Van Osch sisters are all-stars

Nanaimo Curling Centre skip Kesa Van Osch and her teammates made it to semifinals at junior nationals last week.

Nanaimo’s Van Osch sisters were right there with the best in Canada, and only narrowly missed the chance to curl for a national championship.

Skip Kesa Van Osch and her teammates Kalia Van Osch, Marika Van Osch and Brooklyn Leitch lost 8-7 in the semifinals Saturday at the Canadian Curling Association’s junior championships in Napanee, Ont. Playing eventual-champion Jocelyn Peterman of Red Deer, Alta., Team B.C. led 6-4 after eight ends but Alberta counted four in the ninth end. Kesa’s single in the 10th end wasn’t quite enough.

The Van Osch rink went 8-4 in the round robin. Kalia was chosen a first-team all-star at nationals and Kesa and Marika were second-team all-stars.

ICE CHIPS … In other curling news, Nanaimo’s Steve Waatainen and his team started with a win, but were eventually eliminated from contention at Curl B.C.’s men’s championships in Parksville last week. Waatainen and teammates Kevin Weinreich, Sean Krepps, Keith Clarke and Gord Twanlow went 1-3 at the event.