Men's Western Regional

Granite Curling Club of Seattle

January 5-8, 2012 - Completed

Team Information


Wes Johnson, Brady Clark, Darren Lehto, Steve Lundeen

Record: 5-0 - Champion (to Nationals)

Won Thursday 7:00 pm - Game D11
Johnson         1       3   6    
Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Kauffman 4.400* 2   4 5                
Won Friday 1:00 pm - Game D21
Johnson 12.700*   1   3     5 6 7      
Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Guzman 39.800*   2 4 8                
Won Friday 7:00 pm - Game D31
Pleasants 3.600* 1   3 4                
Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Johnson 73.000*     2   5   6     7    
  1. Official Joel Russ looking very fine in his upscale waiter finery, including hand-tied bow tie the buzzer sounds to start the game. After lead stones, Johnson has a rock partially behind cover at the back of the 4-foot and then freezes to is with their first second stone. Two red (Johnso) stones out front, with two stones in the 4ft (one red, one blue. Looks liek the red at the back of the button is shot and both teams are playing as if it is. 4ft is cleared out through 3 shots, Pleasants sitting 1 and 2. First skip stone, hit roll for the double, missed the doube and Brady's shot slides out the back. Attempt to draw misses, brady draws slightly under cover at the back of the 4ft. hack weight hit for two is the call
  2. Center and corner guards up, blue at the back of the 4ft, Johnson comes around for the freeze. rockends up short of shot, in the 8ft. Another blue stone in the back 12ft for Pleasants, Johhnson responds with a corner freeze to the blue at the back of the 4ft. Beautiful shot by Leon (Team Johnson) to push the blue out of the 4ft and roll behind cover to the back of the button. Start of Skips stones - Chris's first. Johnson sits 3 with lots of garbage at the back of the house. Chris picks one out to sit second shot. Mistake by Brady opens up the shot rock for a freeze or a hit. Looks like a hack weight hit - finds the guard to push the red into the blue and Johnson sits 3 with their final rock to come. Final rock voer curls and rather than taking 4, Team Johnson takes 3
  3. Johnson lead rocks (red) in the house, Pleasants (blue) responds with a high guard and then the come-around the rubs off the red in the 12ft. Johnson now sitting 3, with two behind cover (top 12 and back 4, Pleasants responds with a draw to the top 4, but up for the hit. While watching sheet two, Pleasants somehow slipped a blue rock behind cover at the back of the button to sit one. Johnson's drawing through a tight port to setup the rest of the end. Hell of a shot by Pleasants to draw into the button and sit two with skips stones to come. Brady's first stone hangs out there and while opening things up, Pleasants still sits two and guards his rocks to prevent the runback. Brady goes for the off-in, makes it, chipping out one of the blue to sit second shot. Blue sits one at the back of the button, maybe a raise on the center guard, but it's dangerous. Chris makes it with perfect weight and line - raising his guard to catch the red at the edge of the button, pushing it out to take two and tie the game
  4. Chris is in trouble are the words next to me. Johnson has two frozen in the top 8, behind cover. An attempt to corner freeze comes up short, so Brady's hitting and rolling. Result is wrecking on the guard, so Pleasants tries again and misses. brady puts the guard back up. Chris looks to peel, no he's running back the guard to break up the frozen rocks and sit 1 and 3! Great Shot. Darren draws into the button, hoping for the jam, but Chris picks it out, so Darren replaces it, putting it into the back 4ft. Chris first stone is to pick that rock out and roll behind cover, which Chris executes perfectly. Brady responds by tapping it out, but Chris can just follow him down, which he does, with a perfect roll to make the double hard. Bradys tries for the double, but just misses (we all thoguht he had it until he didn't) to give up one!
