From little rockers do mighty curlers grow

JOE PAVIA -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

It's the order of Canada.

To reach the pinnacle of curling like John Morris did on Sunday, you progress through little rocks, then bantam to junior, then to men's play.

Tom Lepage of Barrhaven may be doing just that. Lepage skipped his Cedarview Middle School team to the Timbits provincial championship in Gananoque on April 6. Lepage skipped Geordin Raganold, Jonathan Lebeau and Morgan Steele.

The lead is 12 years old. The rest are 13.

Lepage didn't know what he was getting into.

"I didn't know going into it what the competition was like so it was a bit of a surprise."

He faced 80 teams comprised of grades 3-8 students. The boys don't normally curl together, so with coach Matthew Doucet they practised three times a week for three weeks prior to the event.

In the final against Cambridge, the Manotick squad ran them out of rocks in the last end. "I was shocked we won. It didn't set in till the drive home," Lepage said.

The boys celebrated with a frosty Dairy Queen after the game.

C-YA, CBC

Last weekend's worlds marked the end of CBC's Season of Championship contract. TSN now holds the broadcast rights until the end of the 2013-14 season. CBC aired every Team Canada Worlds match on cbc.ca and three games on Bold TV -- more than it was obligated to show.

TSN will add morning draws and air some key games in prime time on CTV. It is committed to show only the semi-final and final games when a world championship is held outside Canada.

CBC will cover the season-ending Tylenol Players Championship from St. John's, N.L., this weekend. The women's and men's finals air Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

SENIOR BANNER

Layne Noble skipped his team of Diane Favel, Bob Boland and Barb Kelly to a 10-3 victory over Trenton's Jim Marshall in the senior mixed provincials Sunday. Both squads finished the round-robin at 6-1. Brantford's Wayne Tuck earned the mixed mantle.

JUNIOR SHUFFLE

The Neil Sinclair rink's third, Graham Rathwell, is looking for a new experience next season. Rathwell played four seasons with the Manotick-based team.

ODDS & ENDS

I was treated to dinner Friday as payback for a December column in which I predicted Kevin Koe's Canada Cup win. When my companion, Jan Ellis, excused herself, I spoke to the waiter about the bet. Our waiter informed her on her return that a Mr. Kevin Koe was on the phone. She grimaced and the server kept it up all meal. Check out this new curling-prank friendly eatery, Cafe Nostra, on Preston St. ... Rogers Television has launched a new development fund in support of high school athletes. The $10,000 fund allots $1,000 to deserving athletes and teams. The application deadline is May 16. Visit rogerstelevision.com for information.

LAST ROCKS

I visited a number of service clubs recently hoping they would fund a new Really Bad Curlers League. The Lions Club was sheepish. The Rotarians said no and stood pat. The Optimists weren't hopeful and the Kinsmen donated to their relatives. Alas, I am taking the summer off to develop this league and will report back in September when the column resumes.


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