Round robin reaches halfway point at 2018 Junior Nationals

Jan. 30, 2018, 12:04 p.m. (ET)


Jan. 30, 2018


Round robin reaches halfway point at 2018 Junior National Championships in Detroit


(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The number of undefeated teams was sliced in half as the round robin of the 2018 USA Curling Junior National Championships reached its halfway mark today at the Detroit Curling Club in Ferndale, Mich.


In this morning’s action, Andrew Stopera’s defending champions improved to 5-0 with a 9-3 win over Wes Wendling’s Wisconsin rink to remain on the top of the standings. Stopera, a student at Northwestern University, and his team of Luc Violette (Lake Stevens, Wash.), Ben Richardson (Issaquah, Wash.), Graem Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.), and Caleb Clawson (Clarksville, Md.) are the lone undefeated men’s team. Josh Moore’s Minnesota rink is in second place at 4-1 after they secured an 8-6 victory today over Andrew McDonald’s team (2-3). Nick Connolly’s rink won its third straight to improve to 3-2 after they got past Riley Fenson’s team, 8-4, today.


Madison Bear (Pardeeville, Wis.) and Abbey Kitchens (Devils Lake, N.D.) are 4-0 to lead the women’s division. Bear and her team of Annmarie Dubberstein (Portage, Wis.), Jenna Burchesky (Walpole, Mass.), and Allison Howell (Bentleyville, Ohio) got past Christine McMakin’s team last night to earn their fourth win. Kitchens and teammates Leah Yavarow (Bemidji, Minn.), Sara Hodek (Fairdale, N.D.), and Sydney Steffen (Devils Lake, N.D.) defeated Cora Farrell’s rink last night to secure their fourth win and keep pace. In the lone women’s game this morning, Anya Normandeau’s team defeated Duluth’s Sara Olson, 9-5, to even their record to 2-2.


The round robin continues at 12 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. today 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 11 results, 8 a.m. today: Normandeau 9, Olson 5; Connolly 8, Fenson 4; Stopera 9, Wendling 3; Moore 8, McDonald 6


Women’s Standings:

Madison Bear (Pardeeville, Wis.)             4-0

Abbey Kitchens (Devils Lake, N.D.)           4-0

Cora Farrell (Fairbanks, Alaska)                3-1

Beth Podoll (Fargo, N.D.)                           3-1

Anya Normandeau (Burnsville, Minn.)    2-2

Maya Willertz (Midland, Mich.)                2-2

Sara Olson (Duluth, Minn.)                        1-3

Ariel Traxler (Fairbanks, Alaska)               1-3

Christine McMakin (St. Paul, Minn.)        0-4

Mackenzie Page (Mankato, Minn.)          0-4


Men’s Standings:

Andrew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) 5-0

Josh Moore (Mapleton, Minn.)                 4-1

Tim Hodek (Fairdale, N.D.)                         3-1

Trevor Marquardt (Poynette, Wis.)          3-1

Nick Connolly (Seattle)                               3-2

Andrew McDonald (Hudson, Ohio)          2-3

Jack Clasen (Roseville, Minn.)                   1-3

Riley Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.)                   1-4

Wesley Wendling (Wausau, Wis.)            1-4

Kevin Tuma (St. Paul, Minn.)                     0-4


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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