SYLVAN LAKE -- Renee Sonnenberg has never been too conventional.
Last night, Sonnenberg gave notice she's again going to be a force to be reckoned with.
After cracking a four-ender in four to score a runaway 11-5 win over Edmonton's Heather Nedohin, Sonnenberg was only too happy to carry the team's brooms back to the locker-room.
"That's part of the deal," said Sonnenberg. "I tell my team if yousweep my rocks to the button every time, I'll carry your brooms."
Sonnenberg had to overcome a somewhat shaky start when she gave up an opening-end deuce to Nedohin.
"I had a hogline violation for the first time in my life," said Sonnenberg. "We were pretty keyed up.
"There's very little difference between the top 12 and the back 12, so you have to really leave it to the sweepers ... which is why I'm carrying the brooms."
Sonnenberg, unseeded in 2008 at Wainwright, was undefeated and one win away from her third trip to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
That's when her luck ran out. Even though Sonnenberg held a handy lead after five ends, she lost her first game of the week to Calgary's Shannon Kleibrink.
"Really, it was two bad ends last year," said Sonnenberg. "We're looking at it as what did we learn last year. We're not overconfident."
Sonnenberg faces Calgary's Cheryl Bernard in today's 8:30 a.m. A Event semifinal, with the winner advancing to the A final at 6 p.m.
Bernard needed a four-ender in the seventh and a steal in the eighth to set up an 11-7 extra-end win over Edmonton's Brandee Bourne.
This morning's semifinal games feature the four top- seeded teams. Kleibrink faces Crystal Webster in an all-Calgary matchup.
"Obviously, you're just excited to get out on the ice and play," said Webster, a 7-4 winner over Heather Rankin.
Kleibrink advanced with a 7-6 extra-end win over Leslie Rogers.