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Sault College Curling Teams Vying For First National Title

Scott Gray for local2 sault ste. marie
March 15th, 2012 at 4:39pm



SAULT COUGARS After an absence of 20 years from the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association National Championships the sport of curling makes it return March 20-24 in Peterborough, Ontario.

Both the Sault College Men’s and Women’s teams will both being vying for the first national championship titles in the history of the school. Both teams come in hot, fresh off capturing their respective provincial titles last month in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Championships hosted at the Soo Curlers Club.

The women’s team is looking to continue their momentum from the provincials as they move onto the nationals. Rookie skip Michelle MacLeod (Iroquois Falls) leads the Cougars with lead Jodi Gillespie (Sault), second Kelly Gibson (Timmins) and vice Jessica Merrifield (Sault). The ladies are excited about the opportunity to play at the national level and hope to make their mark in the collegiate curling scene.

On the men’s side, the Cougars eagerly await their competition with the goal of a national placing clear in their sights. The “all Sault” squad features lead Mark Dugas, second Stephane Beaulieu, vice Brett Punkari and skip Nick Dawson. “This opportunity of a lifetime” as Dawson puts it – “we are determined to play our best as we take on Canada’s best”.

Well respected curling coaches Carl Punkari and Rejeanne MacLeod have readied the Cougars for this national level event and await all their opponents in Peterborough; helping build a strong Sault College Curling Program. Unfortunately, Punkari cannot make the trip but has enlisted the services of well-known local coach Bob Lewis to aid the teams as they look for national success.

The whole Sault College community is thankful to the coaches and is anticipating a strong representation by their student-athletes at this National Championship.

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