Local roundup: curling season over, Lavoie wins medals

The curling season is over in Chatham-Kent.

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Curling clubs done for the season

The curling season is over in Chatham-Kent.

The three local curling clubs that opened this season – in Ridgetown, Blenheim and Wallaceburg – chose to keep their doors shut rather than reopen when the COVID-19 provincewide lockdown ended.

Games aren’t allowed in Chatham-Kent until the region drops from the red level to orange under Ontario’s colour-coded restrictions system.

“We had to turn the compressor off in mid-January,” said a message from the Ridgetown Curling Club. “We simply could not afford to wait until we reached a safe level to reopen under the provincial guidelines.”

The Golden Acres Curling Club in Blenheim removed its ice in December.

“(We’re) committed to staying closed for curling for the remainder of the season,” club spokesperson Justin Van Horn said. “We anticipate being back on the ice at our regular time of the last week in October.”

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The Sydenham Community Curling Club in Wallaceburg announced the end of its season last week.

“We had a good run before Christmas but just couldn’t hold off any longer hoping for a few more weeks of curling,” said a message to members on the club’s Facebook page.

The fourth local club, the Chatham Granite Club, cancelled its season in August because of concern for the members’ health.

Lavoie wins conference medals

Delta State junior Madison Lavoie of Wheatley won two medals Wednesday at the New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference championships in Cleveland, Miss.

Lavoie won a gold in the women’s 200-yard medley relay in 1:41.42. Two years ago, she helped Delta State set the NSISC record.

Lavoie also won a silver in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:05.08.

The meet continues through Saturday.

Stephens throws personal-best

Alison Stephens of Chatham threw a personal-best 16.25 metres to place 11th in the women’s weight throw at the Sun Belt Conference indoor track and field championships Monday in Birmingham, Ala.

Stephens is in her sophomore season at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

She was 17th at the Sun Belt championships as a freshman.

The first meet on the Little Rock Trojans’ outdoor schedule is March 8-9 in Searcy, Ark.

McPherson off to playoffs

Rookie goalie Jessie McPherson of Chatham helped the Vermont Catamounts (6-4-0) to a fourth-place finish in the Hockey East regular season.

Vermont will host No. 5 Maine in a Hockey East tournament quarter-final Sunday.

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McPherson is ranked 10th in NCAA women’s hockey with a 1.57 goals-against average and 12th with a .938 save percentage. She has a 4-3-0 record.

Gorski top goalie for Merrimack

The last-place Merrimack Warriors (1-15-0) will miss the Hockey East women’s tournament because of COVID-19 protocols.

Sophomore Emma Gorski of Wallaceburg took over as the Warriors’ top goalie this season while posting a 3.83 goals-against average and .895 save percentage.

Gorski had a 1-14-0 record, but she didn’t receive much offensive support. The Warriors scored only 13 goals in 16 games and were shut out nine times.

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