Semifinals on tap at 2018 Arena Nationals in Salt Lake City

By Terry L. Davis | May 06, 2018, 8:42 a.m. (ET)

Cover photo of Silicon Valley by Melissa Majchrzak 


May 6, 2018


Semifinals set at 2018 Arena National Championships


(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – After an exciting day of opening round playoff action, the semifinals of the 2018 USA Curling Arena National Championships are now set for championship Sunday in Salt Lake City.


In women’s quarterfinal action on Saturday afternoon at the Utah Olympic Oval, Cleveland Skating Club’s Kathryn Mercer rink defeated Silicon Valley, 6-3. Mercer (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and her team of Carole Negus (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), Rebecca Storey (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), and Elizabeth Feighan (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) never allowed Diane Palme’s Silicon ladies to score another point after the third end as they moved on to today’s semifinals where they will face Monica Hernandez and her undefeated San Francisco Bay Area rink. Wine Country’s Katie Feldman (Sacramento, Calif.) led her team to a 6-4 triumph over Broadmoor’s Paula Bloom rink to set up a semifinal game against Kansas City’s Sarah Wruck squad. Feldman and her team of Laura Lunetta (Sacramento, Calif.), Porsche Stephenson (Sacramento, Calif.), Auria Moore (Newark, Calif.), and Karla Markowski (Vacaville, Calif.) scored three points in the fourth end to take control of the quarterfinal game.


In the men’s playoffs, Pittsburgh’s Mark Robinson rink won a tiebreaker game over Aberdeen’s Mark Tolvstad to advance as the No. 8 seed last night where they met No. 1 Wine Country, led by David Markowski. Wine Country would prevail 9-5 to end Pittsburgh’s shot at a second Arena Nationals title. Jeff Knott’s Dallas-Fort Worth squad kept its perfect record intact with a 9-6 victory over Troy Dittberner’s Vikingland squad. San Francisco Bay Area’s Richard Lazarowich (San Jose, Calif.) led his team to a 7-1 quarterfinal win over La Crosse’s Chris Hofland. In the day’s upset, No. 6 seed Cincinnati, led by Jonathan Penney, got past Parker Shook’s No. 3 Hollywood Curling Club squad, 7-4.


The men’s and women’s semifinals will take place at 9 a.m. MT today. The featured match on the live webstream will be the semifinal game between Cincinnati (4-1) and San Francisco (5-0). Dallas-Fort Worth (5-0) will battle Wine Country (5-0) in the other men’s semifinal game.


Follow the competition at The gold- and bronze-medal games will take place today at 1 p.m. The women’s gold-medal match will be the featured game on the live webstream.


Women’s quarterfinal scores: Cleveland 6, Silicon Valley 3; Wine Country 6, Broadmoor 4


Men’s quarterfinal scores: Wine Country 9, Pittsburgh 5; Dallas-Fort Worth 9, Vikingland 6; San Francisco 7, La Crosse 1; Cincinnati 7, Hollywood 4


Playoff teams:


Dallas-Fort Worth: Jeffrey Knott (Dallas), Kevin Roberts (Frisco, Texas), Laith Sando (Burleson, Texas), Nick Myers (Arlington, Texas), John Lambert (Garland, Texas)


Wine Country: David Markowski (Vacaville, Calif.), Camren Spangler (Meadow Vista, Calif.), William Hillman (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Brian Feldman (Sacramento, Calif.)


Hollywood: Parker Shook (North Hollywood, Calif.), Cameron Ross (Glendale, Calif.), Daniel McCarthy (Los Angeles), Benedict Yoong (Ventura, Calif.)


Cincinnati: Jonathan Penney (West Chester, Ohio), Darrell Brown (Mason, Ohio), Brody White (West Chester, Ohio), Erich Knemeyer (West Chester, Ohio), Daniel Coviello (Sharonville, Ohio)



San Francisco Bay Area: Monica Hernandez, Heather Kopeck, Erin McInrue, Kristina Lugo (all of Oakland, Calif.)


Kansas City: Sarah Wruck (Kansas City, Mo.), Kristy Filippini (Shawnee, Kan.), Stacy Foree (Oak Grove, Mo.), DeeAnn Moore (Kansas City, Mo.)


Cleveland Skating Club: Kathryn Mercer (Shaker Heights, Ohio), Carole Negus (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), Rebecca Storey (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), Elizabeth Feighan (Cleveland Heights, Ohio)


Wine Country: Katie Feldman (Sacramento, Calif.), Laura Lunetta (Sacramento, Calif.), Porsche Stephenson (Sacramento, Calif.), Auria Moore (Newark, Calif.), Karla Markowski (Vacaville, Calif.)


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