2021 MCA Mixed Playdowns

From April 16-18, ten teams participated in the 2021 MCA Mixed Playdowns at Windy City Curling Club, our largest participation in years! The event’s format was a two-pool, single round-robin (single elimination) with the top two teams from each pool advancing to the semifinals. COVID safety guidelines were in place, games were timed, and a USCA-certified official oversaw the event.

Pool A: Round-Robin Results

3-1 Team Klus (Chicago CC)

3-1 Team Axelsson (Chicago CC and Detroit CC)

2-2 Team Van Eeckhout (Kettle Moraine CC, Cedar Rapids CC, Windy City CC)

2-2 Team Salander (Waltham CC)

0-4 Team Reithel (Windy City CC and Chicago CC)

Pool B: Round-Robin Results

4-0 Team Brundidge (Chaska CC, Windy City CC, Fargo CC)

2-2 Team Miller (Chicago CC)

2-2 Team Dickson (Chicago CC)

1-3 Team D’Arco (Windy City CC)

1-3 Team Torkelson (Windy City CC)

Based on their records, Team Klus, Team Axelsson, and Team Brundidge were awarded spots in the semifinals. A tiebreaker game was held to determine whether Team Miller or Team Dickson would be awarded the second slot from Pool B. Team Miller secured a victory and advanced to the semifinals. After some close games, Team Miller and Team Brundidge moved onto the finals of the MCA Mixed Playdowns. Team Brundidge was declared the winner of the MCA Mixed Playdowns after finishing the event undefeated, while Team Miller secured second place.

We look forward to having Team Brundidge represent the MCA at the USCA Mixed Nationals. Thanks to all the teams, coaches, and volunteer timers who attended the MCA Mixed Playdowns. Thanks to Windy City Curling Club for hosting such a great event. Also, as always, we want to extend our gratitude to David Haverick for officiating!

Team Brundidge: Jed Brundidge, Bella Hagenbuch, Cameron Rittenour, Mae Hagenbuch

Team Miller: Adam Miller, Sara Gaum, Matt Sherry, and Kailey Meyer

 

 

75th Annual Dar Curtis Bonspiel

From April 10-11, Exmoor Country Club hosted the 75th Annual MCA Dar Curtis Bonspiel. Twelve teams from four regional curling clubs participated in this two-day bonspiel. Beginning in 1947, the Dar Curtis Bonspiel is the oldest statewide curling competition held in Illinois. The event is aimed at curlers who play as leads, seconds, and newer vice skips. The Midwest Curling Association would like to thank Exmoor Country Club for hosting this event, and we would like to extend our gratitude to all the curlers who attended!

We look forward to seeing everyone again at the 76th Dar Curtis Bonspiel!

1st Event Winner: Windy City Curling Club

Raymond Stone, George Collins, Carol Collins, and Ben Lovaasen

1st Event Runner-up: Exmoor Country Club

Matt Anderson, Lisa Murray, Barb Hesterberg, and Geoff Murray

2nd Event Winner: Windy City Curling Club

Anthony D’Arco, Scott Maples, Jeff Elborne, and Barry Hutchings

2nd Event Runner-up: Exmoor Country Club

Jim Millspaugh, Steve Goldman, Chad Waynee, and Jim Draths

3rd Event Winner: Chicago Curling Club

Matt Peterson, Tycho Spadaro, Micah Singerman, and Eric Bertram

3rd Event Runner-up: Windy City Curling Club and Chicago Curling Club

Michael McHugh, Ryan Tucker, Tamara McHugh, and Kent McKenzie

4th Event Winner: St. Louis Curling Club

Mikhail Kurbatov, Marina Sogrina, Dan Sovar, and Steve Young

4th Event Runner-up: Exmoor Country Club

Pete Barber, Elaine Burns, Patty Charhut, and Carol Morita-Torcivia

2021 MCA Men’s Club Playdowns

From March 26-28, seven regional teams participated in the 2021 MCA Men’s Club Playdowns at Exmoor Country Club. Teams from Exmoor Country Club, Chicago Curling Club, Windy City Curling Club, and Waltham Curling Club played a single round-robin (double elimination) format with 8-end games. COVID safety guidelines were in place, games were timed, and a USCA-certified official oversaw the event.

Team Wright was declared the winner of the MCA Men’s Club Playdowns after finishing the round-robin with a 5-1 record. Five teams ended with a 3-3 record post round-robin. In accordance with USCA Competition Guidelines, the head-to-head record of all five teams was compared, and Team Rutherford from Windy City Curling Club secured second place. Thanks to all the teams, coaches, and volunteer timers who attended the MCA Men’s Club Playdowns. Thanks to Exmoor Country Club for hosting such a fantastic event. Also, we want to extend our gratitude to David Haverick for officiating the event!

