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Peech rink outduels Kopan to earn Sportsman crown

Alexx Peech and company took victory at the 2015 Sportsman’s Bonspiel by the slimmest of margins.

By Whitehorse Star on February 25, 2015

Alexx Peech and company took victory at the 2015 Sportsman’s Bonspiel by the slimmest of margins.

Peech’s rink finished just one point ahead of a team led by 11-year-old skip Alex Kopan to nab first place.

Kopan is reportedly the youngest skip to ever captain a team in the annual Sportsman tournament.

He threw last stones and held the broom for teammates Josh Johnson, Scott Boone and his dad, Wade Kopan.

The event, sponsored by Ashley Furniture, was held Feb. 13 to 15 at the Whitehorse Curling Club.

Bob Smallwood’s rink took third place and Gord Zealand earned fourth out of the 16 teams competing, but just a handful of points separated first place from fourth.

Each rink played a minimum of five six-end games with an alternate scoring system that saw teams take two points for winning an end, or one for losing it.

Joining Peech in the winner’s circle were teammates Brandon ‘Bucky’ Peters, Kevin Chowen and Rob Fordham.

“It’s more similar to a skins game that a regular game,” Peech explained of the Sportsman scoring system.

“We won four games and tied one but it ended up being enough cumulative points to take the title.”

The Sportsman is always a “great tournament,” added Peech.

“I would recommend all male curlers, no matter what their skill level, to attend the Sportsman next year.” he said. “The format is good in the sense that any team could end up on top, and the atmosphere is one of a fun nature as opposed to being serious.”

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