Washington wins 6th mixed national title

March 30, 2009, 9:44 a.m. (ET)
(MEDFORD, Wis.) - Washington's Brady Clark rink won its sixth title at the 2009 U.S. Mixed National Championship at the Medford Curling Club Saturday night.

Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.) and teammates Cristin Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.), Philip Tilker (Seattle) and Beverly Walter (Seattle) got past Wisconsin's Ryan Lemke team, 3-1, in a very low-scoring national championship. This is the sixth title for the Clarks and Walter and the first for Tilker. 

Lemke (Medford, Wis.) and teammates Jackie Lemke (Medford), Kroy Nernberger (Madison, Wis.) and Rebecca Wood (Madison) won silver last year as well. The Wisconsin team would score just one point in this match, and it didn't come until the fifth end. Holding a 2-1 edge, the Washington team held onto the hammer until the 10th as the ends in between were blanked. The Clarks also won the 2009 U.S. Mixed Doubles Championship earlier this season. They'll represent the U.S. at the 2009 World Mixed Doubles Championship in Cortina, Italy, next month.

Arizona's Fred Maxie rink repeated as bronze medalists, defeating Ohio's Robb Borland, 11-6. After giving up two steals to begin the match, Maxie (Phoenix) and teammates Anne Stuhlman (New Hartford, N.Y.), Richard Maskel (Green Bay, Wis.) and Carol Ann Naso (Fountain Hills, Ariz.) got on the board with a deuce. A steal of two put them in control at 4-2. After earning just a single in the fifth, Borland's team allowed Maxie to earn three in the sixth and a victory-clinching four points in the ninth. 

Line scores: 
Gold-medal game:
Wisconsin (Lemke) 000 010 000 0 1
Washington (Clark)* 001 100 000 1 3

Arizona (Maxie)* 002 200 304 x 11
Ohio (Borland) 110 010 030 x 6

Gold medalists:
Washington (Granite Curling Club): Brady Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.), Cristin Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.), Philip Tilker (Seattle), Beverly Walter (Seattle) 

Silver medalists:
Wisconsin (Medford Curling Club): Ryan Lemke (Medford, Wis.), Jackie Lemke (Medford), Kroy Nernberger (Madison, Wis.), Rebecca Wood (Madison), Jake Will (Madison)

Bronze medalists:
Arizona (Coyotes Curling Club): Fred Maxie (Phoenix), Anne Stuhlman (New Hartford, N.Y.). Richard Maskel (Green Bay, Wis.), Carol Ann Naso (Fountain Hills, Ariz.)

Live scoring from the event can be found at www.usacurl.org/curlingrocks.