the Championship Final of the Canadian Senior Women's Curling Championship Sunday in Portage la Prairie.  Kerr, who finished with a 9-2 record, had a bye to the final. Check the CCA Website for teams, draw, and results.
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June Campbell makes the hit on the her last rock to hang on and win Sunday's Championship Final of the Provincial Scott Tournament of Hearts, 6-4 over Sherry Anderson.
Campbell Survives Anderson Comeback - Wins Provincial Scott Final
(January 30)  Regina's June Campbell hung on to win Sunday's Provincial Women's Curling Championship at the Humboldt Uniplex, edging Sherry Anderson of Delisle, 6-4.  Campbell grabbed a 4-0 lead after 5 ends before Anderson scored a deuce in the 6th and then started her comeback, but fell short after tying the game after 8 ends.  Campbell will now represent Saskatchewan at the National Scott Tournament of Hearts in Prince George, BC, February 19-27th. Check out the Results

Street Fails To Advance
(January 23)  Defending Champion, Cindy Street failed to advance to the Provincial Women's Playdown losing a "C" qualifying game Sunday at the Southern Playdowns in Regina.  Street lost 7-4 to to Leah Harper of Assiniboia while the other "C" qualifier was won by Amber Holland over Cathy Trowell, 6-5. Harper and Holland join Sherry Linton who won the "B" event and  June Campbell, who won the "A" side and has yet to lose in playdowns.  The four teams will play in the Provincial Championship next week in Humboldt.  Check Results Here

Anita(s) Round Out Field Advancing From Northern Women's
(January 23)  The Northern Playdowns concluded Sunday in Watrous with the "C" event finals going to Anitas - Anita Silvernagle and Anita Cowlishaw. Silvernagle edged Diane Jarzab of PA, 8-7 while Cowlishaw shaded Delorers Syrota of Wadena, 7-6 in an extra end to claim the final two spots to the Provincial Women's Championship next week in Humboldt.  They join "B" winner, Sherry Anderson of Delise and "A" winner, Brenda Goertzen of Martensville.  Check Results Here


Saskatoon Reps to Northerns Decided
(January 23)  The Saskatoon Men's Region playdowns wrapped up Sunday at the Granite Curling Club with the "C" event finals. Brian Humble downed Dale Craig, 7-1 while Randy Woytowich beat Randy Otsuka, 6-3 to take the last two spots to the Northern Men's Playdowns.  Bruce Korte won the "A" Final Friday night over Otsuka of the host club, 4-3. Gary Scheirich won the "B" event Sunday morning, 7-1 over hard-luck Otsuka, who lost three qualifying games.   Check Results

Schmirler Rebounds After Latest Treatments
(January 22)  SLAM Sports reports that Sandra Schmirler's situation has turned for the positive.  Her mother, Shirley, says Sandra is doing wonderful and is "climbing that hill". Read SLAM article

Miller Repeats
(January 17)  Saskatoon's Stefanie Miller won her second consecutive Provincial Junior Women's Championship Monday in Weyburn, taking the first game of the Playoff round over Chantelle Seiferling, 10-3. Miller won the "A" and "B" events while Seiferling took the "C" event and had to beat Miller twice in order to win the Provincial Championship.   Miller will now represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian Junior Championship in Moncton, NB February 5-13, 2000.  Check Results Here

Montgomery (Brock) Wins Junior Men's
(January 17) Brock Montgomery of Moose Jaw squeezed out a 6-5 extra end win over Derek Gaudreau of Humboldt to take the Provincial Junior Men's Championship Monday in Weyburn.  Montgomery won the "C" event and then beat William Coutts of Bulyea in the first playoff game Monday afternoon, 6-1.  Gaudreau took the "A" event Saturday.  Montgomery will now head to Moncton, NB next month to represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian Junior Men's Championship. Check Results Here..

Packet Drops Final at  Canadian Mixed 
(January 17) The streak for Saskatchewan's Jim Packet came to an end in Sunday night's Final of the Canadian Mixed Championship in Lethbridge.  Packet, who survived the semi-final, 10-8 against PEI Sunday afternoon, lost 8-5 to Alberta's Kevin Koe in the Championship Final.  Check Results Here,. CCA Website


Field Set For Senior Men's Provincial
(December 20) The eight team field for next month's Provincial Senior Men's Playdown is set following the weekend's Northern and Southern Playdowns.  Advancing from the North were Benno Korte (A), Harvey Newell (B), Jim Johnston (C) and Al Horning (C).  From the South, were Willie Boon (A), Gary Bryden (B), Al Kehler (C) and Lee Weppler (C).  Defending Champion, Ray Field was eliminated Saturday from the Northerns.  Check Results here... from the Northerns,  from the Southerns

Shymko Finishes Out of Playoffs at World Open - Nedohin Wins
(December 20) Dave Nedohin won the inaugural but problem plagued World Open Event in Edmonton Sunday, defeating Guy Hemmings in the Final, 7-3.  The win was worth $25,000.  Gerald Shymko, the only Saskatchewan team at the event failed to qualify for the Playoffs.  Shymko finishing with a 2-3 reecord.   Check Full results here.  

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Mark Dacey reunites with former  teammates Scott Coghlan and Tony Korol at the Thunder On Ice. Playing with Brian Kish they qualified but lost in the quarter-finals Sunday.  
Lukowich Wins Thunder On Ice
(December 12) Mark Lukowich of Winnipeg downed the red hot Glen Despins, 5-3 in the Final of the men's Thunder On Ice in North Battleford. Lukowich pockets $14,000 for the win while Despins settles for $8,000.  
Despins edged Pat Simmons of Regina, 7-5 in an extra end in the semi-finals Sunday while Lukowich defeated Brian Humble of Saskatoon, 7-0 in the other semi-final.  In quarter-final action Sunday, Despins beat Chad McMullan, 7-5, while Lukowich downed Mark Dacey, 8-4.  Humble defeated Gary Scheirich, 8-4 and Simmons beat Kevin Park, 5-2.   Check Results Here

Anderson Cleans Up Skins

(December 12) Sherry Anderson took home every possible skin but one in the JVC/TSN Women's Skins Game in Thunder Bay on the weekend.  Anderson beat Cheryl Bernard in the final Sunday as well as cleaning up the semi-final against Kim Gellard Saturday.  The only skin Anderson did not win was the $1750 skin in Saturday night's semi-final.  In all, Anderson won $64,250 making her the highest ever skins winner.  

