With the seniors on break in preparation for the regional curling bonspiels, it was the juniors who took centre stage for the district championships in Wadena on Feb. 13.
The bonspiel featured teams from 12 different schools, who competed in three disciplines including men’s, women’s and mixed.
The boys bonspiel featured seven teams from six different schools including Foam Lake, Wadena, Muenster, Raymore, Strasbourg and Watrous.
The lone school to have two teams competing in the boys event was Foam Lake, who took full advantage of carrying the extra team, as Foam Lake One captured the district title.
The boys from Foam Lake rolled through the tournament, not dropping a game along the way as they knocked off Wadena, Raymore, Foam Lake Two, and Wadena on route to the district title.
Wadena meanwhile, were the district runners up as they wrapped up the bonspiel with a record of 4-2.
The boys from Wadena did not make things easy on themselves as they dropped their opening contest against Foam Lake One and were forced to run the table to get to the district final.
After their loss to Foam Lake One, Wadena rebounded beautifully knocking off Muenster, Watrous, Raymore and Foam Lake Two to get another shot at Foam Lake One.
Unfortunately, Wadena’s run would come to an end as they would lose once again to Foam Lake One.
The girls bonspiel was much smaller than the boys event, with only four teams in action including Lanigan Elementary, Wadena, Quill Lake and Ituna.
Quill Lake emerged from the competition victorious as they rolled to a record of 3-0 thanks to wins over Ituna and Wadena, and then Wadena again in the district final.
Wadena meanwhile, earned the silver medal with a record of just 2-2, as they suffered a pair of losses to Quill Lake.
The bonspiel got off to a solid start for Wadena as they picked up a win over Lanigan Elementary, but a loss to Quill Lake sent them to the B-Side.
After knocking off Ituna in the B final, Wadena got another shot at Quill Lake in the district final, but could not pull out the win, as they were forced to settle for silver.
The final event came in the mixed competition, as six teams took the ice including Lanigan High, Muenster, Humboldt Collegiate, Watrous, Archerwill, and Quill Lake.
Following in the footsteps of the girls team, Quill Lake picked up the mixed doubles district title.
Quill Lake rolled through the bonspiel, not losing along the way as they knocked off Watrous, Muenster and Lanigan High en route to the title.
Lanigan High meanwhile, earned a hard fought silver medal.
The mixed team from Lanigan High did not make things easy on themselves as a first round loss to Muenster sent them into the B-Side needing to win out to claim the district title.
Needing a bounceback, Lanigan High responded knocking off Archerwill, Watrous, and Muenster to get to the district final, where they came up short against Quill Lake.
Despite earning district championships all junior teams saw their curling season come to a close as there are no provincials for the juniors.