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Yorkton hosts ECDAA Junior Curling Districts

In the mixed gold medal game, it was the YRHS foursome over Norquay 11 – 1.
The Yorkton Regional High School mixed team in gold medal action Saturday.

YORKTON -  The ECDAA Junior Curling Districts were hosted at the Yorkton Curling Club Friday and Saturday.

David Baron, one of the event organizers said the event was an encouraging one in terms of interest.

“Last year we had eight teams at Districts,” he said. “This year we had 16.

“A majority of the teams featured Grade 8 and younger players. I think maybe curling is making a bit of a comeback -- fingers crossed.”

On the mixed side of the event Yorkton Regional High School topped the field which included teams from Esterhazy, Springside, the YRHS, Norquay, Canora and Columbia schools.

Norquay defeated Columbia 7 – 2 to advance to the gold medal game, with Columbia eventually taking home the bronze medals.

In the gold medal game, it was the YRHS foursome over Norquay 11 – 1.

The YRHS team was made up of skip, Mara Vogel, third Nate Wasylenchuk, second Naomi Goeree, and lead Grace Woytas.

Norquay were awarded the silver medals.

Seven teams entered the Junior Boys District play downs including; Saltcoats, Springside, Esterhazy, YRHS, Canora, Sturgis, and Yorkdale Central schools.

In the gold medal game, Esterhazy beat Sturgis 9 – 3, with Sturgis taking the silver medals.

Sturgis had qualified for the final with a 6-5 win over Yorkdale Central School. The game advanced Sturgis to the gold medal game.

Yorkdale Central School took home the bronze medals.

On Friday morning three teams set out to win gold in the Junior Girls category at ECDAA Curling Districts.

By the end of the day, Saltcoats had claimed the bronze medal.

In the gold medal final Esterhazy had prevailed 10 - 4 over Springside.

The Esterhazy team included Paisley Beck at skip, Jovi Dutka at third, Jaylen Walker at second, and Brooklyn Stewart playing lead.