Korte Pulls Out of World Open
December 8, 1999 
Saskatoon's Bruce Korte has decided not to attend the problem plagued World Open Classic in Edmonton and will instead head off to North Battleford for the Men's Thunder On Ice. Korte is one of many teams pulling out of the event which has now slashed its prize money down from the original $250,000 for first place to $25,000.  Gerald Shymko is the only other Saskatchewan team scheduled to play and is still apparently planning to make the trek.  The Winnipeg Sun is reporting today that the three Manitoba teams are still heading out to Edmonton despite rumors that Jeff Stoughton had also pulled out.  Rudy Ramcharan, the organizer of the spiel, is blaming negative publicity for troubles on the sponsorship front.  The event is slated to get underway December 11th and ends on the 19th.  Check the Official Website. 

Saskatoon High School Champs
December 8, 1999
Girls "A" Division Champs were crowned Wednesday in the Saskatoon High School Championships.  Marion Graham beat Aden Bowman 7-5. The "B" Division was won by Marian Graham #2 over Aden Bowman #2, 11-5.

Despins Wins Point Optical Classic
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Mark Olson 
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Glen Despins 

(December 5) Saskatchewan's Number two ranked, Glen Despins added $15,000 to his money total defeating Mark Olson of Winnipeg, 6-1 in the Final of the Point Optical Curling Classic in Saskatoon.  Despins advanced to the final by beating Bruce Korte, 6-5 in one semi-final while Olson edged defending champion, Doug Harcourt, 9-7 in an extra end in the other semi-final.  Earlier in the day, Despins beat Kerry Burtnyk, 6-3 in the quarter-finals while Olson edged Brian Humble, 5-3.  In the other quarter-final games Harcourt defeated Randy Bryden, 9-3 and Korte beat Jeff Hartung, 10-5. Check Results Here.  

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Bruce Korte delivers in the semi-final of the Saskatoon Point Optical Classic Sunday, losing to Glen Despins, 6-5.  

Senior Women's North & South
(December 6) The field is set for the Provinical Senior Women's Playdowns following the completion of the Northern and Southern playdowns Monday.  Sheila Rowan and defending champion, Pat Buglass of Saskatoon as well as Merle Kopach have advanced from the North while  Sharon Wankel, Palendat and Bryden advanced from the South.  Check Results from the NORTHERNS  or SOUTHERNS

Rankings Released - Korte Tops Men's Rankings - Anderson Leads Women
(November 30) Saskatoon's Bruce Korte has been given the number one spot on the Saskatchewan Curling Centre / Folk's Curling Corner Rankings released today.  Korte has continued to show well on the cash circuit including a runner-up performance at last weekend's Painted Hand Casino Classic in Yorkton.  Glen Despins has moved into the number two position and Dean Moulding of Regina in the number three spot.  Previously top ranked, Gerald Shymko, who has yet to qualify in a spiel this fall, dropped into the number four spot.
In the women's rankings, Sherry Anderson has taken over the top spot with Michelle Ridgway moving into second place.  Amber Holland holds the number three position. Cindy Street, who was previously ranked number one, dropped to number four.
Men's Rankings
Women's Rankings 

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Randy Bryden calls his final shot of the 12th end in his "A" event win over Don Nelson Friday at the Painted Hand Classic in Yorkton. 
Montgomery Takes Painted Hand Casino Classic 
(November 29) Rod Montgomery, with Doran Johnson at third, downed Saskatoon's Bruce Korte, 7-4 in the Final of the inaugural Painted Hand Casino Classic in Yorkton. Korte defeated Pat Spiring of Winnipeg in one semi-final Monday afternoon, while Montgomery beat Dale Duguid in the other.  
Randy Bryden and Dale Duguid qualified from the "A" event, while the "B" qualifiers were Jamie Schneider and Rod Montgomery.  The "C" qualifiers were Bruce Korte, Don Nelson, Brad Heidt and Pat Spiring.  Check results here

Fowlie Wins SaskPower Ladies Classic
(November 29) Heather Fowlie of Calgary defeated Michelle Ridgway of Regina, 8-2 in the Final of the SaskPower Ladies Classic in Regina Monday night.  Fowlie takes top prize money of $14,000, while Ridway settles for $9,000.  The top money list team of Sherry Anderson failed to qualify. However, Renelle Bryden of Calgary, who had a chance to knock Anderson out of top spot lost in the semi-finals Monday afternoon to Fowlie.  Anderson will likely now get the JVC Skins berth and possibly a spot to the Olympic Trials.  Ridgway beat Patti Lank to advance to the final.  Check results here. 

Despins Qualifies at SuperSpiel East
(November 29) Glen Despins qualified out of the "A" event Saturday, but lost in the quarter-finals of the McCains SuperSpiel East in New Brunswick.  Wayne Middaugh won the event with a 5-1 win over Brian Rafuse of Nova Scotia.  Check Results here courtesy of the SuperSpiel Website 

World Open On The Rocks - Ramcharan Vows to Keep Going
(November 26) The World Open will get out of the hack next month despite economic difficulties and the loss of TV coverage, assured organizer Rudy Ramcharan.  "Don't worry, it's a go," Ramcharan told the Edmonton Sun, adding that losing TSN actually saved him about $120,000 because he was supposed to purchase the TV rights.  Check Full Story - SLAM Sports

Regina Sweeps Evergreen Classic
(November 22) - Regina teams won both the men's and women's events at the Evergreen Classic in Nipawin  Monday.  Dean Moulding defeated Lyle Muyres, 10-6 in the final, while on the women's side, Amber Holland downed Tracey Streifel, 9-4. Check Results Here 

Bryden Wins Independent Jewellers Winterspiel in Edmonton
(November 22) - Former Regina curler, Renelle Bryden won the women's Independent Jeweller's Winterspiel in Edmonton Monday.  Bryden defeated Susan O'Connor in the final.  Check Results courtesy of the JVC Women's Curling Tour website.

