Team King silently slips into contention

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- This Alberta royalty has quietly slipped through the "Forest City" to get closer to the crown jewels.

Cathy King has gone almost unnoticed as she slid into a first-place tie with Team Canada's Jennifer Jones, Nova Scotia's Colleen Jones and B.C.'s Kelly Scott at 5-2 at the Scott Tournament of Hearts.

"Don't tell anybody," King joked. "Shh! Be quiet."

The former Canadian champ clipped Quebec upstart Eve Belisle 10-8, then clobbered P.E.I.'s Suzanne Gaudet 7-0 at the John Labatt Centre yesterday.

King, who won her only Scott with a different team in 1998, had ridden a regal roll into the Scott, winning 21 of her last 22 games. But she lost her opener here to Nova Scotia. However, King has started a new streak, as she has now won three straight.

"It's nice to win a few when we need to," said King, supported by third Lori Armistead, second Raylene Rocque (who is married to Marcel, lead for Randy Ferbey) and transplanted Manitoban Tracy Bush. "But we've got some tough games coming up, so we've got to play this good when it really counts."

Colleen Jones nipped Team Canada's Jennifer Jones 7-6, then edged Saskatchewan's Tracy Streifel 7-5. And the Nova Scotia skip believes her foursome is good enough to win what would be her record seventh Scott title.

"Right now, you just have to like the feel of the ice, and you like that, and you know you are in striking distance," Jones said. "You just feel good. You just try to get a little bit better every time you go on the ice, and you don't want to be brilliant right now. You just want to get to the weekend and be brilliant then. Can you save it? You're supposed to save it somewhere. You store the shots."

N.B.'s Andrea Kelly, Newfoundland's Heather Strong and Belisle are tied for fifth at 4-3.

BEACH BABE: Manitoba second Cherie-Ann Loder has been so busy curling that she keeps missing herself on TV. Loder, you see, landed a bit part on the TV series Falcon Beach, episodes 9-13.

"My friends dragged me out for a week just to be an extra," said Loder, 22. "It was filmed at Winnipeg Beach, so it was close to home and something to do. Just sat around the beach, suntanned, walked around, ate food and got paid.

"There were no talking parts. It started in February, but I haven't seen very much of it because I've been curling. I'm not too into acting but it was something different to do in the summer time."

Loder is hoping for another casting call this summer.


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