National Championship Midweek Update

Despite the cold and snow in the Philadelphia area, the US National Curling Championships continued on Tuesday, and after the men's draw this morning, it's still a toss-up as to who will make the playoffs in the men's division.  Team Clark ( Brady Clark, Sean Beighton, Greg Persinger, Philip Tilker)  beat Paul Pustovar's team  6-4 this morning to improve to 3-2 and jump into a 7-way tie for first place at 3-2, with 4 games remaining in the round robin.  Pustovar's team features GCC members Paul Lyttle and Duane Rutan playing front end.  With the loss, Pustovar dropped to 1-4.  Also on the men's side, GCC member Colin Hufman is playing lead  for Heath McCormick's team and they are in the huge log-jam at the top after an 8-4 win over Tyler George this morning. 


In the Women's National Championship, Gabrielle Coleman's team ( Gabrielle is skipping in place of Em Good who traveled to Switzerland to watch her brother Jake Vukich play in Junior Worlds) improved to 2-3 last night with 7-6 extra-end win over Abigayle Lindgren's team from North Dakota.  Gabrielle missed two games with the flu, leaving her team short-handed, but she recovered in time to return to the ice last night to help her team get back in the win column after 3 straight losses. Curling with Coleman are GCC members Elle LeBeau ( playing third) and Cynthia Eng-Dinsel ( playing lead) 


Below is the USCA press release with more info and current standings for both men and women.  You can watch live streaming and follow the scores at


USA Improves to 2-2 at Junior Worlds

Evan MacAullay and Luc Violette brushing in Switzerland

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - The U.S. men won their second straight game at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Flims, Switzerland, to even their record with a 7-4 win this morning over Italy at Waldhaus Arena.


Jake Vukich (Seattle) and teammates Evan McAuley (Sammamish, Wash.), Luc Violette (Granite Falls, Wash.), Kyle Lorvick (Seattle), and Alex Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) are now 2-2 after the victory over the Amos Mosaner rink.


"It was a much needed win," said Lorvick, 17. "Obviously, with two losses already, this win keeps us alive. Hopefully, we keep our momentum heading into the rest of the week. It feels good to win.


 USA second, Luc Violette, who at fourteen years old, is the youngest player at the Championship. After his team's first win he said: “It’s key to get a win early and get off that losing streak. It’s been great fun though. We had a tough first day but we’ve got over that and it’s only going to get better from here.”


The U.S. capitalized on mistakes by the Italians to steal three points midway through the game that helped propel them to the eventual victory. "Like yesterday we had a lot more confidence than we usually do. We weren't as timid as we had been earlier in the week and we played with a lot of confidence," Lorvick said.


Last night, Cory Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) led the U.S. ladies to their third straight victory as they swept past Denmark, 8-2. The win improves Christensen and teammates Mackenzie Lank (Lewiston, N.Y.), Anna Bauman (Duluth, Minn.), Anna Hopkins (Bismarck, N.D.), and Tina Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) to 3-1 in the round robin standings.


"That was a good one," said Hopkins, 18, after the win. "We played our best in the first five ends, and then we came out strong after the fifth-end break. I'm hoping that we can keep going forward and keep on like we do and keep on with the wins."


The U.S. ladies controlled their match with Denmark (0-4) by staying ahead on the scoreboard. A steal of three points in the seventh end put the game out of reach for the Danes.


The round robin continues today as the U.S. ladies play Scotland (1-3) and Italy (1-3) while the men return to the ice this afternoon to take on Austria (1-3).


A complete game schedule is posted at You can watch the action via the World Curling Federation's YouTube channel at Live scores, standings and photos also is posted at the WCF website. You can also follow along on Twitter via USA Curling's Twitter feed (@terry_usacurl) as well as the WCF's (@worldcurling or @WCFmedia) using the hashtags #WJCC2014 or #curling.


Team USA vs Scotland Video

Line Score - SCO vs USA

Team Vukich (USA) played Scotland today and fell short 7-3.  Video of the game is embedded below.

Vukich Rink to Represent USA in Switzerland

Jake Vukich, Evan MacAullay, Luke Violette, Kyle Lorvick
Team Vukich with coach Travis Way and Betty Kozai

Travelling with their Legion of Broom t-shirts and brand-new Team USA Jackets, Team Vukich : (Jake Vukich (Skip) Third: Evan McAuley Second: Luc Violette Lead: Kyle Lorvick Alternate: Alex Fenson) are in Flims, Switzerland and will compete in the World Junior Championships in Flims, February 26- March 5th. 
You can follow the action from Junior Worlds here:  As of now, two games from Team USA are scheduled to be streamed live at

Before they left, there were quite a few newspaper articles written and TV appearances for Team USA.  The team was in-studio on King 5's New Day Northwest and taught host Margaret Larson a few tips on how to curl : you can watch that segment here:  

