Danny repeats, Bonnie regains title at 2015 Provincials
Saskatchewan men's champion Danny Mckenzie of Stanley Mission retained
his title at the SDA Provincials in Creighton April 12, while Bonnie
Lapierre regained the women's title she last won in 2013. Congratulations to both of them!
Let's wish all our representatives good luck for the NDFC Nationals in
St. Catherine's in June.
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Pictured above are the winners at Creighton. Back row L-R: Shawn Solomon, Ernie Charles, Ashtin Bear, Karsten Larsen, Eric Matheson, Jim Dennis, James Walter, Darrell Nash, Danny Mckenzie; Front row L-R: Gwen Blatz, Wendy Hrechka, Stacey Stephanson, Lowine Binkley, Judy Cleaveley, Joan Hodgen, Carol Shepherd, Aspen Cleaveley, Bonnie Lapierre. Photo by Tanya Benoit
Bonnie 'The Hammer' Lapierre has now won the women's trophy an amazing nineteen times; Danny Mckenzie chalks up his eighth win. They'll be Team Saskatchewan captains for Nationals.
Here's the line-up for Team SK 2015:
Elections were held at Creighton on April 11 for three positions on the SDA Executive. Pat Copeman stays on as President; new executives are Judy Cleaveley, Secretary, and Brian Humphreys, 2nd Vice-president. They will take up their posts in time for the AGM in September and serve two-year terms.
Main Event draws top shots
Men's singles winner and $1,000 better off is Shane Harvey of Alberta (far left). He defeated fellow Albertan Mike Dwyer (left) in the final.
Women's number one is Saskatchewan's reigning provincial champ Cathy Kerrigan of Saskatoon (far right), who collects $500. Runner up: Wenda Carter of Alberta (right).
Photos courtesy Elaine Walker
Wenda teamed up with Ann-Marie Farmer to take women's doubles (pictured right). Over in men's doubles it was Scott Collins and Deon Grandy (Alberta) who came out on top (second right). Canada's top-ranked man Dave Cameron of Nova Scotia teamed up with local star Elaine Walker to win the mixed doubles (far right). Cameron also won the blind draw along with Matthew Hynes.
A total of $9,370 in prize money was paid out over six events, making this Saskatchewan's biggest tournament by far. You can see full results here.
Jason doubles up in Rosetown
Results are in from the Spring Shoot in Rosetown. Jason Skinner of North Battleford won men's singles over Ashtin Bear of Prince Albert and then teamed up with Ashtin to take the doubles over local players Jaret Gray and Gerry Rorick.
Meanwhile, youth star Dakota Roberts of Prince Albert was taking care of business in women's singles, defeating Barb Schmidt of Saskatoon in the final. Dakota has improved steadily at this tournament, finishing third in 2013 and second last year, all as a youth player.
Team Sask veterans Lowine Binkley and Judy Cleaveley from Hudson Bay won the women's doubles final over Dakota and new provincial junior girls' champ Rianna December of Saskatoon.
Ashtin's second place moves him up to second in the men's rankings behind Eric Matheson.
Organizer Trish Gray says the turnout was great despite the weather and road conditions being bad, and as usual the steak supper was awesome. We'll have pictures soon. You can see full results here.
Results in from Icicle
Eric Matheson of Saskatoon has regained top position in the men's rankings with a win at North Battleford. He defeated Jason Skinner in the final of the Icicle Open March 7, improving on his second place in 2014.
Jason and Eric then teamed up to win the men's doubles, making it a nice payday for Eric. That's them on the left.
In women's play, local player Sharon Acker was first in the singles, over Dakota Roberts of Prince Albert. They're pictured right.
Dakota featured again in the doubles, taking first with partner Stacey Stephanson of Saskatoon.
The tournament attracted 28 players, including 5 youths and several new faces. You can see full results here.
Youth team picked
The young players pictured below took part in the Youth Provincials in Hudson Bay. Photo courtesy Becky Arndt
SDA President Pat Copeman has this report:
The Youth Provincial championships to determine which of our youth players will represent Saskatchewan at the Youth Nationals in May 2015 were held this past weekend (Feb 21-22) in Hudson Bay. The results were as follows:
Junior Girls: 1st Rianna December; 2nd Savanah Solomon; 3rd Shaukeena McKay.
