Minnesota women and Illinois men undefeated at Club Nationals
In women's play, Minnesota II's Jamie Kraus rink handed Washington's Miyo Konno team its first loss, 10-9 in an extra end. North Dakota II's Ann Podoll beat North Dakota I Beth Bohlman 11-10 in an exciting seesaw game of dueling deuces. The Podoll rink also clipped Wisconsin's Lori Karst's formerly undefeated wings 8-4. Other games played out according to seeding, with Bohlman the victor over Sara Walsh's California rink 11-6; Minnesota I (Norma O'Leary) crushing Arizona (Tracey Heuerman) 12-2; O'Leary, on a roll, capped the evening dominating Ann Drummie's Maryland rink, 12-3. Finally, California beat Ohio's Jennifer Paine, 8-3 and Kraus defeated Heuerman 13-8.
The big upset on the men's side was Alaska (Dave Flippo) getting its first win by handing Minnesota (Peter Stolt) its first loss 6-5. In other games, Stolt beat Colorado (Phil Moir) 9-3; Illinois (Jeff Wright) stayed unbeaten with wins over North Dakota (David Pengilly) 7-6, and Wisconsin (Steve Day) 10-5; Joel Larway's Washington squad controlled Michigan (Chad Roberts) 10-5; Oregon (Jim Smoltz) beat Colorado 8-2; and Massachusetts (Peter Bialek) handed North Dakota its first loss in convincing fashion, 12-4.
Daily round robin play at the Two Harbors Curling Club concludes Friday morning for the 10 men's and 10 women's teams, who qualified for the Club Nationals through a regional playoff system. The top four men's and top four women's teams will then advance to their respective semi-finals Friday evening with finals Saturday afternoon.
Live scores, standings and a link to the webstream can be found at www.usacurl.org (click on the Two Harbors 2014 Club Nationals logo).
9 a.m. Monday: Minnesota 9, Colorado 3; Illinois 7, North Dakota 6
1 p.m. Monday: Washington 10, Michigan 5
5 p.m. Monday: Oregon 8, Colorado 2; Massachusetts 12, North Dakota 4; Illinois 10, Wisconsin 5;
Alaska 6, Minnesota 5
9 a.m. Monday: North Dakota II 8, Wisconsin 4
1 p.m. Monday: North Dakota I 11, California 6; Minnesota I 12, Arizona 2;
Minnesota II 10, Washington 9 (extra end)
9 p.m. Monday: Minnesota I 12, Maryland 3; Minnesota II 13, Arizona 8; California 8, Ohio 3; North Dakota II 11, North Dakota I 10
Illinois (Wright) 4-0
Massachusetts (Bialek) 3-1
Minnesota (Stolt) 3-1
Washington (Larway) 3-1
North Dakota (Pengilly) 2-2
Wisconsin (Day) 2-2
Alaska (Flippo) 1-3
Michigan (Roberts) 1-3
Oregon (Smoltz) 1-3
Colorado (Moir) 0-4
Minnesota I (O'Leary) 4-0
Minnesota II (Kraus) 3-1
North Dakota II (Podoll) 3-1
North Dakota I (Bohlman) 3-1
Washington (Konno) 2-1
Wisconsin (Karst) 2-1
California (Walsh) 1-3
Ohio (Paine) 1-3
Arizona (Heuerman) 0-4
Maryland (Drummie) 0-4
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