Coming by it naturally

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

One son wants to be just like Jeff.

The other one wants to be like Mom. Or, David Nedohin.

Colin Kurz is only eight but he already wants to emulate Manitoba's two-time Brier champion Jeff Stoughton.

"I want to be just like Jeff Stoughton because he's really good and he throws tuck just like me," Colin said after sparing for Wildewood's Matt Dunstone in his opening game of the Junior Christmas Bonspiel yesterday.

EXCITED

Colin's brother Kyle, 10, moved up to skip while awaiting Dunstone (Dean's son) to return from a Christmas holiday in Alberta. The Kurz curling brothers were as excited on the ice as kids at, well, Christmas. Both started learning how to throw a rock from their mother, Lynn Fallis-Kurz, when they were barely out of diapers.

"I want to be as good as my mom because she's good and she used to play for Jennifer Jones (winning the 2002 Manitoba women's title with her)," Kyle said after skipping the squad to an 8-5 victory over Pembina's Katie Misko at the Fort Garry Curling Club. "But my hero is (Alberta's) David Nedohin because I've known him since I was two at the lake (Brereton).

"And I want to go to the Olympics some day. I've been talking about that since I was five or six."

Fallis-Kurz, who now plays for her twin sister, Karen Porritt, said the boys started when they were three or four and now beat her in draw-to-the-button contests.

The two Kurz boys and Dunstone were among a smattering of famous offspring now competing in the Youth Event of the Christmas spiel. Others in the youth category include Stoughton's own son, Riley, who plays second for Charleswood's Evan Cunningham; Barb Spencer's daughters, Katie and Holly, also out of Charleswood; and Peter Nicholls' son, Brett (third for East St. Paul's Jordan Vertone).

BACKBONE

They join a number of other youngsters who will be forming the backbone of future curling generations. Like Daniel Wiebe, who plays second for Dunstone.

"I like pretty much everything about the game and I'd like to maybe become a gold medallist one day," said Daniel, 12. "My hero is Jeff Stoughton because my dad (Peter) once played for him."

Lead Cameron Candaele, 12, does not have a curling hero.

"But I would like being in the Olympics one day," said Cameron, who, like Colin Kurz, is playing in the junior Christmas spiel for the first time. "But I like it just because it's fun to play."

JUNIORS: Springfield's Rylan Young (Karen's son), who is still seeking a junior men's provincial spot, opened the spiel with a 25-0 victory over Fort Garry's Wesley Eaton, then upset Fort Garry's provincials-bound Ryan Coy 8-3. Young was among five teams at 2-0 heading into the late draw ... On the junior women's side, two teams were at 2-0 before the late draw ... Some early games had to be shifted because the roof was leaking on one sheet at Rossmere ... Brandon's Colby Taylor, who has a provincial spot, defaulted out of the spiel before it started.

BITER: Valour Road's Brent Braemer, who recently won the Manitoba Curling Tour's special playoff, is among the 91 entries into next month's Safeway Select city zone playdowns. Ironically, Braemer -- who is slated to play this season's MCT champ to secure a Select spot -- is not eligible to play in that championship because his foursome did not make any cash this year. If a playoff is necessary, it will be played Jan. 17 or 18 at a site to be determined. Should Braemer win his zone, the Select spot will go to the MCT winner, if eligible.


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