Bryden Wins Independent Jewellers Winterspiel
November 22, 1999 
Former Regina curler, Renelle Bryden won the women's Independent Jeweller's Winterspiel in Edmonton Monday.  Bryden defeated Susan O'Connor in the final.  Check Results courtesy of the JVC Women's Curling Tour website.

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Kevin Koe of Calgary looks over the  situation during the Final against Bert Gretzinger at the Wayside Inn Classic in Lloydminster.
Gretzinger Captures  Wayside Classic in Lloydminster 
(November 15) Bert Gretzinger of Kelowna defeated Calgary's Kevin Koe, 8-4 in the final of the Wayside Inn Classic in Lloydminster Monday.  Saskatoon's Bruce Korte and Rob Ewen of Janzen both lost in the quarter-finals.  Check Results Here 

Lightning Strikes Twice for Anderson Winning Thunder On Ice
November 15, 1999 
Sherry Anderson of Delisle made it two straight wins in two weekends, winning the women's edition of the GreatWest Thunder On Ice in North Battleford. Check Results Here

Prince Albert Spiel Results
November 15, 1999 
Scott Coghlan defeated Ryan Miller, 7-3 to win the men's side of the Prince Albert Cash Spiel Sunday.  Coghlan pockets $4,000 for the win.  In the semi-finals, Coghlan advanced with a 7-5 win over Pryor while Miller edged Bahnmann, 8-7.
On the women's side, Heather Howard downed Jill Shumay, 6-2 to win $3,500.  Howard beat Stefanie Miller, 9-6 to advance while Shumay edged Jarzab, 5-4.

Skinner Wins Swan River Event
November 15, 1999 
Kelly Skinner defeated Howie Restall, 9-3 in the final of the Whites' Drug Stores Classic in Swan River, Manitoba Sunday. Jeff Hartung and Gary Scheirich failed to qualify. Check Results Here

pins Takes Home $7,500 in Winning DirectWest Classic
November 8, 1999 
Glen Despins is HOT.  It's the second final of a major cash spiel in two weekends for the Despins team and this time he won it.  Despins edged Randy Gilewich of Regina, 8-7 in the final of the inaugural DirectWest Charity SuperSpiel Sunday night picking up $7,500 for the win.  Last weekend the Strongfield foursome lost the final at the McCains SuperSpiel West to Vic Peters.  In Sunday's semi-finals, Despins beat Doug Harcourt, 9-2, while Gilewich advanced with a 6-4 win over Jamie Schneider.  Check DirectWest results HERE

Anderson Wins Parkland Classic in Red Deer
November 8, 1999 
Sherry Anderson of Delisle downed Shannon Kleibrink of Calgary, 9-5 in the Championship Final to win the Parkland Savings Classic in Red Deer. Anderson picked up $8,000 for the win and puts the team on top the World Women's Tour Money List and in good position for a spot at the JVC Skins Game.  Anderson advanced to the final with a 9-6 over Faye White in the Quarter-finals Monday morning and a 9-2 win over Debbie Santos of Edmonton in the semi-finals Monday afternoon.  Anderson qualified out the "B" event Sunday night, with a 7-4 win over Heather Fowlie. The other "B" qualifier was Cathy Borst, edging Anne Merklinger, 8-7.  The "C" Qualifiers were Faye White, Lois Fowler, Heather Nedohin and Heather Fowlie who defeated Atina Ford of Regina, 9-5 in a "C" qualifier Sunday.  Patty Rocheleau of Saskatoon lost out in the "C" event Sunday afternoon, dropping a 6-5 decision to Fowler.  Kleibrink and Santos won "A" Qualifying games Saturday night. Check Results Here. 

Shymko, Scheirich Fail to Qualify
November 8, 1999 
Gerald Shymko of Yorkton continues to struggle going 1-3 at the Regal Capital Cash Spiel in Sault Ste.Marie, Ontario this weekend.  Shymko lost his opener to Peter Lindholm, 10-6, then lost his "B" game, 10-4 to Chris Buchan before winning a game in the "C" event, 6-2 over Rollie Ralph.  Shymko lost out in the "C" losing to Don Nelson.  Wayne Middaugh defeated Kevin Martin, 5-4 to win the event and the $20,000 top prize money.  
In the inaugural Olds Finning Caterpillar Curling Classic, Gary Scheirich of Saskatoon lost out of the "C" event Sunday afternoon, dropping a 6-5 extra end decision to Dan Petryk.  Scheirich won his opener Thursday over Ken Hunka, 7-0, then lost 7-6 to Petryk.  Scheirich then lost to Park before beating Goertzen in the "C".  Dave Nedohin won the event with a 6-1 win over Kevin Park, picking up $10,000 for the victory.  Winning quarter-finals on Monday were McTaggart with a 5-1 win over Ramcharan, Nedohin beating Koe, 6-0, Park over Row, 6-2 and Greening downed Gauthier, 4-3.  In the semi-finals, Nedohin shut out McTaggart, 9-0, while Park edged Greening, 6-5. 

