Round robin reaches halfway point in Seattle
Round robin reaches halfway point in Seattle at 2014 Junior
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - At the halfway point through the
round robin, no team boasts a perfect record with the playoffs looming in the
distance as the 2014 USA Curling Junior National Championships swept along
today at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle.
Three men's teams are tied for first place with 4-1 records
including Minnesota's Ethan Meyers, Branden Scheel's North Dakota rink and
Scott Dunnam's team from Pennsylvania. Four women's teams are elbowing for the
top spot in the women's division after five games. Sarah Anderson's
Pennsylvania rink defeated Minnesota's Cory Christensen this afternoon, 9-6, to
place the two teams with identical 4-1 records. Also in first place are teams skipped by Christine McMakin of Maryland and Shelby Sweet of the home club in Seattle.
Meyers (Duluth, Minn.) and his team of Kyle Kakela (Rolla,
N.D.), Trevor Host (Saginaw, Mich.), Quinn Evenson (Fairbanks, Alaska), and
Zachery Waitrovich (Waupaca, Wis.) defeated fellow Minnesotan Daniel Plys, 9-2,
to win their third straight game.
North Dakota's Scheel rink lost in an extra end, 6-5, to
Michigan's Wesley Pedersen rink to suffer their first loss of the round robin.
Dunnam and teammates Andrew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.), Steven Szemple
(Edison, N.J.), Andrew Dunnam (Dresher, Pa.), and William Pryor
(Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y.) outscored Ahlrik Schommer's Alaskan rink, 8-2, to
keep in the playoff race.
The round robin continues through Thursday night. The
playoffs get underway on Friday at 2 p.m. PT. The winning teams will represent
the U.S. at the 2014 World Junior Championships Feb. 26-March 5 in Flims,
Live webstreaming of the event as well as live scoring are
available throughout the event. Go to www.usacurl.org
for links to both.
Game scores, 9 a.m. Tuesday: Pedersen 6, Scheel 5; Meyers 9,
Plys 2; Vukich 10, Dropkin 2; Dunnam 8, Schommer 2; Dudt 9, Osterhaus 2
Game scores, 2 p.m. Tuesday: Schroeder 10, Osbakken 9;
Anderson 9, Christensen 6; Sweet 7, Fowler 4; McMakin 7, Haag 5; Lindgren 8,
Sarah Anderson (Pennsylvania) 4-1
Cory Christensen (Minnesota) 4-1
Christine McMakin (Maryland) 4-1
Sidney Schroeder (Michigan)
Abigail Lindgren (North
Melissa Runing (Minnesota)
Scott Dunnam (Pennyslvania) 4-1
Branden Scheel (North Dakota) 4-1
Wesley Pedersen (Michigan) 2-3
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