By terrance Gavan
Rocking and rolling their way to twin COSSA silver medals, both Hal High curling teams earned the Gav’s coveted Jeff Stoughton Slamma Jamma awards for excellence.
The guys’ team of Jesse Walker, Owen Duhaime, Mike Mazara and newcomer Tyler Warham placed third at the Gore Provincials and generally displayed a lot of moxie this season.
Tom Dibblee says his squad played superbly at COSSA. However the rematch against Belleville’s Moira Secondary stymied their attempt to advance to the OFSAA’s in Thunder Bay.
And the girl’s?
Well the Red Hawk girls rank as the feel good story of the year..
The team – five young grade-10 prodigies, who all got their start in the Timbits program at Minden Curling club, and who still play together as a team in the Ladies Monday league – have truly put their imprimatur on a season of surprises.
Laura Pottier Shannon Bittner, Holly Broderick, Emily Shapiera and Alana Bannister were excited and yes, very positive about their chances, during a short interview last week.
Their love of the game, laid back approach and the fact that they’ll be back as a team for two more years bodes well for the young women from Hal High.
And of course big shout to all those coaches who mentored these twin juggernauts this season.
Boys coaches Tom Dibblee and Russ Duhaime; and the girls support mentors Kathy Hutson, Michele Shapiera, plus Jane and Scotty Boyd.
Curling is hot right now in the Highlands.
Only because of the dedicated volunteers that coach these kids up in both Minden and Haliburton.
If you see any of these kids in the playoffs at your club.
Take some time to have a chat and give them some props.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]