Wald rink wins club crown
The Bemidji rink of Aaron Wald, Trevor Andrews, Josh Bahr and Atticus Wallace captured the national championship of the U.S. Curling Association club tournament in Mankato.
The rink was 3-3 after six round-robin games but finished strong, sweeping Illinois, Washington and Wisconsin, to earn the third seed in the playoffs with a 6-3 record.
In the semifinals against Illinois Bemidji trailed 5-4 heading into the 10th end but the team used the hammer to score three and post the 7-5 victory.
In Sunday's championship game against Washington Bemidji scored two in the first and stole a pair in the second. After Washington drew within 4-3 Bemidji countered with two in the fifth and eventually ran Washington out of rocks in the 10th end to win 9-5.