First, the youngster surprised himself by winning his first junior men's provincial berth Tuesday. Then, Pembina's Jim Coleman proved it was no fluke by upsetting Fort Garry's reigning Manitoba champion Daley Peters 8-2 in the main-event final of the Junior Christmas Bonspiel at the Thistle Curling Club last night.
"We just wanted to go have fun," said Coleman, 16. "We didn't expect to win, just to get primed up for the provincials.
"It feels great. We're feeling really confident now. We're pumped."
Heather's Adam Norget and West Kildonan's Travis Hoare won the second and third events, respectively.
Pembina's former provincial champion Reid Carruthers will get one last chance to qualify for this year's junior provincials through a six-team spot playoff to be held alongside the junior women's playoff at the Thistle today at 9 a.m., 12:30 and 4 p.m.
On the junior women's side, La Salle's Calleen Neufeld nipped Pembina's Kaitlyn Lawes 6-5 in an extra end to win the main event. Morden's Kristen Foster captured the second event while Victoria's Chelsea Carey, who also gets a last chance in today's playoff, took the third.
In the Youth section, Charleswood's Joshua Claeys, Assiniboine Memorial's Derek Blanchard, Stonewall's Sam Good and Charleswood's Corey Thompson won their respective finals.