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Fenson wins again Tuesday to remain unbeaten at USA Curling Nationals

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The Pete Fenson rink of Bemidji won again Tuesday to remain the only unbeaten team after six rounds of men's round-robin play at the USA Curling Nationals in Fargo.

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Fenson scored three in the second end and three more in the third to take command of his Tuesday game against Jason Larway of Seattle. The Bemidji rink finished with an 8-4 victory.

Fenson's teammates are Shawn Rojeski of Chisholm, Joe Polo of Duluth and Ryan Brunt of Bemidji. They will play twice on Wednesday, facing contenders Todd Birr of Mankato at 8 a.m. and Tyler George of Duluth at 4 p.m.

The Cassie Potter rink, which includes sisters Cassie Potter and Jamie Haskell, who grew up in Bemidji and represented the United States in the 2006 Olympics, fell to 4-2 on Tuesday with a 12-10 loss to Erika Brown of Madison, Wis. Potter and Brown were tied at 8-8 after seven ends, but Brown picked up three in the eighth. Potter scored two in the ninth, but Brown won it with a single in the 10th.

The Allison Pottinger rink, which includes Bemidji's Natalie Nicholson, edged Aileen Sormunen over Duluth 10-9 Tuesday to improve to 5-1. Pottinger scored four in the eighth end, but gave up four points in the ninth end to force a 9-9 tie. Pottinger's single in the 10th won it.

The event continues through Saturday, with the winners earning berths in the world tournaments.

Women's Division

Sixth draw

Reiser over Haase 9-7, Lank over Haag 7-4, Pottinger over Sormunen 10-9, Brown over Potter 12-10, Karst over O'Leary 8-6.

Standings

Lank 6-0, Brown and Pottinger 5-1, Potter 4-2, Reiser 3-3, O'Leary, Haag and Sormunen 2-4, Karst 1-5, Haase 0-6.

Men's Division

Sixth draw

Fenson over Larway 8-4, Birr over Brown 10-5, George over Hamilton 6-5, McCormick over Jacobson 6-2, Goodland over Disher 6-4.

Standings

Fenson 6-0, George 5-1, Birr and McCormick 4-2, Hamilton and Jacobson 3-3, Brown 2-4, Disher, Larway and Goodland 1-5.

In women's play the two rinks with Bemidji ties, Allison Pottinger and Cassie Potter, are both in the hunt for playoff berths. Pottinger was 5-1 and Potter 4-2 heading into Tuesday night's draw.

The Potter rink, which includes sisters Cassie Potter and Jamie Haskell, won both of its matches Monday, blitzing Nicole Reiser 9-4 and Chrissy Haase 8-2. But it fell to Erika Brown 12-10.

The Pottinger rink, which includes Bemidji native Natalie Nicholson, split on Monday. It downed Norma O'Leary 7-3 in the morning round but lost to Patti Lank 9-8 in the afternoon draw. That game matched a pair of unbeatens and Lank scord the winner in the 10th end.

The women's teams have two draws today. Potter will battle Erica Brown at 10 a.m. while Pottinger will face Sormunen. In the evening session Pottinger will battle Reiser and Potter will match shots with Jenna Haag.

Women's Division

Third draw

Potter over Sormunen 9-5, Reiser over Brown 7-4, Lank over O'Leary 5-4, Haag over Haase 8-7, Pottinger over Karst 8-2.

Fourth draw

Pottinger over O'Leary 7-3, Haag over Karst 7-6, Brown over Haase 7-5, Potter over Reiser 9-4, Lank over Sormunen 9-6.

Fifth draw

Sormunen over Karst 11-3, Brown over O'Leary 11-7, Reiser over Haag 10-5, Lank over Pottinger 9-8, Potter over Haase 8-2

Standings

Lank 5-0, Pottinger, Potter and Brown 4-1, O'Leary, Haag 2-2, Reiser and Sormunen 2-3, Haase and Karst 0-5.

Men's Division

Third draw

Birr over Larway 7-4, Fenson over Jacobson 6-2, George over Disher 9-4, Hamilton over McCormick 8-5, Brown over Goodland 6-5.

Fourth draw

Fenson over McCormick 9-4, Brown over Disher 8-6, Hamilton over Goodland 10-6, Jacobson over Larway 7-5, George over Birr 9-5.

Fifth draw

Fenson over Disher 7-5, Jacobson over Hamilton 8-3,Birr over Goodland 8-1, McCormick over Larway 8-7, Brown. vs. George

Sixth draw

Fenson over Larway 8-4, Birr over Brown 10-5, McCormick over Jacobson 6-2,

Standings

Fenson 6-0, George 3-1, Hamilton, Birr, Jacobson and McCormick 3-2, Brown 2-2, Disher and Larway 1-4, Goodland 0-5

The Fenson rink defeated Craig Disher of Rolla, N.D., 7-5 late Monday to improve to 5-0 heading into Tuesday's match. Fenson's teammates are Shawn Rojseki of Chisholm, former Bemidjian Joe Polo of Duluth and Ryan Brunt of Bemidji.

Fensoon won with singles in the ninth and 10th ends Monday night to break a 5-5 tie.

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