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Bear, Stopera rinks cruise to Junior Nationals titles American men finish


fourth, women fiſth at 2018 World Juniors


By Terry L. Davis, Editor


and Madison Bear rinks won the 2018 USA Curl- ing Junior National Championships on Feb. 3 at the Detroit Curling Club. Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) and team-


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mates Luc Violette (Lake Stevens, Wash.), Ben Richardson (Issaquah, Wash.), Graem Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.), and Caleb Clawson (Clarks- ville, Md.) defeated Wisconsin’s Trevor Mar- quardt rink, 8-3, in the men’s final while Bear (Pardeeville, Wis.) and her team of Annmarie Dubberstein (Portage, Wis.), Jenna Burchesky (Walpole, Mass.), and Allison Howell (Bent- leyville, Ohio) got past the Abbey Kitchens rink, 7-4. Team Bear is coached by Bev Schroeder (Stevens Point, Wis.) while Mark Lazar (Toledo, Ohio) is the coach for the Stopera rink. It is the second straight title for Stopera, Vio-


lette, Richardson, and Fenson, who won silver at the 2017 World Juniors in South Korea, and first for Clawson. Violette also won the junior title in 2014. Dubberstein, Burchesky and Howell defended the junior title they won last year and Bear was their alternate at the World Juniors. Bear also won the junior women’s title in 2016 and a silver at the World Juniors that year. Bear’s team started strong with a deuce in the


opening end and used the last-rock advantage well in the 7-4 defeat of Kitchens (Devils Lake, N.D.) and her team of Leah Yavarow (Bemidji, Minn.), Sara Hodek (Fairdale, N.D.), and Sydney Steffen (Devils Lake, N.D.). Stopera’s team also used its last-rock advan-


tage well as they put four deuces on the score- board while holding Marquardt (Poynette, Wis.) and his team of Ryan Elwing (Brookfield, Wis.), Mitch Wilson (Delafield, Wis.), Connor Hipke (Wauwatosa, Wis.), and Coleman Turston (Poynette, Wis.) to singles in the 8-3 win. Te Marquardt rink defeated Nick Connolly’s team in the semifinal earlier in the day to reach the final while Team Kitchens got past fellow North Dakotan Beth Podoll, 6-5, by stealing the final end of the women’s semifinal.


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lot of familiar faces represented the U.S. at the 2018 World Junior Cham- pionships aſter the Andrew Stopera


2018 Junior National champions (l-r) Madison Bear, Andrew Stopera, Annmarie Dubberstein, Luc Violette, Jenna Burchesky, Ben Richardson, Allison Howell, and Graem Fenson.


Madison Bear Beth Podoll


Abbey Kitchens Cora Farrell


Maya Willertz Ariel Traxler


Christine McMakin Anya Normandeau Sara Olson


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Women’s round robin standings: 7-2 7-2 7-2 6-3 6-3 5-4 3-6 3-6 1-8 0-9


Tiebreaker: Farrell 10, Willertz 5 Page 1-2 game: Bear 7, Podoll 5 Page 3-4: Kitchens 7, Farrell 6 Semifinal: Kitchens 6, Podoll 5 Final: Bear 7, Kitchens 4


Te Curtis Cup for Sportsmanship Awards


were presented to the Abbey Kitchens and Jack Clasen rinks. Te Kitchens rink included Kitch- ens (Devils Lake, N.D.), Leah Yavarow (Bemi- dji, Minn.), Sara Hodek (Fairdale, N.D.), Syd- ney Steffen (Devils Lake, N.D.). Te team was coached by Jon Mielke (Bismarck, N.D.) and Jeff Kitchens (Devils Lake, N.D.). Clasen’s team included Sam Clasen (Roseville, Minn.), Dylan Barrett (Woodbury, Minn.), and Joshua Proehl


Andrew Stopera Nicholas Connolly Josh Moore


Trevor Marquardt Tim Hodek


Andrew McDonald Wesley Wendling Riley Fenson Kevin Tuma Jack Clasen


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Men’s round robin standings: 9-0 7-2 7-2 5-4 5-4 5-4 3-6 2-7 1-8 1-8


Tiebreakers: Hodek 8, McDonald 7 Marquardt 7, Hodek 4


Page 1-2 game: Stopera 6, Connolly 3 Page 3-4: Marquardt 6, Moore 4 Semifinal: Marquardt 8, Connolly 4 FiFinal: Stopera 8, Marquardt 3


(Spicer, Minn.). Te team was coached by Mike Barrett (Woodbury, Minn.). In addition, the Katie Beck Memorial Award for an outstanding second was presented to Sam Clasen. World Junior Championships recap


Stopera and the American men completed


their journey at the 2018 World Junior Cham- pionships with a fourth-place finish aſter losing


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