  5. Center guard, come- around hit, come around. Red sits slightly behind cover with two rock in the house., Pleasants came in, Brady hit. Pleasants throws a double, but misses, slipping through the hole and leaving Johnson sitting 2. Leon's draw comes up short, opening up the opportunity for Pleasonats to take a shot at the double on the other side. They miss the double, but get one and roll out. Johnson sits 1. Darren stands at the hog line, wondering how he missed the split so badly. A chance for Pleasants - they squeak by their guard to peel out the red guard, but Brady comes around to the 8ft, not quite a guard and not quite a freeze. Chris' first shot - throwing the hit to clear out the 4 ft, but he leaves one around for shot and sits open for the hit. Looking like two for Brady...he makes the open hit and we all realize that there's a red rock at the back of the house! Brady's sitting 3 not 2!
    Chris' final stone freezes to the hidden stone at the back, and now Brady's sitting 1
    Final red stone comes up a bit shot and Brady takes 2 into the 5th end break
  6. center and corner guard, with a red on the button. Red now sits with two in the house behind cover and thrid stones being thrown. High guard just slips over the hog line
    Chris tries the runback, but misses, so Brady puts up another guard, filling the hole and taking away any runbacks
    Chris tries for the double peels, but leaves the red on the center line, so Brady throws another guard. Chris throws the double peel, but sticks around, Brady puts the guard back and Chris is going to try the runback double facing two in the house...nope - two red
  7. First rock in the house, blue pushes it back to the back of the house and sticks around (?) on the opposite side. Red rock on the button, followed by a blue rock the almost freezes, but it's enough for Leon to chip it out. Now the draw to the top 12 and it's chipped out again. High guard (I seem to remember a professional commentator calling such a shot useless :-) and Brady peels it out. Red's sitting two, but Chris takes one out, only to see it replaced by another one in the top 12. Chris thows at the one on the button, but flashes and Brady responds with another rock into the 4 ft. Chris trys for the double, but one rock sticks around and Brady's throwing at the blue rock on the edge of the 12. All of a sudden, Brady's sitting 3 and Chris's draw is heavy and their shaking hands! Team Johnson wins!
Won Saturday 2:00 pm - Game D52
Beighton   3   5   7 9            
Blank: 2 Score
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Johnson 6.200* 1   4   6 8 10          
This game starts the best of 3 series. Both teams are undefeated. The game is being streamed at
  1. Clark made a nice come-around draw to the four foot. Beighton's rock was overswept on the run-back and rolled out to leave Clark with a steal of one.
  2. Free guard zone appears wasted on this end. House remains clear into second stones. Survey says that Beighton needs to lose the hat. Clark's first shot to the top of the 4 foot in attempt to force Beighton to one. Beighton's first shot removes Clark's stone and rolls to the left 12 foot. Beighton's last rock removes the Clark stone on the 12 foot and rolls out to blank the end.
  3. Ouch - Lundeen wrecks on the guard on his come around. Guy's takeout is wide, but still makes contact and clears the house. Slightly boring clean end. Clark is sitting 3 after picking out Beighton's almost freeze to Clark's stone in the back 12. Beighton draws for one to the back 12 foot stone.
  4. Lundeen makes another nice come-around the top 4 foot. Guy makes a nice draw to back 4 foot. Lundeen makes another come around to tap his own back onto Guy's, forcing it further back in the four foot. Galey almost falls coming out of the hack for the peel of the guard and still makes the shot! Clark calls for a center guard, and Galey comes around and makes the double. Romaniuk makes a nice come around to the top 4 foot for shot. Lundeen and Romaniuk save's Lehto's backline tap back which rolls to the top 4 foot, almost buried. Clark still sits one with Beighton in the back 4. Ernst freeze is heavy and taps Lehto's shot to the 4 foot for Clark to lie 2. Lehto and Clark are still talking about what to do.... tick tock! Lehto's shot which his sweepers save again, over curls a tad but comes into bite the 8 foot taking away the double. Turns out Beighton's front end needed a little more muscle as his tap wrecks on the guard. Clark could have opted for a high risk hit to sit 4 but chose to play it safe and guard his 2. Beighton's angle tap back over curls and he taps to full 8 foot out of scoring range. Clark's draw for 3 comes up slightly wide and takes just 2.
