Lethbridge's Casey Scheidegger (Picture: Curling Canada/Michael Burns) has announced her new team lineup for the 2022-23 season, which sees Kate Cameron and Taylor MacDonald join the Alberta skip.
By: Dylan Chenier
2018 Alberta Scotties champion, Casey Scheidegger, has announced her new team for the 2022-23 season.
Following the announcement that her current team would be heading in separate directions at the end of the 2021-22 season, Casey Scheidegger has solidified her plans for the next Olympic cycle.
The two-time Scotties competitor has put together a new rink featuring members of her current team as well as two curlers from Laura Walker's Edmonton-based squad, in the hopes of making her third Scotties in 2023.
The 34-year-old has been a stable presence on the Alberta curling scene over the past several years, having made it to nationals in 2018 and 2019. At the 2021 Olympic Trials in Saskatoon, Team Scheiddegr finished in a tie for third place at 4-4. In their first tiebreaker, the rink from Lethbridge lost to Kerri Einarson, ending their quest to represent Canada at the Olympics in Beijing.
At the 2022 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Grande Prairie, Team Scheidegger made it to the championship final, where they fell to Laura Walker 6-5.
After another early end to their season, Team Schieddger officially announced in March that the rink would be disbanding heading into the off-season.
Joining the new Team Scheidegger at third will be Kate Cameron; an accomplished vice-skip who has competed in five Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
Cameron, who resides in Manitoba, joined Walker's rink at the start of the 2019-20 season, after competing on Michelle Englott's rink. That year, Team Walker won the 2020 Alberta Scotties, earning the right to represent their province at the national championship in Moose Jaw. At the 2020 Scotties, Walker's rink finish with a 3-4 record, failing to make the championship round.
Team Walker made it to their second-consecutive Scotties in 2021, when the rink was named as Alberta's representative following the COVID-19 forced cancellation of that year's provincial championship. At the 2021 Scotties in Calgary, Walker's team put together a strong performance, taking home the bronze medal.
Cameron and Company made it three Scotties appearances in a row in 2022, winning another Alberta title on route to nationals in Thunder Bay. At the 2022 Scotties, Team Alberta finished with a 3-5 record and failed to make the playoffs.
Following the 2022 Scotties, Team Walker announced that the rink would break up at the conclusion of the 2021-22 season, with the skip choosing to focus on mixed doubles curling heading into the next quadrennial. The announcement left the remaining three members in search of new opportunities; enter Casey Scheidegger.
Joining Cameron in the move to the Lethbridge squad is former Team Walker second Taylor McDonald. McDonald, who has four Scotties appearances to her name, is a former world junior and Winter Universiade champion.
Rounding out the lineup is a familiar face for Casey Sheidgger, as she sticks with sister Jessie Haughian at lead. Haughian has competed alongside Scheidegger on and off since juniors. Heading into the 2022-23 season, the siblings will continue on as teammates in search of their first Scotties title.
Before the new rink officially gets things started this fall, Cameron and McDonald will close out the current chapter of their careers as Team Walker competes at the 2022 Players' Championship in Toronto.