The team won the bronze medal last year and headed into the four-day competition full of fire. (That’s vice skip/third Kevin Lyons of Colorado Springs and his son-in-law, Gordon Harrison of Windsor – yep, once a nationally ranked figure skater – welcomed home at DIA late Sunday, in the photo.)
Skip Guy Scholz posted on Facebook afterward of his team (which also includes lead Nathan Mascarenas of Windsor): “…for the record, I said I loved this team before we won this thing, not after in the testosterone emotion of it all …This is as pure a TEAM as any I have been part of in any sport…”
This foursome really clicks on the ice and they’re gentlemen, to boot. Fiercely competitive and also fun on and off the ice. They fought hard for the win and I couldn’t be prouder that they’re representing our club and the state of Colorado. Go, Broadmoor!
The women’s team (me, Rachel Sethi of Highlands Ranch, Rochelle Sandstrom-Knight of Colorado Springs and Amilia Knight of Colorado Springs) gave the field a go and wound up 3-3. This was the first competition for Rochelle and Amilia, and Rachel and I are extremely proud of the way they played and stepped up to the challenge of a high level of competition on good ice under the pressure of the time clock. I think they learned a lot and will continue to do a great job representing the club and the state. Amilia played with a sprained ankle and Rochelle played all but one game even though she was fighting strep (armed with 3 shots, antibiotics and fortitude!).
The photo was taken just before our game against one of the San Francisco teams (Stacey MacNeil, Melissa Aaron, Keri Dikos and Cindy Beck). That me, Rachel and Amilia.
Here’s the press release from USA Curling:
Teams representing the Kalamazoo (Mich.) and Broadmoor (Colo.) curling clubs captured the 2014 USA Curling Arena National Championships titles this afternoon at the Summit Sports and Ice Complex in Lansing, Mich.
Stephanie Senneker led her Kalamazoo teammates to a 9-3 victory over La Crosse (Wis.) Curling Club’s Toni Paisley, 9-3, in six ends to earn the women’s title. Canadian transplant Guy Scholz led his Colorado teammates to an 8-2 win over the defending champions skipped by Garnet Eckstrand of Kalamazoo, 8-2.
In the women’s bronze-medal game it was an all San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club matchup with Sarah Walsh defeating Davina Kong, 7-6, in an extra end. Walsh’s rink, which finished runner-up last year at the inaugural event in Fort Wayne, Ind., had to keep holding off rallies from their clubmates. Pittsburgh’s Mark Robinson rink captured the men’s bronze medal win with an 8-4 topping of Windy City’s Matt Galas rink.
Senneker (Perry, Mich.), 26, and her team of Pamela Nelson (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Nicole Brinkmann Reeves (South Bend, Ind.), Valerie Hart-Young (Kalamazoo, Mich.), and Barbara Little (Kalamazoo, Mich.) jumped out to an early lead over Paisley’s Wisconsin rink after scoring a deuce in the first end and stealing four points over the next two ends. Paisley, 21, and her team of Laura Mitchell (La Crosse, Wis.), Sydney Schieffer (Rice Lake, Wis.), and Erin Hofland (La Crosse, Wis.) got two points on the scoreboard in the fourth end to get back in the game. But Senneker’s rink scored three points in the third end to put her team in control for good.
In the men’s final, Scholz (Thompson’s Station, Tenn.) and teammates Kevin Lyons (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Gordon Harrison (Windsor, Colo.), and Nathan Mascarenas (Windsor, Colo.) broke open a 1-1 tie in the third end by scoring three points against Eckstrand (Portage, Mich.) and teammates Kent Elliott (Richland, Mich.), Marcus Gleaton (Three Rivers, Mich.), Chris Gleaton (Kalamazoo, Mich.) and Thomas Deater (Kalamazoo, Mich.). That put the Broadmoor rink in the driver’s seat as they then rattled off points in three straight ends in the second half of the match to win the men’s gold medal.
The women’s bronze medal game between the San Fran rinks went into overtime as Kong (San Jose, Calif.) and teammates Christina Altus (Campbell, Calif.), Loreen Makishima-Wolf (Hayward, Calif.) and Jennifer Lin (San Francisco, Calif.) scored a point in the eighth. Walsh and her team of Kimberly Chapin (San Francisco, Calif.), Emily Schermerhorn (San Francisco, Calif.), and Emily Kimmel (Burlingame, Calif.) just needed to score a single to sew up the bronze-medal win.
The Pittsburgh men fell behind Windy City 0-3 after two ends of the bronze-medal matchup, but Robinson led his team of Brian Stuart (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Steve Buffington (Coraopolis, Pa.), and Daniel Bliss (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored three points in the third end to tie the game. After stealing two points after that, Pittsburgh held Galas and his Chicago-area teammates Gregory Stewart (Aurora, Ill.), Jeff Sampson (Downers Grove, Ill.), and David Jamros (Downers Grove, Ill.) to just a single point in the fifth end. The Pittsburgh teammates countered with a single of their own and sealed the game with a double steal in the seventh end for a final score of 8-4.
All of the final scores and official results can be found at www.usacurl.org.