It's Schille season

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:43 PM ET

There was no Schille-sallying around this time.

Chris Schille, loser of A qualifiers in both the First Chance and city men's, finally got it right last night. Oh, did we mention he lost the B First Chance final and C city men's final?

Schille cracked a three-ender in the fifth for an easy 8-4 win over Rob Kropp in the A Event final of the Last Chance Spiel at the Crestwood Club.

The 22-year-old kid who represented Alberta at the 2004 juniors finally had reason to crack a smile.

"We finally broke down the door,'' said Schille, whose team needed 18 games to find a way into this year's northerns."We were talking last night that we were 6-0 on Fridays and 1-7 on Saturdays, so we had to hope something different would happen.''

Schille has done a lot of commuting this year, trying to grab a spot for this weekend's men's northerns.

Although the rink lists its affiliation as the Crestwood, it's more an address of convenience for Schille.

CORE GROUP FROM ARMITAGE TEAM

Last we saw the kid, he was throwing third rocks at the 2005 provincials in Innisfail for Rob Armitage. The veteran Red Deer skip's squad played well enough to get an Alberta Tour exemption to the provincial.

Armitage felt rejuvenated enough by his supporting cast of graduating juniors to make it all the way to the semifinal, where he finally bowed out to Jamie King.

Armitage is an affable kind of guy who has more stories than the Grimms Brothers.

"He sure does,'' said Schille. "And I'm sure we heard every one of them three or four times.''

Now, Schille has a chance to write a story of his own after Armitage decided to sit this season out with knee problems.

"We talk about him on the ice all the time,'' said Schille. "Most situations out there remind you of him one way or the other.''

Schille's supporting cast of third Adam Enright, second Steve Meadows and lead Kris Meadows have enough tales of their own.

Steve Meadows had been transferred from Red Deer to Lloydminster and Enright took his place in the spiels that got the team to Innisfail.

But, Enright was ruled ineligible on a technicality. He hadn't been registered as part of the team when the season started and Meadows had to take time off from work to throw rocks for Armitage.

A VIABLE FOURSOME

Meadows has now moved to Edmonton, making this a viable foursome.

"We have three of the five-man team,'' said Schille. "Adam, Steve and myself.''

Enright had actually helped three teams out on the playdowns trail last season.

Besides getting Armitage into the provincial, he also subbed in for Wade White and helped that team get to the 2005 northerns.

He finally got a spot on the third try with Jeff Erickson in the Last Chance Spiel.

"I finally get to go on my own, with a team I started the year with,'' said Enright. "It'll be nice. Chris played huge.''

Being on a team that kept a stable lineup the whole season was also a different experience.

The team had more turnovers than your average bakery.

"We had a different third every weekend,'' said Enright. "It was hard to get on a roll.''

Kevin Tym beat Shane Park 8-2 in the first B qualifier last night.

The second B qualifier is scheduled for 10 a.m. today and the spiel winds up with a pair of C qualifiers at 2 this afternoon.


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