College Curling Team Spotlight: The UW – Stevens Point Pointers

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Roster

Name Year Hometown Major Pref. Position
Joseph Huebsch Freshman Wausau, WI Communications-Media Studies Skip
Michael Clemmons Senior Portage, WI Clinical Laboratory Science Vice
Matthew Rueth Senior Wausau, WI Political Science Lead
Jillian Behling Junior Marshfield, WI Social Work and Sociology 2nd or 3rd
Logan Ebert Freshman Weston, WI Hydrology Vice
Emily Seegert Graduate Student Stevens Point, WI Speech and Language Pathology 2nd or 3rd
Adam Swanson Senior Appleton, WI Accounting and Business Administration The winning one.
Zachary Taylor Junior Wausau, WI Biochemistry Skip
Evan Brauer 6th Year Wausau, WI Accounting and Business Administration Any
Abbie Lee Sophomore River Falls, WI Water Resources 2nd
Stephen Bayba Freshman Wausau, WI Business Administration Any
Megan Dallas Graduate Student Medford, WI Communication Sciences and Disorders 2nd or 3rd
Aaron Gurholt Senior Wausau, WI History Lead
Kylie Abel Junior Stevens Point, WI Sociology and Political Science Vice

Last Year’s Highlights

The Curling Association of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (CA-UWSP) was founded in 2013 and created with the goal of sharing the Spirit of Curling. This new student organization has taken great strides in its short history. Its first season was marked by the accomplishment of earning enough points to reach placement in the top 16 schools for attending the Collegiate National Championships in Blaine, MN at the Four Seasons Curling Club. The Curling Association was also awarded “New Student Organization of the Year-2014” by UWSP’s Student Government Association.

The 2014-15 season allowed CA-UWSP growth in numbers, while sending multiple teams to collegiate bonspiels around the Midwest. Teams competed at the Rice Lake Bonspiel, Carrol College Bonspiel, Final Roar and their own inaugural Turkey Bonspiel. UWSP was ranked #1 in the nation when invited to return to competing in the Collegiate National Championship held at the Rochester Curling Club in Rochester, New York. After close matches against Minnesota, Harvard and Colgate, the Pointers defeated the University of Pennsylvania to win the USCA Collegiate National Championship in March of 2015. Team members included Ryan Kernosky, Becca Kelble, Evan Brauer, Kylie Abel, Jillian Behling and Michael Clemmons.

UWSP is located in central Wisconsin, where some of the highest concentrations of curlers in the Midwest, and the United States, can be found. As a result, some of the curlers on the UWSP team have already curled with or against each other during their high school curling careers. In addition to the friendships formed on the UWSP team, the camaraderie generated between other teams is awesome. UWSP makes it a point every year to curl head to heads against University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and combines teams outside of collegiate play to compete in open bonspiels.

The Curling Association of UWSP experienced great publicity last year, being featured in various publications including The Stevens Point Journal and The New York Times. Creating awareness of curling on campus, locally and nationally, has been one of the goals of the CA-UWSP. The association encourages participation by individuals of all skill levels and is eager to spread their passion for the sport. Yes, they get competitive sometimes, but they mostly play the game because they love it. Pointers curler Aaron Gurholt attempted to explain why he enjoys curling so much to New York Times reporter Lauren Justice, and in so doing, coined the phrase, “Fist bumps for days.” You can read the entire story here: Swept Up in the Camaraderie

A Look Ahead to 2015-16

The Pointers plan to continue “fist bumping for days” this year, as they are hosting their 2nd Annual Turkey Spiel November 6th-8th to kick off the curling season. Teams from Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Michigan will be participating. Another goal of the group includes qualifying for a return trip to the College Championships in Chaska, Minnesota in March.

Bonspiel Dates
UWSP Turkey Spiel November 5-8, 2015
UWGB College Spiel November 21-22, 2015
Rice Lake College Spiel December 4-6, 2015
Carroll University Spiel January 29-31, 2016
Finlandia’s Final Roar (tentative) February 12-14, 2016

CA-UWSP also will be competing in various head-to heads still to be determined.

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Curling Masters Champery

The Curling Masters Champery takes place this weekend. For information on the event, click here. You can watch the action on the Curling Champions Tour’s Youtube channel by clicking here.

The viewing schedule is here (all times Eastern):

Saturday, October 24
6:00 AM: Round Robin – Team Eremin (RUS) vs. Team Hoiberg (NOR)
9:30 AM: Round Robin – Team Eskilsson (SWE) vs. De Cruz (SUI)

Sunday, October 25
4:00 AM: Semi-Final
7:30 AM: Championship Final

College Curling Team Spotlight: The Nebraska Cornhuskers

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Roster

Name Year Hometown Major
Tim Adams Senior Canisota, SD Civil Engineering
Daniel Briggs (Treasurer) Junior Elkhorn, NE Accounting
Kit Connell Senior Papillion, NE Biology and German, Pre-Med
Courtney Cournoyer Junior Papillion, NE Chemical Engineering
Ali Creeger (President) Junior Woodbury, MN Environmental Studies
Isaac Fuhrman Junior Canisota, SD Mechanical Engineering
Walter Manchester Junior Blair, NE Civil Engineering
Haylie Mikulak Junior East Brunswick, NJ Meteorology
Josh Mueller Junior Bellevue, NE Chemical Engineering
Ty Rempe (Vice-President) Senior Superior, NE Mechanical Engineering
Austin Rose Sophomore Broken Bow, NE Actuarial Sciences
Carrie Rosenbaum Sophomore Ashland, NE Culinary Sciences

