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Oct. 10, 2017
American teams turn in another strong week on World Curling Tour
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Another strong showing by American teams highlighted Week 9 on the World Curling Tour. USA’s Heath McCormick rink turned in the top performance by winning the men’s division of the St. Paul Cashspiel in St. Paul, Minn.
McCormick (Sarnia, Ontario) and teammates Rich Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.), and Tom Howell (Milwaukee, Wis.) went 7-0 as they defended their St. Paul Cashspiel title on Sunday. This marked the second playoff showing this season for Team McCormick as they prepare for the upcoming 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. USA’s Craig Brown rink finished 6-2 after making a playoff run. Brown (Madison, Wis.) and his team of Kroy Nernberger (Madison, Wis.), Jason Smith (St. Paul, Minn.), Sean Beighton (Seattle), and Quinn Evenson (Duluth, Minn.) lost to McCormick’s rink in the semifinals, 7-6.
Two-time Olympian Jessica Schultz (Richfield, Minn.) led her team to the women’s division title in St. Paul by defeating Cora Farrell’s Junior High Performance Program (HPP) team, 6-5, in the final. Madison Bear’s junior team advanced as far as the semifinals to finish 2-3 overall. USA’s two junior men’s HPP teams also competed in St. Paul as Andrew Stopera’s rink just missed the playoffs after losing a tiebreaker game to Brown’s rink. Nick Connolly’s team had a 2-2 record.
Nina Roth’s team turned in an impressive run at the Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic in Calgary, Alberta. Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and teammates Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.), and Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) advanced to the championship final yesterday, falling to World Champion Rachel Homan’s rink from Ontario, 6-4. It was the second event in a row in which Team Roth qualified to the playoffs at a Tour event. USA’s Jamie Sinclair rink also advanced to the playoffs in Calgary. Sinclair (St. Paul, Minn.) and her team of Alex Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.), Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) finished 5-3 after losing their quarterfinal match to Canada’s Chelsea Carey, 5-1. This was Team Sinclair’s third playoff appearance of the season. The Cory Christensen rink also competed in Calgary, finishing with a 4-3 record.
John Shuster’s HPP team returns to the ice this weekend at the Canad Inns Men’s Classic in Portage la Prairie, Minn. Results for U.S. HPP teams will be posted each week at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/For-Athletes/High-Performance-Program/Team-Results-201718-Season.
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