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Potter, Pottinger lead women's division at national curling tournament

The Cassie Potter and Allison Pottinger rinks share first place heading into Wednesday's action at the National curling tournament as each team owns a 6-1 record.

In Tuesday's late round Potter defeated Erika Brown of Wisconsin 7-4 and Pottinger topped Kimberly Wapola of St. Paul 10-5.

Earlier Tuesday Potter downed Patti Lank of New York 9-6. The Potter rink includes Bemidji natives Cassie Potter and Jamie Haskell.

Curling with the Pottinger team is Natalie Nicholson who was raised in Bemidji. Tuesday afternoon Pottinger defeated Janice Langanke of New Jersey 8-5.

The second end proved decisive for Potter in its match against Lank. After using the hammer to score two in the opening end Potter stole four in the second. The team stole two more in the third to open an 8-0 advantage but Lank answered with two in the fifth, one in the sixth, two in the seventh and another in the eighth to trail only 8-6. Potter iced the victory with one in the ninth and the teams blanked the 10th.

In Tuesday's late draw Potter widened a 3-2 lead with three in the seventh end and a steal of one in the eighth. Brown closed to within 7-4 with two in the ninth but Potter was able to clear the rocks in the 10th and preserve its victory.

Pottinger forged a 3-2 lead after four ends against Langanke Tuesday afternoon and widened the gap with two in the fifth and a steal of two in the sixth. Tuesday's late match was over after six ends as Pottinger forged a 9-4 lead on the strength of 3-enders in the first and four ends.

Wednesday's action finds Pottinger facing Brown and Hamilton while Potter will battle Sormunen and Langanke.

The women's round-robin concludes Wednesday and any tie-breakers and the first round of the page playoffs will be Thursday.

Pete Fenson is in second place with a 6-1 record heading into Wednesday's play. The rink claimed two wins Tuesday, downing Todd Birr of Mankato 9-4 and handing Craig Brown of Wisconsin its first loss of the tournament, 6-3.

Heath McCormick of New York leads the field at 6-0 while Pete Fenson is 6-1 and Brown 5-1. Tyler George of Duluth is fourth at 4-2 while John Shuster of Duluth is 4-3 and Eric Fenson of Bemidji is 3-3.

Mike Farbelow of Minneapolis enters Wednesday's play at 3-4 while Birr, Owen Sampson of North Dakota and Brady Clark of Washington are 1-5 and Blake Morton of Wisconsin is 0-6.

Eric Fenson split his Tuesday action, losing 11-4 to George in the morning round but belting Farbelow 10-3 in the afternoon session.

Eric Fenson opened the late round with three in the first end and stole another in the second. Leading 4-3 after six ends Eric Fenson cemented the win with four in the seventh and a steal of one in the eighth.

In Wednesday's action Eric Fenson will face Clark in the morning and Sampson in the afternoon. Pete Fenson has a bye in the morning round and will face Farbelow in the afternoon session.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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