Seven teams still undefeated at 2018 Junior Nationals

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 29, 2018, 3:19 p.m. (ET)


Jan. 29, 2018


2018 Junior National Championships continue in Detroit


(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Seven teams remain perfect as day three of the 2018 USA Curling Junior National Championships took place at the Detroit Curling Club in Ferndale, Mich.


Four women’s teams are still tied for first place – Madison Bear (Pardeeville, Wis.), Cora Farrell (Fairbanks, Alaska), Abbey Kitchens (Devils Lake, N.D.), and Beth Podoll (Fargo, N.D.). In this afternoon’s competition, Kitchens and her North Dakota squad scored a point in the extra end to hold off Maya Willertz’s team, 5-4, and stay undefeated. Bear’s team stole multiple ends en route to an 8-3 defeat of Ariel Traxler’s team. Anya Normandeau’s team secured its first win as they made good use of the last-rock advantage to earn an 8-6 triumph over Christine McMakin’s rink. Earlier today Podoll led her team to a 10-2 victory over Duluth’s Sara Olson rink to improve to 3-0. Farrell’s squad secured a third win last night by sweeping past Mackenzie Page’s four-some, 12-1.


In the men’s division, three teams are locked up at the top of the standings. Trevor Marquardt’s Wisconsin rink earned a 7-6 win last night over Tim Hodek’s North Dakota squad, which was also Hodek’s first loss of the round robin. Andrew Stopera led his defending champions to a 9-3 win this morning over Kevin Tuma’s team and Josh Moore’s Minnesota rink secured a 5-4 win over Riley Fenson to stay perfect. Also, this morning, Nick Connolly’s team earned its first victory as they swept past Wes Wendling’s Wisconsin rink, 5-4. In the afternoon draw, Jack Clasen’s Minnesota team got into the win column with an 8-5 victory over Fenson’s Bemidji rink.


The round robin continues tonight and through Friday morning. The top four teams in each division will advance to this weekend’s playoffs. A live webstream and scores are posted at


Draw 8 results, 12 p.m. today: Clasen 8, Fenson 5; Normandeau 8, McMakin 6; Bear 8, Traxler 3; Kitchens 5, Willertz 4 (extra end)


Draw 7 results, 8 a.m. today:  Podoll 10, Olson 2; Stopera 9, Tuma 3; Connolly 5, Wendling 4; Moore 5, Fenson 4


Draw 6 results, 8 p.m., Sunday: Farrell 12, Page 1; Marquardt 7, Hodek 6; McDonald 6, Clasen 5 (extra end)


Women’s Standings:

Cora Farrell (Fairbanks, Alaska)                3-0

Beth Podoll (Fargo, N.D.)                           3-0

Madison Bear (Pardeeville, Wis.)             3-0

Abbey Kitchens (Devils Lake, N.D.)           3-0

Anya Normandeau (Burnsville, Minn.)    1-2

Sara Olson (Duluth, Minn.)                        1-2

Maya Willertz (Midland, Mich.)                1-2

Christine McMakin (St. Paul, Minn.)        0-3

Mackenzie Page (Mankato, Minn.)          0-3

Ariel Traxler (Fairbanks, Alaska)               0-3


Men’s Standings:

Trevor Marquardt (Poynette, Wis.)          3-0

Josh Moore (Mapleton, Minn.)                 3-0

Andrew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) 3-0

Tim Hodek (Fairdale, N.D.)                         2-1

Andrew McDonald (Hudson, Ohio)          2-1

Nick Connolly (Seattle)                               1-2

Jack Clasen (Roseville, Minn.)                   1-3

Riley Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.)                   1-3

Kevin Tuma (St. Paul, Minn.)                     0-3

Wesley Wendling (Wausau, Wis.)            0-3


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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