The Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) has qualified for the provincial high school boys' curling tournament.
Team ECS, skipped by Riley Wallewein, scored six points in the fourth end en route to a 9-3 victory in six ends over a team from Wadena in the A final of the regional qualifier that was held February 15 and 16 at the Estevan Curling Club.
The game was tied at 2-2 prior to Estevan's six-point end.
"We got all our rocks in the rings, and we were executing our shots really well, and they missed a few shots, and we kept pouncing on them," said Wallewein.
Wadena scored one in the fifth, but Wallewein responded with one of his own in the sixth, at which point Wadena conceded the match.
"We thought it was going to be a really close game," said Wallewein.
Team ECS opened with an 8-6 victory over Foam Lake, and then edged Monmartre 5-2, to reach the A final.
Wallewein's rink was at provincials last year, too, and he expects that the experience from 2012, coupled with the confidence of winning regionals, will give his team a boost for provincials.
"We're coming off a big win, and if we keep carrying that momentum out, we'll be fine," Wallewein said.
The other members of Team ECS are third Dustin Doerr, second Riley Lafrentz and lead Rylan Hauck. Mark Kroeker is the coach.
Monmartre defeated Wadena 5-4 in the B final to also qualify for provincials.
The girls and mixed regional qualifiers were also held in Estevan. In the girls' regionals, the Oxbow Prairie Horizons School entry defeated Esterhazy 8-2 in the A final to advance to provincials.
Oxbow opened with a 7-4 triumph over Wakaw, and then edged Yorkton Sacred Heart 7-5 in the A bracket's semi-final round.
Esterhazy defeated Kelvington 8-1 in the B event final to also qualify for provincials.
A team from Lampman also entered the girls' regionals, and they went 1-2. They opened with a 6-2 loss to Kelvington, recovered to defeat Lumsden 11-6, and then lost 8-4 to Yorkton Sacred Heart.
In the mixed event, Ituna beat Strasbourg 10-8 in the A final, and Strasbourg recovered to edge Yorkton Regional No. 1 7-6.