The Carihi boys curling team of Cody Chamberlin, Zachary Baycroft, Greg Curtis and Dayton Belanko had a strong showing at this year’s High School Provincial Championship in Smithers from March 1-5.
They defeated the championship team from Kelowna their first game 8-7, followed by a tough-fought loss to Smithers 6-2 and defeated Quesnel 16-2 to round out the first day. They started day two with a win against St. George’s 11-1, another tough fought loss to Riverside 6-3 and then again rounding out the day with a win against Elgin Park 10-6. Entering the final day they were in a three way tie for 2nd place overall, and a win would have ensured a place in the 2nd place tiebreaker games. The boys couldn’t get past Grand Forks, however, losing 7-5.
For the four-day event, the boys finished with a record of 4-3, enough to get them into fifth place. There were some very strong teams and the standings were so close it came down to who beat who in the round robin to determine final standings. Kelowna took the event overall, followed by Riverside and Smithers to round out the top three.
The boys would like to thank everyone who contributed to their efforts with the support of the community, the School District, Carihi, the Campbell River Curling Club and to everyone who followed along online and through Facebook updates from their Coach. They are already looking ahead to next year’s event with hopes to bring back a first place finish for Carihi and Campbell River.