Teams making strides toward playoffs at 2018 Junior Nationals

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 31, 2018, 11:24 a.m. (ET)


Jan. 31, 2018


Playoff push underway at 2018 Junior National Championships in Detroit


(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Teams are making strides toward securing playoff berths as the round robin starts to wind down at the 2018 USA Curling Junior National Championships.


Andrew Stopera continues to lead the men’s division while three teams have just one loss in the women’s field at the Detroit Curling Club. The top four teams in each division will advance to Friday’s Page playoffs in Ferndale, Mich.


In women’s competition this morning it was a battle of North Dakota teams with Beth Podoll’s Fargo rink handing the Abbey Kitchens squad its first loss of the championship. Podoll (Fargo, N.D.) and teammates Emily Quello (Bemidji, Minn.), Susan Dudt (Malvern, Pa.), and Rebecca Rodgers (Leyden, Mass.) improved to 4-2 with the 9-5 win this morning. Podoll’s team is now 5-1 and tied for first place with the Cora Farrell and Madison Bear rinks. Farrell (Fairbanks, Alaska) and her team of Cait Flannery (Mankato, Minn.), Lexi Lanigan (Duluth, Minn.), and Rebecca Miles (Duluth, Minn.) got past Sara Olson’s Duluth team, 6-4, this morning. Madison Bear’s team secured a 9-5 triumph over Mackenzie Page’s rink to create the three-way tie for first place.


In last night’s men’s round robin action, Stopera’s team scored a point in an extra end to defeat Tim Hodek’s rink, 4-3, and remain undefeated. It was just the second loss for Hodek’s squad. Josh Moore’s Minnesota rink also needed an extra end as they improved to 5-1 with a 6-5 win over Trevor Marquardt’s Wisconsin squad. Nick Connolly’s team earned its fourth straight victory to improve to 4-2 with an 8-3 win over Jack Clasen’s rink. Wes Wendling’s team picked up its second win as they swept past Kevin Tuma’s four-some, 10-4.


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 15 results, 8 a.m. today: Podoll 9, Kitchens 5; Bear 9, Page 5; Farrell 6, Olson 4


Draw 14 results, 8 p.m. Tuesday: Stopera 4, Hodek 3 (extra end); Wendling 10, Tuma 4; Moore 6, Marquardt 5 (extra end); Connolly 8, Clasen 3


Women’s Standings:

Madison Bear (Pardeeville, Wis.)             5-1

Cora Farrell (Fairbanks, Alaska)                5-1

Abbey Kitchens (Devils Lake, N.D.)           5-1

Beth Podoll (Fargo, N.D.)                           4-2

Maya Willertz (Midland, Mich.)                3-2

Anya Normandeau (Burnsville, Minn.)    2-3

Ariel Traxler (Fairbanks, Alaska)               2-3

Christine McMakin (St. Paul, Minn.)        1-4

Sara Olson (Duluth, Minn.)                        1-5

Mackenzie Page (Mankato, Minn.)          0-6


Men’s Standings:

Andrew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) 6-0

Josh Moore (Mapleton, Minn.)                 5-1

Nick Connolly (Seattle)                               4-2

Tim Hodek (Fairdale, N.D.)                         4-2

Trevor Marquardt (Poynette, Wis.)          4-2

Andrew McDonald (Hudson, Ohio)          3-3

Wesley Wendling (Wausau, Wis.)            2-4

Jack Clasen (Roseville, Minn.)                   1-5

Riley Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.)                   1-5

Kevin Tuma (St. Paul, Minn.)                     0-6


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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