Gearing up for what they hope will be a particularly successful run in early 2014, the Tanner Horgan bantam boys curling rink put the wheels in motion over the holidays, advancing to the championship final of the 2013 Toronto Curling Association Travellers Bonspiel before settling for silver medals.
With a provincial championship already safely tucked away in their collective pockets courtesy of a victory over Matthew Hall in early November, Team Horgan (Tanner Horgan/Nick Servant/Jacob Horgan/Maxime Blais) cruised through the first three rounds of play in Toronto.
The locals defeated Justin Chung, Trevor Ranton (Kitchener-Waterloo) and Josh Leung before falling to Jeff Wanless (Aurora) in the championship affair.
The Horgan team will have little time to rest, heading immediately for Longlac, site of the Northern Ontario Curling Association Junior Boys Provincials. Despite fielding a completely underage quartet, the Horgan crew are considered to at least be in the running for the northern junior crown, with eight teams taking part in the event.
The remaining local entry on the boys side belongs to the Sudbury Curling Club as the rink of Sam Cull, Liam Brunton, Andrew Kohut, Scott Foy and Max Cull will also be on hand.
The junior girls, meanwhile, will be competing at the Fort William Curling Club from Jan. 2-5, with half the field made up of Sudbury and area curlers.
The four local representatives include:
Megan Smith (Sudbury Curling Club)
Kira Brunton (vice), Mikaela Cheslock (second) and Emma Johnson (lead)
Robin Beaudry (Idylwylde Golf & Country Club)
Carolyn Graham (vice), Cynthia Furlotte (second) and Monica Graham (lead)
Krysta Burns (Idylwylde Golf & Country Club)
Leah Hodgson (vice), Sara Guy (second) and Laura Masters (lead)
Peyton St Pierre (Copper Cliff)
Ayden Mullock (vice), Michela Nero (second), Marielle Rochefort (lead) and Chloe Gordon (fifth)