FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks’ Greg Persinger, who hoisted the USA Curling males’s nationwide championship trophy two years in the past, acquired his team off to an excellent begin Saturday in this yr’s nationwide event in Fargo, North Dakota.
Team Persinger gained, Eight-Four, in 9 ends over Team Ted Brundidge, of West St. Paul, Minnesota, in the course of the first males’s round-robin matches in Fargo’s Scheels Arena.
Persinger’s squad consists of third Rich Ruohonen, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; second Colin Hufman, a Fairbanks native who lives in St. Paul, Minnesota; and lead, Phil Tilker, of Seattle.
Team Persinger grabbed a Three-Zero lead in the underside of the primary finish and added some extent every in the second. fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth ends. Team Brundidge produced two factors in the highest of the sixth and produced singles in the third and eighth.
Persinger, Hufman and Tilker have been members of Lynnwood, Washington-
based mostly Team Brady Clark, which captured the 2016 males’s nationwide title in Jacksonville, Florida.
On Saturday, Team Pete Fenson, of Bemidji, Minnesota, defeated Boston-based Team Alex Leichter 7-Three in 10 ends. Team Leichter consists of third Martin Sather, a Fairbanks native who resides in Yonkers, New York.
Team Leitcher and Team Persinger play at 1 p.m. AKST as we speak, after Team Persinger takes on Team Heath McCormick, of Sarnia, Ontario, at 5 a.m. AKST.
The nationals function 10 males’s groups and eight women’s groups. Round-robin play runs by way of Wednesday and performs start Thursday. Semifinals are set for Friday and championship matches are scheduled for Saturday.
The males’s nationwide champion team from the Fargo competitors advances to the World Men’s Curling Championship on March 31-April Eight in Las Vegas. The women’s nationwide titlists qualify for the World Women’s Curling Championships on March 17-25 in North Bay, Ontario.
Two groups with Fairbanks curlers are among the many entries in the women’s area, which begins play at present.
Vicky Persinger, Greg’s cousin, is the second for defending nationwide champion Team Jamie Sinclair, of St. Paul. The different members are third Alexandra Carlson and lead Monica Walker, additionally of St. Paul.
The squad was the women’s runner-up in the U.S. Olympic Team Curling Trials final November in Omaha, Nebraska.
Fairbanks’ Cora Farrell is the skip of a squad that reached the women’s playoffs of the USA Curling Junior National Championship final month in Ferndale, Michigan. Farrell is joined in Fargo by third Cait Flannery, of Mankato, Minnesota, and second Lexi Lanigan and lead Rebecca Milles, of Duluth, Minnesota.
Farrell and Flannery have been a part of the United States’ silver-medal combined curling team in the 2016 Youth Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
Team Farrell play towards a pair of Team Podolls, from Fargo. Team Ann Podoll takes on Team Farrell at 9 a.m. AKST and Team Farrell slides stones towards Team Beth Podoll, beginning at Four p.m. AKST.
Team Sinclair opens towards Team Emily Anderson, of Broomall, Pennsylvania at 9 a.m., and faces Team Kim Rhyme, of Minneapolis, at Four p.m.
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