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USWCA NEWS USWCA five & under bonspiels off to a great start By Millie Buege, USWCA


new curlers. In the East, the Cape Cod Curling Club held its Five & and Under Open Challenge Bonspiel on Oct. 28-29, 2016, with a Halloween theme. Twelve teams participated. A Cape Cod team called the Boo Rocks with Mark Wilson, Will Geriach, Bill Waite, and Carolyn Wurm won the bonspiel. Te runners-up in the first event were the Cape Cod Booregards: Courtney Lee Beauregard, Carrie Gentile, Suzanne LaVal- le, and Patty Oakley. Te Cape Cod Curling Club made this an enjoyable and memorable experi- ence for all the new curlers who participated. In Wisconsin, the Centerville Curling Club


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hosted its Five & Under Open Challenge Bonspiel on Dec. 2-4, 2016. Sixteen teams participated from 10 different clubs. Congratulations go to the First Event winners, the Friedrichsen rink from the Marshfield Curling Club with Dennis Friedrichsen, Rachel Krentz, Tony Krentz, and Jordan Munger. Te First Event runners-up were the Hewes rink from the Milwaukee Curling Club with Evan Hewes, Ken Bowman, Craig Big- gio, and Marc Sundquist. All the teams enjoyed Centerville’s Midwest hospitality by hanging out


n the 2016-17 season, three of the five US- WCA-defined areas across the U.S. have already hosted these popular events for


at their club both nights and developing the ca- maraderie that makes curling unique. Wisconsin will also host the Five & Under Women’s Chal- lenge on Feb. 24-26, at the Blackhawk Curling Club in Janesville. It promises to be a fun-filled weekend. New curlers may look forward to three more


USWCA-sponsored Five-Year-and-Under Open Challenge bonspiels this season. Both the De- troit Curling Club in the Central Area and the Duluth Curling Club in the West I Area hosted Five & Under Open Challenge bonspiels on the weekend of Jan. 20-22. Tis season’s last USWCA sponsored Five & Under Open Challenge Bon- spiel will be in the West II Area hosted by the Ev- ergreen Curling Club in Oregon on March 24-25. Curlers from other areas are most welcome.


For the first time, five-and-under curlers may


choose to curl in more than one area and play in either or BOTH events; the Five Year & Under Open Challenge, which is open to both men and women, and/or the Five Year & Under Women’s Challenge, which is for women only. Either pro- vides a great opportunity for newer curlers to enjoy the bonspiel experience. Choose to curl in the host club in your area, or broaden your ho- rizons by curling in one of the other four areas. Host clubs have the option of giving teams from


Milwaukee, here we come! Start your engines –


By Charlene Fitzgerald, USCWA


States Women’s Curling As- sociation (USWCA) National Bonspiel to be held at the Milwaukee Curling Club Cedarburg, Wis., Feb. 15-19. It has been 20 years since Milwaukee hosted this event. Eleven teams will represent the East Region:


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Albany, Ardsley, Belfast, Broomstones, Cape Cod, Charlotte, Potomac, Rochester, Schenecta- dy, and Triangle. Six teams will come from the Central Region:


hirty-two teams will be participating in the 69th United


Bowling Green, Chicago, Circle City, Detroit, Exmoor, and May- field. Wisconsin will field nine teams:


Blackhawk, Centerville, Green Bay, Kettle Moraine, Madison, Milwau- kee, and Racine. Te West 1 Re- gion will have two teams: St. Paul


and Arden Hills. Finally, West 2 will send four teams: Coyotes, Denver, Fairbanks, and Seattle Granite. For a complete list of bonspiel participants,


draw and game times go to the USWCA web- site at www.uswca.org/national-womens- bonspiel-2017. Follow the action at #USW- CANB2017. Q


their area priority over teams coming from else- where, but in most instances teams from outside the club’s defined area are most welcome. Entry forms can be obtained from your club’s USWCA rep, the USWCA Five and Under website, or the host club’s website. Te USWCA Five & Under Committee encourages all new curlers to check the website and sign up NOW. Q


Fargo, Midland host USWCA junior events


Winners of Fargo’s USWCA Junior Bonspiel were (l-r) Josh Moore, Eric Jaeger, Derek Moore, and Jon Harstad.


By Leslie Armstrong, USWCA


Midland, Mich., the first weekend in December, and in Fargo, N.D. At Fargo, junior teams at- tended from Minnesota, North Dakota, and as far away as Plainfield, N.J. Te first event winner was the Josh Moore rink from Mapleton, Minn. His team included Eric Jaeger, Derek Moore, and Jon Harstad. Te runner-up in the First Event was a Fargo team skipped by Tim Hodek with Skylar Slusar, John Lindgren, and Ethan Samp- son. Two places were awarded in four events. Congrats to all the participants! Tank you also to Fargo and Midland for hosting great events. Many teams applied for and will be rewarded


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travel reimbursement funds. Te USWCA will provide travel assistance to teams traveling more than 150 miles by car or 300 miles by air. Q


wo United States Women’s Curling Association-sponsored junior bon- spiels have been held this season: in


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