Team Wright: Jeff Wright, Steve Waters, Steve Wright, Russ Brown, Ken Brown

Team Rutherford: Scott Rutherford, Greg Stewart, Matt Galas, Anthony D’Arco

Round-Robin Results

5-1 Team Wright (Exmoor Country Club)

3-3 Team Rutherford (Windy City Curling Club)

3-3 Team DeGagne (Windy City Curling Club)

3-3 Team Mackinson (Chicago Curling Club)

3-3 Team Salander (Waltham Curling Club)

3-3 Team Tobkin (Chicago Curling Club)

1-5 Team Brown (Exmoor Country Club)

 

13th Annual Five Year & Under

From March 20-21, Windy City Curling Club hosted the MCA 5 Year & Under. Twelve teams from four regional curling clubs participated in this fun, two-day bonspiel. Established in 2007, this open event is free to all MCA members who have played less than five full curling seasons. The event aims to give newer curlers the opportunity to gain more experience and curl against their peers. The Midwest Curling Association would like to thank Windy City Curling Club for hosting such a wonderful event, and we would like to extend our gratitude to all new MCA curlers who attended!

Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!

1st Event Winner: Windy City Curling Club

Anthony D’Arco, Scott Maples, Jeff Elborne, and Barry Hutchings

1st Event Runner-up: Exmoor Country Club

Nick Schallmo, Koen Brown, Henry Skarecky, and Sam Long (not pictured)

2nd Event Winner: Chicago Curling Club

James-Grant Robertson, Philip Ledbetter, Tim Herrmann, and Ryan Tucker

2nd Event Runner-up: Windy City Curling Club

Jim Sikma, Max Henderson, Jon Henderson, and Eric Sikma

3rd Event Winner: Windy City Curling Club

Bella Hagenbuch, Genevieve Salander, Mae Hagenbuch, and Brianna Massey

3rd Event Runner-up: Waltham Curling Club

Rob Stonitsch, Dale Burke, Rudy Stonitsch, and Dan Arickx

4th Event Winner: Windy City Curling Club

Scott Seymour, Oivind Naess, Janet Naess, and Giovanna Seymour

4th Event Runner-up: Windy City Curling Club

Magnus Naess, Jack Kinsey, Jan Erik Naess, and Henrik Naess

2021 U18 MCA Regional Playdowns

On February 20th, two girl’s teams and two boy’s teams from the region competed at the 2021 U18 Regional Playdowns at Exmoor Country Club. Teams played a best-of-three format with 8-end games. COVID safety protocols were enforced, games were timed, and a USCA-certified official was present. Established in 2017 by the USCA, the U18 National Championships was created as a regional curling competition for individuals under 18 years old. After a full day of competitive play, Team Hagenbuch from Windy City Curling Club was designated as the champion of the girls’ division, and Team Schallmo from Exmoor Country Club was awarded first in the boys’ division. Thanks to all the coaches and family members who supported their teams! 

We look forward to seeing our regional U18 curlers back in 2022!

Windy City CC Girl’s Team (Winner): Isabella Hagenbuch, Genevieve Salander, Mae Hagenbuch, and Brianna Massey

Exmoor CC Boy’s Team (Winner): Nick Schallmo, Koen Brown, Henry Skarecky, and Sam Long

Exmoor CC Girl’s Team (Runner-Up): Faith Geake, Kasia Kassner, Noa Yedlin, and Angelina Kassner

Waltham CC Boy’s Team (Runner-Up): Maxwell Salander, Logan Brandner, Logan Fahr, and Dagen Setchell

2020-2021 MCA President’s Letter

Midwest Curling Association Member Clubs and Members:

While the curling season might look different this year, for our curlers and clubs, we are excited to get back on the ice! Regionally, we are fortunate that all MCA clubs plan to open their doors this season. Clubs are working diligently to establish safety procedures based on state and local guidelines, and the Midwest Curling Association has been providing support and resources to our regional clubs during this time.

To start the 2019-2020 season, Windy City Curling Club hosted their Food Truck Bonspiel in August with a set of new curling stones. The club ran the event with 15 teams and social distancing guidelines in place. In other news, Chicago Curling Club was able to complete some much-needed upgrades to their ice-making system via an impressive fundraising campaign, which is still ongoing. Cedar Rapids Curling Club, unfortunately, experienced damage to one of their arenas during a recent storm. While damages have caused a delay to their season, Cedar Rapids CC continues to prepare for the 2021 USA Curling National Championships, scheduled for January. Exmoor Country Club also aims to hold the 2021 Men’s Senior National Championships in late January.

