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Scotties deemed a success

Chelsea Powrie

The 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts wrapped up Sunday night in Penticton, and organizers have labelled it a success.

The nearly sold-out crowd at the South Okanagan Arena cheered on as skip Jennifer Jones of team Manitoba battled Kerri Einarson of the wild card team, from Winnipeg. 

Jones prevailed after a close 10 rounds of curling, earning her sixth Scotties championship with a score of 8-6.

Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit was in attendance, and he had nothing but good things to say about the tournament. 

"Three-thousand people from out of town came to Penticton and they all said they'd come back," Jakubeit said. "The athletes themselves had a wonderful time so I think it will have a good impact for us."

The vice president of the 2018 Scotties, Kim Kirkham, said the event was "fantastic," and went very smoothly.

"There was a bit of a momentum that was built throughout the week, and every night it seemed like more people came and heard about it," Kirkham said. "And we had over 320 volunteers, which is great to see."

Winning skip Jones said the tournament involved some of the best curling of her career.

"It went right down to the wire," Jones said. "It was a a little stressful playing in it, but it was a ton of fun I'm sure for fans to watch."

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