Round robin reaches halfway point in Seattle at 2014 Junior Nationals
(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, Switzerland.
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, Runing 5
Sarah Anderson (Pennsylvania) 4-1
Cory Christensen (Minnesota) 4-1
Christine McMakin (Maryland) 4-1
Shelby Sweet (Washington) 4-1
Jenna Haag (Wisconsin) 3-2
Sidney Schroeder (Michigan) 3-2
Abigail Lindgren (North Dakota) 2-3
Kaitlin Fowler (Alaska) 1-4
Melissa Runing (Minnesota) 0-5
Courtney Osbakken (Minnesota) 0-5
Scott Dunnam (Pennyslvania) 4-1
Ethan Meyers (Minnesota) 4-1
Branden Scheel (North Dakota) 4-1
Korey Dropkin (Massachusetts) 3-2
Daniel Dudt (Pennsylvania) 3-2
Jake Vukich (Washington) 3-2
Wesley Pedersen (Michigan) 2-3
Clay Osterhaus (Wisconsin) 1-4
Daniel Plys (Minnesota) 1-4
Ahlrik Schommer (Alaska) 0-5
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