Minnesota I women clinch playoff spot
Scores, standings & webstream link here
Minnesota women clinch playoff berth; Washington men hand
Illinois first loss at the 2014 USA Curling Club National Championships
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - Washington's Joel Larway rink stole
two points in the extra end to edge Illinois' Jeff Wright, 11-9, and tie Wright
for first place, while Norma O'Leary's Minnesota I team won two more games to
remain perfect at 7-0 2014 USA Curling Club National Championships at the Two
Harbors Curling Club in Two Harbors, Minn. O'Leary became the first team to
qualify for the semi-finals.
Wednesday was a great day for Ann Drummie's Maryland rink,
which secured their first two wins of the championship, beating Arizona (Tracy
Heuerman) 12-11 in the morning, then upset North Dakota II (Ann Podoll), 11-9.
Trailing 9-3 after eight ends, Drummie bombed Podoll with six and followed with
a steal of two in the afternoon to earn victory.
The leaders in the men's field represented clubs in or near
big cities: Seattle, Chicago, Boston and St. Paul. By contrast, the top
four women's teams represented just two states, Minnesota and North Dakota, and
smaller towns, Duluth, Grand Forks and Fargo. Minnesota and North Dakota
qualified two women's teams each based on their high level of state playdown
Daily round robin play at the Two Harbors Curling Club
concludes Friday morning for the 10 men's and 10 women's teams, who qualified
for the Club Nationals through a regional playoff system. The top four
men's and top four women's teams will then advance to their respective
semi-finals Friday evening with finals Saturday afternoon.
Live scores, standings and a link to the webstream can be
found at www.usacurl.org (click on the Two
Harbors 2014 Club Nationals logo).
1 p.m. Wednesday: Washington (Larway) 11, Illinois (Wright)
9 (extra end); Minnesota (Stolt) 9, Massachusetts (Bialek) 8
5 p.m. Wednesday: Wisconsin (Day) 11, Colorado (Moir)2;
Oregon (Smoltz) 9, North Dakota (Pengilly) 7; Michigan (Roberts) 11, Alaska
9 a.m. Wednesday: North Dakota II (Podoll) 7, California
(Walsh) 6; Maryland (Drummie) 12, Arizona (Heuerman) 11; Ohio (Paine) 8,
Wisconsin (Karst) 5
1 p.m. Wednesday: Minnesota I (O'Leary) 12, Minnesota II
(Kraus)3; Washington (Konno) 8, North Dakota I (Bohlman) 6
5 p.m. Wednesday: Maryland (Drummie) 11, North Dakota
9 p.m. Wednesday: Minnesota II (Kraus) 10, Ohio (Paine) 8;
North Dakota I (Bohlman) 12, Arizona (Heuerman) 8; Wisconsin (Karst) 9,
California (Walsh) 5; Minnesota (O'Leary) 10, Washington (Konno) 9
North Dakota I (Bohlman)
North Dakota II
Q = qualified for semi-finals
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