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CHAMPIONSHIPS Madison, Granite rinks win 2018 Club Nationals By Terry L. Davis, Editor


to the top of the podium at the 2018 USA Curling Club National Championships on Feb. 17 at the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club in Brainerd, Minn. In the women’s showdown between two teams


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from the Madison Curling Club, McCormick (Rio, Wis.) and her team of Miranda Hofmann (Madison, Wis.), Rebecca Reinhart (Monona, Wis.), and Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.) de- feated Lori Karst, 10-5, to win the gold medal. Karst (Madison, Wis.) and her fellow Madison clubmates Cynthia Rhyner (McFarland, Wis.), Rebecca Westphal (Verona, Wis.), and Anne Pryor (Madison, Wis.) fell behind in the first half to McCormick, a four-time Olympian, and couldn’t overcome the deficit in the second half. Tis is the first Club Nationals title for McCor- mick, Hofmann and Reinhart and second for Ko- sal, who also won in 2006. It is the third overall women’s title won by the Madison club. Sieg (Blaine, Wash.) and his Granite Curl-


ing Club teammates Sam Galey (Seattle), Matt Birklid (Seattle), and Steve Lundeen (Seattle) de- feated Bill Stopera of New York’s Ardsley Curling Club, 5-2. Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) and his team of Martin Sather (Yonkers, N.Y.), Peter Austin (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), and George Aus- tin (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) had a modest 2-1 lead at the fiſth-end break but it was all Sieg’s team in the second half as they stole three points over the final two ends. Tis is the second Club Nationals title for Sieg and Lundeen, who also won in 2015 aſter capturing the Senior Nationals and World Seniors titles. Tis is the fourth title for the Gran- ite Curling Club. In the bronze-medal games, Jayne Burton led


her Coyotes Curling Club rink to a 10-7 triumph over two-time champion Nicole Vorachek of the Capital Curling Club, and Jeffrey Knott’s Dallas- Fort Worth team scored a point in the final end to secure a 6-4 victory over Justin McBride’s team from the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club. Q


Te team of Jamie Sinclair, Alex Carlson, Vicky Persinger, and Monica Walker (at right, l-r) made history in April by becoming the first U.S. team to win a Grand Slam event when they won the Players’ Championship.


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wo skips with plenty of national titles can each add one more as Debbie Mc- Cormick and Lyle Sieg led their teams


Round robin standings: Women


Debbie McCormick (Madison) Nicole Vorachek (Capital) Lori Karst (Madison) Jayne Burton (Coyotes)


Stephanie Erstad (Potomac) Christi Kircher (Ardsley) Miyo Konno (Granite) Jamie Kraus (Duluth) Dawn Findlay (Potomac) Jennalee Johnson (St. Paul)


2018 Club Nationals Women’s Champions (l-r) Debbie McCormick, Miranda Hofmann, Rebecca Reinhart, and Shelly Kosal of the Madison (Wis.) Curling Club.


Semifinals: McCormick 10, Burton 1 Karst 12, Vorachek 5 Bronze: Burton 10, Vorachek 7 Gold: McCormick 10, Karst 5


Round robin standings: Men


Lyle Sieg (Granite) Bill Stopera (Ardsley)


8-1 7-2


Jeffrey Knott (Dallas-Fort Worth) 6-3 Justin McBride (San Francisco) Dave Brown (Madison)


Al Gulseth (Fargo-Moorhead) Benj Guzman (Broomstones) Greg Wilson (Chicago) Chad Roberts (Detroit) Brent Halfmann (Stephen)


2018 Club Nationals Men’s Champions (l-r) Matt Birklid, Steve Lundeen, Sam Galey, and Lyle Sieg of the Granite (Wash.) Curling Club.


Tiebreaker results: McBride 8, Gulseth 3 McBride 8, Brown 4 Semifinals: Sieg 9, McBride 8 Stopera 7, Knott 2 Bronze: Knott 6, McBride 4 Gold: Sieg 5, Stopera 2


5-4 5-4 5-4 3-6 3-6 3-6 0-9


7-2 6-3 6-3 5-4 4-5 4-5 4-5 4-5 3-6 2-7


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