  5. Romaniuk makes a nice double to leave his rock on the center line to guard their own on the top 4 foot. Galey takes out the guard and leaves the rock on the 4 foot. Lehto replaces the guard and Galey returns with a double. Lehto makes a nice come around to sit on the back 4 foot. He makes another nice come around to sit top 8 foot. Ernst responds with a hit on the rock in the 4 foot and rolls slightly behind Lehto's rock on the 8 foot to sit shot. OUCH! Clark flashes the take out. Beighton returns with a nice come around on the other side of the house to sit back 8 foot behind cover. Clark's last shot removes the rock on the 4 foot and rolls beside Beighton's on the back 8 foot. Beighton removes Clark's rock for 2 to tie the game at the 5th end break.
  6. Romaniuk wrecks on the guard which leaves Beighton with 2 in the house. Beighton replaces the guard and Lehto wrecks on the guard as well. Beighton replaces the guard forcing Lehto to play the rock on the top 12. He hits and rolls to the right, just barely in play. Beighton draws to the top 12, sitting 2. Clark draws to the top 4 foot, but open. Beighton's hit is wide and hits his own guard, but manages to roll into the top 4 foot, leaving Clark shot. Clark removes Beighton's stone on the 4 foot to take 2.
  7. Clark is sitting shot on the back four behind their own guard on the center line. Beighton froze to their rock, but Clark is still shot. Beighton removes the center guards to open things up. Lehto's guard over curls to leave the four foot open. Beighton capitalizes and taps his own back to remove Clark's shot rock. Lehto's double attempt is saved again by his front end, but only removes one. Beighton takes Clark's rock out and rolls to the far 12 foot, sitting 2. Clark taps his own back to the 4 foot, but Beighton is still shot on the back 4. Beighton draws to the back 4 and Clark returns with a draw almost down to it for shot on the 4 foot. Beighton makes a great draw through the hole to score 2.
  8. Romaniuk's come around overcurled and popped out from behind the guard, but is still shot on the top 4. Beighton Galey removes the Clark rock on the 12 foot. Romaniuk's rock picks, but still ends up as a nice center line guard. Ernst makes a nice freeze to the Clark stone on the top 4 foot. Lehto blows it and his front end couldn't even save this shot - he wrecks on the guard and gives Beighton a chance capitalize. Ernst taps his own back to remove the Clark stone to sit 3. Lehto's rock is overswept and he wrecks on the guard again. Unlucky break. Beighton guards the 2 on the 4 foot and Clark tries a corner raise back and is wide to only remove one, but sitting 2nd shot. beighton removes the 2nd shot stone to lie 3 again. Clark makes a draw to the 4 foot (with a lot of sweeping help from all 3 team members) to score 1.
  9. Beighton is sitting 2 on the 4 foot. Romaniuk attempts a double but wrecks on his own guard, but still manages to take one out. Lehto takes out the rock on the back 4 to sit 1. Ernst wrecks on the guard but rolls in to the top 12. Lehto taps it over and rolls his own slightly under cover in the top 8. Ernst removes it with a fluke shot to sit top 8 on the center line. Clark removes it but his rock over curls and Beighton still lies 2nd shot. Beighton just gets by the guard to remove the Clark stone on the back 4, but is wide open. Clark removes the rock and rolls behind cover to lie shot forcing Beighton to draw for 1. Beighton barely makes the draw for 1.
  10. Clark sitting 2 as he starts to remove the 2 Beighton guards. Romaniuk removes one guard and Galey barely makes over the hog line to replace it. Lehto almost makes his CFP, but his sweepers hold it and he removes a guard and almost one in the house. Clark is still sitting 2 with 2 Beighton guards still out front. Lehto noses the peel on the guards and removes one of their own in the back. Beighton draws to the other side to sit shot. Clark draws down to it and taps it back to sit shot. Beighton comes up short to give the win to Clark.
Thanks Patti for the commentary!
