Community Curling Night is this Saturday!

In the wake of a thrilling gold-medal performance by the U.S. Men’s Olympic Curling Team, the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club is opening its doors Saturday, March 2 to those who want to learn more about the sport and discover what all the excitement was about.  Community Curling Night, from 6-9 p.m., is free and open to the public. Experienced curlers will be on hand to explain some of the basics, and those who attend can try their hand at the sport. Club officials will also be available to talk about memberships, leagues and all things curling. Those who attend should bring clean athletic shoes and dress appropriately for the 45-degree arena. Those who want even more time learning about curling can join the club’s Intro to Curling, which starts March 5. For $50, individuals can sign up for the five-week session, which is scheduled from 6-8 p.m., on Mondays. This is perfect for those who are new to curling. Experienced curlers offer instruction and help with etiquette, followed by a short pick-up game. Curlers don’t need a team; they can register individually.  For more information, contact Mary Jo Hamilton, Board of Directors chair, 218-839-8351 or ...

Wisconsin, Seattle win Club National Championships titles

Two skips with plenty of national titles can each add one more their collection as Debbie McCormick and Lyle Sieg led their curling teams to the top of the podium at the 2018 USA Curling Club National Championships Saturday at the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club. In the women’s showdown between two teams from the Madison (Wis.) Curling Club, McCormick’s team defeated skip Lori Karst’s team 10-5 to win the gold medal. Karst fell behind in the first half of the game to McCormick, a four-time Olympian, and couldn’t overcome the deficit in the second half. This is the first Club Nationals titles for McCormick and her teammates Miranda Hofmann (Madison, Wis.) and Rebecca Reinhart (Monona, Wis.) and the second for and Reinhart and second for Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.), who also won in 2006. It is the third overall women’s title won by the Madison club. McCormick’s team lost its first two games of the tournament before rallying to win its next seven games of the nine-game round-robin format. The team then beat Tempe, Ariz. In Friday’s semifinals to earn a trip to the championship game against its Madison clubmates: Karst (Madison, Wis.), Cynthia Rhyner (McFarland, Wis.), Rebecca Westphal (Verona, Wis.), and Anne Pryor (Madison, Wis.). On the men’s side, Sieg (Blaine, Wash.) and his Granite Curling Club teammates Sam Galey (Seattle), Matt Birklid (Seattle), and Steve Lundeen (Seattle) defeated Bill Stopera of New York’s Ardsley Curling Club, 5-2. Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) and his team of Martin Sather (Yonkers, N.Y.), Peter Austin (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), and George Austin (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) had a modest 2-1 lead at the...

Top club teams in the country to compete in Brainerd for a national title

Some of the best curling teams representing curling clubs from throughout the United States will be in Brainerd Feb. 10-17 competing for a national title in USA Curling’s Club National Championships. The Brainerd Lakes Curling Club is hosting the weeklong event, which is USA Curling’s largest and most prestigious amateur curling competitions. Ten men’s teams and 10 women’s teams earned a trip to Brainerd by first winning a local playdown at their home curling club. Then they moved on to regional competition where they competed against other club winners from throughout their region (there are 10 regions throughout the country). The regional winners then advanced to the national tournament in Brainerd. Teams will be coming from as far away as California, Florida, Texas, New York and Washington. Minnesota will be represented by two women’s teams and one men’s team. “We’re really excited to host these teams and watch some very competitive curling by some of the best curlers in the country,” said Mary Jo Hamilton, Brainerd’s tournament coordinator. “We’re also excited to showcase our curling club and the Brainerd Lakes Area, while giving them a little taste of Minnesota culture. Nothing’s more Minnesotan than hotdish, right?” The event begins at noon Feb. 10 with the Opening Ceremonies, which features the St. Cloud Bag Pipes Band and a hotdish potluck lunch. The first two rounds of the tournament begin at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. that same day. Play continues the next six days. The club has four sheets of ice and can accommodate four games at a time. The first four games start at 8 a.m. and then noon,...

The daily schedule for the Club National Championships

Below is the daily schedule for USA Curling’s Club National Championships at the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club, Feb. 10-17.  Saturday, Feb. 10        Noon – Opening Ceremonies, featuring the St. Cloud Bag Pipe BandFollowing the Opening Ceremonies is a Hotdish Potluck 3 & 7 p.m. – Curling games begin   Sunday, Feb 11                        11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Indoor Farmer’s Market, featuring locally grown food available to sample and purchase8 a.m., noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Curling games begin Monday, Feb. 12                       6-8 p.m. – Craft Beer Night, sample beer from local breweries8 a.m., noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Curling games begin Tuesday, Feb. 13                       All day – Seniors Day – Free admission for seniors and free donuts from The Center8 a.m., noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Curling games begin Wednesday, Feb. 14   8 a.m., noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Curling games begin Thursday, Feb. 15   8 a.m., noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Curling games begin Friday, Feb. 16 8 a.m. – Final round robin round8 p.m. – Semifinal rounds begin  Saturday, Feb 171:30 p.m. – Championship game4:30 p.m. – Flannels & Fun Closing Banquet – Featuring a walleye and chicken buffet dinner and live music by Norm’s Bait & Tackle Choir. Cost is $25 and it’s open to the public.  All events are at the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, 2000 13th St. SE...

Congrats to the fall league winners!

Below are the winners of the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club’s fall leagues. Congrats to the winning teams as well as all the teams that competed! Men’s League Winner – On The RocksSkip: Mike WilliamsVice: Robert Haugly2nd: Jarret Swanson1st: Matt Schwab Wednesday Open League Winner – Holy SheetSkip: Ron EversonVice: Dusty Nelson2nd: Alex Tiffany1st; Clara Navin Women’s League Winner – Ice Queens IISkip: Kerrie ErickstrupVice: Tina Johnson2nd: Frances Mitchell1st: Sue Cebelinski Friday Open League Winner – MurraySkip: Paul MurrayVice: Tony Michals2nd: Daniel Murray1st: Matt Schwab / Nathan Hanson Doubles League Winner – Murray/RaboinSkip: Paul MurrayVice: JJ Raboin...