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Trail's Umpherville new champs of West Kootenay Juvenile Curling

The winning rink includes, from left, skip Kelvin Harpe, third Justin Umpherville, second Harlan Young, lead Jonathan Mock and coach John Harper.

By The Nelson Daily Sports

The Justin Umpherville rink, skipped by Kelvin Harper, is off to the provincials after stopping the rival Spenser Soukeroff rink 8-3 in the final of the West Kootenay Juvenile Zone Curling Championships Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.

The Trail rink, with Harper as skip, Justin Uumperville at third, Harlan Young at second and rookie curler Jonathan Mock at lead, broke open a close game with four in the fifth and two in the sixth to win the contest in six ends.

The final game was necessary after Soukeroff bounced the Umpherville foursome 8-2 in the A final.

Umpherville opened the playdown with a 13-3 thrashing of the Alexander Hurst rink of Nelson.

Umpherville then edged Soukeroff 6-5 before blasting Alex Breen of Nelson 9-2.

Nelson’s Breen defeated Evan Turgeon of Grand Forks 14-1 before losing to the two Trail rinks.

Nelson’s other rink, the Hurst foursome, lost two straight in the double-knockout event.

The Umpherville represents the zone at the B.C. Juvenile Championships in Cowichan in March.