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CURLING: Pottinger finishes 5-4, out of playoff contention

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CURLING: Pottinger finishes 5-4, out of playoff contention
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SAINT JOHN, Newfoundland — Team USA’s run at the 2014 World Women’s Curling Championship an end Thursday.

The Allison Pottinger rink, which features Bemidji’s Natalie Nicholson, split its final two matches and finished with a 6-5 record in the round robin tournament. The Americans finished in sixth place overall.

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“It was nice to come out tonight, play a good game and just enjoy playing together. It was my last game, this is nice to go out on a win,” Pottinger said in a press release. “I’m not playing next year. This is it. To go out on a win at the worlds, is not too bad. I’m done unless someone can talk me out of it, I don’t think that will happen.”

The Americans fell to Korea 8-6 in the first match Thursday before rallying to defeat Scotland 8-4 in the finale.

After holding Scotland to a single in the first end, the U.S. earned the deuce in the second and never gave up the lead.

Canada and Switzerland clinched playoff spots after earning wins. Canada (9-1) eliminated China from playoff contention with a 6-4 victory over China (6-5). Switzerland got past the Czech Republic, 9-5, to conclude their round robin with a 9-2 record. Germany concluded the round robin on a winning note as well as they earned their third victory of the week topping Denmark, 10-5.

Baird rink out of playoffs at mixed championships

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — The Minnesota rink, which features Bemidji curlers Randy Baird, Hope Baird, Chase Schmidt and Sarah Lehman, fell out of Page playoff contention Thursday with a pair of losses to Illinois and Washington.

Minnesota finished the tournament with a 5-4 record and in a tie for fifth place.

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Pioneer staff reports
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