MCC GETS READY FOR JUNIOR NATIONALS
It’s just around the corner, the excitement is building, and a huge number of volunteers will be needed to successfully stage the Junior National Championships January 28th through February 4th at our club. Ten junior men’s and ten junior women’s teams will compete for the right to represent the United States at the 2012 World Junior Championships, in Ostersund, Sweden, March 3-11.
Paul Incha is chairing this colossal endeavor and has held numerous meetings with members of the various subcommit-tees charged with securing help. Richard Berling has prepared sign-up sheets, which are posted on the bulletin board near the water fountains; please choose an area that interests you and donate a few hours of your time to help your club. If you have questions regarding the areas of responsibility, please call Richard at 359-3213.
Paul Beebe will be lining up game timers; games are two-and-a-half hours in duration and he is willing to train anyone who can cover a shift or two or three. Contact him at 838-0959 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Fonger is in charge of the kitchen and your help will be needed to cover shifts each day; call him at 444-9028.
Joel Dietz is looking for web streaming volunteers. Anyone with this type of experience will be greatly appreciated. Joel may be reached at 213-1475 or email@example.com.
Kathy Vinge is seeking hospitality volunteers as well as host families for each of the junior teams. Contact Kathy at 849-5185 or 516-3244. Let’s show our guests that we are ready to make their national championship experience the best ever.
Lori Mountford will need on-ice supervisors for every shift, so contact her at 222-3395 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miranda Hofmann will be heading up the team of volunteers at the admissions table. Contact her at mirandahofmann@ gmail.com if you can take a shift or two.
Barb Morton will be handling the merchandise sales and asks for assistance throughout the week; she may be reached at email@example.com.
Event Chair Paul Incha will also be looking for able-bodied workers to set up before and tear down the bleachers afterward.
This is our opportunity to view some truly high-level curling by some excellent young curlers and to showcase our fine facil-ity. Invite your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors to take in a session or two; share your excitement about our favorite wintertime sport. Have you seen the new TV spot featuring Nicole Joraanstad highlighting the many exciting events at the Madison Curling Club during the month of February?
The four Wisconsin junior teams in this national competition are: WI (1): Evan Jensen, Zachery Taylor, Ron Bichler, Kelly Traska, Ben Miller; WI (2): Blake Morton, Marcus Fonger, Tommy Juszczyk, Calvin Weber; WI (1): Jenna Haag, Chloe Pahl, Grace Gabower, Erin Wallace; WI (2): Becca Hamilton, Tara Peterson, Karlie Koenig, Sophie Brorson. The Morton team is coached by Mark Hartman; the Haag team is coached by Wally Henry.
SENIOR MEN CAPTURE NATIONAL TITLE
Congratulations to the team of Ian Journeaux, David Carlson, Tim Funk and Ken Spatola, on winning the Senior Men’s National Championship on December 5th at the Capital Curling Club in Bismarck, North Dakota. The team will advance to the 2012 World Senior Championship in Tarnby, Denmark, April 14-21. We wish them continued success.
MEN’S/WOMEN’S NATIONAL QUALIFIERS
With the nationwide qualifying and challenge rounds underway the field of ten men’s and ten women’s teams are focused on the 2012 USA Men’s and Women’s National Championships to be held at the IceWorks Skating Complex located near Philadelphia, February 11-18.
As of this writing the following qualified teams with Madison Curling Club connections are: Craig Brown, Matt Hamilton, Kroy Nernberger, Derrick Casper; Blake Morton, Marcus Fonger, Tommy Juszczyk, Calvin Weber; Erika Brown, Debbie McCormick, Jessica Schultz, Ann Swisshelm; Becca Hamilton, Tara Peterson, Karlie Koenig, Sophie Brorson; Patti Lank, Nina Spatola, Caitlin Maroldo, Mackenzie Lank, Molly Bonner. Challenge rounds continue this week-end. Good luck and good curling to our competitive teams.
MCC CURL VS CANCER BONSPIEL SCHEDULED
Our 11th Annual Curl vs Cancer Spiel is set for February 25-26 and organizer Jennifer Rhude Krug is looking for 16 teams to help with the fundraising effort for the UW Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center. Entry fee is $50 per person or $200 per team minimum, with a three-game guarantee; teams are, however, urged to do as much fund-raising as possible in hopes of topping last year’s mark. Entry forms and pledge sheets may be downloaded from the club web site www.madisoncurlingclub.com. There will be great food all weekend, plus a raffle and silent auction, so if you have any prizes to donate, please contact Jennifer at 442-7201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UW MEN’S/WOMEN’S BB PROGRAM SALES
Thank you to Charlie Maring and Carla Lynch for the out-standing job they are doing to line up program sellers for UW men’s and women’s basketball programs. Thanks also to club members who are stepping up to do their part in this fundraising opportunity for the Madison Curling Club.
EIGHTH ANNUAL CASH SPIEL RESULTS
The Laphroaig Scotch Open was held at the Madison Curling Club December 2-4, 2011, with 16 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams entered in the competition.
