College Curling Team Spotlight: The Oklahoma Sooners



Name Year Hometown Major
Casey Cascio Graduate-Ph.D. Lake Charles, LA Intercollegiate Athletic Administration
Manda Chasteen Graduate-M.S. Edwardsville, IL Meteorology
Dominic Granello Graduate-M.S. Dallas, TX International Area Studies
Dillon Kovar Freshman Houston, TX Mechanical Engineering
Andrew Mahre Graduate-M.S. Plano, TX Meteorology
Jeff Milne Graduate-M.S. Phoenix, AZ Meteorology
Daniel Phoenix Graduate-Ph.D. Liverpool, NY Meteorology
Alexander Plotkin Junior Los Angeles, CA History
Mark Preslar Freshman Forest Park, OK Public Relations

Last Year’s Highlights

Last season, the Sooner Curling Club fell just short of qualifying for the 2015 National Championships. The team was captained and skipped by fourth year starter Tyler Jones. Under his leadership, the team maintained a winning record in the fall and winter leagues in the Oklahoma Curling Club. The team made one final push to qualify by finishing 3-1 in the 1st Annual Big Red Bonspiel in Omaha, Nebraska, but finished just short in merit points.

A Look Ahead to 2015-16

This season, the team is committed to qualifying for the 2016 National Tournament in Chaska, Minnesota. The season began with winning the 1st Denver Curling Club Collegiate Bonspiel in March 2015 and competing valiantly in the Dallas and Kansas City Open Bonspiels. The Sooners then focused on developing the next generation of Sooner Curling by fielding three teams across two leagues; a first for the Sooners. With no ice to practice on, the Sooners used the league games to practice, and picked up several league wins, despite the opposing teams having an average of three to four more years of experience.

The team returns only two curlers from the previous season. The Sooners recruited one player at the conclusion of the previous season, and picked up six players at the beginning of the fall semester. Although the team lost its three year starter at the skip position and lacks overall curling experience, they are full of raw talent and athleticism.

The Sooners competed in the recent Denver College Spiel and will field teams at collegiate bonspiels in Rice Lake and Omaha. This will be the first season a Sooner team competes in Wisconsin. At the end of the season, the Sooners will earn merit points in competitions in Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, and Wisconsin and will have traveled over 6,700 miles. Just another season in Region 5 or, as schools in the region call it, ‘Region Drive.’

Bonspiel Dates
Denver Curling Club Collegiate Bonspiel March 27-29, 2015
Dallas Open Bonspiel April 24-26, 2015
Kansas City BBQ Bonspiel August 7-9, 2015
Denver College Spiel November 6-8, 2015
Rice Lake College Bonspiel December 4-6, 2015
Big Red Bonspiel February 5-7, 2015

How to Contact the Sooner Curling Club

Team Manager: Casey J. Cascio
Adviser: Ron Conlon
Twitter: @SoonerCurling


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