Senior Girls: 1st Dakota Roberts; 2nd Randi Friess; 3rd Clover Arndt.
Junior Boys: 1st Saul Arndt; 2nd Josh Grenier; 3rd Jaymes Swenson.
Senior Boys: 1st Austin Morrison.
Since there was only
one participant in the Senior Boys' division, James Swenson will have an
opportunity to attend the Nationals competition - he will play in the
Senior Boys' division with Austin. I know all the team and the coaches
will give Jaymes a lot of support and encouragement
You'll get full coverage of the team's exploits in St. Catherine's right here.
Dakota wins first adult title
Dakota Roberts of Prince Albert has won a women's singles event for the first time. She defeated top-ranked Judy Cleaveley in the final of the Pines Open, held at Nipawin February 6-8.
Dakota, pictured left, who is still a youth player, has performed well at the adult level, finishing runner-up four times since winning her silver medal in senior girls' singles at NDFC Youth Nationals in May 2014.
In men's action, Greg Vass of Regina won his second singles title of the season at the popular tournament, a few weeks after getting a taste for gold at the Lloydminster shoot. He defeated Karsten Larsen of Saskatoon in the final.
Six events took place over the weekend.
Karsten Larsen and James Walter of Hudson Bay won the men's doubles; Judy Cleaveley was back on top in the women's doubles, partnered with fellow Hudson Bay resident Lowine Binkley. They're pictured top right.
Larsen, Walter and Rita Larsen teamed up to win the mixed triples. They look quite happy about it in the picture.
Blind draw winners were Ashtin Bear (Prince Albert) and Alden Lewis (Hudson Bay).
Organizer Shauna Grassing says that "despite Nipawin being under a snowfall watch, we had a great time. The numbers were slightly down but we had a few new players out and some who hadn't played in a very long time." See the full results
Ashtin keeps cool in Blizzard
Reigning NDFC national youth champion and now three-time adult winner Ashtin Bear of Prince Albert held off the opposition to take the men's singles title at the 2015 Blizzard held in Regina January 17. Ashtin is pictured left.
Ashtin defeated Moose Jaw's Jesee Gamble in the final then went on to finish second in the doubles partnered with Reginan Shawn Solomon. They fell in the final to John Brann of Regina and Curt Gamble of Moose Jaw. That's Curt and John on the right.
Ladies' winner is Judy Cleaveley who made the trip from Hudson Bay. She's pictured below right with finalist Dakota Roberts out of Prince Albert (left in photo).
Over in the ladies' doubles it was Saskatchewan darts legends Joan Hodgen and Bonnie Lapierre (below left) who teamed up to win, defeating youth player Savanah Solomon (Regina) and Cathy Kerrigan (Saskatoon).
Organizer and SDA president Pat Copeman says the numbers were down from last year but the competition was as stiff as ever, and plenty of 180s were added to the maximum count.
Eric goes top with Hemi win
Eric Matheson has taken top position in the men's rankings with a convincing win at the Al Heminger Memorial in Saskatoon January 3. He's pictured left with runner-up Doug Spearey (far left), also Saskatoon, who has made it to two finals in a row at the popular tournament.
Women's winner was Cathy Kerrigan (Saskatoon), defeating Dakota Roberts, the youth sensation out of Prince Albert. It's reigning provincial champ Cathy's first win of the season. Dakota (L) and Cathy look happy about it in the photo right.
Eric doubled up his winnings with a team victory, partnered with Karsten Larsen (Saskatoon). Women's doubles title goes to the Hudson Bay team of Lowine Binkley and Judy Cleaveley, pictured left.
The Sportsmanship Awards, voted on by players, went to Karsten Larsen and Lowine Binkley. That's them on the right.
You can see full results here. The numbers were down a little from last year with some cold weather affecting travel; thirty-nine men and fourteen women took part. Host and organizer Elaine Walker says thanks and Happy New Year to all the volunteers.
The 2015 Youth Classic has been rescheduled and will now be held in Regina on May 2. See a poster
The 2015 NDFC Nationals will be held in St. Catherine's, Ont. In 2016, they head west to Richmond, B.C.
Stay tuned for up-to-the-minute news of any announcements or changes to tourney dates.
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