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CURLING: Playoffs await US men at World Juniors

ABERDEEN, Scotland -- Andrew Stopera and the American men will make another playoff appearance as the round robin wrapped up Thursday at the 2018 World Junior Curling Championships in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) and his team, including Bemidji’s Graem Fenson, finished the round robin with two more wins to secure the No. 3 playoff berth. They’ll now take on No. 2 Canada in the semifinals today. No. 1 Scotland (9-0) will battle No. 4 Switzerland (5-4) in the other semifinal.

The U.S. men defeated Switzerland 8-3 and then finished the round robin with an 8-2 win over Norway.

“Qualifying is always the first goal, but now we’re looking at the championship and hoping to keep the momentum going into the playoffs and maybe win this thing,” Fenson said in a press release. “You get into tight moments in curling, and there’s always big pressure shots. Being in that circumstance before is certainly helping us this week.”

The U.S. women finished the round robin with a 4-5 record – just shy of a playoff berth. Madison Bear (Pardeeville, Wis.) and her team, which included Bemidji’s Leah Yavarow, lost to China 9-6 in the final session of the women’s round robin to finish with a final ranking of fifth.

In today’s women’s semifinals, Sweden will face Norway and Canada will meet China.

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