An­gels get their medals

TP Ex­plo­sions de­throned as pro­vin­cial syn­chro skat­ing champs

The Compass - - PORTHTE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

The Con­cep­tion Bay North Skat­ing Club Ice An­gels are pro­vin­cial champs.

The syn­chro­nized skat­ing team out of Bay Roberts and Har­bour Grace cap­tured the ele­men­tary di­vi­sion ti­tle at the 2013 Skate New­found­land and Labrador Syn­chro­nized Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships, held at the Jack Byrne Arena in Tor­bay on Feb. 15-16.

The Ice An­gels, com­prised of skaters ages 9-12, beat out six other teams to take the cov­eted crown af­ter post­ing a score of 24.98. That score put the club up two points over its clos­est com­peti­tor, a squad from Cor­ner Brook.

Coach Melissa Saun­ders was im­pressed with the skate put forth by her young charges.

“It was a clean skate. There were no falls,” she said late last week while ty­ing her skates at the Bay Arena be­fore prac­tice.

The team did ex­cep­tional in two of its el­e­ments, get­ting plus marks on those.

“So, they had a bet­ter than per­fect score on those el­e­ments, and they lost .1 of a mark and that was from one judge,” she said. “So, they had a really good skate.”

Saun­ders knew there was a good chance her squad could walk away with the ti­tle, but they were go­ing up against some tough com­pe­ti­tion.

It was a ner­vous time wait­ing for the judges’ scores. When they fi­nally came, the screams that erupted from the ex­cited skaters were loud and ram­bunc­tious.

“All you could hear through­out the sta­dium was them scream­ing,” said Saun­ders. “I didn’t even get the chance to go down and look at their pa­per, they came and told me right away.”

The coach said she was proud of the way her team skated.

“It’s a big ac­com­plish­ment,” said Saun­ders.

The Ice An­gels were not the only lo­cal team in the ele­men­tary di­vi­sion. The TP Erup­tions, from Whit­bourne, fin­ished in sev­enth.

In to­tal, eight teams from the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Re­gion took part in the com­pe­ti­tion.

At­lantic cham­pi­ons, the TP Ex­plo­sions came into the tour­na­ment gun­ning for its fourth straight pro­vin­cial ti­tle in the pre-novice di­vi­sion.

The team was in tough with the Pre-Novice Star­lites of the Mount Pearl Fig­ure Skat­ing Club. Un­for­tu­nately, a four-peat was not in the cards for the Ex­plo­sions (31.74), as the Star­lites (32.70) bested the Whit­bourne-based club by a sin­gle point. The Ici­cles, of CBNSC, rounded out the seven team di­vi­sion with a score of 24.39.

In the adult II di­vi­sion, the TP Rusty Edges came in sec­ond with a score 36.38. They lost to Clas­sic Edges of Mount Pearl, who scored 37.11.

The TP Flames came in third in the ju­ve­nile di­vi­sion with a score of 29.23.

The TP Sparks, skat­ing in the beginner I di­vi­sion, cap­tured sil­ver with a score of 10.63. The Ice Sparkles, of CBNSC, were sixth with a score of 8.34.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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The CBNSC Ice Sparkles came in sixth in the beginner I di­vi­sion at 2013 Skate NL Syn­chro­nized Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships held at the Jack Byrne Arena in Tor­bay on Feb. 15-16. Mem­bers of the team are: front (l-r) — Mag­gie Gosse, McKenna Hunt, Syrai Fitzger­ald and Han­nah Doyle; mid­dle — Rachel Mor­gan, Beth Ed­munds, Ciara O’Keefe, Emily Ash and Alexa Sharpe; back — coach Melissa Saun­ders, Tay­lor Far­rell, Hai­ley Pike, Sara Smith, Rachel Mor­gan, Brook­lyn Crane and Han­nah Young.

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