Saskatoon Granite Gamble Spiel Results
November 7, 1999 
Roger Bahnmann of Martensville edged Gord Bell, 6-5 in the "A" final of the Saskatoon Granite Gamble Spiel Sunday.  The "B" event was won by Kevin Sutherland of Rosetown with a 5-0 win over Randy Otsuka.  Other event winners were: Vern Hartz in the "C", and Gord McLelland in the "D". 
The women's "A" event was won by Heidi Schappert of Martensville, downing Colleen Voinorosky, 9-5 in the Final.  Barb Obed took the "B" and Deb Theirman won the "C" event.
Men's "A" Event:
Final- R.Bahnmann 6 G.Bell 5
Semi-Finals: Bahnmann 6 C.Haichert 4; G.Bell 6 R.Hopkinson 2
Quarter-finals: Hopkinson 6 M.Eddy 1; Bell 7 H.Willoughby 3; Haichert 6 G.McLelland 3; Bahnmann 7 D.Flasch 5
Men's "B" Event:
Final- K.Sutherland 5 R.Otsuka 0
Semi-Finals: Otsuka 5 A.Stronski 4; Sutherland 7 K.Evans 2
Men's "C" Event:
Final- V.Hartz 7 D.Neufeld 5
Semi-Finals: Hartz 6 A.Hay 5; Neufeld 9 B.Anholt 4
Men's "D" Event:
Final- G.McLelland 6 M.Eddy 3
Semi-Finals: Eddy 6 Willoughby 4; McLelland 6 D.Flasch 1
Women's "A" Event:
Final- H.Schappert 9 C.Voinorosky 5
Semi-Finals: Schappert 6 Cey 4; Voinorosky 6 P.Fernquist 2
Quarter-finals: H.Schappert 6 C.Schappert 5; C.Cey 5 A.Silvernagle 1; Voinorosky 7 S.Farough 4; Fernquist 7 D.Theirman 6
Women's "B" Event:
Final- B.Obed 8 K.Morrison 3
Semi-Finals: Obed 10 C.Paradis 8; Morrison 10 K.Schiewe 4
Women's "C" Event:
Final- D.Theirman 8 C.Schappert 4
Semi-Finals: C.Schappert 7 Silvernagle 2; Theirman 5 Farough 4

Brier 2000 Ticket Packages Go On Sale
November 5, 1999 
The recently announced ticket packages for the 2000 Labatt Brier went on sale this morning in Saskatoon.  The organizing committee of the Labatt Brier 2000 in Saskatoon announced Tuesday the introduction of opening, closing and mid-week ticket packages which go on sale Friday.  Vice-President of Tickets, Terry Laughren announced that opening weekend packages for $100 will include the first five draws of the Brier (March 4-5), the opening ceremonies and the Ford Hot Shots competition.  The mid-week, one day package option features three games per day of your choice (March 6, 7 or 8) for $39 per day.  The closing weekend package (the last three round-robin games and the four guaranteed playoff games including the Final) will sell for $160.  The weekly ticket packages are still on sale.  Call Select-a-Seat at 1-888-968-7888 or 938-7800 (in Saskatoon).  
During Tuesday's Media conference, President Doug Hodson released economic impact figures for the City of Saskatoon and the Province.  The total spin-off for Saskatoon is projected at $10-14 million, with at least 5,000 out of town visitors attending the event.  The Brier will be spending over $3 million to stage the nine day event.  The Vice-President of Marketing, Orest Chorneyko announced the launch of a Corporate Awareness program to involve the businesses in the Brier. 

All-Regina Final Goes to Ridgway - Saskatoon Parktown Classic
October 31, 1999 
Michelle Ridgway took an early 4-0 lead after three ends and hung on to edge Atina Ford, 9-8 in the all-Regina final of the Parktown Classic in Saskatoon Sunday. Ridgway doubled defending champion, Renelle Bryden, 8-4 to advance to the Final while Ford beat Cindy Serna, 6-5 in the other semi-final.  Ridway takes home $7,000 for victory. In the Senior women's final, Pat Buglass defeated Merle Kopach, 10-7.   Check Results here

Despins Runner-Up at SuperSpiel West
October 31, 1999 
Saskatchewan teams fared well at the Super Spiel West in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba on the weekend.  Glen Despins of Strongfield lost the Championship Final to Vic Peters, 9-3 Sunday, picking up $8,000 for his efforts.  Peters, who won $14,000 will advance to the TSN Skin's Game in December with the win. Bruce Korte of Saskatoon won the Consolation Final.  Check Results from the Super Spiel website

Hartung Makes Semi-Final at Guild Insurance Classic
October 26, 1999 
Jeff Hartung of Langenburg defeated Orest Meleschuck of Winnipeg in the Quarter-finals of the Guild Insurance Classic in Brandon Sunday.  Hartung, then lost in the Semi-finals to Barry Fry, but picked up $2,000 in the effort.  Dave Wallace of Brandon won the event with a 5-4 win over Fry in the Final.

Sutherland Ladies Cash Spiel Results
October 26, 1999 
Shannon Farough defeated Caroline Virgin, 8-6 in the "A" event final of the Sutherland Ladies Cash Spiel Sunday in Saskatoon.  Other Event winners were: Heidi Schappert in the "B", with a 7-6 win over Jill Shumay;  Tracy Streifel in the "C" event, beating Peggy Fernquist, 7-3 in the final; and Colleen Voinorosky in the "D" event, defeating Nancy Burkell, 10-2 in the final.

Anderson Drops Final at JVC Skins Qualifier in Winnipeg
October 25, 1999 
Sherry Anderson of Delise lost the Final of the of the JVC Skins Qualifier in Winnipeg Monday night, 8-4 to Cheryl Kullman of Calgary.  Anderson advanced with an 11-6 win over Kim Gellard, while Regina's Amber Holland lost, 6-5 to Kullman  Check Results Courtesy of the World Women's Tour Website

Derbowka Loses Semi-Final at Medicine Hat Classic
October 25, 1999 
Bryan Derbowka of Yorkton lost in the semi-finals of the Medicine Hat Super 8 Charity Classic Monday afternoon.  Derbowka lost, 6-5 to Lowell Peterman who went on to the win the Final, 6-4 over Ken Hunka.  Max Kirkpatrick of Swift Current qualified from the "C" event, but lost in the Quarter-finals Monday morning.   Check Results

Street Ranked Number One on Opening Ranking
October 20, 1999 
Saskatchewan Women's Champion, Cindy Street has been ranked in the top spot on the opening Saskatchewan Curling Centre / Folk's Curling Corner Rankings for the 1999-2000 season.  Street is followed by Sherry Anderson in the number two position.  See Full Women's Rankings released October 20, 1999.

