By Darren Lum
Published Jan. 14 2019
All four Haliburton Highlands Secondary School curling entrants advanced to the next round of the Ontario School Curling Provincial Competition after competing in the zone level hosted by HHSS and the Haliburton Curling Club on Saturday Dec. 21 in Haliburton.
Five teams entered in the competition formerly known as the Gore Mutual Provincial Curling Championships. Besides the Red Hawks teams competing the Falcons of Fenelon Falls Secondary School finished with a pair of wins and advanced as the A finalist from the girls’ field.
“Having all four teams advance is a great accomplishment that comes as a result of the great support of coach Hugh Nichol at the Haliburton Curling Club and principal Chris Boulay at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School” said Darrell Dobson one of the Hawks’ coaches.
The senior Dobson team of Jacob Dobson skip Owen Nicholls lead and Corin Gervais second pushed through a day of adversity and illness. They were down a player with vice Liam Little absent “and two of the members were quite sick.” They faced the junior Red Hawks boys’ Boore team of Nate Boore skip Marcus Harrison lead Cole Boisvert second and Logan Malette vice who played well and came up with the win 6-5. Both teams advanced to the regional competition.
In the first game the Fenelon Falls rink beat the senior Red Hawks girls’ Byers team of Jessica Byers skip Hannah Lewis lead Mackenzie Tidey vice and Savannah Byers second 7-0. In the second game the Fenelon Falls rink beat the junior girls’ Parish team of Holly Parish skip Jocelyn Chumbley vice Kayla Switzer second and Harmony Moher lead 7-5 to become the A finalist. In the third game the Byers team came out with a win against the Parish team to advance as the B finalists. The junior girls also advance as the B runner-ups.
All four Haliburton teams advance to the Gore Regionals Feb. 1 and 2 in Richmond Hill.
Later this year HHSS and the Haliburton Curling Club will host the Central Ontario Secondary School Association championship on March 9.
With files from Darrell Dobson