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Pepsi Jr. Curling ch’ships start Wednesday

['The Lauren Lenentine-skipped rink from the Cornwall Curling Club will represent Prince Edward Island at this week’s Canadian junior curling championship in Victoria, B.C. From left are Lenentine, third Kristie Rogers, second Breanne Burgoyne, lead Rachel O’Connor and coach Pat Quilty.']
The Lauren Lenentine-skipped rink from the Cornwall Curling Club, from left, Lenentine, third Kristie Rogers, second Breanne Burgoyne, lead Rachel O’Connor and coach Pat Quilty will commence defence of their 2017 title when the 2018 Pepsi Jr. Curling championship starts at the Maple Leaf Cluring Club Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Cornwall well represented in both divisions

O’LEARY

The 2018 Pepsi P.E.I. Junior Men’s and Junior Women’s Curling Championships get underway Wednesday at the Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary.

There are four men’s and six women’s teams entered in the respective modified triple knock-out championships.

The Lauren Lenentine rink from the Cornwall Curling Club is back with the same line-up that won the 2017 women’s title, looking to repeat. There will be a new men’s team, though, as one-half of the Tyler Smith championship team from 2017 is competing out-of-province this year.

Six of the 10 teams, and part of another, are from the Cornwall Curling Club.

The respective men’s and women’s champions will represent P.E.I. at the New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships Jan. 21-28 in Shawinigan, Quebec.

Play starts at 2 p.m. with two men’s games and two women’s teams in the opening draw. The Emily Sanderson rink and the Lauren Ferguson rink both have an opening draw bye. They will see their first action at 6 p.m., Sanderson against the winner of the Annika Kelly/Sydney Howatt 2 p.m. game and Ferguson playing the winner of the Lenentine/Rachel MacLean game.

The 2 p.m. matchups for the junior men have the Devin Schut and Mitchell Schut rinks squaring off in one game and Alex MacFadyen playing Chase MacMillan in the other. The losers from the 2 p.m. men’s draw will meet at 6 p.m. while the winners will play in the “A” event final Thursday at 9:30 a.m. The women’s “A” event final also goes Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

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