Last Year’s Highlights

The Cornhuskers 2014-2015 campaign was very successful! They started the season by bringing two teams to the 1st annual Butler Spiel in Fort Wayne, Indiana. One of their teams went undefeated and won first place while the other UNL team also made it to the finals and finished second. It was a great start to the season to win 1st and 2nd in the same spiel and bring their first trophy back to the university.

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UNL teams that won 1st and 2nd place at the Butler Spiel 2014 (top row l-r, Courtney Cournoyer, Isaac Fuhrman, Ty Rempe, Tim Adams. Front row l-r, Haylie Mikulak, Dan Briggs, Ali Creeger, Cameron Binder)

Nebraska continued to compete throughout the season in other spiels in Rice Lake, WI and Milwaukee, WI (hosted by Carroll University). The Huskers also hosted their first bonspiel in February, dubbed the Big Red Bonspiel. Eight teams from Butler University, Wayne State, University of Tennessee, and Oklahoma University participated in that event. One of the home teams went undefeated again, finishing in first, while the Volunteers of Tennessee came in second.

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University of Tennessee and UNL teams at the Big Red Bonspiel 2015

Throughout the season, UNL had three teams playing every week in league at Aksarben Curling Club, which helped them gain enough points to get into Nationals in March. Going into the National Championship, Nebraska was ranked Number 1 in the nation, an exciting accomplishment for a Region 5 school. Nationals were in Rochester, New York and the Cornhuskers had a great experience having the opportunity to play the top 16 teams in the country. Even though UNL didn’t win as many games as they wanted to, they were voted by all of the other teams the winners of the Spirit of Curling Sportsmanship Award.

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2015 Nationals Team at Niagara Falls (l-r, Isaac Fuhrman, Tim Adams, Ty Rempe, Ali Creeger, Cameron Binder)

Nebraska has had the opportunity to be featured in many news outlets, which is a great way to build awareness for their club, since curling isn’t very popular in Nebraska (for now, anyway). This includes the school newspaper, the Daily Nebraskan, the school website, UNL Today, local Omaha CBS and ABC news, and many more.

A Look Ahead to 2015-16

This year, the Huskers are expanding their roster from three teams to four, which they hope will build more awareness and involvement on campus. They are in the process of recruiting additional members now and will have their learn-to-curl on November 1st. Their league starts November 8th, with games roughly every Sunday. Nebraska starts the bonspiel season by going to Denver’s first college spiel hosted by Denver University.

Since many of their members have little to no experience with curling before joining the team, they are continually working to improve the technique and skill that many teams have prior to starting college. It’s always rewarding for them to see how members improve from the beginning of the year to the end of the season. Another goal for the season is to start practices in the Breslow Arena, which is currently being built, and will allow UNL curling to actually practice in Lincoln for the first time in the club’s history. And finally, they also hope to compete in the College Curling National Championships in Chaska, MN from March 11-13, 2016.

Bonspiel Dates
Denver College Spiel November 6-8, 2015
Rice Lake Spiel December 4-6, 2015
Carroll University Spiel January, 2016 (tentatively third weekend)
Big Red Bonspiel February 5-7, 2016 (tentatively)

How to Contact UNL Curling

Twitter: @UNLCurling
Facebook: Facebook.com/NebraskaCurling
E-mail: UNLCurling@gmail.com
Website: crec.unl.edu

Women’s Masters Basel

The Women’s Masters Basel takes place this weekend. For information on the event, click here. You can watch the action on the Curling Champions Tour’s Youtube channel by clicking here.

The viewing schedule is here (all times Eastern):

Saturday, October 10
6:00 AM: B-Road Final
10:00 AM: Skins Game
2:00 PM: C-Road Final

Sunday, October 11
2:00 AM: Quarterfinal
5:15 AM: Semi-Final
8:45 AM: Championship Final

College Curling Team Spotlight: The R.I.T. Tigers

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Roster

Name Year Hometown Major
Katie McMillen 4 Trumansburg, NY Physician Assistant
Chris Haluszczak 5 Hammondsport, NY Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
James Reilly 3 Morristown, NJ Computer Science
Drew Serva 2 Elmira, NY Mechanical Engineering
Richard Price 3 Camden, NY Mechanical Engineering
Brennan Kelley 5 Minneapolis, MN Applied Networking/Sys Admin
Jacob Klaus 5 Middleburg, PA Industrial Engineering
Alex Pfadenhauer 2 McLean, VA Computer Engineering
Peter Doyle 2 Maynard, MA Computer Science
Tom Skudlarek 4 Olean, NY Mechanical Engineering
Brian Herzog 5 Buffalo, NY Mechanical Engineering
Nick Aggerbeck 2 Boston, MA Computing Security
Andrew Hill 2 Camden, NY Chemical Engineering
Michael Nixt 3 Rancho Palos Verdes, CA Mechanical Engineering
Michael Ferlazzo 2 Stillwater, NY Civil Engineering Technology
Gavin Pitt 2 Morristown, NJ Computer Science
Tommy Bohde 2 Mahwah, NJ Computer Science
Flannery Allison 4 St. Louis, MO Photojournalism
Sean White 2 Victor, NY Packaging Science
James Bogardus 5 Kinderhook, NY Visual Media
Alex Reilly 4 Liverpool, NY Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Last Year’s Highlights

