Minnesota takes Mixed National Championship crown

By Terry L. Davis, Editor

title in Williston, N.D. With a last-rock victory over Alaska’s Greg


Persinger at the Williston Basin Curling Club, Clawson (Clarksville, Md.) and teammates Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Caleb Clawson (Clarksville, Md.), and Lexi Lanigan (Duluth, Minn.) will now represent the United States at the 2017 World Mixed Championship Oct. 6-14 in Champery, Switzerland. Tis is the first mixed national title for all four

members of Team Minnesota. Anderson, 22, has won the mixed doubles and two junior national titles previously, while this is the first overall national title for Lanigan, 19, and the Clawson brothers. Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) and teammates

Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.), Quinn Evenson (Fairbanks, Alaska), and Catharine Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) had the last-rock advantage to start the game but gave up a steal of two points to Minnesota. Alaska tied the game aſter stealing a single in the fourth end and then took the lead with another steal in the seventh end. Tat forced Minnesota to work hard to create an end in which to score multiple points. Te elder Claw-

2017 Mixed National champions (l-r) Hunter Clawson, Sarah Anderson, Caleb Clawson, and Lexi Lanigan hold the national trophy and the flag of Switzerland as the team will represent the U.S. at the 2017 World Mixed Championship this fall in Champery, Switzerland.

son brother clinched the win with a raise takeout of an Alaskan stone in the four-foot. In the bronze-medal game, Wisconsin’s Steve

Day rink stole a point in an extra end to defeat Washington’s Fred Maxie rink, which won the title last year. Day (Madison, Wis.) and teammates Sydney

American men sixth at Winter World University Games in Kazakhstan

zakhstan. Leichter (Boston) and teammates Nate Clark (Nashua, N.H.), Chris Bond (Seattle), An- drew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.), and Calvin Weber (New York City) finished the round robin with a 4-5 record. Te U.S. men picked up wins over host Ka-

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zakhstan, Russia, Canada, and Sweden, and had several other close matches. Great Britian’s men and Canada’s women

would go on to earn the gold medals. Te Winter World University Games feature

competitions in alpine skiing, biathlon, cross- country skiing, curling, figure skating, synchro- nized skating, ice hockey, short track speed skat-

Team USA, skipped by Alex Leichter, finished sixth at the WWUG in Kazakhstan.

ing, and snowboarding, and are contested every four years. Te U.S. won gold at the 2007 Winter World University Games in Italy, led by Olym- pian John Shuster. Q

lex Leichter and the U.S. men fin- ished sixth at the 2017 Winter World University Games in Almaty, Ka-

ed by 21-year-old Hunter Clawson, Minnesota captured the 2017 USA Curling Mixed National Championship

2017 Mixed National Championship March 18-25, Williston, N.D. Round robin standings

Alaska (Greg Persinger)

Minnesota (Hunter Clawson) Wisconsin (Steve Day) Washington (Fred Maxie)

Massachusetts (Robert Melville) Colorado (Darrick Kizlyk) Michigan (Sidney Schroeder) North Dakota (Todd Ussatis) Illinois (Greg Wilson)

California (Paul Mendoza)

7-2 6-3 6-3 6-3 5-4 4-5 4-5 4-5 3-6 0-9

Semifinals: Alaska 4, Washington 1 Minnesota 8, Wisconsin 0 Bronze medal:Wisconsin 7, Washington 6 Gold medal: Minnesota 4, Alaska 3

Schmus (Sun Prairie, Wis.), Dan Schally (Madi- son, Wis.), and Shalon Holbeck (Madison, Wis.) had a back-and-forth battle with Washington. Maxie (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and his team of Em Good (Seattle), Mac Guy (Seattle), and Fran Walsh (Burien, Wash.) held the lead for most of the match as Wisconsin tied the game with a single in the eighth end to force the extra end. Wisconsin would take a step onto the podium with a last-rock steal to earn the bronze. Final scores and standings are posted at www. Te 2018 Mixed National Championship will

take place March 23-31 at a site to be announced. If your club is interested in hosting, reach out to Jenny Biadasz at Q

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