Locals reach playoffs at Players Championship

Shaun Meachem STEVEN MAH/SOUTHWEST BOOSTER

Both local rinks advanced to the playoffs at the SCT Players Championship in Swift Current over the weekend.

A rink skipped by Cabri’s Shaun Meachem, playing out of the host Swift Current Curling Club, made it to the semi-final of the 16-team event.

Meachem was joined by lead Jared Latos, second Brayden Stewart, and third Brady Scharback.

They opened the event with a 7-2 win in five ends over Saskatoon’s Michael Carss. Meachem was bounced from the A Event on Friday evening in a 5-3 loss to Regina’s Shane Vollman.

They also lost 7-2 to Estevan’s Brent Gedak on Saturday morning to fall to the C Event.

Meachem opened the C Event with a 6-1 win over Regina’s Ben Gamble and then defeated Carss 6-5 to reach the playoffs.

Meachem opened the playoffs with an 8-5 win over Saskatoon’s Bruce Korte on Sunday morning. His run came to an end with a 7-6 loss to Gedak in the semi-final.

A Fox Valley rink skipped by Ryan Deis won its first three games to advance to the championship event as well.

Ryan Deis

The Deis rink was comprised of lead Kalin Deis, second Jason Barnhart, third Scott Manners, and fourth Ryan Deis.

The Fox Valley rink won their opener 7-4 over Kerrobert’s Brad Heidt on Friday evening. They added a 6-5 win over Saskatoon’s Jason Jacobson in the late draw.

They added a 4-3 win to Kerrobert’s Josh Heidt on Saturday afternoon to go straight to the playoffs.

Deis was bounced from the championship event with a 7-3 loss to Regina’s Steve Howard.