Give curling a try Oct. 20 during the Community Open House

If you’re curious about what curling is all about, here’s your chance to check it out first-hand. A Community Open House is set for 5-8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club. This is free event and open to the public, and a great chance for those who attend to learn more about the sport and our curling leagues.  We’ll have instructors on hand to teach the basics to whoever wants to give curling a try that night. If you do, please wear athletic shoes with clean rubber soles and warm, comfortable clothes. It’s 45 degrees in the area and you’ll be doing a lot of bending, so keep that in mind when you’re picking out your attire. You must be at least fourth grade to go on the ice.  Cashwise Liquor will be on hand for beer and wine tasting. The Curling Club is located on the southwest corner of the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, right off 13th Street....

On The Rocks repeats as Holden champs

On The Rocks outlasted 15 other curling teams this year to repeat as champions of the 2018 Fran Holden Memorial Bonspiel. The two-day tournament signaled the end of the curling season in Brainerd, but more importantly, it honored Fran Holden, who donated the money to build the Brainerd Lakes Curling Club. Special thanks to tournament coordinator Doug Wolf! Great job, and congratulations to the winners and all the teams that competed! Below are the winners of each...

Club leaders needed for 2018-19 season

Hey members, the Curling Club is filling volunteer leadership positions for next year’s curling season. If you want to be part of directing our club next season, contact us today!  Below are the vacant positions:7 seats on the Board of DirectorsConcessions ManagerEvents ManagerLeague Coordinators (up to 5) If you have questions or would like to be considered for nomination to any of these positions, contact Mark Pfeifer, Dan Nelson, Sara Simon, Nick Weeks or any of our current board members. Nominations will be accepted until April 4, before the club’s annual meeting April 7.  You may also e-mail brainerdlakescurling@gmail.com if you are interested....

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...