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Local Zubko team wins Preeceville senior bonspiel

Preeceville senior curling bonspiel attracted many avid curlers who were eager to get back on the ice.
The Preeceville Curling Club hosted a senior bonspiel from Jan. 8 to 11. Twelve teams braved the stormy conditions to participate in the spiel.

PREECEVILLE - The Preeceville Curling Club hosted a senior bonspiel from Jan. 8 to 11. Twelve teams braved the stormy weather to participate in the spiel,  according to Joe Yacyshyn, one of the organizers. Teams from Norquay, Canora, Endeavour, Stenen, Kamsack and Preeceville participated.

A Brandon draw format was used with each team curling four games.

“When all was said and done, the Dale Zubko team of Preeceville scored a total of 46 points to take the first place honors,” said Yacyshyn. Other team members were Phil Murrin, Mary Pasiechnik and Joe Yacyshyn. The Bob Lumley team of Norquay with team members Brian Hubic, Tom Foster and Will Romanow placed second with 42 points. The Robert Waselenko team of Canora with team members Donna Rock, Darryl Stevenson and Don Probe settled for third place with 38 points. There was a three-way tie for fourth place between teams skipped by Ralph Ager of Preeceville, Art Boyd of Endeavour and the Peter Wiwchar foursome of Canora. They each scored 36 points.

After each team’s first game, a skills competition took place sponsored by Paul’s Drugs Ltd. The team draw to the Button event was won by the Ager rink by scoring 10 points. The Ron Hoehn team of Canora and the Dale Zubko foursome tied for second place with nine points each. The individual draw to the button event was won by Brian Herriges of Canora who covered the pin with his draw attempt.

“The square draw was sponsored by the Gateway Co-op, Shop Easy, Thirsty Dogs Liquor and Crossroads Credit Union. The club thanks all the community-minded sponsors for the various activities. To run a successful event such as a bonspiel it takes a group effort. In particular, the club wishes to thank all those who brought Dutch ovens of tasty soup, pies and worked the kitchen. Others made significant contributions as well. Kudos to those who were not directly involved with the curling but stepped up to the plate to make the bonspiel the success that it was,” concluded Joe Yacyshyn.