Bear rink secures playoff spot in Detroit

Feb. 01, 2018, 9:25 p.m. (ET)


Feb. 1, 2018


Bear rink earns women’s playoff berth at 2018 Junior National Championships


(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The first of four women’s playoff berths was awarded this afternoon as Madison Bear led her team to a seventh victory at the 2018 USA Curling Junior National Championships in Ferndale, Mich.


Bear (Pardeeville, Wis.) and her team of Annmarie Dubberstein (Portage, Wis.), Jenna Burchesky (Walpole, Mass.), and Allison Howell (Bentleyville, Ohio) won a key matchup against Abbey Kitchens this afternoon at the Detroit Curling Club to secure a spot in Friday night’s Page playoffs. At 7-1, the Bear rink is alone at the top of the standings as Team Kitchens drops to 6-2 but in good shape for a playoff spot. Kitchens is tied with fellow North Dakota skip Beth Podoll, who led her team to an 8-6 victory over Cora Farrell’s team to earn a sixth win. Farrell’s rink drops to 5-3, which equates to a three-way tie for fourth place with Ariel Traxler, who led her team to a fifth straight win today, and Maya Willertz, who defeated Christine McMakin’s team, 8-2, earlier today.


In the men’s 4 p.m. draw today, Andrew Stopera’s team completed a perfect round robin after holding off Riley Fenson’s rink, 4-3. Josh Moore’s team improved to 6-2 to keep pace with Nick Connolly’s team. Kevin Tuma used the team’s final opportunity to post their first win of the championship as the young skip led his rink to a 7-5 victory over Jack Clasen’s Minnesota squad.


The round robin continues tonight and concludes Friday morning. If needed, tiebreaker games would be played on Friday afternoon followed by the Page playoffs at 8 p.m. ET. A live webstream and scores are posted at


Draw 21, 4 p.m. Thursday: Podoll 8, Farrell 6; Tuma 7, Clasen 5; Moore 7, Hodek 3; Stopera 4, Fenson 3


Draw 20 results, 12 p.m. Thursday: Normandeau 11, Page 2; Willertz 8, McMakin 2; Bear 9, Kitchens 3; Traxler 9, Olson 8 (extra end)


Draw 19 results, 8 a.m. Thursday: Fenson 10, Wendling 1; Marquardt 8, Clasen 1; Stopera 5, McDonald 1; Connolly 6, Tuma 


Women’s Standings:

Madison Bear (Pardeeville, Wis.)             7-1Q

Abbey Kitchens (Devils Lake, N.D.)           6-2

Beth Podoll (Fargo, N.D.)                           6-2

Cora Farrell (Fairbanks, Alaska)                5-3

Ariel Traxler (Fairbanks, Alaska)               5-3

Maya Willertz (Midland, Mich.)                5-3

Anya Normandeau (Burnsville, Minn.)    3-6

Christine McMakin (St. Paul, Minn.)        2-7

Sara Olson (Duluth, Minn.)                        1-7

Mackenzie Page (Mankato, Minn.)          0-8


Men’s Standings:

Andrew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) 9-0Q

Nick Connolly (Seattle)                               6-2

Josh Moore (Mapleton, Minn.)                 6-2

Tim Hodek (Fairdale, N.D.)                         5-3

Trevor Marquardt (Poynette, Wis.)          5-3

Andrew McDonald (Hudson, Ohio)          4-4

Wesley Wendling (Wausau, Wis.)            3-5

Riley Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.)                   2-7

Kevin Tuma (St. Paul, Minn.)                     1-8

Jack Clasen (Roseville, Minn.)                   1-8

Q=qualified to Page playoffs


About the event:

The Junior Nationals athletes are age 21 and under and qualified to compete from three qualifying events, which took place this fall.


What’s at stake:

The winning teams will represent the U.S. at the 2018 World Junior Championships March 3-11 in Aberdeen, Scotland.  


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