Johnson Loses Semi-Final at Kelowna
October 19, 1999 
Doran Johnson lost in the semi-finals of the Kelowna Canadian Club Triple Cashspiel Monday.  Johnson, who was curling with the Scheirich twins and lead, Ron Engel from Saskatoon lost 8-5 to Pay Ryan but picked up $3300.  Johnson earlier beat Swift Current's Max Kirkpatrick in the Quarter-finals, 7-2. Greg McAulay won the event with a 7-6 win over Ryan in the Final.
On the women's side: Regina's Sherry Linton dropped her quarter-final game to 6-5 to Jackie-Rae Greening Monday morning.  Greening went on the final but lost 9-4 to Marla Geiger.  Check Results of the Championship Round

Southwestern Ontario Women's Results
October 19, 1999 
Janet Brown defeated Anne Merklinger, 8-6 in the Final to win the Soutwestern Ontario Women's Curling Classic. Brown, along with third, Lori Eddy, second, Mary Chilvers and lead, Sara Garland scored three in the 3rd end to take an early 4-1 lead and led 8-4 going into the 9th end.  Check results here, courtesy of the JVC Women's World Curling Tour Website.

Curling Reporter Moser Mourned at Regina Leader Post
October 18, 1999 (Regina Leader Post)
Amateur sport in Saskatchewan and The Regina Leader-Post lost a dear friend with the sudden passing late Saturday afternoon of David Moser.
He suffered cardiac arrest and died at the age of 49.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
"It's a very difficult time for all of us who knew him and worked with him,'' said L-P Editor Bob Hughes, who was sports editor and columnist when Moser joined the sports department in April, 1984.
"I'll remember him as someone who came to us with dreams of being a sports writer and, through hard work and everything else, made it happen.
"He was a very capable guy whose work ethic made it easier for everybody else.
"He was dedicated to his wife and his two kids. They were the cornerstones of his life.''
Moser is survived by Barb Moser, his wife of 16 years, and their children, Jessica, 12, and Eric, 10.
As a member of the L-P sports department, Moser reported on high school and university sports, men's and women's curling, and horse and auto racing, as well as the Regina Pats, Regina Rams and Saskatchewan Roughriders.
His passion in particular was for amateur sport, which he covered with unparalleled enthusiasm on the local, provincial, national and international levels.

Saskatoon Nutana Pot of Gold Cancels Semis and Final
October 17, 1999 
The ice plant at the Nutana Curling Club in Saskatoon went down early Sunday afternoon forcing cancellation of the semi-final and final of the Pot of Gold Spiel.  The semi-finalists: Vancoughnett, Benson, Lane, and McLelland shared the remaining prize money, each getting $1475. 

Saskatoon Teams Sweep SGI Classic 
(Oct 11) Saskatoon's Bruce Korte defeated Guy Hemmings, 5-3 in the Men's Final while Patty Rocheleau, also of Saskatoon, stole in the extra end to beat Amber Holland, 7-6 in the Women's Final Thanksgiving Monday at the SGI Classic in Regina. 
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Patty Rocheleau at SGI Classic - Steals  Women's Final 7-6 over Amber Holland taking home $6,000.

Rudy Ramcharan loses to Bruce Korte, 6-5 in quarter-final action Monday morning at SGI Classic.
Korte wins $15,000 while Hemmings takes home $10,000.  In the semi-finals, Korte defeated Bert Gretzinger, 8-2 while Hemmings advanced with a 5-4 victory over Rich Moffatt.  On the women's side, Amber Holland advanced to the final beating Sherry Linton, 6-5 in one semi-final, while Patty Rocheleau survived a 12-9 extra end win over Atina Ford. Rocheleau stole 2 in 10 and 3 in the extra end for the win. Check results here


Borst Wins Calgary Autumn Classic - Anderson Loses in Quarters
October 11, 1999
Cathy Borst doubled Bronwen Saunders, 8-4 in the Championship Final of the Calgary Autumn Classic Monday. Borst picked up three in the 5th end to go ahead, 4-2 then stole two in each of the 6th and 7th ends to cap the victory.  
Borst advanced with a 9-8 win over Renelle Bryden in the semi-finals while Saunders beat U.S. Champion, Patti Lank, 7-5 in the other semi.  
Sherry Anderson of Delisle dropped a 6-5 extra end decision to Saunders Monday morning in the quarter-finals.  Check results here, courtesy of the JVC Women's World Curling Tour Website.

Scheirich Drops Quarter-Final at Terroco Event in Red Deer - Stoughton Loses Final in Winnipeg
October 11, 1999
Gary Scheirich of Saskatoon qualified out of the "A" Event at the Red Deer Classic Saturday, as did Doran Johnson of Medicine Hat.  However, Scheirich lost to Doug Walker, 7-3 in the first round of the playoffs but pocketted $1700.  Johnson also lost in the quarters, losing 9-8 to Larry Knowles.  In the semi-finals, Terry Meek defeated Knowles, 11-10, while Brad Hannah downed Walker, 4-2. Terry Meek won the Final, 6-5 picking up $10,000 for the win. 
Just a side note:  Scheirich had Shane Park at third, Grant Scheirich at second and Ron Engel at lead.  Johnson had Kevin Park at third, Brian Rumberg at second and Darell Dol at lead.
Meanwhile at the Winnipeg Classic, Jeff Stoughton lost, 9-7 to Ulrick Schmidt of Denmark in the Final Sunday night.   

