COVID-19 Updates

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Calling all curlers in the MoPac Region!

We need your help! Fall, the traditional start to the curling season, will soon arrive. We have a short (6 question) survey for all curlers who play within the MoPac region. The information will help guide our Board as we plan for the upcoming curling season. Please consider taking the survey. Thank you!

MoPac E-Spiel Summer 2020!

View the final standings of the MoPac E-Spiel Summer 2020!!!

Congratulations to the winners and runners up! Thanks to everyone who participated in our first-ever E-Spiel! There were lots of fantastic online curling skills on display! We hope curlers enjoyed their games and their chance to ‘curl’ against others in the region.

  • Winners: & Runners up
  • A Bracket – Winner: Ryan Smith; Runner up: Jeff Salmans
  • B Bracket- Winner: Billy Wicks; Runner up: Scott Michelsen
  • C Bracket: Winner: Larry Sidney; Runner up: Katie Feldman
  • D Bracket: Winner: Ben Yoong; Runner up: Ryan Olson

Wondering who signed up? View the registered players list:   MoPac 2020 Summer E-Spiel Registered Player List

MoPac Elections Coming

MoPac Representatives will be able to vote for several key MoPac Board positions in late May. The positions up for election are the roles of President, Treasurer and two At-Large Representatives. Descriptions of the positions are found in the MoPac bylaws. Anyone interested in running for a position, please contact: mopacca.secretary@gmail.com.

There’s a buzz at The Hive

The beehive. The state emblem of Utah symbolizes the state motto of industry.  What could be more perfect for the work and dedication it takes to put on a bonspiel.  Curlers from the Utah Olympic Oval are industriously planning for their first ever bonspiel, aptly known as The Hive.  “We are excited to get this going,” says Bonspiel Committee organizer, Travis Hair. “We hope that this will grow in the future.”  This inaugural year the event may be an intimate 16 team event but the Committee hopes to reach 32 teams in the future.  

The four game guarantee also includes Saturday lunch and banquet. “We got special approval from the Rink to have a bar set up too.  That is unusual for Utah.” The six sheet facility also boasts the use of the stones from the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. The handles were replaced but they are the same stones. Curlers will be able to play using the same stones used by famed curlers Kevin Martin, Pul Trulsen, Torger Nergard, Rhona Martin, Debbie McCormack, and Ann Swisshelm to name a few.

Cosmic Curling

But how is this spiel different than others?  “We plan to have a mini Cosmic curling spiel on Saturday night.”  Cosmic curling? Picture this: the lights go dark, the rings are illuminated in psychedelic colors and you shoot a stone lite with a glow in the dark light.  “It’s harder than it looks because you don’t see the lines” says Travis, adding, “anyone who registers for the bonspiel is automatically signed up for the mini spiel. We want everyone to try it.” There is no separate registration fee for those playing in The Hive.  The mini spiel will be a two end event with the winner getting bragging rights to, well, cosmic curling glory.  
And it appears there will be teams throughout the US coming to The Hive  and vieing for cosmic curling greatness. Teams from Minnesota, Georgia, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Idaho and California are expected to attend.  If you want to grab your spot, registration links are found on The Hive’s Facebook page. See you at the Oval!

Calizona Dreamin’: A dream brings clubs together

calizona bonspiel logo

Bonspiels are a time of coming together with curling friends, sharing games, broomstacking and making memories.  The December 7th weekend event at Coyotes Curling Club was such a bonspiel, but it was also an opportunity to fundraise for San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club’s dedicated ice project.    The event brought in 16 teams from Coyotes and Bay Area but also from Las Vegas CC, Hollywood CC, Orange County CC, Denver CC, Silicon Valley CC and Wine Country CC. The funds raised made an inroad into the project funding and helped make it  possible for construction to continue into the planned Oakland, California facility. “We are all so appreciative,” says Kimberly Chapin, event coordinator for SFBACC. “We would not have done anything differently.”  

Mike Siggins - Pasta Brioni
friends & libations
back on the ice

Calizona Dreamin’ came about due to the suggestion and enthusiasm of Coyotes member Wesley (Wes) Seeger.  Wes, formerly of SFBACC, asked Coyotes CC Board to consider providing the ice time, and they immediately agreed.  Not only did the Club provide the ice for the two-day event but they also provided Coyotes CC volunteers, bartenders, and an ice crew for the weekend.  The Saturday banquet was also catered by Coyotes CC member and Club Nationals 2019 winning skip, Mike Siggins, whose restaurant Pasta Brioni got praises for the dinner.  Such a generous contribution to SFBACC’s cause is a noteworthy example of a club helping another sister club.  While the event was a fundraiser, it also renewed the spirits of those who have worked so long to make Bay Area dedicated ice a reality. “Our members have really missed being on the ice together, and this was just what was needed,” commented Chapin.  “It was also beneficial to see what it takes to operate a facility.”

Tequilla!