USCA to Hold Webinar on Proposed Bylaw Changes

Dear USCA Member,
You are invited to participate in an online webinar to discuss proposed changes to the USCA by-laws. The webinar is intended to inform members about the proposed changes and provide them with a forum for asking questions in anticipation of the vote on this proposal at the USCA Spring Board Meeting in April.
The webinar will be moderated by Jennifer Stannard, who will use a PowerPoint presentation to summarize the proposed changes and why the Task Force recommends they be adopted. Following this presentation, Jennifer and other members of the Governance Task Force will take questions about the proposal. The webinar is expected to last about an hour and a half. The first webinar will take place this Friday, Feb. 28, at 7:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.  There will be a second webinar on Sunday, March 9, at 7:00 p.m. CST.
If you have not already received a copy of the proposed by-laws and explanatory materials, but would like to receive this information prior to the webinar, please send a request to Jim Pleasants at
Directions for Participation in the Webinar
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[1] To participate in the webinar on Friday, 2/28/14, you will need to click on the registration link below. Please consider registering early to minimize technical difficulties (registration is possible from now until the webinar).
Once you register, you will receive an email from confirming your registration (check your spam folder if you do not receive this.) On the bottom of that email, you will see the following question:
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Please check to make sure your system is compatible prior to the meeting in case you need to download anything additional for optimal performance.
The registration email confirmation also gives you information on how to dial into the conference if you prefer not to listen through your computer.
[2]  To participate in the webinar on Sunday, 3/9/14, you will need to click on the registration link below. Please consider registering early to minimize technical difficulties (registration is possible from now until the webinar).
See instructions above regarding taking the system test early to minimize technical difficulties.
Questions about this webinar should be directed to USCA President, Jim Pleasants, at
Kim Nawyn
Director of Growth & Development


Team Clark Wins State Mixed Championship

Brady Clark, Cristin Clark, Derrick McLean, Bev Hale - Washington State Mixed Champions 2014

Brady Clark, Cristin Clark, Derrick McLean, and Bev Hale made it tough on themselves and needed some help from other teams, but the Clark/Clark/Hale dynasty rolls on as they took yet another state mixed championship. Clark et al. dropped both their games on Saturday, then won both their games on Sunday to force a sudden death tie-breaker on Monday. The other two teams Michael Calcagno, Marissa Wright, Andrea Callegari, Laura Yee, Sharon Vukich and Lyle Sieg, Miyo Konno, Peter Sommer, Jennifer Westhagen, Travis Way also had 2-2 records in the double round-robin.

By virtue of winning the Draw Shot Challenge - which Brady did by making three draws to the button and one off by 3 inches, his team received the bye to the final game. On Monday morning, Team Calcagno beat Team Seig, but could not beat Clark in the final. For full details see Washington Mixed Championship.
Team Clark moves on to the National Championship in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin next month - where Brady and Cristin will be looking for their tenth national mixed title and Bev her ninth.

Team Larway Wins Club Nationals in Two Harbors

Joel Larway, Peter Sommer, Benj Guzman, Chad Siefert

This afternoon in Two Harbors, Minnesota, Joel Larway's team Washington ( Joel Larway(Lynnwood, Wash.), Benj Guzman (Everett, Wash.), Peter Sommer (Carnation, Wash.), Chad Siefert (Seattle) defeated  Massachusetts 8-2 in the men's championship final to win the 2014 US Men's Club National Championship.  Larway's team went 7-2 in the round robin, then beat Peter Stolt's Team Minnesota 5-4 in the semifinals on Friday night to advance to the finals.   This is the third consecutive year that a team from the Granite Curling Club has won a club national title.
The game was streamed by TESN, and can be veiwed below.  Information about the event is available at

Knievel Rink is National Senior Champion

Bob Knievel, Jay Booth, Charles Smith, and Vic Lemecha were the runners up in the USSMCA National Men's Curling Championship
Vic Lemecha, Charles Smith, Jay Booth and Bob Knievel
Jay Booth interviewed by Channel 9

The 38th USSMCA National Senior Men’s Curling Championships was held February 12-16, 2014 in Wausau, Wisconsin.  The Championship was contested in three events:  Seniors (55+), Super Seniors (63+), and Masters (68+).  The Seattle-based Knievel rink brought home the gold medal and the trophy for the Granite Curling Club in the Super Seinor devision.  Congratulations to Bob Knievel, Jay Booth, Charles Smith and Vic Lemecha.

Washington is Now Webcasting Curling

In collaboration with the 12th End Sports Network (TESN), The Washington State Curling Association (WSCA) will be webcasting the upcoming Junior Nationals in Seattle.  In preparation for that event, WSCA is webcasting a number of test events, including the Washington State Club Championships this weekend.


If you’d like to watch the games, click this link to the TESN Washington page on Ustream, or point your browser at the embedded webstream on our web site.  The game times can be found on the GCC website.


2014 Womens' State Club Champions - Team Good

After four games in the Washington State Championship, Em Good skipped her team to a best of five win over their sole rival rink skipped by Miyo Konno.  Em was joined by Jennifer Westhagen, Christie Willhelmy, Hannah Volkman, and Jill Lamberts.  The final game was played on the Granite ice in Seattle, Sunday, Decmeber 15, 2013.


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