The winning Stephenson rink goes hard during Friday morning play.

The winning Stephenson rink goes hard during Friday morning play.

Seniors in the house

Beaver Valley’s Stephenson rink took home the top prize at Castlegar’s Verzuh/Clay Memorial Bonspiel over the weekend.

“The bonspiel is named after Mike Verzuh, a long time curler in Castlegar,” Paul Phipps of the Castlegar Curling Club said. “Mike was, at one time, the oldest active curler in B.C. Ralph Clay was also a long time curler in Castlegar and worked at the Club for many years.”

Eight Castlegar teams participated in the bonspiel, while eight out-of-town teams were welcomed as well.

Castlegar’s Hoover rink came second to the Stephenson rink in the “A” final. Trail’s Secco rink came first in the “B” final, beating out Nelson’s Mason rink. The “C” final saw the Venturini rink from Beaver Valley come ahead of the second place McLeod rink from Castlegar, and the “D” final had Castlegar’s Leckie rink finish first with Beaver Valley’s Dzuris rink second.

The Verzuh/Clay Memorial Bonspiel is an annual event hosted by the Castlegar Curling Club. The Castlegar club will host the Barbee bonspiel (a women’s event) next weekend.