Won Saturday 7:00 pm - Game TB1
Beighton     1 4   6              
Blank: 7 8 9 Score
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Johnson H 2 3   5   10            
  1. Comments from the crowd "If I had a fantasy curling team, I would chose Darren Lehto for one of my sweepers". Meanwhile, Mike is making the moves on me since Darren is "busy". He also wanted to point out that the Johnson team was Leon's 2nd choice...
    Beighton was sitting 2 in the 4 foot, but Lehto makes a nice draw to cover part of the pin. Difficult to tell who is shot. Lehto runs back a guard and takes his own out. Beighton is now sitting 3 after a nice draw. Clark is tight on the takeout and only removes one. Beighton is still sitting 2. Tough shot for Clark - he misses his run back double take out and gives up a steal of 2.
  2. Guy draws around their guard and sits on the back 4. Lundeen attempts a draw down to it and comes up short and open on the 12 foot. Galey's draw overcurls and wrecks on the guard. Romaniuk makes a nice draw to the 4 foot, half buried. His second shot is a little heavy and they angle tap their own further back on the 4 foot. Earnst throws narrow and wrecks on the guard, pushing another Clark stone into the rings. Clark is sitting 2. Nice shot by Beighton! Cross house double and bumps Clark's shot on the 4 foot back to sit shot. Clark draws down the stone on the 4 foot, but is not shot. Beighton throws a top house guard. Clark throws a draw to tap their red back on Beighton's stone in the back four. Clark comes up short and only takes 1.
  3. Guy makes a nice draw around the guard to sit on the button. Lundeen draws down beside it. Guy takes out the Clark guard which is replaced due to the free guard zone rules. Galey makes a nice draw to sit 2 on the four foot. Romaniuk taps one into the 4 foot. Galey removes the Clark center guard. Lehto comes up short to sit top 8 on the center line - he needed to tap their own a few inches back. Ernst removes the stone on the top 8. Lehto taps their own a few inches back. Ernst removes a few stones (both teams) and rolls out. Clark throws a top house guard - he is still sitting one. Beighton's overcurls and he makes a crossfacepeel! (that's a $1 payment to Lehto- CFP). Clark tries in in-off but ends up 3rd shot. Beighton tries a similar in-off to remove the Clark shot stone on the button but misses which gives Clark a steal of 1.
  4. Guy makes a nice come around draw to the top 12. Romaniuk just barely ticks Guy's shot and rolls to the 4 foot, open. Galey removes the Clark stone and rolls to the 12 foot. Lehto doesn't disappoint his fantasy curling fan, and sweeps Romaniuk's stone past the guard to remove the Beighton stone on the 12 foot. Galey removes the Clark stone on the 12 foot to sit 2. Clark removes the Beighton stone on the far 12 foot. Ernst trades rocks. Lehto barely removes the Ernst rock and rolls out. Ernst draw slides too deep and Clark sweeps it out the back, but still in play. Clark attempts to remove the Beighton stone in the top 12 but it doesn't curl enough and it jams on the far back stone and Beighton is shot. Beighton doesn't quite remove the Clark stone and rolls across the house. Fantasy sweeper Lehto, sweeps it out of the house. Clark removes the remaining Beighton stone and sits shot in the back 12. Beighton draws and thanks to his sweepers, he gets his 1. This game is all about the skips killing their sweepers...
  5. Lundeen makes a nice come around draw behind Beighton cover to top 4. Guy taps it out behind cover and rolls to the 4 foot. Lundeen throws a nice top 8 guard. Galey makes a nice shot to tap Lundeen's first shot out the back. Clark is still shot on the 4 foot. Romaniuk removes the Beighton stone on the 4 foot. Galey noses it sits 2nd shot in the 8 foot, open. Romaniuk makes a nice hit and roll to leave Clark sitting 2. Ernst raises their own onto one of the Clark stones - Clark is still sitting 1. Lehto taps their own to sit top 4, but leaves a tough double opportunity for Ernst. Ernst wrecked on the guard. Lehto removes the Beighton stone on the 8 foot an rolls away to sit 3. Beighton's rock over curls and he only removes 1. Clark draws to the side to sit 3. Beighton makes a nice double but rolls to 2nd shot. Clark draws for 2. Lehto came out of the house to assist, but walks away without helping the front end - the crowd says this is a textbook slowdown...