Schmirler Makes Public Appearance at Book Signing in Regina
October 8, 1999
The skip of Canada's Olympic gold medal women's curling team signed books and talked about teamwork Friday in her first public appearance since she started cancer treatment.. Full story from SLAM Sports

Shymko Opens Rankings At Number One
October 6, 1999
Provincial Men's Champion, Gerald Shymko has been given the number one ranking in the initial release of the 1999-2000 Saskatchewan Men's Folk's Curling Corner Rankings released Wednesday (October 6).  Shymko lost the Brier semi-final to Quebec's Guy Hemmings in addition to winning over $20,000 on the WCT circuit last season.  Ranked number two, was Doug Harcourt, followed by Bruce Korte.  Check Rankings for Oct 6

Leduc Fall ShootOut Results
October 3, 1999
David Nedohin defeated Kerry Burtnyk in the Championship Final Sunday night (Oct 3) at the Leduc Fall ShootOut.  It was the first WCT major event of the season.  Saskatchewan teams were shut out of the Qualifying round. Cathy Borst won the Women's event over Deb Santos, 7-6. Check Results

Yuzdepski Rides To Top at Regina Tartan Red Carpet 
October 3, 1999
Kelly Yuzdepski edged Al Schick, 7-6 in an all Regina Final Sunday night (Oct 3) at the Tartan Red Carpet Spiel.  The win was worth $2,800 to the Yuzdepski team.   Check Results
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Kelly Yuzdepski wins first cash spiel on Saskatchewan circuit Sunday in Regina. 

Schmirler Being Honored With Show of Support By Women Curlers
September 28, 1999
The curlers of the JVC World Women's Curling Tour are honoring and supporting Sandra Schmirler this sesason by way of a special pin.  The pin, to be worn over the curlers' hearts, depicts a heart surrounded by four clasped arms bordered by a circle of unity of those who have sent their best wishes and prayers for the curler who has just begun cancer treatments.  More on this story from SLAM Sports.  Meanwhile in a statement issued by her family and teammates on September  28th, Schmirler has started the treatments after regaining some strength while resting at home.  The family also thanked the public for their support and best wishes that have been received in various forms over the past three weeks.  There was no other comment on her condition.  The Saskatchewan Curling Website has received hundreds of e-mails from curling fans and curlers from around the World.  These are being passed onto the Schmirler family.   The SCC joins the thousands of curling fans and curlers in wishing Sandra and her family well.  To send e-mails of best wishes to Sandra and family, please e-mail

Super League Qualifying Spiels Determine Teams
September 26, 1999

Saskatoon and Regina Dynamic Super League Qualifying Spiels 

In Saskatoon, eight men's and two women's teams were determined to advance to the Saskatoon Dynamic Super Curling League which gets underway this week. 

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Shannon Farough watches rock in "C" qualifying win over Tracey Streifel, 6-4 on Sunday.
The men's qualifiers were Ted Phenix, Gord Bell, Cory Spanier, Gary Scheirich, Scott Coghlan, Shane Longworth, Brian Humble and Gary Oleksyn.  On the women's side, Shannon Farough and Candace Wielgoz were the two qualifying foursomes.  
In Regina, 14 men's teams played for 7 spots while 6 women's foursomes battled for 3 spots. 
The Sask Curling Centre website is hosting both the Regina and Saskatoon Dynamic Super League pages this season, offering curling fans the current standings, schedules, team profiles and results.  The Saskatoon website is now open..

Schmirler Released From Hospital

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Sandra Schmirler has been released from Regina General Hospital. However, Schmirler's family and teammates are continuing their silence regarding her condition.  In a statement issued two weeks ago the family asked for.. "privacy to deal with the seriousness of Sandra's situation, and that you continue to hold her in your prayers. "

The World renowned curler and Olympic Champion, underwent emergency surgery September 5th in Regina.  The three-time Canadian and World Champion is fighting an undisclosed form of cancer that was discovered this summer.  Speculation is that Schmirler had a tumor in the area close to her heart which ruptured.  Unconfirmed word out of Regina is that the cancer has now been identified and Schmirler is expected to start treatments within the next week.  Its also expected that the family will be issuing another statement in the very near future.
The Saskatchewan Curling Website has received hundreds of e-mails from curling fans and curlers from around the World.  These are being passed onto the Schmirler family.   The SCC joins the thousands of curling fans and curlers in wishing Sandra and her family well.  Related Stories from SLAM Sports...
Reaction in Saskatchewan... See Saskatoon Star Phoenix Article..(Thursday)
To send e-mails of best wishes to Sandra and family, please e-mail

Schmirler Family Asks for Privacy and Prayers
September 9, 1999
In a statement issued Wednesday in Regina, Sandra Schmirler's family and teammates, have asked for two things... "privacy to deal with the seriousness of Sandra's situation, and that you continue to hold her in your prayers.

The World renowned curler and Olympic Champion, was moved out of intensive care Wednesday following  emergency surgery Sunday night in Regina but is still in serious condition.   Teammate, Marcia Gudereit told reporters Wednesday that Schmirler was in "good spirits" but neither family nor friends would say what kind of cancer was inflicted on the 36 year old skip. 
The statement issued Wednesday states:

"Sandra is now out of intensive care after having undergone surgery for cancer. She remains in serious condition in Regina General Hospital.
We appreciate the kind intent of the many calls, letters and other expressions of support which have come to us from across the country.
We now need two things -- privacy to deal with the seriousness of Sandra's situation, and that you continue to hold her in your prayers.
We will issue another statement once we have further information regarding Sandra's condition.
In the meantime, we ask that the family, friends and teammates, as well as the medical staff working to care for Sandra, be left in peace during these very difficult days.
Those who wish to make tangible gifts at this time may do so through contributions to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the Hospitals of Regina Foundation, designating the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The three-time Canadian and World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, is fighting an undisclosed form of cancer that was discovered this summer and underwent emergency surgery Sunday.  Speculation is that Schmirler had a tumor in the area close to her heart which ruptured. 
The Saskatchewan Curling Website has received hundreds of e-mails from curling fans and curlers from around the World.  These are being passed onto the Schmirler family.   The SCC joins the thousands of curling fans and curlers in wishing Sandra and her family well.  Related Stories from SLAM Sports...
Reaction in Saskatchewan... See Saskatoon Star Phoenix Article..(Thursday)
To send e-mails of best wishes to Sandra and family, please e-mail

Schmirler Out of Intensive Care - Remains in Serious Condition
September 8, 1999

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World renowned curler and Olympic Champion, Sandra Schmirler was moved out of intensive care Wednesday following  emergency surgery Sunday night in Regina. 

