Playoffs set in Fort Wayne

By Terry Kolesar | July 21, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)


July 20, 2013 

Playoffs set at inaugural Arena Nationals in Fort Wayne 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – History will be stamped tomorrow as the very first champions of USA Curling’s newest championship event will be determined. After a busy day of action at the Canlan Ice Sports Arena in Fort Wayne, Ind., the playoff field for tomorrow’s semifinals are now set. 

At stake tomorrow is winning the inaugural men’s and women’s titles at the 2013 Arena National Championships. Four teams clinched spots last night and the final four advanced today out of the B side of the bracket. 

San Francisco’s Sarah Walsh led her team to an 8-2 victory over Anne Wiggins from the Palmetto Curling Club in South Carolina. The Walsh rink will face Stephanie Senneker’s rink from Kalamazoo, Mich., in one semifinal. Facing off in the other will be Liana Knott from the Dallas-Fort Worth Curling Club against Darcy Ellarby’s rink from the Dakota Curling Club in Burnsville, Minn. Ellarby and teammates Jennifer Witschen (Eagan, Minn.), Robyn Farm (Shakopee, Minn.), Julie Wennberg (Burnsville, Minn.), and Beth Lundquist (Eagan, Minn.) were trailing 6-3 as they headed into the final end of play against Melissa Montgomery’s rink from the Circle City Curling Club in Indianapolis. The Minnesota rink managed to score five points and punch their playoff tickets. 

On the men’s side, Kalamazoo’s Garnett Eckstrand rink defeated Arizona’s Greg Gallagher to advance to the semifinals. They’ll play David Wiesen’s team from San Francisco. Colorado’s Guy Scholz got past Paul Ellarby’s Minnesota rink, 9-6, to win the other B bracket. Ellarby’s squad will face the Dallas-Fort Worth team led by Nick Myers in the other semi.

The semifinals are set for 9 a.m. ET Sunday followed by the event finals at 12:30.

In the consolation bracket, the Troy Dittberner rink from Minnesota defeated Jonathan Havercroft from Oklahoma, 7-1, to win while Jesse Hopper's Oklahoma rink got past Indiana's Denise Lampkins, 10-5, to win the women's side.

Live scoring and webstreaming are available throughout the competition courtesy of USA Curling’s partners CurlingZone, 12th End Sports Network, and the U.S. Olympic Committee. Visit and follow the links to the Arena National Championships to view the brackets and watch the live action.

Game scores, 7:30 a.m. Saturday: Robinson 12, Mendoza 3; Scholz 7, Heck 3; Wheeler 7, Klein 4; Gallagher 11, Fountain 0 (all men’s games)

Game scores, 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Men’s Consolation Bracket: Cooke 8, Moir 5; Dittberner 10, Marshall 3; Havercroft 8, Russell 3 

Game scores, 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Women’s Consolation Bracket: Temple 8, Luckey 4

Game scores, 1:30 p.m. Saturday: Scholz 6, Robinson 4; Gallagher 7, Wheeler 4; Walsh 8, Tsamoutales 5; Montgomery 6, Freeman 4

Game scores, 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Men’s Consolation Bracket: Havercroft 11, Parker 0; Dittberner 10, Cooke 3 

Game scores, 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Women’s Consolation Bracket: Hopper 7, Temple 6; Lampkins 9, Hamm 3 

Game scores, 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Walsh 8, Wiggins 2; D. Ellarby 8, Montgomery 6; Scholz 9, P. Ellarby 6; Eckstrand 9, Gallagher 3

Game scores, 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Consolation Championships: Dittberner 7, Havercroft 1; Hopper 10, Lampkins 5

Playoff teams:


Team Knott, Dallas-Fort Worth (TX) Curling Club: Liana Knott (Lancaster, Texas), Allison Peterson (Dallas, Texas), Carolyn Stewart (Richardson, Texas), Carrie Scarlata (Richardson, Texas) 

Team Senneker, Kalamazoo (Mich.) Curling Club: Stephanie Senneker (Perry, Mich.), Pamela Nelson (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Nicole Brinkmann Reeves (South Bend, Ind.), Krista Ragotzy (Kalamzoo, Mich.)

Team Ellarby, Dakota (Minn.) Curling Club: Darcy Ellarby (Burnsville, Minn.), Jennifer Witschen (Eagan, Minn.), Robyn Farm (Shakopee, Minn.), Julie Wennberg (Burnsville, Minn.), Beth Lundquist (Eagan, Minn.) 

Team Walsh, San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.) Curling Club: Sarah Walsh (Oakland, Calif.), Kimberly Chapin (San Francisco, Calif.), Emily Schermerhorn (San Francisco, Calif.), Jessica Tudor (Oakland, Calif.) 


Team Myers, Dallas/Fort Worth (Texas) Curling Club: Nick Myers (Mansfield, Texas), Jeffrey Knott (Lancaster, Texas), Stephen Kleppe (Denton, Texas), John Lambert (Frisco, Texas)

Team Wiesen, San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.) Curling Club:  David Wiesen (San Francisco, Calif.), Alex Baxter (Oakland, Calif.), Brian Davidson (Walnut Creek, Calif.), Matthew Dance (San Francisco, Calif.) 

Team Eckstrand, Kalamazoo (Mich.) Curling Club: Garnet Eckstrand (Portage, Mich.), Kent Elliott (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Marcus Gleaton (Three Rivers, Mich.), Chris Gleaton (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Thomas Deater (Kalamazoo, Mich.) 

Team Scholz, Broadmoor (Colo.) Curling Club: Guy Scholz (Green Mountain Falls, Colo.), Kevin Lyons (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Gordon Harrison (Windsor, Colo.), Nathan Mascarenas (Windsor, Colo.)

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