Dayna Wahl (Altona) and Jace Freeman (Virden) have won the Asham CurlManitoba U-18 Championships in Altona. Earlier this season, the same two teams had won the CurlManitoba Canada Games Trials – meaning they’ll play as Team Manitoba at the National U-18 Championship in Timmins,ON in early February and the Canada Games in Summerside PEI with only a week between.

Freeman needed an extra end to beat Ronan Peterson and his Heather team, set up when Peterson w=made a delicate last shot tap back shot to score two on the home end.

Wahl’s victory was one of patience. After a missed blank on the first end, forced to take one, Wahl was down 2-1 after two and blanked the next three ends. On the sixth they got the miss they needed – and ultimately scored a three, missing on a ;split’ opportunity for 4. The two point lead after six ends was good enough. Grace Beaudry’s St Vital team elected to take one on the seventh but couldn’t build the steal on the 8th.

Front: Team Wahl (l-r) Dayna Wahl, Piper Stoesz, Anna Ginters, Gillian Hildebrand (Coach Keith Stoesz (back left)… Back: (l-r) Team Freeman (l-r) Jace Freeman, Elias Huminicki, Jack Steski, Rylan Graham, Coach Graham Freeman

(Saturday, 11:30AM) U-18 SEMIFINAL SUMMARY….The top seeds in the Asham U-18 men’s and women’s competitions will face off in the championship games.

Women’s #1 seed Grace Beaudry (St. Vital), in an extra end over Shaela Hayward (Carman, and Men’s #2 seed Ronan Peterson (Heather), with a win over Zach Norris, advanced from the morning semifinals.

 They’ll play Women’s #2 Dayna Wahl (Altona) and Men’s #1 Jace Freeman (Virden) in the 1PM final games. With a 5W-1L record, Freeman had earned the bye to the final in the 3-team Men’s playoff. Wahl had defeated Beaudry in the extra end Page 1 vs 1 playoff game Friday evening.

All four teams have already earned invitations to compete at the nationals in early February in Timmins, ON

The big prize in the afternoon game is the pride of being Manitoba champion and Team Manitoba at the national championship. 

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