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1974 Rick Folk Mixed Curling Rink

RICK FOLK, CHERYL STIRTON, TOM WILSON and BONNIE ORCHARD, the 1974 Canadian mixed curling champions.

Rick Folk and Tom Wilson had been playing partners on a Saskatoon Nutana men's rink when they decided to enlist Cheryl Stirton and Bonnie Orchard from the University of Saskatchewan to compete in the 1974 mixed curling championships.

They won the Saskatoon title, beating Art Kelly in the A final and then beating Kelly's rink again in the A-B final.

In the provincial playoffs at Assiniboia, Folk's rink went through undefeated, beating Gary Hogarth of Coleville in the A final and beating his rink a second time in the A-B final.

The Canadian championships were held in Winnipeg and the Folk rink won its first three before losing to Ed Steeves of New Brunswick in the fourth round. After that, the Saskatoon rink sailed along, closing with a 9-3 victory over Alberta to finish in a first-place tie with New Brunswick, each with nine wins and one loss.

In the final, Folk scored three on the fifth to take a 6-4 lead, Steeves scored two on the sixth to tie the game, the seventh was blanked and then Folk put the game away with a three on the eighth. Steeves got one back on the ninth but ran out of rocks, losing 9-7 in the championship showdown.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

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1983 Rick Folk Mixed Curling Rink

RICK FOLK, DORENDA SCHOENHALS, TOM WILSON and ELIZABETH FOLK, 1983 Canadian mixed curling champions.

The success of the Folk rink at the 1983 Canadian mixed championships followed two seasons of close calls. The Saskatoon Nutana rink won the round-robin in 1981 but lost in the final to Rick Lang of Northern Ontario. They were contenders again in 1982 but lost to Glen Pierce of British Columbia in the final.

The march to the 1983 title began in Saskatoon when they beat Dan Zultok, 9-8 in an extra end final.

At the provincial playoffs, they won the A side, lost to Kirk Ziola of Regina, 5-3, in the first game of the A-B final and then came back to win, 4-3, for their third straight Saskatchewan championship.

In the Canadian finals at St. John, New Brunswick, Folk's rink came from behind to win its first three games and that set the tone. Their only loss came at the hands of Northern Ontario but the Saskatoon rink recovered and finished the tournament with a record of nine wins and one loss.

They beat Steve Skillings of Victoria, 11-9, jumping out with threes on the first and third ends in the semifinal match. In the final, they gained revenge against Scott Hamilton of North Ontario, winning 6-4. Folk's rink led 5-2 after five, scored on the seventh to take a 6-4 lead and Folk made doubles on both the ninth and 10th to protect the lead.

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