Mixed doubles, junior curling in the spotlight over the weekend on Tour

Nov. 04, 2019, 1:22 p.m. (ET)


Nov. 4, 2019

Mixed doubles takes spotlight in Madison

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Mixed doubles was in the spotlight of the World Curling Tour (WCT) at the Madison Curling Club in McFarland, Wis.

Four U.S. High Performance Program duos advanced to the quarterfinals before being eliminated, including defending mixed doubles national champions John Shuster (Superior, Wis.) and Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.); 2018 champions Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.); past junior national champions Madison Bear (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Andrew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.); and 2018 Olympians Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton (both of McFarland, Wis.).

To determine the available berth to the 2020 USA Curling Mixed Doubles National Championship, an extra game was played between Bear-Stopera and the Hamilton siblings with the Hamiltons prevailing, 7-1, to secure a spot at the national event in Bemidji, Minn. (Shuster-Christensen and Anderson-Dropkin already are qualified for the event along with last year’s runners-up Vicky Persinger and Chris Plys. To learn more about that event, go to https://go.teamusa.org/34sp8VE.)

Three of four teams from the Junior High Performance Program (HPP) came very close to qualifying for the playoffs at the DEKALB Superspiel in Morris, Manitoba. Teams skipped by Chase Sinnett (Medfield, Mass.), Delaney Strouse (Midland, Mich.) and Luc Violette (Lake Stevens, Wash.) each made it to the C Event final before bowing out. Cora Farrell’s Junior HPP team didn’t fare as well as the young team went 0-3.

Shuster’s men’s team will make its second appearance at a Grand Slam event as they head to the Kioti Tractor Tour Challenge this week in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Nina Roth’s squad, now skipped by Tabitha Peterson due to Roth’s pregnancy, also will compete in Tier 1 of the event. The Korey Dropkin and Rich Ruohonen rinks will compete in Tier 2.  To learn more, go to www.grandslamofcurling.com.

The Toyota National Wheelchair Curling Team spent the weekend in a joint training camp with Canada in Wausau, Wis., as both countries prepare for the upcoming World Wheelchair B Championship where both sides are looking to earn berths to the 2020 World Wheelchair Championship.

To learn more about the athletes in USA Curling’s programs, go to https://www.teamusa.org/usa-curling/for-athletes/high-performance-program.

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Brakebush, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Franklin Group, ISS (Ice, Sports & Solar), Sitrin, Thorne, Toyota, Traveler’s Choice, Twin Cities Orthopedics, and Volt, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, Rock Solid Productions Inc., United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, IHG, and CurlingZone.


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