Left to right: Evan Doyle

SSS curlers head to provincials

The Smithers Secondary School’s curling team is headed to provincials for the fifth year in a row.

The Smithers Secondary School’s curling team is headed to provincials for the fifth year in a row.

The team defeated Charles Hayes Secondary School during regionals in the best-of-three series in Prince Rupert, winning both games 8-2 and 8-3 earlier this month to lift the team to provincials.

“The boys played really well, they’re very consistent players even on a new ice surface,” said head coach Laurence Turney. “There were some really nice shots late in the game to make it work for them.”

Prince Rupert was the only team the team had to defeat to move on to provincials in February since no other regional teams were available to compete.

All five players, Evan Doyle, Sean Turney, Adam Hartnett, Matthew Steventon and Glyn Doyle who travelled west were able to get experience playing.

“We played very well against Prince Rupert. They’re a weaker team for sure, it wasn’t much of a challenge, but it was still good to get those games done,” said senior Glyn Doyle.

This year, the team has set their sights on winning it all with a core group of players who have made numerous appearances at provincials.

“They’re pretty keen, they came in third last year in provincials, so they’re hoping to at least go that well. They’ve got the skills, I think, to go all the way this year,” said Turney, adding that Hartnett, Steventon, Doyle and Turney all have experience competing at provincials.

“They know what to expect, they know the teams, they know it can go sideways, but they also know how to actually win, which is a big part of it.”

In the coming weeks, Turney said the team will continue to practice and stay sharp.

“Over the next couple of weeks, we’re going to work on how to deal with pressure,” he said. “There are a number of teams who have done well, teams out of the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island are strong.”

Doyle believes their experience will give the team from the North an advantage.

The team will travel to Creston on Feb. 18-22.

 

Just Posted

One in critical condition after train hits grader near Smithers

The collision occurred at the Lawson Road crossing in the rural community of Quick

Peepchuk re-enters guilty pleas

Hazelton assault causing bodily harm and robbery case adjourned to set sentencing date

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Alkemist conjures one-man band shows

A unique performance is coming to Smithers, Williams Lake, Terrace and Prince Rupert.

BV Nordic team impresses at Western Canadian Cross-Country Ski Championships

Bulkley Valley racers get some big finishes in Kelowna ahead of hosting Sunday’s Chris Dahlie race.

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

B.C. man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

New trial ordered over banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver aquarium

Park board’s appeal reverses previous decision that found it had no right to implement a ban

Most Read