LTEC’s Mountain Mayhem curls at Golden Gate Bonspiel
FREMONT, Calif. — When the Lake Tahoe Epic Curling foursome of Lonny Mallery, Yvonne Logan, Ray Sidney and Larry Sidney met up for the Golden Gate Bonspiel tournament, expectations were unclear. By the end of the three-day tournament held over Memorial Day weekend at Sharks Ice, the team had reached a new level of success.
While all four teammates are LTEC members, they had never curled on the same team prior to last month’s tournament. In addition, none of them had curled for more than three years and Logan had never competed in a bonspiel before.
In its first game, the Tahoe team known as Mountain Mayhem jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first end against Team DL. Able to play loose with the early cushion, the team cruised to an opening game victory.
The second match of the bonspiel against MarCURLski proved much tougher. The teams went back and forth from start to finish, with the game not decided until time ran out with Mountain Mayhem victorious by a lone point.
The third game proved pivotal. With the World Cup-style scoring system, a win over Mansell would put Mountain Mayhem in the “A” bracket with the top eight teams and a loss would demote them to the “C” bracket.
The LTEC crew again started fast, winning three of the first four ends. Logan set up the ends with guards and Mallery placed rocks in the top of the house, leaving Ray and Larry Sidney to throw into the house then guard the spoils. In short time, Mountain Mayhem won the match 9-3 to advance to the championship bracket.
All good stories must come to an end, however, and in the quarterfinals the Mountain Mayhem was edged out by two inches in the final end to lose 7-6. Still, the loss could not trample the accomplishments of the team, as none of the four teammates had ever previously qualified for the “A” bracket of a bonspiel.
“It would’ve been great to win that last game,” Ray Sidney said. “But we really curled our butts off all weekend.”
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