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Almost forgotten in the excitement of the Bratquake is this sports news:  BOTH the men and women’s teams from the Curling Club of Virginia were selected as one of 16 teams each to compete for the Arena Nationals – a national championship for curling clubs who play on hockey ice.

Here is the press release from USA Curling (emphasis on the Virginia teams!):

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The Summit Sports and Ice Complex in Lansing, Mich., is set to host USA Curling’s second Arena National Championships this weekend in partnership with the Lansing Curling Club and Greater Lansing Sports Authority.  Action gets underway Thursday morning at 8 a.m. CT and continues through Sunday when the men’s and women’s national champs will be crowned.

The Arena Nationals are aimed at providing a championship event for USA Curling member clubs utilizing non-traditional curling ice (arena setting) throughout the season. The inaugural event took place in Fort Wayne, Ind., last summer. This year’s field will once again contain 32 teams – 16 men’s and 16 women’s teams. The men’s defending champions – Garnet Eckstrand’s team from Kalamazoo, Mich. – are back this year looking for a repeat for the Kalamazoo Curling Club. The field is represented by teams from 15 U.S. states from California to Oklahoma to South Carolina.

Live scoring courtesy of USA Curling partner CurlingZone will be available throughout the event for fans to follow along. To learn more, visit A draw party is taking place tonight to determine the first round of pairings for the triple knockout competition.

Here is a look at the competing field for the 2014 USA Curling Arena National Championships, Lansing, Mich., June 12-15:

Women’s field, 16 teams:
Broadmoor (Colo.): Rachel Sethi (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Dena Rosenberry (Manitou Springs, Colo.), Amilia Knight (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Rochelle Sandstrom-Knight (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Charlotte (N.C.): Sylvia Jennings, Stacie Pinnavaia, Carol White, Lara McLaren (all of Charlotte, N.C.)
Cincinnati (Ohio): Deborah Coviello (Sharonville, Ohio), Janet Clifford Brown (Mason, Ohio), Renee O’Connor (Independence, Ky.), Stephanie Simpson (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Circle City (Ind.): Tamera Hoffman (Westfield, Ind.), Sandra Jennings (Carmel, Ind.), Lisa Wieland (West Lafayette, Ind.), Susan Fleck (Indianapolis, Ind.), Caryn Thompson (New Palestine, Ind.)
Curling Club of Virginia: Mary-Colleen Millage (Midlothian, Va.), Kirsten Collins (Midlothian, Va.), Katie McCartney (Charlottesville, Va.), Christine Alessi (Richmond, Va.)
Dallas/Fort Worth (Texas):  Shana Healer (Arlington, Texas), Lisa Henry (Dallas, Texas), Allison Peterson (Dallas, Texas), Carrie Scarlata (Richardson, Texas)
Kalamazoo (Mich.): Stephanie Senneker (Perry, Mich.), Pamela Nelson (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Nicole Brinkmann Reeves (South Bend, Ind.), Valerie Hart-Young (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Barbara Little (Kalamazoo, Mich.)
La Crosse (Wis.): Toni Paisley (Onalaska, Wis.), Laura Mitchell (La Crosse, Wis.), Sydney Schieffer (Rice Lake, Wis.), Erin Hofland (La Crosse, Wis.)
Lansing (Mich.): Lisa Hamm (Mason, Mich.), Corinne McElwee (Dewitt, Mich.), Callie Hamm (Mason, Mich.), Claire Blaske (Grand Ledge, Mich.)
Oklahoma: Jessie Hopper (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Kristy Witzke (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Angela Strange (Yukon, Okla.), Darcy Maelzer (Moore, Okla.)
Palmetto (S.C.): Ann Wiggins (Henderson, N.C.), Nicole Plante (Simpsonville, S.C.), Sherri Odlevak (Easley, S.C.), Lisa Cobb (Easley, S.C.)
Pittsburgh (Pa.): Jacki Temple (Glenshaw, Pa.), Daphne Roberts (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Beth Lehman (Scottdale, Pa.), Amanda Marchitelli (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Paul Schultz (Burlington, Vt.)
San Francisco (Calif.): Cindy Beck (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Keri Dikos (Redwood, Calif.), Melissa Aaron (San Francisco, Calif.), Gabrielle Coleman (Mountain View, Calif.)
San Francisco (Calif.): Sarah Walsh (Oakland, Calif.), Kimberly Chapin (San Francisco, Calif.), Emily Schermerhorn (San Francisco, Calif.), Emily Kimmel (Burlingame, Calif.)
San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.): Erin Rhode (San Francisco, Calif.), Jessica Tudor (Sacramento, Calif.), Katie Mordarski (Berkeley, Calif.), Adriana Camarena (San Francisco, Calif.)
San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.): Davinna Kong (San Jose, Calif.), Christina Altus (Campbell, Calif.), Loreen Makishima-Wolf (Hayward, Calif.), Jennifer Lin (San Francisco, Calif.)
Men’s field, 16 teams:
Broadmoor (Colo.): Guy Scholz (Thompson’s Station, Tenn.), Kevin Lyons (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Gordon Harrison (Windsor, Colo.), Nathan Mascarenas (Windsor, Colo.)
Charlotte (N.C.): Jeremy Hozjan (Fort Mill, S.C.), Brady Gould (Piscataway, N.J.), Doug McLaren (Charlotte, N.C.), Patrick McKee (Charlotte, N.C.)
Cincinnati (Ohio): Darrell Brown (Mason, Ohio), David Forcum (Batavia, Ohio), Daniel Coviello (Sharonville, Ohio), Shawn O’Connor (Independence, K.Y.)
Circle City (Ind.): Doug Pearson (Carmel, Ind.), Robert Jennings (Carmel, Ind.), Wes Hoffman (Westfield, Ind.), Daniel Louks (Lebanon, Ind.)
Curling Club of Virginia: Brent Cooke (Midlothian, Va.), Richard Collins (Midlothian, Va.), Joshua Leggette (Henrico, Va.), Sam Sparks (Richmond, Va.)
Dakota (Minn.): Shawn Slane (Waseca, Minn.), Ryan Claussen (Rochester, Minn.), Anthony Mayerhofer (Apple Valley, Minn.), Nicholas Hydukovich (St. Paul, Minn.)
Dallas-Fort Worth (Texas): Laith Sando (Fort Worth, Texas), Stephen Kleppe (Denton, Texas), John Lambert (Frisco, Texas), William Sadoo (Denton, Texas), Steve Walton (Allen, Texas)
Kalamazoo (Mich.): Garnet Eckstrand (Portage, Mich.), Kent Elliott (Richland, Mich.), Marcus Gleaton (Three Rivers, Mich.), Chris Gleaton (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Thomas Deater (Kalamazoo, Mich.)
Lansing (Mich.): Mark McElwee (Dewitt, Mich.), Wyl McCully (Mason, Mich.), Gerrit Smith (Charlotte, Mich.), Allan Blaske (Grand Ledge, Mich.)
Long Island (N.Y.): Andrew Ness (East Elmhurt, N.Y.), Michael Greene (Bellerose, N.Y.), John Paccione (Glen Oaks, N.Y.), Frank Buquicchio (Deer Park, N.Y.)
Oklahoma: Mark Ngo (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Jeremy Witzke (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Dylan Smith (Norman, Okla.), Chris Strange (Yukon, Okla.), Bruce Maelzer (Moore, Okla.)
Palmetto (S.C.): Daniel Fort (Mauldin, S.C.), Ryan Smith (Simpsonville, S.C.), Matthew Jones (Greer, S.C.), Kurt Wagner (Simpsonville, S.C.)
Pittsburgh (Pa.): Mark Robinson (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Brian Stuart (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Steve Buffington (Coraopolis, Pa.), Daniel Bliss (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.): David Wiesen (San Francisco, Calif.), Alex Baxter (Oakland, Calif.), Daniel Myers (Berkeley, Calif.), Westin Kurlancheek (Berkeley, Calif.)
Vikingland (Minn.): Troy Dittberner (Alexandria, Minn.), Jason Rauk (Alexandria, Minn.), Scott Threinen (Garfield, Minn.), Andy Siira (Brandon, Minn.), Daniel Rooney (Alexandria, Minn.)

Windy City (Ill.): Matt Galas (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Gregory Stewart (Aurora, Ill.), Jeff Sampson (Downers Grove, Ill.), David Jamros (Downers Grove, Ill.)

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomAmpd, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Sitrin, and The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, BalancePlus, and is partnered with Hilton HHonors, United Airlines, RJM Licensing Inc., and CurlingZone.

