Coquitlam curler undefeated at provincial junior championships

The Royal City Curling rink skipped by Coquitlam’s Hayato Sato is the only undefeated team heading into the final day of preliminary play at the 2020 BC junior men’s curling championship in Victoria.

Sato’s rink, which includes second Joshua Miki of Port Coquitlam, has won all six of its matches, heading into this afternoon’s final draw against Chris Parkinson’s team from Nanaimo, Parksville and Comox Valley.

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The tournament’s top qualifier will get a bye into Thursday’s championship final.

Sato preserved his unblemished record with a dominating 8-4 victory Monday afternoon over previously undefeated Erik Colwell, from Vernon, Kamloops and Grand Forks. He reprised that with another 8-4 win Monday evening over Thomas Reed, whose Royal City and Golden Ears Winter Club team is co-coached by Miki’s grandfather, Fuji.

Meanwhile, Gracelyn Richards’ Comox Valley team that includes lead Kate Eisner from Port Moody, is struggling at the bottom of the standings in the junior women’s championship. The team has one win in the tournament, that is also being played at the Victoria Curling Club.

The top two junior men’s teams and top junior women’s team automatically qualify for the Canadian junior championships that take place in Langley, Jan. 18 to 26, 2020. B.C. was granted an extra position in the men’s competition because Nunavut withdrew.

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