In the Washington Club Championships, Joel Larway, Doug Kauffman, Darren Lehto, and Peter Sommer cruised to the Men's title while Miyo Konno, Aryn Grause, Berit Tomten, and Ashley Duranleau took the Women's. Larway et al. decisively won four straight games while Konno et al. did it the hard way where it all came down to the last shot in the last possible game. The last four of the five games were tied after eight ends - and the last two were tied after ten and required an extra end. The winners advance to Club National Championships at Potomac CC in Laurel, Maryland March 7-14.
Second place for the women (and oh, so close) was Gina Triolo, Cori Tomlinson, Gena Tadych, and Kerri Sidebottom. For men, second place was John Shoesmith, Andrew Ernst, Edward Strachan, and John Harrison.
Thanks to Dominic Arico, Joel Russ, June Fox, and Cindy and Ken Vasey for officiating; Scott McLean and Suzanne McLaughlin for handling the bar; and to Dave, Severin, and Don for making the ice.
February 8-15, the 2020 USA Curling Nationals are on the campus of Eastern Washington University in Cheney, about 20 minutes from Spokane. The Nationals need lots of help putting on this event where men and women curlers vie for spots to the world championships. This is their call for volunteers
- Signup for Curling ambassadors, ceremony helpers, ice helpers (learn what it takes to be an ice tech), volunteer/athlete check in, on-ice camera operators (will train)
- Signup for Officials
Accommodations: The holiday Inn Express is $129 per room. Ask for the USA Curling Nationals rate: (509) 235-1100 or use code "USC" at the website: www.hiexpress.com/cheneywa.
For any questions about volunteering, please contact Doug Potter.
After dropping the first game, Connor Kauffman, Alexander Couckuyt, Andrew Bell, and Arjun Thomas came back with three straight to win the U-18 Boys' spot in the U-18/Senior State Championships. The girls' spot was uncontested and went to Arianna Rauliuk, Allison R Tan, Abigail Lin, Mari Torii-Karch, and Faye Alesse. Both go on to the National Championships March 17 - 22, 2020 in Wausau, Wisconsin
Sharon Vukich, Jaynie Pleasants, June Fox, and Betty Kozai took the senior women's. Charles Smith, Dave Debois, Ethan Bradford, and Barry VanWieringen took the men's.
Thanks to Brent Campbell for providing dinners on Friday and Saturday, Joe Roberts and Joel Russ for officiating, and Cindy and Ken Vasey for timing the U-18 games.
The All American Bonspiel resulted in 24 ladies sharing curling stories, an awareness of the role of the USWCA and meeting new women curlers of our club. A true spirit of curling! Congratulations to team "Stars" the winners of the event who received the USWCA All American pins. Team "Stars" was Marj Yalowicki, Kara McBroom, Suzanne Sowinska and Faye Alesse.
Thanks to Todd Schultz for taking care of the food.
The first ever Knock the Dust Off Spiel is in the books and it was a rousing success on all accounts. This spiel was designed as a direct response to the findings from the bonspiel participation and team formation research study last year. With 80 participants curling 80 games in 16 draws there was plenty of curling for all.
A big thank you goes out to the organizing committee: Jessica Schultz, Todd Schultz, Ethan Bradford and Karien Balliuf. We are also grateful for all of the volunteers who came out to serve in the kitchen, bar and on the ice crew. A special thank you goes out to Monique Heileson for designing the event logo.
The overall winners are Sheila Mariano, John Canning, Alex Chow and Kellen Chow.
The U-18, Men, and Women signup deadline is November 20th. For Men and Women, unless you qualify for the National Championships through WCF points, you play in the Men's (in Grand Forks) or Women's (in Mapleton) Challenge Round, January 2-5, For U-18, you play in the regional qualifier on December 27-29. Registration. This year's championship procedures.
The remaining national deadlines:
USA Curling has now posted the Job Description for Chief Executive Officer - which contains the requirements and how to apply. The schedule for filling this position is early next year.
Cyndy Garzina, Karen Brattesani, Emily Bissonnette, Melanie Zahn, and Cathie Tomlinson won the USWCA Bonspiel playdown last night by defeating Laurel Haigh-Gore, Kathy Justice, Jenny Evans, and Joyce Lingg in the final of the double elimination tournament. Garzina et al. will represent GCC at the USWCA National Bonspiel here in Seattle February 19-23, 2020. In the sixth end, Garzina avoided a possible disaster by making a long angle raise to the button behind cover to steal instead of giving up a possible four.
Thanks to Cindy and Ken Vasey, who came over from the peninsula for the weekend, for timing most of the games.