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1954 Bayne Secord Rink

Bayne Secord, whose Richlea rink had lost to Saskatoon Tech in the 1953 northern finals, joined Don Snyder, Stan Austman and Don Brownell as the Tech representatives in the 1954 playoff hunt. Their coach was Ken Moir. Tech edged Bedford Road, 8-7, in the northern final and then defeated Regina Balfour Tech, 13-6 and 19-7, to win two straight in the best-of-three provincial final.

The Canadian championships were held in Hamilton where the Tech rink won eight and lost one in the round-robin tournament. Their only loss came at the hands of Northern Ontario.

The championship came down to a sudden-death playoff between Saskatchewan and Manitoba, each with 8 and 1 records. Tech counted three on the first and three on the third to take early control of the game. When they finished the ninth, Tech was up, 9-7. Tech played a shaky 10th frame but then Gene Walker, the Manitoba skip, missed his last rock when he was looking for a chance for three. That left Saskatchewan with a single and a 10-7 victory.

When Secord received the Sifton trophy from Clifford Sifton, it put the cap on a season where they won 19 games and lost only two from the northern playoffs through the Canadian finals. They became the third rink from Tech ever to win the Canadian championship.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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1955 Bayne Secord Rink

Canadian schoolboy curling champions from Saskatoon Tech, Bayne Secord, Don Snyder, Stan Austman and Don Brownell.

Bayne Secord returned as skip, Stan Austman moved to third, Merv Mann and Gary Stevenson became the new players as Ken Moir developed his 1955 team from Tech. They won the city championship, then beat Bedford Road 5-4 for its sixth straight northern title, and then defeated Grand Coulee, 12-7, in the third game of a best-of-three provincial final.

The team advanced to the Canadian championships in Sydney, Nova Scotia, and was welcomed in a parade of curlers to the Sydney Arena.

Tech set an undefeated pace most of the week, losing only to Alberta in an extra ender on the second last draw, and they went into the last round, tied with Prince Edward Island for the lead.

In the final, Tech cracked a five-ender on the second end, added deuces on the fourth and sixth, counted three more on the eighth and breezed to a 12-5 victory. During the playoff process from the northerns through the Canadians, they won 18 games and lost three.

And in winning their second straight Canadian title, and Tech's fourth Canadian title, the school curlers drew recognition from Star Phoenix cartoonist Ed Sebestyen, a Tech alumni.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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1952 Saskatoon Tech Curling Rink

CANADIAN HIGHSCHOOL BOYS CURLING CHAMPIONS

Gary Thode (skip), Roy Hufsmith (lead), Doug Conn (second), Gary Coopert (third).

In 1952, Gary Thode, Gary Cooper, Doug Conn and Roy Hufsmith made curling history. This highly talented quartet from Tech Collegiate were hoping to bring another Canadian School boy championship to Saskatoon. Under the guidance of coach Ken Moir, Tech had won the Canadian title in 1951. Orest Hryniuk had been the second. With Conn throwing second in 1952, Thode's rink captured the Northern play downs, although it took a three-ender in the ninth end to win the game. In the provincial, Thode downed Dick Clarke of Moose Jaw two straight, 11-3 and 9-6.

One week later the boys were in Moncton, New Brunswick, where they won nine straight to win the title. This team became the first Saskatoon team to win back to back Canadian championships, and the only rink to record an 8-ender, in a game against Quebec. This team of Thode, Cooper, Conn and Hufsmith were inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

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