Junior Nationals round robin reaches halfway mark

Jan. 16, 2019, 12:21 p.m. (ET)

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Jan. 16, 2019

Team Dubberstein alone at the top of the women’s standings as 2019 Junior Nationals continue

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Three of the women’s defending champions are in a familiar spot alone at the top of the round robin standings as the 2019 USA Curling Junior National Championships reached the halfway mark in Two Harbors, Minn.

Annmarie Dubberstein (Portage, Wis.) and teammates Cora Farrell (Fairbanks, Alaska), Jenna Burchesky (Walpole, Mass.), and Allison Howell (Solon, Ohio) improved to 4-0 with an 8-5 victory this morning over Cait Flannery’s team at the Two Harbors Curling Club. It was the first loss for Team Flannery as Dubberstein’s team controlled the second half of the match. Keeping pace for second place is the Abbey Kitchens rink, which improved to 3-1 with an 11-8 victory over Mackenzie Page’s rink. Two big four-end results fueled the team’s third win. Samantha Jones led her Wisconsin-based team to a second win to even their record at 2-2 as they stole the winning points to take down Ariel Traxler’s rink, 9-7. Elizabeth Cousins got her team in the win column by rallying back to secure a 10-9 victory over Suzanna Viau’s rink.

In the men’s division, defending champion Andrew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) and Andrew McDonald (Hudson, Ohio) remain perfect in round robin play with matching 4-0 records after last night’s results. Stopera’s team swept past Skyler Slusar’s rink, 8-2, to stay comfortably at the top of the standings. McDonald’s team notched its fourth win as they got past Wes Wendling’s team, 10-5. Chase Sinnett (Medfield, Mass.) helped his team even its record as they defeated Tyler Hipke’s team, 9-2. Kevin Tuma led his team into the win column for the first time with an 8-3 triumph over Charlie Thompson’s crew. The men return to the ice today with matches at noon and 8 p.m. The women will take the ice for the 4 p.m. draw. Live scores and a live webstream are linked at www.usacurl.org.

Women’s results (8 a.m. today): Cousins 10, Viau 9; Kitchens 11, Page 8; Jones 9, Traxler 7; Dubberstein 8, Flannery 5

Men’s results (7 p.m. Tuesday): Tuma 8, Thompson 3; McDonald 10, Wendling 5; Sinnett 9, Hipke 2; Stopera 8, Slusar 2

Women’s standings:

Annmarie Dubberstein (Portage, Wis.     4-0

Cait Flannery (Mankato, Minn.)                3-1

Abbey Kitchens (Devils Lake, N.D.)           3-1

Samantha Jones (Endeavor, Wis.)            2-2

Elizabeth Cousins (Medfield, Mass.)        1-3

Mackenzie Page (Burnsville, Minn.)         1-3

Ariel Traxler (Fairbanks, Alaska)               1-3

Suzanna Viau (Plover, Wis.)                       1-3

Men’s standings:

Andrew McDonald (Hudson, Ohio)          4-0

Andrew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) 4-0

Skyler Slusar (Hallock, Minn.)                   3-1

Chase Sinnett (Medfield, Mass.)               2-2

Charlie Thompson (Eau Claire, Wis.)        1-3

Kevin Tuma (St. Paul, Minn.)                     1-3

Wes Wendling (Wausau, Wis.)                 1-3

Tyler Hipke (Wauwatosa, Wis.)                 0-4

What’s at stake:

The winners of the Junior Nationals will represent the U.S. at the 2019 World Junior Championships Feb. 16-24 in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Playoffs:

After the round robin concludes, a modified Page playoff will take place. If there is a clear winner of the round robin – at least one win ahead of any other team – that team will advance directly to the championship final. If two or three teams are tied for first place after the round robin, then the team the top two seeds squaring off in a game with the winner advancing to the championship final. The losing side will then take on the No. 3 playoff seed in a single semifinal match to determine the other finalist. If four teams end up tied for first place after the round robin concludes, all four will advance to the playoffs and be seeded for traditional semifinal games with the winners of those games moving on to the gold-medal match. In the rare scenario where more than four teams are tied for first place, tiebreaker games would be played to reduce the playoff field to four teams.

There is a double loss provision in place so if an undefeated team advances to the final, the first championship game will be played at 9 a.m. with a second final played at 1 p.m. if the undefeated team loses that first game.

Awards:

At the conclusion of the event the Curtis Cup for Sportsmanship Awards will be presented to a female and male team. In addition, the Katie Beck Memorial Award will be presented to an outstanding player competing in the second position. New this year is the Bev Schroeder Memorial Junior Curling Awards, which will be presented to two outstanding Junior Nationals rookies (one female, one male). The award honors the late Bev Schroeder, who coached the women’s team to the Junior Nationals gold medal the past two seasons and coached many other junior teams over three decades. A scholarship fund – separate from the Junior Nationals awards – was created in December. More details about how to apply for the college scholarships will be available soon at www.usacurl.org.

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More information about the 2019 Junior Nationals can be found at https://go.teamusa.org/2yeW6t0 and http://twoharborscurling.com/2019-junior-nationals/.

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).