U.S. teams perform well over the weekendFeatured items:
Seattle's Larway team advance to event finals
Brown team continues to play well on WCT
Fenson family scores eight-ender
Yukon Jason - Jason Larway's Seattle-based curling team finished second at the 2008 Skookum Classic Sunday in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. This World Curling Tour event featured 18 teams. Larway (Lynnwood, Wash.) and teammates Colin Hufman (Lynnwood, Wash.), Joel Larway (Mukilteo, Wash.) and Bill Todhunter (Appleton, Wis.) finished 4-1 in pool play to advance to the playoffs. Two more wins and they found themselves in the championship final against Alberta's Chris Schille rink, the only team they'd lost to earlier in the tournament. Schille's squad would best Larway, 7-0, to win the title. Five other U.S. teams competed with Greg Persinger's Alaska team advancing to the semifinals after defeating Seattle's Mark Johnson in the quarterfinals.
New Regime - Erika Brown's team continues to impress in the early part of the season with another semifinal appearance at a World Curling Tour event. Brown (Oakville, Ontario) and teammates Nina Spatola (McFarland, Wis.), Nina Reiniger (New York, N.Y.) and Laura Hallisey (Sudbury, Mass.) won five straight games to get to the championship final before suffering the team's first loss - 5-3 to Quebec's Marie-France LaRouche rink. This is the third semifinal appearance for the Brown team this season with the Qualifying Round for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Curling looming in January.
For the Record Book - 2006 Olympian Pete Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) has had a lot of curling success in his career but none as close to home as the feat he added last week. While playing in league play on Nov. 17 at the Bemidji Curling Club with his two sons, Graeme (13) and Alex (9), and wife, Roxanne, Fenson's team scored an eight-ender, as rare as a hole-in-one in golf. It's been a tough month for the Fenson family as Bob Fenson, 2006 Olympic coach for Team Fenson, suffered a stroke Nov. 1 while at a class reunion in Bemidji. To read more about Bob, visithttp://www.caringbridge.org/visit/bobfenson.