CURLING: Arizona heats up at 2008 U.S. Mixed Championship

March 17, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 17, 2008 Arizona improves to 3-1 at 2008 U.S. Mixed Championship (DETROIT) - Fred Maxie's team representing the Coyotes Curling Club from Scottsdale, Ariz., is howling after defeating the defending champions from Washington, 9-2, in Monday afternoon's action at the 2008 U.S. Mixed National Championship at the Detroit Curling Club in Ferndale, Mich. Arizona may not traditionally be a curling hotbed in the U.S. but Maxie (Phoenix) and teammates Cindy Kortebein (Knoxville, Tenn.), Richard Maskel (Green Bay, Wis.) and Jan Legacie (Edmore, N.D.) are playing as hot as the desert surrounding Scottsdale. Arizona jumped out to a 5-1 lead against Washington's Brady Clark team and then stole two more points before the Granite Curling Club team would score a single. Another deuce in the seventh end was enough for Clark's team, which has won five of the last six mixed titles. Duane Symons led his North Dakota 2 rink to a 6-4 win over Doug Boyd's Illinois team to improve to 4-0 and remain in first place. Symons (Langdon, N.D.) and teammates Val Nash (Devils Lake, N.D.), Chad Carlson (Fisher, Minn.) and Christine Mikulich (Eveleth, Minn.) capitalized on key misses to steal two ends that proved to be the winning points. The other North Dakota team in the field kept pace with the top teams as Jerod Roland helped his team improve to 2-1 with a 9-5 win over the hometown team skipped by David Loan. Roland (Petersburg, N.D.) and teammates Stephanie Roland (East Grand Forks, N.D.), Steve Roland (Petersburg, N.D.) and 2005 U.S. junior national champion Stephanie Sambor (Bismarck, N.D.) trailed after the opening end when Michigan scored a deuce. However, after putting up three in the second end, they wouldn't trail again. Loan's team tied the game in the seventh end but North Dakota iced the win with four points in the following end. The teams would trade singles to close out the match. It took an extra end but Minnesota's Peter Stolt team grabbed its second win after knocking off Alaska's Dennis Thies rink, 8-7. Stolt (Plymouth, Minn.) and teammates Maureen Stolt (Plymouth, Minn.), Tim Jeanetta (Elk River, Minn.) and Margeaux Ackerman (Minneapolis) took their first lead in the ninth end after scoring three points. The teams headed to an extra end when Alaska scored just one point in the 10th end. Minnesota scored the necessary single in the extra frame as Thies and his Fairbanks teammates Susan Carothers, John Blake and Anne Burns fell to 0-3. The round robin continues at 7 tonight and concludes Thursday night. The semifinals are set for 4 p.m. Friday. The gold-medal and bronze-medal games are set for 1 p.m. Saturday. Game scores: Arizona 9, Washington 2; North Dakota I 9, Michigan 5; North Dakota II 6, Illinois 4; Minnesota 8, Alaska 7 (extra end) Standings: North Dakota 2 4-0 Connecticut 3-0 Arizona 3-1 North Dakota 1 2-1 Minnesota 2-2 Wisconsin 1-2 Illinois 1-3 Michigan 1-3 Washington 1-3 Alaska 0-3 USA Curling is sponsored by AIT Worldwide Logistics, AmerAust Technologies and Nike. (30) For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling,, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).