Orangeville District Secondary School girls curling team compete at CWOSSA

March 9, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

The Orangeville District Secondary School girls curling team competed at the regional level at the Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association (CWOSSA) bonspiel held at the Orangeville Curling Club on Mar. 1 and 2.

Curling, as a high school sport, is in a rebuilding year. This is because most events could not take place during the pandemic, which resulted in fewer schools being able to enter a team to compete this year.

Most schools that competed only had one or two team members who had experience with club curling, but they filled in the team, asking other girls to give it a try.

“We had a District tournament in Guelph, so we had to beat a Guelph team to come here,” explained ODSS coach Laura Cherry. “We have one girl who curls at the Orangeville club, and the other three came out to try out the sport. This worked out well. For high school you can have one kid that curls, and the rest of the team can come out and learn.”

ODSS team members include Brianna DeRooy, Violet Hanes-Ahearn, Lily Cerveny, and Elana Mazzola.

Brianna is a Grade 9 student at ODSS but has experience as a curler at the Orangeville Club, so she made a good fit as the team’s skip and led them on the ice.

“I’ve been curling for about six or seven years,” Brianna explained. “Both of my parents are curlers. The first team we played, we won, but we lost the second game. We have to win the next game to continue.”

The ODSS team lost their third game and could continue to the semi-final round.

Elmira District Secondary School won the CWOSSA girls curling championship in the final game with a 10-6 win over John Diefenbaker Secondary School. 

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