Lake Tahoe Epic Curling teams deliver strong results at The Crush Bonspiel in Northern California
ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Labor Day weekend traditionally brings some of the top curlers to Northern California to compete at The Crush Bonspiel. The 2016 edition featured numerous Americans, Canadians and even some Olympians — along with teams from Lake Tahoe Epic Curling.
The South Shore club had members on four teams at the bonspiel, and all delivered strong results. The tournament was held Sept. 2-4 at Skatetown Ice Arena.
At The Crush, past champions Edie and Eric Hazard teamed with Lonny Mallery and Wisconsin import Mark Swandby to go undefeated in preliminary play with a 3-0 record. After entering sudden death play in the top “A” bracket as the No. 2 seed, a tough first opponent spelled the end of a strong run for Three Men and an Edie.
Rick Gardner led his team of Julie Macan, Chris Sullivan, Stephanie Tonn and Ryan Urban, team Red Hut, into the “B” bracket with a nice win to offset an early loss. After some good curling and a tight match, the team was knocked out of the bracket before they could reach the semifinals.
Ray and Larry Sidney joined their curling mentors from Canada on CanadAmerica, and ran the table with a 3-0 record in preliminary play. They continued their hot streak, winning three more matches to enter the “A” bracket championship with a record of 6-0.
After falling behind early in the championship match, the team was able to tie up the score. Nevertheless, a very strong opponent pulled out a narrow victory.
“We were in it to win it, but second place out of 36 teams is a pretty good consolation,” Ray Sidney said.
The final LTEC entrant was Greg Felton, who teamed up at the last second with curlers from other clubs to make team Figuring It Out. It took a while for the team to figure it out, as they began by losing three games.
Then lightning struck, the team got hot, and they won consecutive games to race to the “C” bracket finals. Curling against an Olympian in the finals, Greg and his team continued their hot run and easily grabbed the championship.
The club now returns to its regular curling schedule on Sunday evenings at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena, and this Sunday, Sept. 18, will be an opportunity for new curlers to get instruction and practice with the club before the fall league begins. For more information, visit http://www.laketahoecurling.com.
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