Unbeaten start for Fox Valley rink at Mixed Curling Nationals

A Fox Valley rink has jumped out to a 3-0 start at the 2017 Mixed Doubles Curling Championships in Saskatoon.

The duo of Ryan Deis and Sherry Just have won their first three games with four games left to go in the round robin. Kay Montgomery is the coach of the Fox Valley Curling Club rink.

They won their opening game on Wednesday over former Canadian champion Chelsea Carey and Colin Hodgson.

Deis and Just followed up with an 8-5 win Thursday over Saskatoon Nutana’s Nancy Martin and Catlin Schneider.

The Fox Valley rink improved to 3-0 with an 11-4 win over Vernon, BC’s Jaelyn Cotter and Jim Cotter.

The Mixed Doubles Nationals has a quickly emerging in profile in Canada as the sport will debut as a medal sport at the next Winter Olympics in China in 2018.

Among the decorated participants at this year’s tournament in Saskatoon are newly crowed womens world champion Rachel Homan, who has teamed up with three-time Brier champion John Morris for a 4-0 start. Other notable names are Jill Officer, Pat Simmons, Kaitlyn Lawes, Catlin Schneider, Carey, Jennifer Jones, Dawn McEwen, Mike McEwen, and Marliese Kasner.

The top three teams at this tournament will earn a spot at next year’s Canadian Olympic Mixed Double Curling Trials and the winning team will represent Canada at the world championships in Lethbridge later this month.