  6. Guy draws to the button half buried. Romaniuk taps it to the back four (buried) and leaves his open (shot) on the 4 foot. Galey taps it out and rolls behind the guard to sit 2. Romaniuk taps the Beighton stone leaving 2 Beighton stones frozen on the 4 foot (shot and 2nd). Ernst wrecks on the guard. Lehto makes a nice thin double to remove the 2 on the 4 foot and sit 2. Ernst jams the Clark stone back and sits 1. Lehto picks out the Beighton stone and rolls out. Ernst removes the Clark stone and sits 2. Clark throws for the double but hits it too thin and only removes 1. Beighton draws to sit 2 and Clark attempts the double again and comes up short to remove only one. Beighton has an open draw for 2.
  7. There is a cornbroom sweeping clinic upstairs which is leaving Tilker winded. Apparently it is his best workout since the one he had at home by himself this morning. Meanwhile, on the ice, the teams are keeping the house clean. Third stones and the house is still clean, just a Clark guard which Lehto attempts to draw behind. He comes up short and leaves it wide open, biting top 8 foot. Beighton removes the stone and rolls to the other side to sit above the t-line, full 8 foot. Clark and Beighton trade stones. Clark blanks the end.
  8. Guy throws to the back pin to try to force Clark to a clean end. Clark ignores it calls for a corner guard - Lundeen delivers. Guy places a guard in the top 8 and Lundeen removes it. Romaniuk draws to bite the pin leaving a few inches between the Beighton stone. Galey's doesn't curl enough and jams the Clark rock back and removes their own as well. Romaniuk removes the Beighton rock on the top 4 to sit 2, but both rocks are open. Ernst makes a nice hit and roll to sit half buried on the top 8. Lehto's takeout barely curls enough and both rocks roll out, although the Clark stone is still in play at the back. Lehto's rock had the right weight, but didn't curl enough. It sits shot in the back 12. Beighton picks out Clark's stone to sit 2 frozen on the back 12. Clark draws to the pocket to sit 1. Beighton removes them all. Clark throws for the blank.
  9. Galey wrecks on the guard and leaves the Clark stone on the top 8 foot. Lundeen makes a nice come around to sit buried on the t-line, full 8 foot. Galey flashes. Ouch. Romaniuk, taps their own straight back to the back 8 foot. Galey flashes again. Double ouch! Lehto adds a top 12 foot guard to lie 4. Ernst makes a triple! Tilker almost takes the glass out upstairs banging on the glass. Lehto removes the Beighton stone on the top 12, just missing their own which remains in the back 8 foot. Beighton attemps a run back double but jams and leaves Clark on the back 4 foot. Clark draws down to bite the pin, but leaves it open for a double opportunity. Beighton makes it! Clark is forced to blank the 9th.
  10. Beighton puts his first rock in the rings, top 4 foot, and Clark answers back with a corner guard. Beighton puts a guard on the top 12 and Lundeen peels it but misses the double opportunity. Romaniuk taps one of Beighton's stones to the 4 foot and rolls on top of the other Beighton stone. Beighton takes time discuss the next shot with the team. Beighton chooses a center guard to guard his 2 shots on the 4 foot. Romaniuk takes one out on the 4 foot and rolls to back 12. Ernst leaves a double opportunity, but Lehto is wide and jams, leaving Beighton shot. Ernst taps his back further into the 4 foot, leaving another double that Lehto misses, only getting one. Beighton is taking a long time to make his shot - taking a timeout as well. Beighton makes a freeze through the hole. Clark attempts to nose it to remove their back rock on the top 4. Clark makes the shot and Beighton answers back with the same shot. It looks like he rolls too far, 3rd shot. Clark has an open hit through the port for 2 and the win. Clark makes the hit and makes the double for the win! Congratulations Clark team!