Bright future ahead

ANGELA MacISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:00 AM ET

A big tear rolled down Kevin Yablonski's cheek.

But the 15-year-old skip should be ashamed of nothing.

Yablonski and his teammates -- third Spencer Cartnell, second Taylor Maryka and lead Glenn McLaughlin -- put themselves up against the big dogs for the weekend.

All juvenile age, the Yablonski rink didn't qualify out of the District 3 junior curling playdowns, which wrapped up yesterday at Garrison club, but it won experience.

"We did pretty well," Yablonski said, after losing 10-5 in nine ends to Oyen's Scott Rude.

"We showed some pretty good teams that we're getting really good now."

And some teams should look out for Yablonski when he and his Calgary Winter Club mates do get to the ripe old age of 18 and advance to juniors.

"We're not even close to junior age so, yeah, we'll be ready," Yablonski said.

There's lots of curling left for Yablonski, though. He heads into the district juveniles at the Calgary Curling Club Jan. 21-24.

Rude took one of two C qualifiers into the Southerns, set for Dec. 17-20 in Lethbridge.

He'll be joined by C qualifier Jeff Strandquist of Crowsnest, who beat Mitchell Bunda 13-7. Bunda also will take his dreadlocks, pink shoelaces and Garrison teammates into the juvenile districts next month.

The B qualifiers went to Airdrie's Lance Brault, who beat Yablonski 7-3, and Calgary's Ryan Keirstead, who downed Strandquist 10-3.

The A berths went to North Hill's J.D. Lind and Winter Club's Jon Elder. The pair decided Saturday night to forego the district title game, after already earning their spots at provincials.

Same went for the women's side. Calgary's Lindsay Blyth and Lethbridge's Megan Kirk declined the chance to play a title game after earning the A berths.

On the B side, Casey Scheidigger of Lethbridge beat Maria Bushell of Airdrie 9-7, while Calgary's Tanilla Doyle edged clubmate Heather Armstrong 10-8. Bushell and Armstrong each won the C berths. Bushell held Airdrie's Hayley Pattison to a shutout into the sixth end and won 9-1 in eight, while Armstrong beat Calgary's Robyn Dietzler 12-5.


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