First of its kind: Lake Tahoe Epic Curling hosts Thin Air Bonspiel in South Lake Tahoe |

First of its kind: Lake Tahoe Epic Curling hosts Thin Air Bonspiel in South Lake Tahoe

Team H3S members and South Lake Tahoe residents (left to right) Kim Hazard, Eric Hazard, Mark Swandby, Edie Hazard hold the hand-carved trophy Oct. 4 after winning the Thin Air Bonspiel championship.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Curling history was made on South Shore in early October. For the first time in club history, Lake Tahoe Epic Curling hosted a bonspiel at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena — and at the Thin Air Bonspiel team of local curlers ended up taking the top prize.

South Lake Tahoe residents Edie and Eric Hazard, along with their daughter Kim and friend Mark Swandby made up Team H3S, which won the final. Team H3S defeated Well Mixed of the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club that featured Tom Dias, Elliott Masell, Sarah Walsh and Adriana Camarena 8-2 in the championship.

In the Fallen Leaf Bracket, the San Francisco team Jumbo’s Clowns of Jocelyn Hall, Doug Bone, Chris Murphy and Gary Vandevalk defeated the Rebel Rockers 7-6 in a tight contest. The match wasn’t decided until the final stone, when Vandevalk executed an extremely difficult tap-raise to push his team’s stone up to the button.

The Cascade Bracket championship was won by Curlifornia featuring team members Olivia Stella, Jonathan Ochoco, Kari Messina, and Pete Hicks. Team MarkoMishMash won the coveted Tahoe Tessie Bracket.

The first-of-its-kind weekend tournament hosted at the South Tahoe Ice Arena, Oct. 2-4, featured 24 teams from around the country. Games were played throughout the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and teams had time between competition to enjoy all the Lake Tahoe Basin has to offer.

Lake Tahoe Epic Curling now returns to its normal schedule, Sunday nights from 6-8 p.m. New curlers are encouraged to check out the club website at to find out how to get involved with the fast-growing Olympic sport.

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