Today is the third day of the 2019 SaskTel Tankard Men's Provincial tournament in Whitewood, Saskatchewan, and the competition is as tight as ever.
Through the first couple days of the championship, a good chunk of the scores have finished with only one or two points separating the teams. A couple more days are left to follow the action leading up to the final on Sunday as teams from across the province attempt to sweep and slide their way to the Brier at the beginning of March.
But which curlers and teams are from the west central region? Here's who you should keep your eye on during the tourney.
Skip Lloyd Fell is the lone representee from the area on this team curling out of the Twin Rivers Curling Club in North Battleford. Fell (Wilkie) curls with third Brennan Schiele (North Battleford), second Cole Tenetiuk (Battleford) and lead Chadd McKenzie (North Battleford).
After conceding their opening match on Wednesday to Team Dunstone 8-6 in 9, they rebounded with a couple wins yesterday to steady the ship. Yesterday afternoon, Lloyd and the boys defeated Team Deis 6-4, then went on to win 8-5 over Team Comfort.
Currently in the B event, Team Fell will be taking on Team Kalthoff at noon today as they look to become one of the qualifiers for the championship rounds this weekend.
Representing the Kerrobert Curling Club, Team Heidt consists of one player from west central Saskatchewan – skip Joshua Heidt from Kerrobert. The remainder of the squad is lead Trent Knapp (Regina), second Kelly Knapp (Regina) and third Brock Montgomery (Moose Jaw). Coaching the team on the sidelines throughout the tournament is Brian McCusker (Kerrobert).
Team Heidt is off to a rocking start at men's provincials. Their first match was a close 8-6 win over a talented Team Kleiter side on day one of the tournament.
Josh and his teammates picked up their second win with another great finish in yesterday morning's draw, holding off Team Comfort for an 11-9 victory. They managed to keep their undefeated record intact with last night by taking down Team Jacobsen 8-4 in 9 ends.
Now 3-0, Team Heidt is looking to add a fourth win to become the first qualifier for the championship portion of the tournament this afternoon. They'll need to get through Team Muyres first if they want to make that possibility reality.
Another team affiliated with the Kerrobert Curling Club. Skip Brock Virtue (Lethbridge) calls the province next to west central Saskatchewan his home, but it's the other members of this team that are locals.
Second Drew Heidt (Kerrobert), third Mitch Heidt (Kerrobert) and coach Brad Heidt (Kerrobert), along with lead Jesse St. John (Brock), are the elements that make up Virtue's rink. And yes, the Heidts are indeed related to Joshua Heidt from Team Heidt.
Team Virtue got off to a great start at the beginning of their schedule by outlasting Team Armstrong 6-3 on Wednesday night. Since then, the team hasn't been able to copy their success from the opener. Their second match ended in a 4-3 loss at the hands of Team Muyres, next to an 8-5 defeat from Team Kendel.
With them now playing in the C event after their two losses, this has turned into a must-win situation for Team Virtue if they want to qualify for the next round. They play Team Kleiter at 4:00 p.m. later today, and if they can get through them, the Kerrobert rink will have to compile two more wins in order to advance to the page playoffs.
This year's Tankard can be streamed live on the CURLSASK website for those wanting to catch the locals live this weekend. For updated scores and bracket information, visit the page here.
The final will be played at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday with a shot to represent the province at the 2019 Tim Horton's Brier from March 2-10 in Brandon, Manitoba.