Brandon’s Tori Thiessen skated to a gold medal for Westman. (FILE PHOTO)
Westman figure skaters picked up one medal of each colour Friday at the Power Smart Manitoba Games in Morden, Winkler and the RM of Stanley.
Brandon’s Tori Thiessen scored 56.83 on her free skate last night to finish the Competitive Level 2 event with a combined score of 74.14 to run away with the gold medal. She finished 11.23 points ahead of silver medallist Kirsten Gutenberg, another Skate Brandon member who scored 50.32 on her free skate for a total of 62.91. Hartney’s Casey Bertholet finished fourth at 61.05, just 0.62 points behind Central’s Dominique Bergeron, who won the bronze medal.
Brandon’s Marijka Popadynetz earned Westman’s other medal of the day, winning bronze in Competitive Level 1 figure skating. Popadynetz scored 25.51 on her free skate for a combined score of 27.51 to finish third overall.
In other Level 2 results, Brandon’s Taylor McMurdo (57.92), Neepawa’s Amy Todoruk (57.66) and Elkhorn’s Hannah Martin (56.14) placed sixth, seventh and ninth, respectively, while Courtney Morken of Brandon finished 14th and Zoie Forgue of Neepawa was 15th. Brandon’s Taryn Gwynne finished eighth in the Level 1 event with a total score of 25.22, followed by Carberry’s Annika Duguay in 16th and Brandonite Cassidy Miller in 20th place.
That gives Westman 41 medals, with 15 gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze.
Team Westman will take on Central for gold today in girl’s hockey after beating Winnipeg Blue 2-0 in Friday’s semifinals. Shaelyn Vallotton and Jaycee Magwood both scored for Westman in the semifinal, while Kristen Campbell recorded the shutout in net. Westman closed out the round robin with a 5-1 loss to Winnipeg Gold. Baldur’s Chelsea Dearsley scored Westman’s lone marker.
Three Westman squads advanced to today’s medal round.
Westman’s doubles youth girls’ team of Katherine Lee and Olivia Pieroni, both of Brandon, will play for gold today after going a perfect 7-0 in the round robin, and winning all their matches in two straight sets. They will face Central’s Maddi Fraser and Maddie Gylywoychuk, who Westman beat 2-0 (21-10, 21-12) to close out the preliminary round.
Meanwhile, Brandonites Jayden Sisson and Nicole Russel will play for bronze medals in the youth boys’ and junior girls’ events. Sisson went 3-4 in the junior boys’ draw to advance to today’s bronze-medal match against Interlake’s Landen Gray. Russel also went 3-4 and will face NorMan’s Madelyn Lies for a medal.
None of Westman’s other doubles teams are in medal contention, with the junior boys’ team going 3-4, the junior mixed team going 2-5 and the junior girls’ team going 0-7. The youth mixed team went 2-5 and the youth boys’ squad finished 1-6. In singles play, Brandon’s Riley Chen went 3-4 in the junior boys’ event, but missed advancing to the medal round. Souris’s Sarah Palson finished 1-6 in the youth girls’ field.
All four of Westman’s Special Olympic Curling teams will take home a medal.
Westman 1 — with Shannon Bauche, Wayne Bauche, Jeff Gardiner and Tammy Lumax — went 2-1 in the second round robin to advance to today’s Division A gold-medal game against Westman 4 — which features James Almas, Art Haggstrom, Rick LaRoque and Sandra Revet. Trent Gussie, Scott Madder, Ted Mullens and Daryn Thomson of Westman 3 will win a bronze medal. Meanwhile, Harvey Chambers, Darla Cunningham, Mike Lee and Michelle Ranson of Westman 2 will play Central for Division B gold today.
Westman’s mixed doubles team of Brayden and Kaitlyn Payette went 2-4 in the round robin and missed the playoffs.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 8, 2014