Going into last weekend’s 7th Annual Open Bonspiel, many curlers assumed Hibbing’s Team Pustovar would walk away with the A Event championship, just as they have done nearly year. But a team from the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine, led by Skip Craig Nicko, had other ideas.
In a slugfest for the A Event championship, Nicko’s team unseated the defending champ, proving that Pustovar is, after all, human. And beatable.
The bonspiel attracted 32 teams from throughout Minnesota and included teams from Denver and Omaha. Brainerd was represented by nine teams, three of which won their events:
Skip Dusty Nelson’s team won the B Event, Skip Ron Everson’s team won the C Event and Skip Michael Williams’ team won the D Event.
The weekend was highlighted by a ceremony for Brainerd’s Mary Jo Hamilton, who was honored as the U.S. Curling Association’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year. The club unveiled a sign overlooking the rink announcing the award, and the membership presented her with a framed copy of the article in USCA’s Curling News, which the members signed.
A special thanks to the Bonspiel Chairs, Pat and Ron Shelito, and Jill and Don Anderson. Thanks, too, to the club’s Ice Makers and all the volunteers.
Team Nicko’s Jason Perreira told us this after the bonspiel: “Thanks so much for a fantastic weekend! The hospitality shown by the Brainerd club was some of the best we’ve experienced in any spiel. Regardless of the outcome of our final game, we knew we would be coming back next year. Winning the final was the icing on the cake!”
Thanks Jason and ALL the curlers who came. We hope to see you here next year!