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CHAMPIONSHIPS


Andrew Stopera (above) led the Americans to the playoffs at the 2018 World Juniors. Jenna Burchesky (below, leſt) and Allison Howell were part of the U.S. women’s team that finished fiſth.


Te 2018 USA Curling Arena National Championships concluded on May 6 at the Utah Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City with the Dallas-Fort Worth men (center, in red) and Cleveland Skating Club women (far right in vests) winning the 2018 titles.


Photo by Brennan Smith, Utah Olympic Oval


Cleveland ladies, Dallas-Fort Worth men win 2018 Arena Nationals


tional Championships in Salt Lake City. Cleveland Skating Club’s Kathryn Mercer and


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Jeffrey Knott’s Dallas-Fort Worth rinks came out on top in the gold-medal games at the Utah Olym- pic Oval on May 6. Mercer, a law professor, and her team of Carole Negus (Chagrin Falls, Ohio), Rebec- ca Storey (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), and Elizabeth Feighan (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) defeated Kansas City’s Sarah Wruck, 8-3, to earn their first title. It was the lone loss for Wruck’s team, which went un- defeated through the round robin and earned a first round playoff bye. Cleveland scored five points in the first three ends to manage the scoreboard while lim- iting Kansas City to a single in the second end. Te teams exchanged deuces over the next two ends but it was all Cleveland aſter that. For Knott (Dallas) and teammates Kevin Roberts


(Frisco, Texas), Laith Sando (Burleson, Texas), Nick Myers (Arlington, Texas), and John Lambert (Gar- land, Texas) it is the second title aſter the group of five won the championship back in 2015. Knott’s team took control early over Richard Lazarowich’s team from the San Francisco Bay Area and held on for a 9-4 win with a takeout to score three points to seal it. In the men’s bronze-medal game, Wine Country’s


new women’s champion and the event’s first repeat winners emerged on the final day of the 2018 USA Curling Arena Na-


David Markowski led his team to a 6-4 victory over Cincinnati’s Jonathan Penney rink. Ten minutes later Katie Feldman’s team made it a sweep of the bronze medals for the Wine Country Curling Club out of California. Feldman’s team dominated the second half to defeat San Francisco Bay Area’s Mon- ica Hernandez, 11-5. Feldman and her team of Lau- ra Lunetta (Sacramento, Calif.), Porsche Stephenson (Sacramento, Calif.), Auria Moore (Newark, Calif.), and Karla Markowski (Vacaville, Calif.) stole eight points over the final three ends to reach the podium. Playoff scores:


Women’s quarterfinals: Cleveland Skating Club 6, Silicon Valley 3 Wine Country 6, Broadmoor 4 Women’s semifinals: Cleveland 8, San Francisco 3 Kansas City 11, Wine Country 3 Bronze: Wine Country 11, San Francisco 5 Gold: Cleveland 12, Kansas City 3 Men’s quarterfinals: Wine Country 9, Pittsburgh 5 Dallas-Fort Worth 9, Vikingland 6 San Francisco Bay Area 7, La Crosse 1 Cincinnati 7, Hollywood 4 Men’s semifinals: Dallas-Fort Worth 8, Wine Country 3 San Francisco 6, Cincinnati 4 Bronze: Wine Country 6, Cincinnati 4 Gold: Dallas-Fort Worth 9, San Francisco 4


From Page 20: Juniors make playoff run in Scotland


the bronze-medal game to Switzerland in Aber- deen, Scotland. Bear and the American women just missed out on the playoffs and finished fiſth overall. Te U.S. men went through the round robin


with a 7-2 record to earn a spot in the semifinals where they came up against Canada. Aſter an 8-5 loss, the U.S. moved to the bronze-medal game. Te U.S. men gave up a big end late in the game


that fueled the 7-4 win by Jan Hess and the Swiss men. Te U.S. team was coached by Mark Lazar (Toledo, Ohio). Canada’s Tyler Tardi rink would go on to hand


Scotland’s Ross Whyte rink its lone loss of the tournament to win the World Junior men’s title by a 6-5 score in an extra end. Canada’s Kaitlyn Jones rink defeated Sweden’s Isabella Wranna to win the women’s World Junior title while China won its first ever medal at the World Juniors with an 11-5 win over Norway to secure the bronze. Te U.S. ladies posted a 4-5 record in the round robin and nearly made the playoffs aſter win- ning three of their final four round robin games. Te 2019 World Junior Championships will take place in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada. Te winners of the 2019 Junior National Champion- ship in Two Harbors, Minn., will represent the U.S. at the 2019 World Juniors. Q


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