The CURLSASK Under-21 Provincial Championships wrapped up on Sunday at the Swift Current Curling Club with Elizabeth Kessel and Logan Ede leading their teams to the women’s and men’s titles. 

Kessel and her rink from the Balgonie Curling Club defeated Cara Kesslering 6-3 in the semi-final on Sunday morning to earn a rematch of Saturday’s 1 vs. 2 game against Madison Kleiter. Kessel trailed Kleiter 7-6 after seven ends but scored three in the eighth and stole a point in the ninth and tenth ends to win the final 11-7. 

“We had a bit of a slow start, but we kept in it,” Kessel said. “We came back and just had the fire under our butts and we just did what we had to do. Push when we needed to and force them, and we end up winning.” 

On the men’s side, Ede and his rink from the Martensville Curling Club held on for a 10-5 win over Josh Bryden from the Callie Club in Regina. Ede scored three in the fourth end and stole three in the fifth to jump out to an 8-2 lead at the break, but Bryden chipped away with singles in three straight ends before Ede scored two in the ninth to wrap it up. 

“We’ve played those guys a lot of times this year and it’s always a battle,” Ede said. “We had a couple chances but couldn’t take advantage of them and we ended up giving a couple of steals. We wanted to maintain control into nine and we were able to find a deuce in nine to seal it.” 

Along with Kessel and Ede, Saskatchewan will also send a second men’s team to nationals with that berth going to Matthew Drewitz and his team from Saskatoon based on their standings in the Saskatchewan Junior Tour Points List. 

The New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championship will take place in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, from March 25 to April 2.