CURLING: Larway wins tiebreaker to advance to playoffs at 2008 U.S. Nationals

Feb. 21, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 21, 2008 Larway wins tiebreaker to advance to playoffs at 2008 USA Curling National Championships (HIBBING, Minn.) - Jason Larway's team from Washington advanced to the playoffs after winning tonight's tiebreaker over Tyler George's Minnesota team, 8-2, at the 2008 USA Curling National Championships at the Hibbing Curling Club. "We're starting to play real well," said Larway, the 2004 national champion. "Now is the right time to have things come together." Larway (Lynnwood, Wash.) and teammates Colin Hufman (Seattle), Joel Larway (Lynnwood, Wash.) and Steve Demlow (Bothell, Wash.) scored five points in the seventh end to knock out Geroge and advance to tomorrow afternoon's Page System playoffs. Team Larway will now be the No. 4 seed and will take on fellow Granite Curling Club members skipped by Greg Romaniuk (Snohomish, Wash.) in the Page 3-4 game. George (Duluth, Minn.) and teammates Kris Perkovich (Chisholm, Minn.), Phill Drobnick (Duluth, Minn.) and Kevin Johnson (Winabego, Minn.) weren't quite as sharp tonight as they'd been earlier in the week. After opening up with a single in the first end, Larway would steal one after George slipped too deep with his draw. Team Larway would steal again after George couldn't connect on a runback that left Larway's stone in the back four-foot. George, skipping in his first men's national championships, was forced to make a takeout for just one point in the seventh end and put the pressure on Larway in the sixth end as he ended up blanking the end to set up the back-breaking seventh end for George's rink. "Yeah, that was huge, but they had chances for big ends," Larway said of the five-ender. "Our goal was to be in the one-two game though so we're not really that happy." Wisconsin's Craig Brown and North Dakota's Craig Disher will meet in the men's 1-2 game. The winner of the 1-2 game advances to the championship final, while the losing team plays the winner of the 3-4 game in tomorrow night's semifinal. The Page System playoffs will take place at noon Friday. The semifinal will follow at 7 p.m. The women's championship is set for 11 a.m. Saturday with the men's gold-medal game at 3 p.m. The winning teams at the 2008 Nationals will represent the U.S. at the 2008 World Championships. The women's event is scheduled March 22-30 in Vernon, British Columbia. The 2008 Men's World Championship is slated April 4-13 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D. Live scoring from the 2008 Nationals can be found on the USA Curling website at Line score: Larway 011 100 5XX X 8 George* 100 010 0XX X 2 *last rock in first end Men's standings: Brown (Wisconsin) 7-2 Disher (North Dakota) 6-3 Romaniuk (Washington) 6-3 Larway (Washington) 7-3 George (Minnesota) 6-4 Fenson (Minnesota) 4-5 Shuster (Minnesota) 4-5 Birr (Minnesota) 3-6 Roe (Wisconsin) 2-7 Wilberg (Wisconsin) 1-8 *will play in tiebreaker game for final playoff spot Women's standings: Sormunen (Minnesota) 5-1 McCormick (Wisconsin) 5-1 Potter (Minnesota) 5-1 Lank (New York) 3-3 Gervais (North Dakota) 2-4 Lin (Connecticut) 1-5 Stuhlman (New York) 0-6 USA Curling is sponsored by AIT Worldwide Logistics, AmerAust Technologies and Nike as well as by AT,T through a joint marketing program with the U.S. Olympic Committee. (30) For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling,, 715-344-1199, Ext. 202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).