FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 19, 2019
Sinclair rink captures Red Deer Curling Classic
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – It was another solid weekend of curling for teams in USA Curling’s High Performance Program and Junior High Performance Program highlighted by Jamie Sinclair’s team winning the Red Deer Curling Classic last night in Red Deer, Alberta.
The weekend featured four U.S. teams making playoff appearances amongst the six competing teams. Sinclair (Osgoode, Ontario) and Rich Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) led their teams to the playoffs of the Red Deer Curling Classic. In the quarterfinals, Sinclair and her team of Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.), Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) defeated a strong contingent from South Korea, led by Minji Kim. In the semifinals, the Sinclair team got past Corryn Brown’s young Canadian rink, 8-2, to set up their third match of the day as they met British Columbia’s Brette Richards in the final. The back-and-forth match ended with Sinclair’s team stealing two points for the win in their first WCT playoff appearance of the season.
Ruohonen and teammates Greg Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Colin Hufman (St. Paul, Minn.) and Phil Tilker (Seattle) reached the semifinals in Red Deer before falling to current World Junior Champion Tyler Tardi of Canada, 8-3. This was the fifth time Team Ruohonen has reached the playoffs of a WCT event this season.
All four teams in the Junior High Performance Program (HPP) were competing in Canada. The Cora Farrell and Chase Sinnett rinks advanced to the semifinals of the Sun Life Financial Junior Challenge in Brandon, Manitoba, while the Delaney Strouse rink finished 2-3. Luc Violette’s team competed in a men’s WCT event, finishing 4-3 at the Stu Sells 1824 Halifax Classic in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
What’s on tap this weekend:
The Madison Bear rink returns to Tour competition at the Boundary Ford Classic in Lloydminster, Alberta. The John Shuster rink will compete at the Ashley HomeStore Classic in Penticton, British Columbia.
About the USA Curling High Performance Program:
To learn more about the athletes in USA Curling’s High Performance Program (adult, junior and wheelchair), go to https://www.teamusa.org/usa-curling/for-athletes/high-performance-program.
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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).