The Mixed Doubles Curling Provincial Championship was handed out on Sunday at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre.
The Saskatoon duo of Brayden Stewart and Chaelynn Kitz walked away with the provincial crown after an 8-1 win over Fox Valley’s DondaLee and Kalin Deis.
“It feels awesome,” said Kitz after the final win on Sunday.
The Kitz/Stewart team was dominant all weekend, posting a perfect 6-0 record over the four-day championship. Their closest game was a three-point win over Ashley Quick and Mike Armstrong in the quarterfinal on Sunday morning.
“We just set up the ends early and that's big in mixed doubles, we did that well and that's what helped us,” said Stewart.
Kitz added that they figured out the ice pretty quickly and were rolling after that, “We had draw weight all weekend, we were top-pin for most of our shots, didn’t miss many that way,” she said. “The ice was fantastic here.”
Despite their lopsided wins throughout the tournament, Stewart said that because of the way mixed doubles is played, they had to keep the pedal down all weekend. “In mixed doubles you never feel safe at any point,” he said.
This is the first provincial title for Kitz and second for Stewart, who added that it had been a while since he won, “I forgot it feels like,” said Stewart.
The duo will now head to the Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship, which run Mar. 29- Apr. 1 in Leduc, AB.
As for the local teams, the Lorraine Arguin/Ben Gamble as well as Jason and Colleen Ackerman came the closest to advancing into the championship pool.
Arguin/Gamble lost 7-5 to Regina's Sara England and Ryan Grabarczyk in the seventh qualifying final, while the Ackermans lost 9-8 to Quick/Armstrong in the eight qualifying final.
Skylar and Carson Ackerman lost 10-3 to Saskatoon's Alexa Dixon and Shane Kitz on Friday afternoon to end their time at provincials.
Brett Behm and Cassidy Badduik lost 9-8 to Wadena's Kea Narfason and Ethan Nygaard on Friday night to get bounced from provincials.