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Pottinger, Fenson drop Tuesday's late matches

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FARGO -- The Allison Pottinger rink dropped its first game of the U.S. Olympic Trials Tuesday night when it fell 7-5 to Courtney George while the Cassie Potter team dipped to 0-3 in the round robin after losing 8-7 to Erika Brown.

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In the men's division, Tyler George scored in the 11th end to nip Pete Fenson 7-6 and John Shuster dumped Brady Clark 7-2.

In Tuesday's afternoon draw the Pottinger rink, which includes Bemidji curler Natalie Nicholson, rallied to defeat Brown 7-6 while the Potter rink dropped a 10-6 decision to George.

Pottinger trailed 5-3 after six ends in its game against Brown but began its comeback with a point in the seventh end. Pottinger continued its rally by stealing two in the ninth and stealing the winning rock in the 10th end.

Potter and George were in a tight match until George scored three in the ninth end. Potter lead 4-3 until the sixth end when George counted four but Potter battled to within 7-6 by scoring one in the seventh and stealing another in the eighth.

George, however, cemented the victory with three in the ninth.

In Tuesday afternoon's men's division action, Fenson spotted John Shuster a 5-4 lead after seven ends but dominated the rest of the game, scoring three in the eighth and stealing one in the ninth.

Fenson kept the house clean in the 10th end and didn't need to throw his final stone.

Clark defeated McCormick 6-5 in Tuesday afternoon's other game.

Heading into Wednesday's action Shuster leads the field with a 4-1 record while Fenson and George are 3-2, McCormick 1-3 and Clark 1-4.

In the women's division, Pottinger, George and Brown are 2-1 and Potter is 0-3.

U.S. Olympic Trials

Men's Division

Standings

Shuster 4-1, Fenson 3-2, George 3-2, McCormick 1-3, Clark 1-4

Tuesday's Results

Shuster 200 100 200 x -- 5

Fenson 001 030 031 x -- 8

George 201 000 102 01 -- 7

Fenson 020 001 020 10 -- 6

Clark 6, McCormick 5

Shuster 7, Clark 2

Wednesday's Draws

Noon: Fenson vs. McCormick, Clark vs. George

7 p.m.: McCormick vs. Shuster, Clark vs. Fenson

Women's Division

Standings

Brown 2-1, Pottinger 2-1, George 2-1, Potter 0-3

Tuesday's Matches

Pottinger 012 000 102 1 -- 7

Brown 300 101 010 0 -- 6

George 020 104 003 x -- 10

Potter 101 020 110 x -- 6

Brown 022 020 101 0 -- 8

Potter 100 102 010 2 -- 7

George 010 004 100 1 -- 7

Pottinger 100 110 011 0 -- 5

Wednesday's Draws

Noon: To be determined

7 p.m.: To be determined

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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