CURLING: Bemidjians pick up wins at Nationals
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Bemidji’s Mark Fenner and his team improved to 3-3 as round robin play continued Tuesday at the 2019 USA Curling National Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Team Fenner, which also includes Alex Fenson (Bemidji), Thomas Howell (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Korey Dropkin (Duluth), defeated Scott Dunnam’s rink 7-4 Tuesday afternoon to pick up their third win in round-robin play.
The Fenner rink began the tournament Saturday night with an 8-4 win over Jed Brundidge’s rink. Fenner’s team split a pair of Sunday matches against Brandon Corbell (an 8-3 win) and Rich Ruohonen (an 8-3 loss), and lost by identical 8-6 scores Monday to Chase Sinnett and Steven Birklid.
Fenner and company will take on the Olympic gold medalists from Team Shuster as the round robin continues Wednesday at 8 a.m. In the nightcap, Fenner’s rink will face Samuel Strouse’s squad for a 7 p.m. tilt at Wings Event Center.
On the women’s side, Bemidji curler Emily Quello and Team Traxler earned their first two wins of the tournament Tuesday.
The team, skipped by Ariel Traxler (Fairbanks, Alaska) that also features Rebecca Rodgers (Leyden, Mass.) and Susan Dudt (Malvern, Pa.), blew out Beth Podoll’s rink 13-5 to pick up its first win Tuesday morning. Team Traxler followed it up that night by beating Kim Rhyme 8-6.
The Traxler rink began the tournament with losses Sunday to Jamie Sinclair (8-2) and Stephanie Senneker (7-6), and Monday to Annmarie Dubberstein (9-3).
Quello and her teammates will continue round-robin play at 1 p.m. Wednesday with a game against Nina Roth’s team.
During Tuesday’s round-robin play, former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen made his curling national championship debut for Team Ruohonen. The former Pro Bowler subbed in for Phil Tilker at lead in the sixth and final end of a 9-2 win over Sam Strouse’s rink.