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Pete Fenson lone unbeaten at national curling tournament

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The Pete Fenson rink of Bemidji won two matches Sunday and two more on Monday to retain sole possession of first place in men's round-robin play at the USA Curling Nationals in Fargo.

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Monday's action saw Fenson defeat Heath McCormick 9-4 in the afternoon round and Craig Disher 7-5 in the late session, using solo steals in the seventh, ninth and 10th ends to earn the win. On Sunday Fenson stopped Matt Hamilton 8-2 and Zach Jacobson 6-2.

Today's action sees Fenson tangling with Jason Larway at 2:30 p.m.

Fenson opened the tournament with a 6-4 victory late Saturday night over Geoff Goodland. Fenson's teammates are Shawn Rojeski of Chisholm, Joe Polo of Duluth and Ryan Brunt of Bemidji.

In women's play the two rinks with Bemidji ties, Allison Pottinger and Cassie Potter, are 4-1 heading into today's two draws.

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.

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 endd.

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

Standings

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

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Pioneer staff reports
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