Throughout the regular season, the MCA coordinates three bonspiels for their regional members. The Prairie State Challenge, initially scheduled for November, has been canceled due to COVID concerns; however, we plan to move forward with our two other bonspiels pending state and local guidelines. The 5 Year & Under, hosted by Windy City CC, will occur in mid-January, whereas the 75th Dar Curtis Bonspiel, hosted by Exmoor CC, will be held in late February. In addition to annual bonspiels, the MCA coordinates regional playdowns for the U18 Junior Nationals, Club Nationals, and Mixed Nationals. These playdown events are a fantastic opportunity to represent your club and curl competitively against local teams. With a unique curling season ahead, stay up to date on local and regional events by following the MCA Facebook and by visiting the MCA Website.

The Midwest Curling Association is eager to support our members during these times. To give back, the Board of the MCA approved the continuation of the MCA Grant Program. Available to all MCA clubs, the grant money determined by each club’s annual membership can be used to enhance or promote the sport of curling. In addition, the MCA Board approved a one-year 50% reduction in MCA dues based on the current curling climate and the cancelation of one MCA Bonspiel. Earlier this year, the MCA also expanded their stone rental program by purchasing three more complete sets of stones. These stones are now available for use by our regional clubs.

On behalf of the entire MCA curling community, I would like to thank Russ Brown for his hard work and dedication over the last 15 years on the MCA Board. Most recently, he served as our USCA Representative. Moving forward, the Midwest Curling Association and Great Lakes Curling Association will share a representative. We are excited to welcome our new USCA Representative, Courtney Schmidt, from the Great Lakes Curling Association in October.

We look forward to a successful curling season, and we hope you and your families stay safe during this time! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your MCA Representative or myself. We are glad to help!

Good Curling!

Jeff Wright

President, Midwest Curling Association

midwestcurlingassociation@gmail.com

 

Photo Credit: Marilyn Wilson

74th Annual Dar Curtis Bonspiel

Beginning in 1947, the Dar Curtis Bonspiel is the oldest statewide curling competition held in Illinois. This year, 16 teams played in the two-day event hosted by Chicago Curling Club. Thank you to all the clubs who attended the bonspiel and congratulations to all the winners and runner-ups!

We look forward to seeing everyone again at the 75th Dar Curtis Bonspiel!

1st Event Winner: Exmoor Country Club

Jim Millspaugh, Anthony Fowler, Gloria Chao, and Jack Manierre

1st Event Runner-up: Chicago Curling Club 

Nate Lenzini, Nick Koch, Zack Hill, and Lis Collins

2nd Event Winner: Waltham Curling Club and Exmoor Country Club

Mae Hagenbuch, Genevieve Salander, Bella Hagenbuch, and Faith Geake

2nd Event Runner-up: Chicago Curling Club and Exmoor Country Club

Audrey Gottschild, Kasia Kassner, Angelina Kassner, and Noa Yedlin

   

3rd Event Winner: Chicago Curling Club

Adam Baxter, Steve Gadlin, Kristina Mitton Baxter, and Matt Miller

3rd Event Runner-up: Chicago Curling Club

James-Grant Robertson, Brian Keto, Aaron Knowlton, and Kat Wiacek

4th Event Winner: St. Louis Curling Club

Mitch Stoddard, Mitch Sovar, Gina Johnson, and Donald Johnson

4th Event Runner-up: Windy City Curling Club

Eric Clifford, Zac Wiles, Brian Jenner, and John Sabatino

CanAm Tour Highlight: Simon Ganet

In November 2019, the United States Curling Association, in partnership with Curling Canada, commenced the inaugural CanAm Cup of Curling. A 20-person team, composed of curlers from across the United States, traveled to Canada to play against local teams during a 16-day, 24-club competition. Modeled after the Scots Tour, American curlers traveled to Canada as ambassadors of the sport to participate in a tour full of competition and comradery.

Simon Ganet, a member of Windy City Curling Club and the Midwest Curling Association, was among the curlers honored to participate in the inaugural CanAm Cup. After curling in four Canadian maritime provinces and successfully capturing victory alongside Team USA, Simon was kind enough to answer some questions and share some photos from his trip.

 

What was your most memorable moment?

Each club welcomed us in their own way, which made the trip even more unique. What stands out afterward was getting to play, meet, and then socialize with so many different curlers. This was helped by our skip, who set the tone and encouraged our team to bond quickly on the ice.