However, Schmirler remains in serious condition in a Regina hospital.  Teammate, Marcia Gudereit told reporters Wednesday that Schmirler was in "good spirits" but neither family nor friends would say what kind of cancer was inflicted on the 36 year old skip.  The three-time Canadian and World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, is fighting an undisclosed form of cancer that was discovered this summer and underwent emergency surgery Sunday.  In early June, Sandra gave birth to her second daughter and also lost her father to cancer earlier in the year.  Sources close to her have stated that Schmirler has not been feeling well for the past few months but may have attributed it to these events. Speculation is that Schmirler had a tumor in the area close to her heart which ruptured Sunday.  Family, friends and teammates kept a vigil by her bedside since Sunday. The SCC joins the thousands of curling fans and curlers in wishing Sandra and her family well.  Related Stories from SLAM Sports...
To send e-mails of best wishes to Sandra and family, please e-mail and we will pass these on...

Schmirler Fighting For Her Life
September 8, 1999
World reknowed curler and Olympic Champion, Sandra Schmirler underwent emergency surgery Sunday night in Regina and remains in a Regina hospital.  Her condition is unknown.  In an interview with the Saskatchewan Curling Centre website (SCC) Monday, her husband, Shannon England would not confirm or deny the seriousness of Schmirler's condition.  He only stated that a press release would be issued this week.  In keeping with the family's wishes, the SCC did not publish the news.  However, the Winnipeg Sun has released the information stating that the 36 year old, three-time Canadian and World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist, is fighting an undisclosed form of cancer that was discovered this summer.  In early June, Sandra gave birth to her second daughter and also lost her father to cancer.   Sources close to her have stated that Schmirler has not been feeling well for the past few months but may have attributed it to these events. Speculation is that Schmirler had a tumor in the area close to her heart which ruptured Sunday.  Family, friends and teammates have kept a vigil by her bedside since Sunday. The SCC joins the thousands of curling fans and curlers in wishing Sandra and her family well.  MORE...

Fine Foods Becomes SCA Event Title Sponsor
August 26, 1999
Fine Foods will become the title sponsor of the Saskatchewan Curling Association (SCA) sanctioned Intermediate Women's Curling Championship.  The announcement was made at a press conference in Moose Jaw today (August 26).  The agreement between the SCA and Fine Foods is for three years beginning with the 1999-2000 curling season.  See SCA Press Release

Three Major Cash Spiels Cancelled
August 19, 1999
In a tough call yesterday, the President of Marquee Entertainment, Tom Bast of Red Deer announced the cancellation of three major cash spiels in Western Canada, including the Husky Oil Classic originally scheduled for SaskPlace in early November. Promoter and head organizer of the events, Bill Hunter was diagnosed with bone cancer earlier this year and has been unable to dedicate the time and effort required to keep the events in tact for this year. Bast, in an interview with the Saskatchewan Curling Centre (SCC) website says "they did what they had to do. Bill kept saying to Hold Off but it was getting too late." Full Story

Yorkton To Host New Cash Spiel
August 17, 1999
Saskatchewan's "Friendly Giant" - Gerald Shymko is the only logical choice to be the chief organizer for one of the newest cash spiels in the Province.  Big is the word that comes to mind when one looks at the new "Painted Hand Casino Curling Classic" scheduled for November 26-29, 1999 in Yorkton.  Shymko, defending Provincial Champion, says he has received a lot of interest in the new event from curlers around the country and hopes the cash spiel will attract some of the top curlers in the Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario regions as well as curling fans in the Yorkton area. Full Story

Sonya Scott, Darren Engel - Recipients of Hec Gervais Scholarships
July 27, 1999
The Hec Gervais Academic and Curling Foundation announced today that this year's Scholarship recipients are Sonya Scott from Regina and Darren Engel from Limerick. Scott has competed at numerous Junior Women's playdowns and is an active instructor for young curlers learning the game. Engel has curled in the Junior Men's playdowns and High School playoffs. In the fall, he will be attending university in Saskatoon in the faculty of Commerce. Both recipients will be continuing with their curling endeavors and have expectations of competing in the Provincial Junior playdowns.  The scholarship is available in Alberta and Saskatchewan and will be awarded to a male and female junior curler in each province each year. 1999 is the inaugural year for the scholarship to be awarded. The recipients of this year's award will each receive a $1000.00 scholarship. See SCA Press Release.