Here’s where to go to keep track of scores:  FB page

GO VIRGINIA CURLERS!  We have come a long way in a short time.

UPDATE:  A unpardonable omission:  Here is the website for the Curling Club of Virginia!

SECOND UPDATE:  It is somewhat difficult to read the standings for the teams but it appears the women’s team is still alive but in the consolation bracket after losing at least one match; the ladies did win over the home team of Lansing Curling Club today to stay alive!  But the men are ONE WIN away from the medal round.  They play Saturday at 11am in Lansing! It would be the most amazing story you might only read at the CCVa site and this blog if they were to WIN the WHOLE THING!  (BTW, our men defeated a curling club from Minnesota today to advance to the finals for one of the four medal round spots.)  I do not know if there is any video from Lansing.

Good curling!

SATURDAY 11 AM UPDATE:  After one end, CCVa men have a 1-0 lead.  Still early.

IT’S 2-0 – CCVA stole a point from Pittsburgh when the Pennsylvanians had the “hammer” (the last rock in the end or inning) but somehow they still have the hammer.  (I think it usually switches when points are won.)

RATS:  TIED  2-2 after three ends!  Now we do have the hammer!

Still tied in fourth end.

Looks like the Pittsburgh took the lead 3-2 in end 4 and now we equalized it in end 5.  It is now end 6 with Pittsburgh with the hammer.

There are eight ends in these curling matches.  The goal of every curling team is to have the hammer for the last end.  We’ll see…

At the “end” of end 7 – it is Pittsburgh 4-3.  We have the hammer.  Now there is one more end so we might play in such a way as to keep the hammer in the final end.  One of two things could happen:  Lots of points (if we get say four points in this end – we’ll gladly give up the hammer!) or we might go for no score (we then keep the hammer for the final end) but we better win by two in that end.  I am rooting for lots of points!

I am afraid Pittsburgh won 5-4 at the “end” which is what I feared would happen.  But the CCVa held PCC to a mere five points.  We can still get in through the secondary brackets – I think one win will do it.  It’s a strange and not easy to understand tournament structure.

The CCVa women curlers are taking the ice in the consolation round right now (2 pm)!  I cannot live blog this due to family matters.  BUT GO CCVa!  All of this is good PR for Virginia curling and the day will soon come (Lord willing) when we’ll have dedicated (e.g, a rink designed and used only for curling) curling ice in RVA!

UPDATE:  The CCVa women did fall to the Circle City Curling Club (Indianapolis, IN) 9-6.  The Virginians did come back to take the lead in the 5th end, 6-5 but the Hoosiers came back with 2 in the sixth and one each in the seventh and eighth end.  Here’s their championship stats courtesy of

Games: 5
Record: 2W – 3L
Extra Ends: 0W – 0L
One-Point Games: 0W – 0L
PF/G: 8.72
PA/G: 10.51
Hammer Efficiency: 0.24
Steal Defense: 0.57
Force Efficiency: 0.40
Steal Efficiency: 0.44

Now the men will play again tonight at 5 pm against the team from Colorado (Broadmoor CC) the men faced in the first round of the tourney and defeated 5-4.  This is for the third or fourth place in the finals.  Loser will go to the consolation round.  The Broadmoor team have done a fabulous job getting back from that early setback to play for the right to play for the championship.  I’m not sure I can stand the excitement!  I also am about to be treated to my Father’s Day dinner shortly after 5 pm!  So in that first end, we need a eightender (That is the most points scored in an end – all one teams rocks are in the target area [the house] and thus they all score!) so I don’t worry too much!

I am sorry to report that the CCVa men lost to Broadmoor 8-3.  I am not sure what happens now but neither of our teams made the championship round.  However, I think this was a great year for curling in Virginia.  If you are looking for a cool alternative, consider curling in Virginia!

Looks like the men lost their consolidation game played last night at 8 pm to the Vikingland Curling Club by a 9-5 score.  I still think they did great and here’s their stats:


Games: 5
Record: 2W – 3L
Extra Ends: 0W – 0L
One-Point Games: 0W – 0L
PF/G: 6.57
PA/G: 8.29
Hammer Efficiency: 0.13
Steal Defense: 0.31
Force Efficiency: 0.50
Steal Efficiency: 0.37

If I find out any more info, I’ll let you know.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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