What did you find most valuable about the touring experience?

The length of the trip enabled you to learn more about the game of curling and the community around it. Traveling with twenty ‘strangers’ who all had the common bond of further developing their curling abilities and themselves both on and off the ice also helped us grow as a team.

What new skills will you take home to Windy City Curling Club?

There was a heap of information shared about different opportunities and events put on by clubs and members across the United States and Canada. I am excited to bring back all the interesting new ways to build and spread the sport both on a local and regional level.

Any advice for future applicants/participants?

It’s an adventure of a lifetime getting to meet and compete with curlers from across different parts of the United States. It’s about the best bonspiel you could ask for!

Pictured (left to right): Craig Wickman (Lead: Columbus CC), Jay Packard (Skip: Milwaukee CC), Simon Ganet (Second: Windy City CC), and Scott Reich (Vice: Madison CC)

If you are interested in participating in an upcoming CanAm or Scots Tour, follow USA Curling to say up-to-date.

12th Annual Five Year & Under

From November 16-17, Windy City Curling Club hosted the MCA 5 Year & Under at their new dedicated curling facility. During this two-day event, sixteen teams from six regional curling clubs had the opportunity to gain more experience and play against their peers. Established in 2007, this open event is free to all MCA members who have played less than five full curling seasons. The Midwest Curling Association would like to thank Windy City Curling Club for hosting such a wonderful event, and we would like to extend our gratitude to all new MCA curlers who attended this bonspiel!

Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!

Hopefully, we see some of you again at the next 5 Year & Under!

1st Event Winner: Windy City Curling Club

Anthony D’Arco, Scott Maples, George Collins, and Jason Weible

1st Event Runner-up: St. Louis Curling Club

Mikhail Kurbatov, Phillip Stein, Colin St. Aubin, and Chris Seiffert

2nd Event Winner: Waltham Curling Club

Maxwell Salander, Logan Brandner, Kenny Kriha, and Logan Fahr

2nd Event Runner-up: Waltham Curling Club

Mae Hagenbuch, Genevieve Salander, Bella Hagenbuch, and Faith Geake

3rd Event Winner: St. Louis Curling Club

Matt Brenner, Zack Folk, Dan Sovar, and Mitch Stoddard

3rd Event Runner-up: Windy City Curling Club

Greg Torkelson, Girithar Anthay Suthakaran, Zac Wiles, and Tom Sikma

4th Event Winner: Exmoor Country Club

Max Kassner, Nick Schallmo, William Ortell, and Koen Brown

4th Event Runner-up: Waltham Curling Club

Nick Haws, Ryne Krall, John Roberts, and Angela Haws

7th Annual Prairie State Challenge

Established in 2012, the Prairie State Challenge was created to give curlers, especially those who don’t have dedicated facilities, the opportunity to get on the ice for an exciting weekend of comradery, gameplay, and socialization. This open event, sponsored by the Midwest Curling Association, is free to MCA members and provides curlers the chance to mingle with other teams in the Midwest region at the beginning of the curling season.

This year, 24 teams from seven regional curling clubs played in the two-day event hosted by Exmoor Country Club and Chicago Curling Club. This was our biggest turnout for the Prairie State Challenge in several years, so thanks to all those who participated! And, congratulations to all the winners and runner-ups!

We look forward to seeing everyone again at the next Prairie State Challenge!

1st Event Winner: Exmoor Country Club

Jeff Wright, Russ Armstrong (not pictured), Sean Silver (not pictured), Steve Waters, and Russ Brown

 

1st Event Runner-up: Windy City Curling Club

Scott Rutherford, Greg Stewart, George Collins, and Michael Lerner

 

2nd Event Winner: Windy City Curling Club

Tom Sikma, Girithar Anthay Suthakaran, Zac Wiles, and Eric Clifford

 

2nd Event Runner-up: Chicago Curling Club

James-Grant Robertson, Philip Ledbetter, Aaron Knowlton, and Adam Pitzer

 

3rd Event Winner: Chicago Curling Club

Mike Reid, Margaret Schwarz, Jeff Swier, and Maureen Zwier

 

3rd Event Runner-up: Windy City Curling Club

Simon Ganet, Chris Collander, Kenny Kriha, and Beth DeGeeter

 

4th Event Winner: Waltham Curling Club

Maxwell Salander, Logan Brandner, Logan Fahr, and Paul Salander

 

4th Event Runner-up: Windy City Curling Club

Eric Reithel, Brooke Borowiak, Lauren Visser, and Aaron Visser

Written by: Shannon Brown