Park pulls the switch

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

The plan worked just like she designed it.

Kalynn Park, who grew up in Edmonton, won her second Alberta junior title in three years.

This time, she was throwing third rocks for Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge.

Scheidegger beat Nadine Chyz of Calgary 6-2 at the Rose City Curling Club in Camrose yesterday to win the Alberta junior title.

In the junior men's, Calgary's Kevin Yablonski beat Justin Sluchinski of Drayton Valley 4-2.

Park had beaten Scheidegger to win the 2007 Alberta title.

"I'd played third in mixed and really liked it ," said Park, who was unable to qualify for the 2008 provincials.

So, Park figured since it was her and Scheidegger's last year of junior eligibility, it would be a good idea to team up this curling season for one last chance at glory.

Park enrolled in a two-year fashion design course at the University of Lethbridge and moved south on Aug. 1.

"I liked sweeping and being the middleman, trying to hold the team together between the skip and the front end," said Park.

The team lost only once all year, finishing the provincial round-robin with a 6-1 record.

"We really decided to focus," said Park, who likes the team's prospects when it goes to the nationals next month in Salmon Arm, B.C.

"We would have been devastated if we'd lost because it was Casey's and my last year of junior eligibility. We worked so hard all year.

"It was a nice win, it was great. Right now, we're really focused and it seems we're making all our shots."


Videos

Photos