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Phoenix rise upends Lady Eagles


 Central Huron takes both girls and boys' WOSSAA gold 

Monday, March 6, 2017




By Rob J. Ross

LONDON, Ont. - It wasn't quite rise of the Phoenix, but Central Huron did step up to grab curling supremacy.

The Central Huron Phoenix, from Clinton, won both the girls and boys' titles, at the Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (WOSSAA) curling championships, hosted by the London Curling Club.

In the girls' final, a pair of four point ends carried Central Huron over the East Elgin Eagles, 10-5. Down 2-1, after three ends, the Phoenix scored four in the both the fourth sixth ends.

"Some of our shots didn't go the way we intended," Eagles skip Caitlyn Evely said. "(In one end), a shot kicked and that and gave them an opportunity to get more (points)."

Although disappointed in not qualifying for OFSAA, Evely said her team made steps forward from last season, when the Eagles lost in the South final.

"We're happy to have made the (WOSSAA) gold game. It's a big improvement for us."

The Eagles went undefeated through the Thames Valley Region South-East division, not too bad considering three players were in their first year of curling, ever.

Hannah Silverthorn, Nicole Mellur and Anna McNicol, only picked up a broom just prior to the season, leaning on the experience of Evely and vice Alannah Harms.

"They've done extremely well this year," Evely said.

All five girls are eligible to return next season, since Silverthorn and McNicol, are in Grade 11 and their three team-mates, just Grade 10.

In the semi-finals, East Elgin edged Arva Medway, 7-6, while Central Huron dumped London CCH, 10-2.

For Evely, her curling season continues outside of high school. She and Jayden King are at the Ontario Curling Association under-21 mixed doubles competition, March 10-12, in Huntsville.

Mixed doubles is a two against two format. Teams throw just five rocks a side, with two rocks already in the house.

On the boys' side, Central Huron won WOSSAA edging Tillsonburg on last rock.

In their semi-finals, Glendale beat Medway, 9-4, while South Huron iced London RMC, 14-2.

OFSAA for both boys and girls, is March 22-25 in North Bay.



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