Aileen Sormunen took over as team skip for Courtney George when her fellow Duluthian came down with the flu Monday.
That illness didn’t prevent George’s rink from qualifying for the USA Curling National Championship women’s playoffs. With Sormunen at the helm, the St. Paul-based rink downed Alexandra Carlson 10-7 in a tiebreaker game Thursday at IceWorks Arena in Philadelphia.
Tyler George of Duluth withstood a seven-team logjam at the top of the standings, rebounding from a morning loss to defeat Pete Fenson’s rink 5-2 in nine ends Tuesday afternoon at the USA Curling National Championships in Philadelphia.
Silver Bay’s Norma O’Leary, skip for the Minnesota I rink, defeated a Washington team 10-9 on Wednesday night and beat Wisconsin by the same score Thursday to clinch a berth in the women’s playoffs at the USA Curling Club National Championships in Two Harbors.
John Shuster is back competing in his third Olympics and second as U.S. skip. He’ll go there, not with thoughts of “redemption” or “avenging his pain” as recent newspaper headlines indicate, but with the same goals he’s always had.
Ethan Meyers’ rink scored four points in the fourth end and clinched a 9-2 win with three more in the seventh end Tuesday in a match against Daniel Plys’ fellow Duluth Curling Club team at the USA Junior National Championships in Seattle.
CURLING: The Ross Litman rink of Duluth won the 16th Bruce Bennett Memorial Over-40 Bonspiel on Sunday at the Duluth Curling Club, an event that drew more than 30 teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada.
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