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CURLING: Sinclair, Persinger teams win Nationals

Sinclair (St. Paul) and her group of Alex Carlson (St. Paul), Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Monica Walker (St. Paul) delivered a game-winning draw into the four-foot to punch their tickets to characterize the U.S. on the 2018 World Women’s Championship March 17-25 in North Bay, Ont. The staff, which completed the event unbeaten, is coached by Bemidji’s Scott Baird.

This is the third nationwide title for Carlson, who additionally gained in 2017 and 2015, and the second for the remainder of the staff after profitable the title collectively final yr.

Bemidji’s Natalie Nicholson is a member of Christensen’s rink.

The 7-5 victory for Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) and teammates Rich Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park), Colin Hufman (St. Paul) and Phil Tilker (Seattle) means they may compete within the 2018 World Men’s Championship March 31-April eight in Las Vegas.

The win marks the second title for Persinger (2018, 2016), Ruohonen (2018, 2008) and Hufman (2018, 2016), and the third for Tilker (2018, 2016, 2013).

US males take fourth at World Juniors

ABERDEEN, Scotland—Andrew Stopera and the U.S. males accomplished their journey on the 2018 World Junior Curling Championships with a fourth-place end after dropping the bronze-medal recreation to Switzerland Saturday in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) and his workforce of Luc Violette (Lake Stevens, Wash.), Ben Richardson (Issaquah, Wash.), Graem Fenson (Bemidji) and Jonathon Harstad (Duluth) gave up an enormous finish late within the recreation that fueled the 7-Four win by Jan Hess and the Swiss males.

Canada’s Tyler Tardi rink would go on handy Scotland’s Ross Whyte workforce its lone lack of the event to win the world junior males’s title 6-5 after an additional finish.

The U.S.’s Madison Bear rink, which featured Bemidji’s Leah Yavarow, completed the women’s spherical robin with a Four-5 report for a last rating of fifth. Canada’s Kaitlyn Jones rink defeated Sweden’s Isabella Wranna staff to win the women’s world junior title, whereas China gained its first medal on the World Juniors with an 11-5 win over Norway to safe the bronze.

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