Prairieland Curling Camp - Another Success
July 23, 1999 - by Amber Holland, SCA
This year marked the 14th Annual Prairieland Curling Camp and was probably the 14th successful camp. The 4 days in Kindersley (July 15-18) were exciting and fun for the 96 campers, 20 instructors/staff and numerous parents. Camp began on Thursday afternoon with campers registering and getting settled in with their group instructors. The 96 campers are divided into 4 groups; Group A, B, C & D. Each day the groups rotate between on-ice session, class sessions, and rec-time. The class and ice sessions focus on all aspects of curling from the delivery to mental and physical preparation and much more. The rec-time is a chance for the campers to have some fun off-ice playing volleyball, baseball, egg toss, relays, etc.  Each night there was a social function for all the campers. Thursday was the inaugural Long John Balloon Stuff and Video Scavenger Hunt, Friday was Baseball Night, and Saturday was the Camp Mini-Bonspiel. Friday night also saw Parents-On-Ice, this was an opportunity for those parents who stayed in Kindersley with their children to get some curling instruction as well as play a game.  Camp wrapped up on Sunday with the camp BBQ and camp closing activities for campers and families. Each year the Marj Mitchell Curling Foundation sponsors the reimbursement of one lucky camper's registration fee. This year Tony Leppa from Springside was the winner. The groups also compete for the Silver Screen Sportswear "Spirit Award", which is awarded to the group that displays the most spirit, enthusiasm, and participation throughout the entire camp. This year Group "D", led by instructors Jim Orr, Kay Montgomery and Gene Friesen was the Spirit Award winner.   Overall camp was a huge success, even with the weather being more like winter conditions than summer. The Kindersley Curling Club and their local volunteers help make camp a huge success and the SCA is very fortunate to have them as our host. The SCA looks forward to the 15th Annual Prairieland Curling Camp in July 2000.

Bodnarchuk Released On Bail In Connection With Fraud Case
July 20, 1999 - Source: IntheHack Website
Merv Bodnarchuk was released on bail for $20,000 after appearing in court July 9th for  fraud charges following a 16 month Vancouver RCMP Commercial Crime investigation into the affairs of Renaissance Capital Group Inc.., a Utah based over-the-counter bulletinboard company and Majik Rent-A-Car Ltd..  The investigation resulted in 14 charges of theft and 4 charges of violations of the BC Securities Act being laid against Bodnarchuk of Richmond BC. It is alleged that Bodnarchuk solicited funds from investors throughout Canada and subsequently applied the funds to purposes contrary to the direction under which they were advanced. It is also alleged that investors were subject to sales solicitations and encouraged to invest in Renaissance which owned a used car/rental/leasing company called Majik Rent-A-Car. It is further alleged that undertakings were made with respect to future value of share prices and listing on an exchange. The value of the charges alleged is $93,500.00.  There is no firm date for the trial pending the availability of court space, however a tentative date is set for the spring of 2000.

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DirectWest Charity SuperSpiel - New Saskatchewan Cash Spiel for the Fall
June 23, 1999
A second major competitive cash spiel will be held in Regina during the 1999-2000 season. The Spiel is scheduled for November 4th – 7th, 1999, at the Callie Curling Club in Regina. DirectWest Publishers will be the Title Sponsor, with the Spiel now known as the "DirectWest Charity SuperSpiel". The World Curling Tour ("WCT") has agreed to include this Spiel on its 1999-2000 Tour. As a WCT sanctioned Event, all prize money earned during the Spiel, will qualify for standings in the WCT Players Championship.
Profits from the 1999 DirectWest Charity SuperSpiel will be donated to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan, an organization with the mission to alleviate the personal and social consequences of Alzheimer Disease and promote the search for a cause and a cure.
The draw will consist of a 32 team triple knock-out format, show-casing 128 of the top competitive curlers in the Province. In order to make the SuperSpiel affordable to a broader spectrum of teams the entry fee has been set at $575.00. The total purse for the Spiel will be $25,500.00, with the winning team receiving $7,500.00. Invitations for the DirectWest Charity SuperSpiel are being sent to teams at the end of June.
If you require any further information, please feel free to contact:

Craig Lothian, Chair
700 – 1914 Hamilton Street
Regina, Sask. S4P 3N6
Phone: (306) 522-3030 (w)
Fax: (306) 789-5121
Cheryl Kearns – DeVilliers,
Director of Marketing, DirectWest
800 – 1900 Albert Street
Regina, Sask. S4P 4K8
Phone: (306) 777-0400
Fax: (306) 359-7849

Borst Bid Denied
June 17, 1999 - Source SLAM Sports
Frustrated by the latest round of political gamesmanship, the Cathy Borst rink will be pulling up stakes and moving south for the winter. "SACA (the Southern Alberta Curling Association) appears to be prepared to welcome us and support us,'' said team spokesman, coach Darryl Horne. "If that's where the situation comes to, then that's where we're going to have to curl.''
 The 1998 Scott Tournament of Hearts champions were inducted into the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame on June 3. But that held little sway with the Northern Alberta Curling Association board of directors, who decided to uphold the weakening concept that insists all members of the team reside in their fiefdom.  Borst tried to gain a one-year exception to the rule so Calgary's Glynnis Bakker could play on her team. Full Story

Saskatoon Brier Sets Corporate Sponsorship Record
June 15, 1999
The Saskatoon Brier 2000 Committee announced today that their Corporate Sponsorship Program can now lay claim to being the most successful in Brier History.  President, Doug Hodson along with Vice-President of Business, Joel Teal, announced that revenues have exceeded $900,000.  No other national curling event has ever reached this level of support from local sponsorship.   In helping achieve this new record, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts become the Presenting Sponsor for the Labatt Brier in Saskatoon.   This past Brier in Edmonton, Sheraton was also the a Presenting Sponsor.  John Beavis, General Manager of the locally owned and operated hotel commented on the significance of the hotel's involvement in the Brier and being the Official Hotel of Brier 2000. 
In addition to the sponsorship announcement the Committee released the progress of its Luxury Seating Campaign.  Over 80% of the luxury seats being constructed at the open and home end of the arena have been sold.  Prices per seat start at $1300 for the 9 days of competition. 
For more information, visit the Brier 2000 website at .

Sudbury Gets 2001 Scott Tournament of Hearts
June 15, 1999 - Source SLAM Sports
After a five-year absence, the Scott Tournament of Hearts will return to Ontario.  Sudbury will host the event in 2001, the Canadian Curling Association announced today. The city also had the Labatt Brier, the men's equivalent to the Scott, in 1983.
 Thunder Bay was the last Ontario city to host the Scott in 1996.  Prince George, B.C. will host the tournament in 2000, where Colleen Jones will attempt to defend her title.



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