The J. L. Crowe high school curling team lost its first match at the provincial curling championship Thursday, coming up short against Smithers Secondary 7-4 at the Kamloops Curling Club.
Smithers jumped out to a 3-1 lead with a steal in the fifth end, but the Crowe team made up of skip Kelvin Harper, third Justion Umpherville, second Tyler Simpson, and lead Nathan McFadden, scored three in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead. However, the Smithers foursome replied scoring a devastating four points in the seventh for a 7-4 win.
Crowe also played Valleyview Secondary School Thursday afternoon, and Frances Kelsey Secondary Thursday evening but scores were unavailable at press time. The team will play seven games between now and Saturday with the school with the best record being crowned provincial champion.
On the high school girls side, Alysha Buchy’s Kimberley rink gave up two in the final end to lose a crushing 7-6 decision to Mount Elizabeth Secondary out of Kamloops.