Haupstein rink off to U18 nationals

The Emily Haupstein rink of Weyburn, fresh off a provincial championship for high school curling, won the U18 Women’s provincial title over the weekend at the Callie Curling Club in Regina, and will be off to the national championships on April 2-7 in Sherwood Park, Alta.

The rink, comprised of skip Emily Haupstein, third Shayla Moore, second Emma Wiens and lead Abbey Johnson, won 8-2 in the round-robin over Soika, lost 7-4 to Kleiter, then won 9-6 over Ackerman in the B semi-final, and 6-4 over Kleiter in the B final.

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In the C semi-final, Haupstein defeated Remehylo 9-0, and then 6-2 over Ackerman to win the C final. The A final had been won by Kleiter.

In the tournament final, Kleither had to beat Haupstein twice, since Haupstein won both the B and C events. Haupstein lost the first game 7-6, and then won 7-5 in the second game of the playoff. The win came from the last shot of the game.

Haupstein was up by one with the hammer in the eighth end, and Emily had to draw to the button for the win, with Johnson calling the line, and Moore and Wiens sweeping.

“It was a team shot, well thrown, swept and a great line call,” said coach Danette Tracey.