Airdrie curler wins provincial juvenile title
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 10:38 am
It was mission accomplished for Airdrie curler Connor Lenton in High River on March 2.
Lenton, who is the lead on Tyler Lautner’s team from the Calgary Winter Club, earned the Alberta boys juvenile championship after finishing the round robin in first place with a 4-1 record.
“It’s a real unbelievable feeling for all of us,” Lenton said. “At the start of the season, our big goal was to win this event, and it felt nice to see all of our really hard work pay off for us.”
“The guys have really dedicated themselves towards this goal through the entire season, and they worked really hard to achieve it,” Connor’s father and Team Coach Blair added. “As a coach, I was really proud to be a part of their success.”
The Lautner rink, which also has Mark Taylor at third and Jared Latos at second, were the team to beat at the High River Curling Club during the provincials, as the team wrapped up first place before its final game took place.
“We just stuck to our routine throughout the weekend, and we stayed focused on what we needed to do,” Connor Lenton said. “We didn’t want to get too ahead of ourselves though, despite the fact that we were doing so well, and we just made sure that we did what we needed to do in our games.”
“We had worked on some of the technical aspects of their deliveries prior to the event, but we didn’t change up much with their overall game,” Blair Lenton added. “We just kept throwing rocks and the guys never lost the feel for things.”
In addition to winning the provincial title, the Lautner rink qualified for the Optimist Under 18 International Curling Championship, which will take place in Surrey and Langley, British Columbia from April 2 to 6.
“There will be a good mix of teams at the event,” Blair Lenton said. “There are 12 teams in the event, with three coming from the United States, one from Japan, and the rest of the field made up of teams from all across Canada.”
“It would be nice to make it into the championship rounds and have a chance to win it all,” Connor Lenton added. “But the biggest thing for our team is to just enjoy the overall experience, and to just soak everything in.”