Burgess brings back bronze

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Hilden curler beaming over first experience at junior nationals

LIVERPOOL - Emotions were mixed on Sunday for Karlee Burgess.

Hilden's Karlee Burgess helped Nova Scotia to a bronze medal over the weekend at the Canadian junior women's curling championship in Liverpool. Nova Scotia fell 8-4 to British Columbia's Kalia Van Osch in extra ends in Saturday's semifinal. The experience has left the young Nova Scotian squad hoping it can get back to the event some day. File photo

Burgess brings back bronze

SUB: Hilden curler beaming over first experience at junior nationals

CUTLINE: Hilden's Karlee Burgess helped Nova Scotia to a bronze medal over the weekend at the Canadian junior women's curling championship in Liverpool. Nova Scotia fell 8-4 to British Columbia's Kalia Van Osch in extra ends in Saturday's semifinal. The experience has left the young Nova Scotian squad hoping it can get back to the event some day. Nick Moase - TC Media

By Matthew Veno

Truro Daily News

LIVERPOOL - Emotions were mixed on Sunday for Karlee Burgess.

The 15-year-old Hilden resident was disappointed her Nova Scotia team, skipped by Chester's Mary Fay along with mate Jennifer Smith and lead Janique LeBlanc, was ousted from the Canadian junior women's curling championship Saturday in Liverpool in an 8-4 loss to British Columbia's Kalia Van Osch

But the feeling didn't last long, not when she thinks about scoring a bronze-medal in her first crack at the Under-20 event, while she and her teammates are all 16 or younger.

"It was a little rough afterwards but it's pretty exciting to be 15 and win a medal at your first national," Burgess, who throws second stones for the foursome, said.

The Nova Scotia champions put the country's junior curling scene on notice they'll be a force to be reckoned with for years to come, posting an 8-2 record overall. Fay finished the preliminary round tied for second overall with Ontario's Molly Greenwood at 5-1 before dispatching Quebec's Camille Boisvert 9-5, Saskatchewan's Kristen Streifel 7-6 and eventual champion Kelsey Rocque of Alberta _____ in the playoff round.

"We just stayed positive and tried to make every shot," Burgess said of the key to her team's success. "We felt good going in and we were excited to get on the ice every game because it was great ice and it was great to see so many people cheering us on."

But although the Bluenosers kept playing that way in the squeaky-tight semifinal, they couldn't find a way to get past Van Osch, who scored four in the 11th end to win and break a 4-4 draw.

"They were making everything," Burgess said of the British Columbian squad. "We fought back and tried to match them but they were on fire."

But in spite of the pride she was feeling of nabbing bronze, there was a bit of sadness for Burgess as well on Sunday. Her first experience competing in a national tournament was on the verge of ending as she prepared to spend her final night at the event at a social for all of the tournament's competitors.

"We had so much fun this week," Burgess said.

The well-spoken and polite teen was also filled with hope - hope that one day she will get another crack at a national title with the teammates she called "my best friends."

"I really want to come back," she said. "But we've got to focus on provincials next year and winning that first."

Burgess said it's a definite possibility, but not a guarantee. She knows a second provincial title won't be handed to her team on a silver platter just because they had a strong run at nationals.

"You just have to take things one shot at a time and one team at a time and we'll see where it goes," she said.

But it can't be denied that tucking the experience of competing at a national event under their belts will serve the team well in the future. Aside from playing against the best teams in the country, the foursome also learned the importance of proper scheduling off the ice at a week-long event for things such as meals and how to spend their free time.

"Its great to have that experience," Burgess said. "Because if we do get to come back, we'll know."

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Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Liverpool, British Columbia Ontario Quebec Saskatchewan Alberta

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