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CURLING: Fenson, Pottinger lead the way at Olympic Trials

Cassie Potter releases the stone during the Olympic Trials for Curling Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Scheels Arena in Fargo.Dave Wallis | Forum News Service1 / 3
Pete Fenson, from Bemidji, shouts out during the Olympic Trials for Curling Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Scheels Arena in Fargo.Dave Wallis | Forum News Service2 / 3
Natalie Nicholson on the Pottinger team watches the competitors during the Olympic Trials for Curling Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Scheels Arena in Fargo. Dave Wallis | Forum News Service3 / 3

FARGO -- The Pete Fenson rink of Bemidji owns a 5-2 record heading into today's final day of the double round-robin portion of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials being held at Scheels Arena.

On Wednesday Fenson defeated Heath McCormick of New York, N.Y., 9-6 in the afternoon session. In the evening draw Fenson toppled Brady Clark of Lynwood, Wash., 7-4

Fenson will end his round-robin competition in today's afternoon round against John Shuster of Duluth. Today's other matches see Shuster facing Tyler George of Duluth, McCormick battling Clark and George squaring off against McCormick.

The tiebreakers, if needed, will be played tonight and Friday morning. The playoffs will begin Friday afternoon.

In Wednesday's afternoon draw against McCormick Fenson roared to a 6-0 lead after three ends and never looked back. The Bemidji rink had the hammer to begin the game and used it to score three in the opening end. Fenson continued to attack and stole one in the second and two in the third.

McCormick closed the deficit to 7-4 after six ends but Fenson answered with a pair in the seventh to seal the victory.

In the nightcap Fenson took a 2-0 lead in the second end and never trailed, although Clark cut the deficit to 5-4 after the ninth end.

However, fenson sealed the victory with two in the 10th end to win.

Pottinger tops Potter

In Wednesday's women's division action the Allison Pottinger rink of St Paul continued its impressive play as it stopped the Cassie Potter rink of St. Paul 8-4

In the evening draw Potter, which includes Bemidji natives Cassie Potter and Jamie Haskell, faced Erica Brown of Madison, Wis., and earned its first win. Potter topped Brown 8-6.

Pottinger tackled Courtney George of St. Paul, winning the match 7-6. Among the curlers on the Pottinger rink is Bemidji resident Natalie Nicholson.

The women's teams conclude their double round-robin today when Potter meets George and Pottinger faces Brown.

The tie-breaking round also begins today.

Pottinger opened a 4-0 lead after two ends in Wednesday's game against Potter and used a steal of one in the fifth end and a steal of two in the sixth to widen the gap to 8-1.

Potter made things interesting with a deuce in the seventh end and a steal of one in the eighth but Pottinger closed the victory by blanking the ninth end.

U.S. Olympic Trials

Men's Division

Fenson 5-2, Shuster 4-2, George 4-2, McCormick 2-4, Clark 1-6

Wednesday's Results

Fenson 312 010 200 x - 9

McCormick 000 202 011 x - 6

Clark 000 101 011 0 - 4

Fenson 020 020 100 2 - 7

George 8, Clark 4

McCormick 8, Shuster 7

Today's Games

9 a.m.: George vs. Shuster; McCormick vs. Clark

2:30 p.m.: Fenson vs. Shuster; McCormick vs. George

7 p.m.: Tiebreakers, if necessary

Women's Division

Pottinger 4-1, Brown 3-2, George 2-3, Potter 1-4

Wednesday's Results

Potter 001 000 21x x - 4

Pottinger 310 112 00x x - 8

Pottinger 202 011 100 1 - 7

George 020 300 010 0 - 6

Potter 000 123 000 2 - 8

Brown 211 000 011 0 - 6

Brown 10, George 4

Today's Games

9 a.m.: George vs. Potter; Pottinger vs. Brown

2:30 p.m.: Tiebreakers, if necessary

7 p.m.: Tiebreakers, if necessary

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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