Junior Nationals underway in Detroit

Jan. 28, 2018, 7:17 p.m. (ET)


Jan. 28, 2018


2018 Junior National Championships underway in Detroit


(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Five draws of action at the 2018 USA Curling Junior National Championships are in the books with six more days of competition coming up to determine Team USA for the 2018 World Junior Championships.


The weeklong competition is taking place at the four-sheet Detroit Curling Club in Ferndale, Mich. Four teams are tied for first place with 2-0 records in the nine-game round robin in both divisions.


In this afternoon’s action, North Dakota’s Abbey Kitchens rink improved to 2-0 with a 9-0 win over Christine McMakin’s team. Madison Bear led her team to a 7-5 victory over Sara Olson’s Duluth rink to also reach 2-0. Beth Podoll’s North Dakota rink stole two points in an extra end to defeat Anya Normandeau’s rink, 9-7, tonight and stay perfect. Earlier today, Cora Farrell led her team to a 6-4 triumph over Ariel Traxler’s team to reach 2-0.


Andrew Stopera’s team got past Nick Connolly’s team, 9-2, to stay in the four-way tie for first place. In the noon draw, North Dakota’s Tim Hodek improved to 2-0 as well as they defeated Wes Wendling’s rink, 12-4. Trevor Marquardt led his Wisconsin rink to a second straight victory after they swept past Andrew McDonald’s team, 7-6. Josh Moore’s Minnesota squad beat Jack Clasen’s team, 11-3, this morning to stay on top of the men’s division.


The round robin continues tonight and through Friday morning. A live webstream and scores are posted at www.usacurl.org.


Draw 5 results, 4 p.m.: Kitchens 9, McMakin 0; Bear 7, Olson 5; Stopera 9, Connolly 2; Podoll 9, Normandeau 7


Draw 4 results, 12 p.m.:  Farrell 6, Traxler 4; Willertz 11, Page 6; Hodek 12, Wendling 4; Marquardt 7, McDonald 6


Draw 3 results, 8 a.m.: Podoll 8, McMakin 6; Bear 12, Normandeau 4; Fenson 9, Tuma 6; Moore 11, Clasen 3


Women’s Standings:

Madison Bear (Pardeeville, Wis.)             2-0

Cora Farrell (Fairbanks, Alaska)                2-0

Abbey Kitchens (Devils Lake, N.D.)           2-0

Beth Podoll (Fargo, N.D.)                           2-0

Sara Olson (Duluth, Minn.)                        1-1

Maya Willertz (Midland, Mich.)                1-1

Christine McMakin (St. Paul, Minn.)        0-2

Anya Normandeau (Burnsville, Minn.)    0-2

Mackenzie Page (Mankato, Minn.)          0-2

Ariel Traxler (Fairbanks, Alaska)               0-2


Men’s Standings:

Tim Hodek (Fairdale, N.D.)                         2-0

Trevor Marquardt (Poynette, Wis.)          2-0

Josh Moore (Mapleton, Minn.)                 2-0

Andrew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) 2-0

Riley Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.)                   1-1

Andrew McDonald (Hudson, Ohio)          1-1

Jack Clasen (Roseville, Minn.)                   0-2

Nick Connolly (Seattle)                               0-2

Kevin Tuma (St. Paul, Minn.)                     0-2

Wesley Wendling (Wausau, Wis.)            0-2


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.  


USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Cheetos, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Thorne, BalancePlus, ISS (Ice, Sports & Solar Systems), and Brakebush, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, and CurlingZone.




For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).