The SFBACC bonspiel committee wanted to offer a unique format and decided on a skins spiel. Four pools of four teams played three 6-end skins games on Saturday. The two teams with the most skins from each pool then advanced to the playoffs on Sunday. In all games, teams were awarded with cash for each skin won.  And due to the number of teams most players only had one draw off the ice before going back on. The alternate draws gave teams a chance to stay at the rink and catch up with friends or try an ‘international’ tequila tasting event, with special guest pourer Adriana Camarena, skip of Team Mexico’s women’s team. On Sunday the Hot Shots event gave curlers a chance to keep curling on Sunday and try their skills. Players consistently remarked about how fun it was to play a different format, so SFBACC is definitely planning to offer a skins  spiel!

broomstacking

Thanks to generous donations from SFBACC and CCC members, the bonspiel also hosted a silent auction and raffle. Using the online auction app Bidr also helped elevate the number of silent auction bids. Available were two brooms signed by the 2014 Olympic teams, a hat autographed by the Jennifer Jones 2018 Scotties rink, fit bits, a bottle of Don Pilar Tequila, a Matt Hamilton Bobblehead, green fees at an exclusive golf course and several pieces of original artwork. SFBACC happily met its fundraising goals after a successful weekend.  “Our spirits were lifted by everyone’s generosity and spirit of curling,” observed Chapin.  Their dedicated ice project is back on track, thanks in part to the CCC, as well as so many others in the curling community.  Look for exciting news in February 2020.  In thee meantime, the Club continues to fundraise and will accept additional donations through the website at  http://www.dedicatedice.com/donate/   Once their facility is opened, SFBACC leadership plan to pay it forward.  “We know what it takes now. We can help others in the future.” The spirit of curling lives on!

friends in the rings

U18 Playdowns coming!


We are extremely excited about the growth of junior curling in the MoPac region and we are looking to host an U18 playdown tournament to determine who will represent the region at the U18 Nationals! We are currently reaching out to alert all member clubs, coaches and players eligible to participate in U18 Nationals who have formed their teams. Players must be members of a MoPac member club, less than 18 years of age at any time during the 30th of June 2019, and a US resident.  A team can have players from different MoPac member clubs on one team. Interested teams should submit an email to Cameron Kim at mopacca.competitions@gmail.com with the team members and coach listed by September 30. In early October, coaches will be contacted to schedule the playdown on a weekend that is amenable to schedules and ice availability. 
Please direct any U18 Playdown questions to Cameron Kim at mopacca.competitions@gmail.com.

LTEC brings dedicated rink to South Lake Tahoe!

It happened. Nevada has its first dedicated curling rink. Lake Tahoe, the blue jewel in the high sierras, now has another reason for people to visit. Lake Tahoe Epic Curling (LTEC) has sparked much buzz with its new two sheet facility. Located a short distance from the South Lake Tahoe casinos the facility is currently being tested by its members and lucky learn-to-curl participants. “It’s been truly amazing and such an exciting time for our little club!,” says Club president Edith Hazard, “We’ve been working hard to get this done and it’s wonderful to see it come together.” The build began October 2018 in a refurbished building that also houses the Lake Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

Grid system being laid down

 

Chiller being connected

The rink is currently still being built out; phase one is done – the ice is in. Phase two will see the warm room completed by September. A viewing area, locker rooms and a kitchen area will round out the facility. At the moment the rink is not fully open for business but as soon as the building is done, LTEC hopes to begin planning events. “As soon as we get our occupancy permits we hope to open our doors,” assures President Hazard, “and hopefully invite other clubs to showcase our rink.” In future LTEC plans to hold many events and hopes the curling community will make the trip to play. From all accounts the LTEC new rink is set to become a popular destination located in the picturesque town.

Sheets installed

Where: 128 Market St, Unit 1A, Stateline, Nevada 89449, off Hwy 207. 
For more information: @LakeTahoeEpicCurling and www.ltec.org 

Ice, Sports & Solar (ISS) CEO Said Hakim presents Ray Sidney with LTEC logo

Who is ISS?  USA Curling announces partnership with ISS Ice, Sports and Solar Systems


Teams represent at 2019 Arena National Championship

MoPac member club teams at National Arenas 2019

As May comes to a close we look back at the great turnout by teams from the MoPac region at the 2019 Arena National Championship.  Clubs from the region showed up in numbers; teams from Las Vegas Curling Club, San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club, Silicon Valley Curling Club and Wine Country Curling Club made their way to West Chester, Pennsylvania for the week-long competition.

Bronze medal winners – Silicon Valley Curling Club ladies
Diane Palme, Amanda Chang, Melissa Wheeler, Mary Riordan & Jennifer Asis

The Silicon Valley Curling Club ladies team ended on a victorious note, securing the bronze after an exciting week which saw them come back in one game to score 3 points in the eighth end to take the game. Their final victory came after they got past the Wine Country Curling Club ladies.
For all final standings and results visit the USCA 2019 Arena Nationals site. And stay tuned for next year when the Arena National Championship travels to Gillette, Wyoming.

Photo of Silicon Valley Curling Club ladies team courtesy of Andy Carle.

Coyotes Curling Club Teams Excel at 2019 Club Nationals

Heartfelt congratulations go out to the 2019 Club National Championship men’s team winners from Coyotes Curling Club known as Team Siggins: Michael Siggins, Adam Endicott, Travis Gaddie and Eric Kowal. The team was one of two men’s teams participating from the MoPac region.

Team Siggins: 2019 Club National Men’s Champs!
(Photo courtesy of USA Curling)

Also taking home the accolades was the women’s bronze-winning team also from Coyotes Curling Club known as Team Burton: Jayne Burton, Tatiana Keeling, Amy Thompson and Kim Gaddie.

Team Burton: 2019 Club National Women’s Bronze Medal Winners
(Photo courtesy of USA Curling)

Both teams participated in the Club Nationals Championships together with clubs from Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Washington and Wisconsin. The event was held this year at the Dakota Curling Club in Lakesville, Minnesota. Also participating from MoPac were men’s Team LeClair: Bob LeClair, Greg Gallagher, Jeff Baird, Tom Danielson and women’s Team Aubrey: Debra Aubrey, Luba Brock, Cassandra Matras, Kimber Maroney.

We are very proud of all of our teams and hope that Team Siggins’ victory stands as an example of what is possible for curlers from our region.

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