The fields are now set for the U-18/Senior State Championships. Two men's teams, two women's teams, and two boy's teams. This is the first time in many years there have been women's teams, so be sure to tell them how great it is that they entered.
The All American Bonspiel resulted in 24 ladies sharing curling stories, an awareness of the role of the USWCA and meeting new women curlers of our club. A true spirit of curling! Congratulations to team "Stars" the winners of the event who received the USWCA All American pins. Team "Stars" was Marj Yalowicki, Kara McBroom, Suzanne Sowinska and Faye Alesse.
Thanks to Todd Schultz for taking care of the food.
The first ever Knock the Dust Off Spiel is in the books and it was a rousing success on all accounts. This spiel was designed as a direct response to the findings from the bonspiel participation and team formation research study last year. With 80 participants curling 80 games in 16 draws there was plenty of curling for all.
A big thank you goes out to the organizing committee: Jessica Schultz, Todd Schultz, Ethan Bradford and Karien Balliuf. We are also grateful for all of the volunteers who came out to serve in the kitchen, bar and on the ice crew. A special thank you goes out to Monique Heileson for designing the event logo.
The overall winners are Sheila Mariano, John Canning, Alex Chow and Kellen Chow.
The U-18, Men, and Women signup deadline is November 20th. For Men and Women, unless you qualify for the National Championships through WCF points, you play in the Men's (in Grand Forks) or Women's (in Mapleton) Challenge Round, January 2-5, For U-18, you play in the regional qualifier on December 27-29. Registration. This year's championship procedures.
The remaining national deadlines:
USA Curling has now posted the Job Description for Chief Executive Officer - which contains the requirements and how to apply. The schedule for filling this position is early next year.
Cyndy Garzina, Karen Brattesani, Emily Bissonnette, Melanie Zahn, and Cathie Tomlinson won the USWCA Bonspiel playdown last night by defeating Laurel Haigh-Gore, Kathy Justice, Jenny Evans, and Joyce Lingg in the final of the double elimination tournament. Garzina et al. will represent GCC at the USWCA National Bonspiel here in Seattle February 19-23, 2020. In the sixth end, Garzina avoided a possible disaster by making a long angle raise to the button behind cover to steal instead of giving up a possible four.
Thanks to Cindy and Ken Vasey, who came over from the peninsula for the weekend, for timing most of the games.
The Mixed Doubles signup deadline is November 6th. To get the early registration discount, the deadline is today (10/16). Unless you qualify for the National Championship through WCF points, you play in the Mixed Doubles Challenge Round, Dec. 19-22, at Portage Curling Club, Registration.
The other national deadlines are:
|Men and Women||November 20|
The U-18 State Championships have moved from January 11-13 (where they were at the same time as the Clubs state championship) to December 27-29 (at the same time as the Senior State Championship). Signups for most championships is through the USA Curling Website. For U-18, Registration closes on 11/20/2019 at 11:45 PM. The Senior State and PIC Playdowns are local registration when they open.
Saturday Evening Update: Connor's team finishes the round-robin at 3-2 and Allison's at 2-3. Unfortunately neither makes the playoff.
Friday Evening Update: Connor's team is 2-2 and Allison's is 1-3 at the end of the second day. Saturday first game at 9 am Pacific. Live Webstream. Scores.
Thursday Evening Update: Connor's team is 2-0 and Allison's is 0-2 at the end of the first day. Friday game at 1:30 Pacific.
The trials start Thursday at the Denver Curling Club. Among the eleven teams competing are Connor Kauffman and Ari Rauliuk with two players from Michigan; and Allison Tan, Andrew Bell, and Abigail Lin with a player from Massachusetts.
Cristin Clark and Chris Bond made it to the quarter-finals of the Colorado Curlilng Cup Mixed Doubles selection spiel last weekend at the Denver Curling Club. They went 3-1 in their pool before being defeated by Kira Brunton and John Morris. Alexandra Agre and Derrick McLean also went 3-1 in their pool before being defeated in the quarter-finals by Sarah Anderson and Korey Dropkin. Em Good and Mac Guy went 2-2 in their pool.
In the final, Anderson/Dropkin defeated Brunton/Morris and won a berth to the Mixed Doubles National Championship in Bemidji in February.