Last season was an exciting one for the RIT Tigers. It was their first year in the competitive sports federation at RIT, meaning they are considered more than a club – a step up in the recognition of curling on RIT’s campus. As part of the federation, they get some funds from RIT, which means they can send more players to spiels. Last season, they went to many bonspiels, including one as far away as Indiana. The Tigers had the honor of hosting the 2015 College Curling National Championship and placed 4th. Their biggest accomplishment over the past several years though, has been growing their club from a group of nine students to 32. With more members, they can send more curlers to spiels representing RIT, and more people are experiencing the fun of curling.

A Look Ahead to 2015-16

This season, RIT has a couple of main goals. First is to improve their skills and really hone in on proper delivery. They also hope to improve their communication skills on the ice, so they can work better as a team. The Tigers are going to continue to work on strategy and play choice. And of course, they hope to promote the spirit of curling in every way possible! This season, Nationals are being held in Chaska, MN. If they qualify, they would like to place in the top three. RIT kicks off the season with their own spiel at the Rochester Curling Club November 13-15th.

How to Contact RIT Curling

Twitter: @RITCurling
E-mail: RITCurlingClub@gmail.com
Website: thelink.rit.edu/organization/curling

College Curling Team Spotlight: The Colgate Raiders

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Roster

Name Year Hometown Major
Andrew Vojt Senior Trumbull, CT Psychology and Economics
Steph Warnken Senior Bayport, NY Physics
Dannie Putur Senior Hollis, NH Mathematical Biology/Pre-Med
Allison Subaldo Senior New Milford, NJ Neuroscience
Grace Van Valey Junior Sudbury, MA Biology
Hunter Warburton Sophomore Washington, DC Physics
Austin Chawgo Sophomore Oswego, NY Physics and Astronomy

Last Year’s Highlights

Last year was a very strong year for the Colgate curling team. They won the RIT College Bonspiel in Rochester and was runner-up to Villanova in two other bonspiels (Broomstones and Nutmeg). Each team member was markedly improved from the year before. In particular, junior Grace Van Valey had a strong season in her second year of curling experience (she mostly played front end), and recently graduated Grant Haines had his strongest season as skip.

Colgate sent one team to both Broomstones and Rochester consisting of Haines (skip), Andrew Vojt (third), Steph Warnken (second), and Dannie Putur (lead). The Raiders were objectively not favored to win Broomstones, but took down a very good MIT team, earning the right to face Villanova in the final. Villanova, one of the best teams all last year, beat Colgate in a very close game. In Rochester, Colgate had two games come down to skip rocks (against Penn and Boston U.), with the Raiders prevailing in each. They then beat Villanova in the final end to take their first bonspiel win of the season.

Colgate sent two teams to Schenectady, but unfortunately, neither rink did well. The Nutmeg Bonspiel featured a team headed by Haines making the final, but again losing to their rival Wildcats of Villanova. At their annual Utica ‘spiel, both Colgate teams made the C event final. Overall they finished #7 in the country. A rink of Haines, Warnken, Van Valey and Allison Subaldo went to Nationals (Putur and Vojt were both abroad) and went 0-3 in group play against some tough competition. Good playing was shown all around.

Colgate had two regular first-year curlers, Austin Chawgo and Hunter Warburton, that showed significant improvement throughout their first year of curling. Chawgo was a formidable lead and Warburton was a good fill-in at both front end positions.

A Look Ahead to 2015-16

Colgate will be attending their usual bonspiels (Broomstones, Rochester, Schenectady, Nutmeg, Utica) and they hope to play well enough to qualify for Nationals.

Bonspiel Dates
Broomstones November 7-8, 2015
Rochester (RIT) November 13-15, 2015
Schenectady December 4-6, 2015
Nutmeg January 29-31, 2016
Utica February 12-13, 2016

The squad is more than confident in their team’s ability to both qualify and compete for a National Title. They have several players with years of experience under their belt, and have played in the national tournament before. While they lost a very talented curler in Haines, the Raiders benefit from a very deep and talented lineup that gives them an opportunity to win any bonspiel they enter. Ideally, they hope to recruit a couple of additional players, which would allow them to send two teams to each bonspiel. For the time being, they will send a competitive team every weekend. Colgate boasts a balanced team in terms of skill set and experience that will help greatly in the long run.

How to Contact Colgate Curling

Twitter: @ColgateCurling
Website: www.colgate.edu/campus-life/sports-and-recreation/recreational-sports/club-sports#curling