DeValter's back

ANGELA MACISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:31 PM ET

Terry DeValter has taken a long road back to the southern playdowns.

The last time DeValter's name was in the hat, it was 1997 and he won the A qualifier. A funny thing happened at provincials.

Some guy named Kevin Martin from Edmonton showed up and won the whole thing.

"Yeah, yeah, he was there," DeValter said, chuckling.

After that, the Medicine Hat skip realized just how hard it is to survive men's playdowns in Alberta.

"There's been a lot of qualifiers lost," he said. "We'd get there and lose, whether we were playing someone great or we weren't sharp.

"But it's good to be back, you got that right. Ain't no doubt about it."

DeValter, third Terry Hamilton, second Kraig Kohls and lead Merle Smith rang off a pair of victories yesterday to start the southerns at North Hill Curling Club.

First up was a 7-6 win over Airdrie's Art Assman and then a 6-5 decision over Calgary's Dean Ross.

The victories gave the DeValter rink a night off to prepare for another big game, the A semifinal at 9 a.m. today against Calgary Winter Club's John Morris, who dumped Hanna's Ken Boulter 7-2 and Calgary's Sterling Hansen 9-5.

"We're looking forward to playing John and the boys," said DeValter. "He's pretty important. There's no doubt this is a big game. We just want to keep playing well and then we'll see what happens."

In the other A quarter-finals last night, Winter Club's Dave Rutherford took on Calgary's Brent Bawel and Winter Club's Greg Anholt faced Calgary's Steve Petryk.

The winners tee off in the other semi at 9 a.m. The A qualifier goes at 3:30 p.m. 


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