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Members of Team North America and Team World pose with the championship trophy aſter North America’s 37-23 victory in Las Vegas. Photo by Steve Seixeiro for USA Curling


North America cruises to WFG Continental Cup title


By Terry L. Davis, Editor, terry.davis@usacurl.org T


eam North America doubled down on No. 5 en route to cruising to the 2017 WFG Continental Cup, presented by Boyd Gaming, title, on Jan. 15.


It was the fiſth straight victory for North America over Team World at


this Ryder Cup-style event, which was hosted for the third time in Las Ve- gas. Te last Cup title for World came in 2012 in Langley, British Columbia. Te sides were even aſter the first of four days of competition, but Team North America took control on Friday and never let off the gas pedal in reaching its ninth overall title. “It’s amazing. You can’t ask for much more than that,” said USA’s Ja-


mie Sinclair, 24, who along with teammates Alex Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.), Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) won the Cup title in their first appearance. Also victorious were Americans Heath McCormick (Sarnia, Ontario), Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.), and Tom Howell (Milwaukee, Wis.). It didn’t take long for North America to eclipse the 30.5 mark in the final


draw– the fourth end, in fact. Te winning moment came as Canada’s Reid Carruthers converted a double takeout in his team’s game against Niklas Edin in front of a full crowd at Orleans Arena. With a bonus $13,000 still on the line for the side with the most cumulative points from the two skins sessions today, games resumed on all sheets. Team North America, with $52,000 CDN already in their pockets, would wrap up the successful trip to Las Vegas by earning 18 skins to Team World’s 12 to complete the double.


2017 Continental Cup Overall Standings: Team World Team North America


Team, Round 1 Mixed Doubles Team, Round 2 Team, Round 3 Mixed Doubles Team, Round 4 Mixed Doubles Team, Round 5 Team, Round 6 Skins, Round 1 Skins, Round 2 Final scores


2.5 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.5 2.0 0.0 1.0 7.0 5.0


23.0


0.5 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.5 4.0 3.0 2.0 8.0


10.0 37.0


“It was an amazing moment. Reid made an awesome shot. It was great to


celebrate with our North America teammates all the way across the sheet and everyone jumping over the boards. You don’t get a lot of events that are this same concept so it was one-of-a-kind,” said Persinger, 24.


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