MacLeod Public tops a field of 80 curling teams
by Randy Pascal
Tanner Horgan and the MacLeod Public School curling team were determined to be bridesmaids no more.
After finishing second in a field of 64 elementary school teams from across the province last April in Minden, the local foursome of skip Tanner Horgan,
vice Jacob Horgan, second Ethan Urban and lead Patrick Huska climbed one rung up the ladder.
One of 80 entries competing earlier this month in Parry Sound, Team Horgan finished second overall in round robin play, reeling off four more wins in the
playoff round, including a triumphant finish in besting Cedarview Middle School of Nepean in the championship final.
The MacLeod foursome thumped E.C. Nouveau Regard of Cochrane 14-1, knocked off Park Avenue Public School of Holland Landing 10-2, blanked
Hillcrest Elementary School of Owen Sound 19-0 before closing off pool play with a 12-0 whitewash of McDougall Public School in Parry Sound.
Their 55 point total left Horgan and company second only to Cedarview (58 pts), with Muskoka Beachgrove Public School (53 pts) and Woodville
Elementary School (52) rounding out the top four.
MacLeod continued their winning ways on day two, systematically eliminating R.Tait McKenzie Public School (Almonte), J.D. Hodgson Public
School (Haliburton), Queen Elizabeth Sr Public School (Mississauga) before getting the better of Cedarview in the final.
The Timbits Provincial Championship is a sanctioned event, providing for an Ontario elementary school title under the auspices of the OCA
(Ontario Curling Association). Earlier this year, the MacLeod Public School rink captured the Rainbow Elementary Curling championships for a third straight
year, once again without losing a game.
The Timbit Provincials in Parry Sound drew teams from Gananoque, Waterloo, Newmarket, Port Elgin, Fenelon Falls, Burlington, Guelph, Toronto and Minden, along with
those noted earlier.