RDC Kings & Queens in playoff race at nationals

CAMROSE — RDC’s Ryan Dahmer made things tough on himself, but pulled out three victories in men’s competition during the second day of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association curling championships Thursday.

Dahmer ran this record to 4-1 as he defeated Zack Shurtleff of Humber College of Toronto, 7-6, Charlie Richard of Fanshawe College of London., Ont., 5-4, and Matt Taylor of Lakeland, 5-3.

Meanwhile, the Queens Marla Sherrer put herself back in the playoff race, winning twice Thursday to sit at 2-3 and in a tie for fourth place.

Sherrer and teammates Sara McMann, Katie Primrose, Brett Day and Taylor Konschuh, defeated Cassandra Paccanaro of Humber College, 5-4, and Emma Caldwell of Niagara College of Welland, Ont., 7-2, and dropped a 6-2 decision to Sara Westman of Fanshawe.

Dahmer with teammates Ty Parcels, Austin Kelts-Larsen, Jordan Smith and David Austin counted one in the 10th end to defeat Shurtleff, who tied the game with singles in the eighth and ninth.

Dahmer trailed Richard 4-2 after eight ends, but counted one in the ninth, then stole one in the 10th and 11th for the victory.

He had an easier time against Taylor as he stole singles in the fourth, fifth and sixth to take a 4-1 lead. Taylor did get back in it with one in the seventh and eight, but a single in the ninth put Dahmer up coming home.

Dahmer, who was the ACAC All-Conference skip this season, sits first with Richard and Logan James of Mohawk College of Hamilton, at 3-2. Taylor, Shurtleff, Dustyn Wozny of Olds, Jonah Tobinski of NAIT and Andrew Klassen of host Augustana are 2-3.

The Kings face James and Tobinski today with the semifinals set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday and the finals at 2:30 p.m.

Sherrer, who was the ACAC female curler of the year, meets Tessa Briscoe of Lakeland, 2-3, and Nikki Smith of 1-4 Augustana today.

On Thursday, she counted a single in the 10th end to defeat Paccanaro, who had singles in the eighth and ninth to tie the score.

Sherrer then fell behind Westman 3-0 and 4-2 and never caught up.

The RDC crew found its offence against Caldwell scoring two in the third, then stealing singles in the fourth and fifth to lead 4-1. They gave up one in the sixth, but counted a deuce in the seventh and one in the eighth to put a lid on the victory.

Westman led the eight-team standing with a 5-0 record, while Emily Clark of NAIT is 4-1 and Veronica Maschmeyer of Concordia is 3-2. Caldwell and Briscoe are also 2-3 with Paccanaro and Smith at 1-4.

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