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CON GRIWKOWSKY, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

No pressure.

Except for Heather Nedohin.

It was up to her to keep up the reputation of Edmonton's Royal Family of Curling.

"I had a lot of pressure on me,'' said Nedohin, third rock for the Ted Appelman rink. "At the beginning of the week, Dave told me we have to keep the wins going - of going to the nationals.''

Yesterday, Heather came through again, winning the Alberta mixed title as the Appelman-skipped rink took a 7-4 decision over Heather Rankin of Calgary.

Now, it's 11 straight years of Nedohins at nationals. Toss in another three Olympic Trials appearances and it's an impressive 14 major national championship appearances.

No other curling couple has posted anywhere near the record the Nedohins have ... even though it could be argued Dave has coattailed on Heather's reputation.

WORLD JR. CHAMP

Nedohin was Heather Godberson when she won the 1996 World Junior Championship.

Even before Heather and Dave became an item, she'd racked up her first four national appearances - the last three as third for Cathy King.

This is Heather's first national appearance since she skipped Alberta at the 2000 Hearts in Prince George, her only appearance as a Nedohin.

That was before Dave's five-in-a-row run with Randy Ferbey.

"I'm just happy,'' said Nedohin. "Having a child in October and after our season ended early in January, this was a nice opportunity to keep the season going.''

Nedohin, Horne and second Brenda Bohmer are being reunited next season as the supporting cast for Deb Santos.

"Kate and I have been longtime teammates (with King),'' said Nedohin. "It's nice to reunite this year, but kinda sad we couldn't play together longer. Mixed is a different atmosphere. Katie and I notice there's a lot of laughs out there.''

HEADED TO NATIONALS

Appelman has lost five northerns qualifiers in the last two years. Maybe all he needed was a good third.

"It's kinda hard to lose with Heather,'' said Appelman, whose team has won 16 straight playdowns games and was 8-0 at the provincials. "We figured, aw, we can't quite get through men's ... let's try the mixed.''

The team will represent Alberta at the mixed nationals, Nov. 10-18 at Kitchener-Waterloo.

EXTRA ENDS: Randy Ferbey's team will remain intact for the next Olympics run. Marcel Rocque had been the only question mark, having concerns with his teacher's pension. But, he's come to terms with the dilemma after being granted a four-year leave of absence ... Rumours grow stronger that John Morris is a virtual lock to throw third rocks for Kevin Martin next year. The front end will be Adam Enright and Carter Rycroft ... 1998 Olympic silver medallist Mike Harris has accepted a position as head pro of the Banff Springs golf course, creating possibilities in Calgary. With John Morris tagging up with Martin and front-ender Paul Moffat headed up to teachers college in Ontario, Kevin Koe and Marc Kennedy are looking for new rinkmates. The word is Blake MacDonald is in and Harris is now a possibility.


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