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Cochrane curler helps team win U21 Canadian title

Team Wipf won curling nationals in Fort McMurray
Team Wipf won the New Holland U21 Canadian Curling Championships on March 31. The team included Cochrane resident, Max Cinnamon (second from right).

Southern Alberta curling is once again on top of the national curling scene.

Team Wipf took home the New Holland U21 Canadian Curling Championships with a dramatic 7-6 victory over Nova Scotia’s Team MacIsaac on March 31 in Fort McMurray.

Team Wipf, featuring Calgary skip Kenan Wipf, Rocky View County third Ky Macaulay, Keenan at second and Cochrane lead Max Cinnamon, polished off the victory with a draw for the win in the 10th end.

“That’s the shot you want, full-four for the win,” Keenan said in a recent interview with Great West Media. “You’re kind of in that zone and you just know what to do, you’ve been throwing that path all game. It’s the same path we threw a couple of ends before.

“I looked down and had full confidence (Wipf) was going to make it. I knew exactly from the moment he set up in the hack that we had that shot made.”

The Alberta 1 squad posted a 7-1 record in pool play and opened the competition by downing Team MacIsaac by the same 7-6 score.

“They’re such a good team,” Keenan said. “Credit to them, they had a good week and we knew at the beginning of the (final) that it was going to be a battle and we went in there with grit and it paid off.”

Team Wipf, the University of Calgary Dinos varsity squad, brings considerable history to the pebbled ice.

“I think that’s a huge part of our success, we’ve been able to ride the highs and lows together, we’ve been through probably every single situation together,” Keenan said. “We all know each other really well and that really helps to pull through in those tough moments to stay in it.”

The squad represented Alberta at the U18 nationals in 2022, and accrued big game experience that can’t be bought.

Remy Greer

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Remy Greer is the assistant editor and sports reporter for and the Western Wheel newspaper. For story tips contact [email protected]
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