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Truro's Karlee Burgess to compete at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Truro’s Karlee Burgess, right, raises her broom to skip Mackenzie Zacharias, not pictured,  after Canada defeated Russia 9-8 to advance to the championship game at the world junior curling championships in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on Friday. From left are lead Lauren Lenentine and second  Emily Zacharias.  RICHARD GRAY
Truro’s Karlee Burgess, right, raises her broom to skip Mackenzie Zacharias, not pictured, after Canada defeated Russia to advance to the championship game at the world junior curling championships in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, last year. From left are lead Lauren Lenentine and second Emily Zacharias. - Contributed

Truro’s Karlee Burgess will compete at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts later this month in Calgary.

Burgess is the third for Manitoba’s Mackenzie Zacharias rink that was awarded a wild-card berth in  the tournament to be played Feb. 19-28 in a bubble  environment in Calgary. Second Emily Zacharias and  lead Lauren Lenentine of New Dominion, P.E.I., round out the Manitoba team.

The Zacharias rink, the reigning Canadian and world junior women’s champion,  was one of the three teams wild cards to be selected for the 18-team field.

 Tracy Fleury (East St. Paul, Man.) and  Beth Peterson (Winnipeg) were also selected based on the 2019-20 Canadian Team Ranking System.

Nova Scotia will be represented by Mayflower’s Jill Brothers rink that includes Erin Carmody, Jenn Brine, Emma Logan and Kim Kelly.

Rounding out the field are: Kerri Einarson (Team Canada),   Corryn Brow (British Columbia),   Laura Walker (Alberta), Sherri Anderson (Saskatchewan),  Jennifer Jones (Manitoba),   Rachel Homan (Ontario),  Krysta Burns (Northern Ontario), Laurie St-Georges (Quebec),  Melissa Adams (New Brunswick),  Suzanne Birt (Prince Edward Island),   Sarah Hill (Newfoundland/Labrador),   Kerry Galush (Northwest Territories),   Laura Eby (Yukon) and  Lori Eddy (Nunavut).

The Scotties will be played without fans   at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

The three wild cards for the Tim Hortons Brier were also announced with  Mike McEwen (Winnipeg),   Kevin Koe (Calgary) and  Glenn Howard (Toronto) earning the spots.

The remainder of the field for the  Tim Hortons Brier is expected to be announced later this week once all teams have been confirmed.

Nova Scotia is being represented by the Jamie Murphy rink, that includes skip Scott McDonald, third Paul flemming, second Scott Saccary and lead Phil Crowell.

Ontario's McDonald is replacing Murphy, who opted out of the event also being held in Calgary.

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