The last two provincial men's curling champions will meet in the final of the 2017 Viterra Championship in Portage la Prairie.

Reigning champion Mike McEwen of Fort Rouge will face 2015 champ Reid Carruthers of West St. Paul at Stride Place at 3 p.m.

McEwen, BJ Neufeld, Matt Wozniak and Denni Neufeld got three in the first end and defeated Trevor Loreth of the Granite 8-2 in the semifinal Sunday morning.

“We weren't going to run them up and down the sheet and wait to go,” said McEwen who will be playing in his fourth straight final. “We wanted to put some pressure on them early and we've been able to do that every time we've had the hammer this event. Kind of put the pressure on them early and then to come back you have to make probably more precise shots and the surface was a little bit different from what they experienced earlier in the week. It was nice we were playing the simpler shots for the rest of the game and it was tough on them.”

“There is always one really good surprise story in the Viterra Championship and I think they're that story this week,” said McEwen on Loreth's great run in Portage la Prairie. “They should be really proud with how far they came.”

Carruthers beat McEwen 4-2 Saturday night in the 1-2 page playoff game.

Today's winner will advance to the Brier in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador next month,

“This is the best provincial championship in the country,” said McEwen. “It's a shame Manitoba can't send two teams. With the format changing next year we might have that opportunity for many years to come with the good crop of guys coming up so that's exciting in that aspect for Manitoba curling. We're going to have a good rep either way. I don't think there is much to choose between our teams with how we're both playing right now. We're going to have a great provincial champion one way or another.”

Loreth, Brad Haight, Ryan Lowdon and Brett Cawson had an amazing run at the 2017 Viterra Championship.

That run came to an end this morning when they lost to the defending champions.

“Totally different experience for us with the camera's and everything,” said Loreth. “Maybe a bit of nerves in the first end. More than anything we just made a bad judgment on the ice and Brad rubbed a guard on that double and it just kind of set the tone for the game. Giving up a three to those guys, even if we were on our game, you're probably not coming back against them. I think if we make that double and get out of that end, it may be a little bit of a closer outcome. The nerves were starting to go away a little bit and I think we would have been able to get it together in two and at least give Mike a bit of a game but those are the breaks.”

It was a memorable week for the Granite foursome.

“Amazing,” said Loreth. “Everything from a first class run event by Portage. This is my seventh one and hands down has been the best one I've been to. Not only because of the results. We said it opening night, from the banquet, to the volunteers, to everybody and then get hot like we did - it was pretty cool.”

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Monday, September 25th

South Central Athletic Conference
High School Varsity Volleyball
NPC vs College Jeanne Sauve
@ Winker (g) 6 p.m. (b) 7:30 p.m.

Zone 4 High School Soccer
Miller vs Morris
@ Altona
Garden Valley vs Morden
@ Winkler
Northlands Parkway at Sanford
Roseau Valley at Dufferin Christian
MCI vs Shevchenko
@ Vita
All games start at 4:30 p.m.

Manitoba Major Soccer League
1st Division
Winkler Storm vs FC Internazionale
@ Wpg, 8:30 p.m.

NHL 
Exhibition
Calgary at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

Major League Baseball
American League
Kansas City at New York, 12:05 p.m.
Toronto at Boston, 6:10 p.m.
Houston at Texas, 7:05 p.m.
Los Angeles at Chicago, 7:10 p.m.
Seattle at Oakland, 9:05 p.m.
National League
Atlanta at New York, 3:10 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.
Atlanta at New York, 6:40 p.m.
Chicago at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.
Miami at Colorado, 7:40 p.m.
San Francisco at Arizona, 8:40 p.m.
San Diego at Los Angeles, 9:10 p.m.

NFL
Dallas at Arizona, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 24th

MMJHL
St. James 5 Pembina Valley 3

MJHL
Portage 6 Wpg Blues 2

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Exhibition
Central Plains 6 Pembina Valley 4

CFL
Calgary 15 Saskatchewan 9

NFL
Jacksonville 44 Baltimore 7
Buffalo 26 Denver 16
New Orleans 34 Carolina 13
Chicago 23 Pittsburgh 17 (OT)
Atlanta 30 Detroit 26
Indianapolis 31 Cleveland 28
Minnesota 34 Tampa Bay 17
New England 36 Houston 33
N.Y. Jets 20 Miami 6
Philadelphia 27 N.Y. Giants 24
Tennessee 33 Seattle 27
Green Bay 27 Cincinnati 24 (OT)
Kansas City 24 L.A. Chargers 10
Washington 27 Oakland 10

Major League Baseball
American League
Toronto 9 New York 5
Minnesota 10 Detroit 4
Baltimore 9 Tampa Bay 4
Chicago 8 Kansas City 1
Oakland 8 Texas 1
Cleveland 4 Seattle 2
Los Angeles 7 Houston 5
National League
Washington 3 New York 2
Pittsburgh 4 St. Louis 1
Philadelphia 2 Atlanta 0
Chicago 5 Milwaukee 0
Los Angeles 3 San Francisco 1
Arizona 3 Miami 2
Colorado 8 San Diego 4
Interleague
Boston 5 Cincinnati 4

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