CHAMPIONSHIPS USA 10th at World Mixed Doubles

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played fantastic. Sometimes you just get beat,” George said. “I tip my cap to them. I don’t think Benoit (Schwarz) missed a shot against us in the past two games.” Canada’s Brad Gushue rink defeated Sweden’s

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Americans played a solid game until things un- raveled in the seventh end as Switzerland scored four and took the lead for good. “It’s a good lesson, truthfully. We got heavy there on a few draws, bounced off, and they made good shots. If my last one curls a quarter-inch less, they have to draw for one. It got away and I had a chance to save it and, obviously, it wasn’t an easy shot. We got a little unlucky on my two. Tat’s what curling is, a game of quarter-inches,” Shuster said about the seventh end in which the U.S. team missed several key shots to put Swit- zerland in control. Te w ld c

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Hamilton siblings take win streak to national title By Terry L. Davis, Editor

Hamilton, they have the perfect blend of compet- itiveness with a side of goofiness that turned out to be the perfect recipe for success as the siblings captured the 2017 USA Curling Mixed Doubles National Championship title in March. With a last-rock draw to the four-foot, the


Hamiltons defeated Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.) and Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), 7-6, to win their first mixed doubles national title. “It’s pretty rewarding to play in a tournament

and win it with my brother,” said Becca Ham- ilton. “To grind out that many wins in a row is pretty special. I’m looking forward to being able to compete with him more. Even though it might not look like it at times on the ice when we fight, he’s a great teammate.” Spoken like a true little sister.

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ome families have sibling rivalries while some create lifelong friendships. For Wisconsin’s Matt Hamilton and Becca

Te journey to the national title included

surviving two rounds of tiebreaker games yes- terday and three playoff matches to finish with a 7-3 record at the Four Seasons Curling Club. Te duo went on to represent the U.S. at the 2017 World Mixed Doubles Championship April 22- 29 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. In addition, Becca Hamilton, 26, was part of Team USA at the 2017 CPT World Women’s Championship in late March in Beijing, China, and Matt Hamilton, 28, competed at the 2017 Ford World Men’s Champi- onship in April in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Polo and Peterson also were members of those teams). It was just the second loss of the tournament

for Peterson and Polo, who won bronze at last year’s World Mixed Doubles Championship – the first medal at the event for the American program. “It was the fastest sheet that we’ve played on

all week and it caught up with us in the first end. Tey made a lot of draws and put us in some

tough spots. We tried to battle back and make it a game,” said Polo, who won Olympic bronze in 2006. In the opening end, an opportunity for a big

scoring end developed for the Hamiltons. Polo played a double takeout in an attempt to cut down the potential bounty. But Becca Hamilton was able to convert a tapback to score four points to take a big lead. In the second end, Polo and Peterson had an opportunity to capitalize on an error with a draw for three points, but the final stone was heavy as the pair settled for two. Aſter Matt Hamilton’s stone wrecked on a

guard in the third end, Polo was able to make a takeout and leave three of his team’s stones in the house. Becca Hamilton was forced to throw a hit to score a single point. In the fourth end, Polo and Peterson got a stone buried in the four-foot but were unable to wedge another one in to score multiple points. In the fiſth end, the Hamiltons had a chance to score three or four points if they converted a slash double takeout. However, the

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