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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

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

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


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.

2017 Competitive Wrap-Up

As the days get warmer and the ice begins to heat up (looking at you California Bonspiel season!) we wanted to take a moment to review what was an amazing season of MoPac competitive curling! We had regional representatives from U18s to Seniors – and all levels in between. Here’s a quick wrap up of the participation and photos of (most of the team to boot).

Did we miss you? Email president@mopacca.org with your information and photo!

Our next MoPac round-up will be celebrating our lively bonspielers- send us your favorite pics: mopacca.secretary@gmail.com

Inspired to playdown next season, announcements for playdowns on the 2018 season will be available this week – and playdowns will be coming faster than you think!

 

USCA Junior National Championships – Western Playdown

Team Altus (San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club) Daniel Altus, Marc Tsogbe, Jimmy Williams, Jason Altus

USCA Under-18 National Championships

Team Irvin (Evergreen Curling Club) Lily Irvin, Maya Horten, Clara Mays, Elsa Naimo

Team Morley (Evergreen Curling Club/San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club) Casey Morley, Marty Hill, Asa Bensaid, Nelson Rogers

USCA Arena National Championships

Team Stengle (San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club) Julie Stengle, Monica Hernandez, Heather Kopeck, Kristina Lugo

Team Feldman (Wine County Curling Club) Katie Feldman, Porsche Renae Stephenson, Auria Moore, Laura Lunetta

Team Raju (San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club) PN Raju, Cameron Kim, Anthony Del Porto, Jonathan Ochoco

Team Markowski (Wine Country Curling Club) David Markowski, Camren Spangler, Evan Elliott, Brian Feldman

Pacific International Cup

Arizona (Coyotes Curling Club) Marnie Devlin, Tracy Heuermann, Beki Nowlan, Megan Groh

California (San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club) TC Altus, Erin Rhode, Erin McInrue, Kate Garfinkel

Nevada (Lake Tahoe Epic Curling) Edie Hazard, Becca Kelble, Julie McCaan, Chris Sullivan

Oregon (Evergreen Curling Club) Lily Irvin, Maya Horten, Clara Mays, Elsa Naimo

Arizona (Coyotes Curling Club) Mike Siggins, Adam Endicott, Carl Thompson, Tom Dukerich

California (San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club) Jesus Barajas, Richard Chin, Erik Jensen, Brian Davidson

Nevada (Lake Tahoe Epic Curling) Eric Hazard, Rick Gardner, Ray Sidney, Michael Lynn, Larry Sidney

Oregon (Evergreen Curling Club) Jim Smoltz, Cory Fiendell, Eric Hemesath, Matt Starr

USCA Club National Championships

Team Walsh (San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club) Sarah Walsh, Kim Chapin, BriAnna Weldon, Pam Montbach

Team Naso (Coyotes Curling Club) Carol Ann Naso, Luba Brock, Tracey Drummond, Tracy Heuermann

Team Schaak (Evergreen Curling Club) Doug Schaak, Roger Chan, Adam Seymour, Jimmy Satem

USCA Mixed National Championships

Team Mendoza (Hollywood Curling Club) Paul Mendoza, Miranda Heaslip, Tim Mendoza, Jennifer Gamboa

USCA Senior National Championships

Team Fairley (Evergreen Curling Club) Karen Fairley, Elaine Smith-Koop, Clara Martinez, Diane Keleher

Team Watson (Evergreen Curling Club) Kathryn Watson, Kathy Placek, Gail Starr, Cecile Baril

Team Naso (Coyotes Curling Club) Carol Ann Naso, Lu Brock, Debra Aubrey, Tracey Drummond

Team LeClair (Coyotes Curling Club) Bob LeClair, Greg Gallagher, Tom Danielson, Jeff Baird

USCA Mixed Doubles National Championships

Team Maxie: Steph Larson (Hollywood Curling Club), Fred Maxie (Coyotes Curling Club)

USCA Nationals

Team Wood: Becca Wood (Denver CC), Donna Umali (Hollywood Curling Club), Auria Moore (Wine Country Curling Club), Porsche Renae Stephenson (Wine Country Curling Club) Coach Darryl Horsman

WCT Curling Tour/ USCA Nationals Challenge Round

Team Horsman: Darryl Horsman (Coyotes Curling Club), Mike Greenberg (San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club), Eric Kowal (Coyotes Curling Club), Brian Patrick (San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club), Wes Seeger (Coyotes Curling Club)

Team Siggins: Bob LeClair, Mike Siggins, Tom Danielson, Jeff Baird