USA teams begin World Junior Championships with wins

By Terry L. Davis | March 03, 2018, 12:34 p.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 3, 2018

 

U.S. teams begin World Junior Championships on winning notes

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The U.S. teams are perfect so far as the 2018 World Junior Championships opened play today at Curl Aberdeen in Scotland.

 

Madison Bear (Pardeeville, Wis.) and her team of Annmarie Dubberstein (Portage, Wis.), Jenna Burchesky (Walpole, Mass.), Allison Howell (Bentleyville, Ohio), and Leah Yavarow (Bemidji, Minn.) defeated Switzerland’s Selina Witschonke rink to begin the nine-game round robin in Aberdeen, Scotland.

 

In the afternoon draw, Andrew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) and his team of Luc Violette (Lake Stevens, Wash.), Ben Richardson (Issaquah, Wash.), Graem Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.), and Jonathon Harstad (Duluth, Minn.) battled Russia’s Aleksandr Bystrov rink, eventually earning an 8-4 victory.

 

The U.S. ladies had a slower start but scored points in the final four ends to defeat Switzerland. They’ll return to the ice tonight to take on Russia (1-0), which defeated Turkey, 9-2.

 

“It was first-end jitters, getting the nerves for the first half of that game. We got a great pep talk from the coach at the fifth end break. We realized what we had to do to bring it back, and it’s nice to start with a win,” said Bear, who is competing in her third World Juniors but first as skip. The team is coached by Bev Schroeder (Stevens Point, Wis.).

The American men also took control of their match in the second half, scoring a deuce in the fifth end to take their first lead. The U.S. team gave up a steal in the 10th end, but scored three points in the extra end to secure the win. 

 

The men’s team will be back in action on Sunday against China (0-1) and Korea (1-0) as the round robin continues. A live webstream, as well as live scores and standings, are available at www.worldcurling.org.

 

USA line scores:

USA women       010 100 121 1 – 7

*Switzerland     202 002 000 0 – 6

 

*Russia               010 001 011 10 – 5

USA men            001 020 200 03 – 8

*last rock in first end

 

Standings:

Women:

Canada               1-0

Norway               1-0

Russia                 1-0

Sweden              1-0

USA                     1-0

China                  0-1

Korea                  0-1

Scotland             0-1

Switzerland        0-1

Turkey                0-1

 

Men:

Canada               1-0

Korea                  1-0

Scotland             1-0

Sweden              1-0

USA                     1-0

China                  0-1

Germany            0-1

Norway               0-1

Russia                 0-1

Switzerland        0-1

 

Team USA round robin schedule (all times local):

Sunday, March 4:

9 a.m., USA men vs. China

2 p.m., USA women vs. Turkey

7 p.m., USA men vs. Korea

 

Monday, March 5:

9 a.m., USA women vs. Canada

2 p.m., USA men vs. Canada*

7 p.m., USA women vs. Sweden

 

Tuesday, March 6:

9 a.m., USA men vs. Sweden

2 p.m., USA women vs. Norway

7 p.m., USA men vs. Scotland*

 

Wednesday, March 7:

9 a.m., USA women vs. Korea

2 p.m., USA men vs. Germany

7 p.m., USA women vs. Scotland*

 

Thursday, March 8:

9 a.m., USA men vs. Switzerland

2 p.m., USA women vs. China

7 p.m., USA men vs. Norway

 

Friday, March 9:

2 p.m., women’s semifinals

7 p.m., men’s semifinals

 

Saturday, March 10:

9 a.m., women’s bronze and gold-medal games

2 p.m., men’s bronze and gold-medal games

 

*game featured on live webstream at https://www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv

 

USA round robin results:

USA women:

USA 7, Switzerland 6

 

USA men:

USA 8, Russia 4

 

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, and Brakebush, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, and CurlingZone.

 

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