Another crown for King

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

Six. Seven. Eight. Great.

An unprecedented six provincial women's curling crowns for Cathy King.

Seven nationals appearances since 1995 when you count her 1999 stint as Team Canada.

Eight points in an 8-2 win over Renee Sonnenberg in yesterday's Alberta women's final.

Great? Stay tuned.

"I wanted to get back to the Scotts so bad so Cathy can win it," said second Raylene Rocque, whose fifth-end triple proved to be THE shot of the game that paved the way to a 90% rating. "I want Cathy to be a world champion because last time (Kamloops, 1998), she came in third."

That would be this year's women's world championship in Grande Prairie.

A worlds in Canada is just one of the omens that are lining up.

King won the Canadian juniors in 1978, her second straight appearance.

A couple of decades later, after taking back-to-back Alberta titles, she won her first Scotts.

King shot in the 90s at last year's Scotts tiebreaker against Ontario's Jenn Hanna, whose 97% sent King to next-year land.

Now, it is next year and there's some unfinished business to taken care of.

PLAYING PERFECT

The team went 8-0 at the provincials and has a 15-0 record playdowns record heading into the Scotts.

"It means everything - this is just awesome," said lead Tracy Bush, who shot a sizzling 93% in the championship game. "It's better than the last time. I know what I'm expecting this time. We got so close last year.

"The last time Cathy went through the provincials undefeated, she won the Canadians. I'm looking forward to going there because I think we're just as good as anybody there - or better."

Lori Armitstead is now a perfect 5-0 in provincial finals, three as a junior and now twice with King.

"To win back-to-back championships, I can't even articulate how happy we are," said Armitstead, who shot 90%.

"If we play like we have been, we have a good chance. I'm just glad to be back there, because you never know when you'll get another chance."

At the closing ceremonies, King broke down when she articulated how many sacrifices she had to make to get to this point.

"It's so much work to get there that you're so overwhelmed when you win," explained King. "This is a different team this year. We've learned a lot, changed strategy and gained confidence.

NOT SCARED

"Having played once there as a team means a lot. We're not scared of anything. Maybe the stars will all line up, like they did this week."

In her seven nationals appearances, the supporting cast comes and it goes.

Every one has its subtle differences and its own satisfactions.

"It's funny because it's just a blur when you win," said King. "In some way, I'm thinking 'Oh, my God, all this stuff we have to do in the next couple of weeks,' the Canada Cup next week.

"But that's a good thing. We're going to be playing against some teams we're going to be playing at the Scotts - and (Olympic Trials winner) Shannon Kleibrink ... it's going to be great."

Perhaps the best is yet to come.


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