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Bemidji curlers move on to playoffs

The Allison Pottinger and Cassie Potter rinks have qualified for the Page playoffs in the National women's curling tournament in Aston, Pa. The Pottinger rink, which includes Bemidji curler Natalie Nicholson, finished with an 8-1 record in the 10...

The Allison Pottinger and Cassie Potter rinks have qualified for the Page playoffs in the National women's curling tournament in Aston, Pa.

The Pottinger rink, which includes Bemidji curler Natalie Nicholson, finished with an 8-1 record in the 10-team round robin.

The Potter rink, which is skipped by Bemidji native Cassie Potter and has her sister Jamie Haskell as the vice-skip, finished the round-robin 7-2.

Both the Potter and Pottinger rinks are based in St. Paul. Joining them in the Page playoffs, which begin 7 p.m. Thursday, are Alexandra Carlson of Wayzata and Aileen Sormunen of Duluth.

Pottinger assured itself a berth in the playoffs by stopping Erika Brown of Wisconsin 7-3 in Wednesday's afternoon round. In Wednesday's evening session Pottinger shut down Becca Hamilton 8-0.

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Pottinger trailed Brown 3-2 after seven ends but took control with three in the eighth and sealed the win with a steal of two in the ninth.

Potter fell to 6-2 heading into Wednesday's late round after losing 8-4 to Sormunen in the afternoon session. In Wednesday's late action, Potter beat Janice Langanke of New Jersey 12-2.

The Pete Fenson rink had a bye in Wednesday's morning round and in the afternoon session it beat Mike Farbelow of Minneapolis 8-4

That result gives the Pete Fenson rink a 7-2 record heading into Thursday's final two rounds of the round-robin.

Eric Fenson lost 9-6 to Brady Clark of Washington in the afternoon round. The Eric Fenson rink includes Bemidji curlers Trevor Andrews and Quentin Way.

In the afternoon session, Eric Fenson fell to Owen Sampson 6-4.

In Thursday's final two rounds, Eric Fenson will battle Heath McCormick of New York and John Shuster of New York. The Pete Fenson rink, which also features Bemidji curler Ryan Brunt, will face Tyler George of Duluth and Sampson.

Women's standings

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Pottinger 8-1, Potter 7-2, Carlson 6-2, Sormunen 6-3, Brown 5-4, Stolt 4-4, Hamilton 4-5, Lank 3-6, Wapola 1-8, Langanke 0-9.

Men's standings

McCormick 8-0, P. Fenson 7-1, Brown 5-3, Shuster 5-3, Birr 5-3, George 4-4, Farbelow 4-5, Clark 3-5, E. Fenson 3-5, Sampson 2-6, Morton 0-9.

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