US teams turn in impressive week on WCT

By Terry L. Davis | Oct. 07, 2019, 12:13 p.m. (ET)


Oct. 7, 2019

U.S. HPP teams turn in strong week on World Curling Tour

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – USA Curling’s High Performance and Junior High Performance Program teams put in a very impressive week on the World Curling Tour including three teams winning event titles.

Nina Roth’s team started out the week for the U.S. by winning the Uiseong International Curling Cup on Thursday with 5-4 victory over South Korea’s 2018 Olympic silver medalists in Uiseong, South Korea. USA’s John Shuster rink advanced to the championship final as well but lost the final to Canada’s Mike McEwen rink. USA’s Jamie Sinclair rink also competed and finished with a 2-2 record. It was the second WCT title win this season for Team Roth, which includes Roth (McFarland, Wis.), Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), Tara Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.) and Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.).

Over the weekend, Rich Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and Cora Farrell (Fairbanks, Alaska) led their HPP teams to title wins at the Let’s Cure Lupus St. Paul Cashspiel in St. Paul, Minn. It was the second WCT event title win for Team Ruohonen, which went undefeated to win the title yesterday with an 8-3 victory over Todd Birr. Farrell’s junior team captured the women’s title with a 9-2 triumph over Kim Rhyme to finish with a perfect 6-0 record. Fellow Junior HPP teams skipped by Susan Dudt (Malvern, Pa.), Luc Violette (Lake Stevens, Wash.) and Chase Sinnett (Medfield, Mass.) also competed in St. Paul. Dudt’s team reached the semifinals and finished the weekend with a 3-2 record. Violette’s squad tried in earnest to advance to the playoffs but lost the second round of tiebreaker games to wrap up a 3-3 weekend. Sinnett’s team was 1-3 in the round robin.

Korey Dropkin’s team cruised through the A qualifier at the Stu Sells Toronto Tankard to advance to the playoffs in Ontario. This morning Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.) and his team of Tom Howell (Milwaukee, Wis.), Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.), Alex Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) and Mark Fenner (Bemidji, Minn.) defeated Canada’s Kirk Muyres in the quarterfinals but gave up a steal in the final end of the semifinal against 2018 Olympian Kevin Koe to finish with a 4-1 overall record. USA’s Madison Bear rink finished 2-2 at the Avonair Cashpiel in Edmonton, Alberta.

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