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Fenson falls in men's national final

Heath McCormick finished his unbeaten run through the USA Curling National Championships with a 5-4 win Saturday over defending champion Pete Fenson of Bemidji, Minn., at IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, Pa.

Heath McCormick finished his unbeaten run through the USA Curling National Championships with a 5-4 win Saturday over defending champion Pete Fenson of Bemidji, Minn., at IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, Pa.

McCormick, of Sarnia, Ontario, sealed the win with his first rock of the 10th end, sending him and teammates Bill Stopera, Martin Sather and Dean Gemmell to the Men's World Championship in Basel, Switzerland, from March 31-April 8.

Fenson and teammates Shawn Rojeski of Chisholm, Joe Polo of Duluth and Ryan Brunt of Bemidji will join McCormick at the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials.

"That was our No. 1 goal. We agreed we wanted to win all the nationals between now and then and try to win a world championship because we still haven't done that," said Fenson, a nine-time U.S. titlist and bronze medalist the 2006 Olympic Games. "But we also want to go back and upgrade our medal from the Olympics so we had to qualify for Trials ... and we did that. Once the pain starts to go away from the loss, we have that to look forward to."

  • Allison Pottinger of Eden Prairie, Minn., captured her first national title as a skip, leading her team to a 7-5 win over Cassie Potter of St. Paul in the women's final. Pottinger and teammates Nicole Joraanstad, Natalie Nicholson and Tabitha Peterson will represent the U.S. at the World Championships next month in Lethbridge, Alberta. Despite the loss, Potter's team also qualified for a 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials berth.

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