MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. – Sterling Middleton and his three fellow teammates have qualified for the BC Men’s Curling Championships in Abbotsford this upcoming February.
The Fort St. John native and the rest of his rink skipped by Tyler Tardi were the top-seeded team heading to the tournament, and earned a bye in the first round. In Round 2, the quartet faced a tough challenge from Ron Leech’s rink. Leech, a previous Brier alumnus, gave Team Tardi a tough fight, but ultimately was defeated 11-4 by Tardi. In the ‘A’ semifinals, Andrew Bilesky’s rink was Team Tardi’s opponent. Middleton says that the match featured less scoring than in their first game, but that the quartet were able to outmaneuver Bilesky’s rink 7-3 after eight ends.
In the finals, Team Tardi played against Steven Schneider. Team Tardi scored singles in the first, fourth, seventh, and ninth ends, while Schneider only managed a single point in the eighth end. Final score after ten ends was 4-1.
Middleton and the rest of Team Tardi will be in action in New Westminster on Boxing Day, when they they play their first games at the BC Junior Provincials.