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Athletes thrive at Winter Games

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The South East Connection team won gold in female curling.

Local athletes contributed to the Southeast Connection's medal haul during the 2014 Saskatchewan Winter Games that were held from February 16 to 22 in Prince Albert.

The South East finished with 10 gold, 15 silver and 12 bronze medals for 37 medals overall, which left them sixth in the medal standings.

In female curling, the South East won the gold medal. Members were Taylor Marcotte of Torquay, Angela Taylor of Lampman, and Chaelynn Kitz and Halynne Lamontagne of Oxbow.

They opened with a 9-5 victory over Prairie Central, and then rattled off victories of 13-3 over Team South West, 9-0 over Team North and 8-3 over Lakeland to advance to the gold medal game, which they won 6-4 over Regina.

Local athletes also contributed to silver medal results in male and female hockey, synchronized swimming and table tennis.

The South East team in male hockey went 3-0 in the round robin, beating Regina 7-4, Saskatoon 7-1 and Rivers West 10-0. They dropped an 8-4 decision to Parkland Valley in the A final.

Cole Fonstad of Estevan, Hayden Cutler of Arcola, Cody Levesque of Carnduff, Colton Schell of Lampman, and Trey Stocker of Stoughton were on the boys' hockey team.

The female hockey team also went 3-0 in the round robin, as they defeated Lakeland 4-1, Saskatoon 3-2 and Prairie Central 6-2 to reach the A final, which they lost 8-3 to the South West team.

The female entry included: Megan LeBlanc and Michaella Matthies of Estevan; Janissa Cooley of Oxbow; Teanna Sieben of Bienfait; Alexis Ashworth of Oungre; Ashlyn Taillon of Lampman; and Ashton Magotiaux, Makenna Morrison and Raine Smith of Carlyle.

The 10-member South East entry in synchronized swimming included eight swimmers from the Estevan Mermaids: Nyla Dyck, Tracy Irwin, Brooke Kruger, Taylor Kuntz, Hannah Mantei, Eden Palmer, Danika Poirier, Kelsey Potoma, Marlie Weinrauch, Hannah Whitman and Alyssa Wieting. They were coached by Brenda Lyons and Tess Rensby, also of Estevan.

Synchronized swimmers brought home four silver medals, including one in the team event. They finished with a score of 54.8756. Saskatoon took the gold.

Irwin was second in the figures event with a 57.813. Kruger was fourth at 57.293 and Whitman was seventh at 56.022.

Kruger brought home silver in solos with a 56.4631. Mantei was sixth at 53.5359. And Irwin and Whitman teamed up to finished second in duets with a score of 56.2587. Palmer and Wieting were 10th at 53.3811.

Jean Ross Be, Jay Ross Be and Tate Wrubleski of Estevan brought home medals in table tennis. Jean Ross Be and her teammate, Emily Ryder from the Carry the Kettle First Nation, went 3-0 in their first round robin, and 2-1 in the championship pool, to win a silver medal in female cadet team tournament.

She also won the silver in the cadet singles competition, thanks to a 4-1 record.

Jay Ross Be and Wrubleski teamed up to go 3-0 in their first pool, and 2-1 in the second, to win silver in the junior male team competition.

They were classified as fourth and fifth, respectively, in junior male singles.

The three local athletes helped the southeast earn the bronze in the overall competition.

In female figure skating, Jenna Meredith of Carievale captured the bronze medal in Class 1 with a score of 20.64.

Emily Hanson of Estevan was fifth with a 20.54, and fellow Estevan skater Nicole Kistanov was sixth at 19.80. Also competing were Madison Folkerts of Estevan, Cassidy Weber of Arcola, and Kyla Fischer of Carlyle.

The southeast corner was also well represented in badminton and bowling. The South East went 1-4 in badminton to finish eighth.

Team members included Amy Cameron of Alameda, and Savannah Girard, Jalisa Nordin, Brandon Puchard and Breanne Wolkowski of Oxbow.

Team South East was seventh in each of male and female bowling. Alex Kerr and Damen Neufeld of Carnduff were on the boys' team.

The girls' team consisted of five Carnduff bowlers: Grace Larson, Danielle Annets, Payton Baglole, Laci Glennie and Meegan Hood.

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