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CURLING: Bemidji to be represented in USA National Championships

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The USA National Championships for men’s and women’s curling begins today here and, once again, Bemidji will be well represented.

In the women’s division the Allison Pottinger rink returns to defend its 2012 title. The team includes Natalie Nicholson of Bemidji.

Another Bemidji native, Jamie Haskell, will play on the Laura Roessler rink. That team usually is skipped by Cassie Potter of Bemidji but Potter will have to miss this year’s tournament because she is pregnant.

In last year’s final the Pottinger rink nipped the Potter rink 7-5.

This year’s men’s tournament includes the Pete Fenson rink. Fenson hails from Bemidji as do teammates Joe Polo and Ryan Brunt. The team’s vice-skip is Shawn Rojeski of Chisholm.

A year ago Fenson advanced to the playoff final where the team was defeated 5-4 by the Heath McCormick rink.

McCormick is back to defend its title. The tournament includes 10 men’s and 10 women’s teams and will follow a round-robin format.

The top four teams following the round-robin competition will advance to the Page Playoffs. The championship matches will be played Feb. 16. The women will hit the ice at 9 a.m. and the men at 3 p.m.

USA Curling Nationals

Women’s Division

Teams: Laura Roessler (includes Bemidji curler Jamie Haskell), Allison Pottinger (includes Bemidji curler Natalie Nicholson), Sarah Anderson, Erik Brown, Alex Carlson, Cristin Clark, Courtney George, Becca Hamilton, Shelly Kinney, Patti Lank

Roessler/Pottinger Schedules

Feb. 9, 4:30 p.m.: Pottinger vs. Lank; Roessler vs. Clark

Feb. 10, 8 a.m.: Pottinger vs. Anderson; Roessler vs. Carlson

Feb. 10, 4 p.m.: Roessler vs. George; Potitnger vs. Hamilton

Feb. 11, 8 a.m.: Pottinger vs. Kinney; Roessler vs. Brown

Feb. 11, 4 p.m.: Roessler vs. Pottinger

Feb. 12, 9 a.m.: Roessler vs. Lank; Pottinger vs. Clark

Feb. 12, 7 p.m.: Pottinger vs. Brown; Roessler v s. Anderson

Feb. 13, noon: Roessler vs. Hamilton; Pottinger vsl.Carlson

Feb. 13, 8 p.m.: Roessler vs. Kinney; Pottinger vs. George

Feb. 14, noon: Tiebreakers

Feb. 14, 8 p.m.: Page Playoffs

Feb. 15, 2 p.m.: Page semifinals

Feb. 16, 9 a.m.: Page final

Men’s Division

Teams: Pete Fenson (includes Bemidji curlers Pete Fenson, Joe Polo and Ryan Brunt), Greg Persinger, Ryan Lemke, Todd Birr, Mike Farbelow, Heath McCormick, John Shuster, Tyler George, Craig Brown

Fenson’s Schedule

Feb. 9, 8:30 p.m.: Fenson vs. Brown

Feb. 10, noon: Fenson vs. Persinger

Feb. 10, 8 p.m.: Fenson vs. George

Feb. 11, noon: Fenson vs. Clark

Feb. 11, 8 p.m.: Fenson vs. Farbelow

Feb. 12, 2 p.m.: Fenson vs. Lemke

Feb. 13, 8 a.m.: Fenson vs. McCormick

Feb. 13, 4 p.m.: Fenson vs. Birr

Feb. 14, 8 a.m.: Fenson vs. Shuster

Feb. 14, 4 p.m.: Tiebreakers

Feb. 15, 9 a.m.: Page Playoffs

Feb. 15, 8 p.m.: Page semifinals

Feb. 16, 3 p.m.: Page final

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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