ARHS curlers headed to provincials

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ARHS curlers headed to provincials

First they took the region, next they hope to take the entire province.

The Amherst Regional High School Curling team will travel to Truro Thursday and put their curling skills to the test against seven other teams in the boys division.

"If we play our best I think we can do quite well," team skip Greg Curtis said. "If we miss some shots we need to make then we might not go as far."

Each player on the team has four years experience, but they laugh when they tell how they have only been curling together as a team for one month.

"We had lots of fun making it to the provincials and I'm sure we'll have fun in Truro," Curtis added.

To conquer the region, the team had to vanquish J.H. Gillis High School from Antigonish two times, and then they had to play Pugwash.

"When we played Pugwash the ice maker had a heart attack and we had to have a make up game," Curtis said.

In the make up game held two weekends ago, they scored three in the last end to defeat Pugwash.

"It was a close game and it was a long road to the provincials but we made it," Curtis said.

His teammates are Turner Wolfe (lead), Nick Smith (second), and Nick Ripley (mate).

They all say the best thing about curling is the traveling.

"You travel around to the different curling clubs and you get to meet lots of people," Wolfe said.

The provincials begin Thursday and end on Saturday.

The first team they will face is Lockview High School from the Bedford area.

"If we win both games on Thursday we advance straight to Saturday's games," Curtis said. "If we win one and lose one we will play again on Friday."

A girls division and a mixed division are also attending the tournament.

Curtis and Wolfe are in grade 11 and Smith and Ripley are in the 10th grade.

Team fast facts: They all say their favourite subjects at school are gym and lunch and everyone except Curtis says their favourite movie is 'Superbad.' Curtis likes 'Shooter.'

Organizations: Amherst Regional High School Curling, J.H. Gillis High School, Lockview High School

Geographic location: Truro, Antigonish, Bedford

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