Final standings for the men’s bracket follow:
$3,000 Pete Fenson, Shawn Rojeski, Joe Gabardi, Ryan Brunt (Bemidji)
$2,000 Dave Brown, Jeremy Roe, Richard Maskel, Dean Zoesch (Madison)
$1,200 Craig Brown, Kroy Nernberger, Matt Hamilton, Derrick Casper (Madison)
Scott Bitz, Mark Lang, Aryn Schmidt, Dean Hicke (Regina, Saskatchewan)
$800 Mike Farbelow, Kevin Deeren, Kraig Deeren, Tim Solin (St. Paul)
Brandon Corbett, Sean Murray, Mark Mooney, Michael Graziano (Rochester, New York)
Stephen Dropkin, Korey Dropkin, Thomas Howell, Derek Corbett (Wayland Massachusetts)
John Benton, Ryan Lemke, Jake Will, Steve Day (St. Paul/Medford/Madison)
Final standings for the women’s bracket follow:
$2,000 Erika Brown, Debbie McCormick, Ann Swisshelm, Jessica Schultz (Madison)
$1,500 Patti Lank, Nina Spatola, Caitlin Maroldo, Molly Bonner (Lewiston, New York)
$1,000 Rebecca Hamilton, Tara Peterson Karlie Koenig, Sophie Brorson (Madison)
Alexandra Carlson, Monica Walker, Kendall Moulton, Jordan Moulton (St. Paul)
$500 Shelly Kinney, Amy Lou Anderson, Elyse Sorenson, Julie Smith (St. Paul)
Allison Pottinger, Nicole Joraanstad, Natalie Nicholson, Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul)
Co-chairs Jeremy Roe and Mark Hartman offer their sincere thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who helped with the cash spiel; they are truly impressed by the spirit and dedication of our membership. Special thanks to our hard-working committee of Lori Mountford, Paul Beebe, Mike Harried, Scott Hamilton, and the entire ice crew, game timers, bartenders, and cleaning staff. We couldn’t have done it without you!
FIVE-YEAR-AND-UNDER OPEN BONSPIEL
This year’s USWCA-sponsored event will be held at the Green Bay Curling Club March 2-4. Entry fee is $200 per team and is open to any combination of men and women who have curled five years or less. Entry and eligibility forms are posted on the bulletin boards at our club. You may enter as an individual or team. Note: A Madison Curling Club officer must verify your eligibility on the entry form. Questions? Contact Judi Page who is our USWCA rep at email@example.com, or Karen Ronk, 920-866-2756 to see if Green Bay CC is still looking for entries.
… to Life member Ruth Ann Loew, 89, on January 19.
LAISSEZ LES BONS TEMPS ROULER
Following on the heels of the Junior Nationals, the Madison Curling Club will host a Mardi Gras-themed Mixed Bonspiel, February 10-12. The entry fee is $240, with a three-game guarantee, great food and fun aplenty on the docket. Richard Berling and Deesa Pence will be our hosts; they ask that you invite your friends from other clubs to join you for a weekend of festivities. Show us your … support of this fine Madison tradition. Let the good times roll!
LEARN TO CURL OPEN HOUSE FEBRUARY 18
The Madison Curling Club is scheduling an open house to follow the expected publicity surrounding the Junior Nationals.
The cost is $5 and the instruction will run from 9:00 to noon.
We are sorry to hear that Bridget Matzke suffered a heart attack recently while attending family wedding celebrations in Salem, Oregon. Fortunately, she was accompanied by family members who quickly got her to a nearby hospital. Early tests revealed no damage to her heart; however, she will undergo some further tests at the hospital in Salem before she is cleared to fly home. We offer our thoughts and prayers for healing.
MADISON JUNIOR BONSPIEL RESULTS
Sixteen junior teams from Minnesota to Pennsylvania and points in between converged on the Madison Curling Club December 10-11, 2011, to compete in this open bonspiel. Organizers Tim and Mary Funk thank all who donated the wonderful treats, helped in kitchen or with ice prep. By all accounts, the young competitors had a great time.
Results are as follows:
1EW: (Madison) Blake Morton, Marcus Fonger, Tommy Juszczyk, Calvin Weber
1ERU: (Wausau) Jeremy Stubbe, Evan Brauer, Andy Summers, Ethan Massey
2EW: (Waupaca) Preston Waala, Matt Sandquist, Zac Waitrovich, Ryan Johnston
2ERU: (Madison) Becca Funk, Kendall Moulton, Hannah Elko, Brittany Falk
3EW: (Philadelphia) Sarah Anderson, Taylor Anderson, Abbey Suslavich, Lani Dubberstein, Katie Dubberstein
3ERU: (Portage) Leah Harvey, Madison Bear, Nathan Krumpos, Annmarie Dubberstein
4EW: (Blackhawk) Jenna Haag, Chloe Pahl, Grac
e Gabower, Erin Wallace
4ERU: (Madison) Alex Schieber, Jacob Schieber, Alex Vorpahl, Nick Schieber
BADGER SENIOR WOMEN’S BONSPIEL SCHEDULED
This annual event will be held at the Stevens Point Curling Club on March 2-4. It is limited to 16 teams; all participants must be 50 years of age or better by December 31, 2011. Entry fee is $220 per team; entry forms are on the women’s bulletin board, deadline for entry is February 1.
Raffle coordinator Dan Lynch reports that we are approaching the break-even mark and urges members to turn in sold tickets and monies as soon as possible. Need more tickets? Contact Dan or Carla at 222-3922.
We are saddened to report that retired MCC member George Schaefer, age 75, passed away peacefully on January 14. George was longtime teacher in the Madison Public School system and after retirement, continued teaching adults through the University Extension Plato program. A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 at the Gunderson Funeral Home on Monona Drive on Monday, January 23; funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 on Tuesday, January 24. George curled at the Madison Curling Club from 1995 until failing health forced him to the sidelines in 2008. We extend our sympathy to his wife Ann, sons Kevin and Bryant, as well as other family members.
We also note the passing of retired MCC member Eric Norman, age 69, on December 17, 2011, following a four-year struggle with lung cancer. Eric joined the Madison Curling Club in 1992 and last curled with the seniors in 2010.He had a brilliant mind and made significant contributions in the fields of mathematics and computer science during his career at the University of Wisconsin Academic Computing Center/Division of Information Technology. A celebration of his life was held at the Vintage Brewing Company on January 12, 2012. He is survived by his father LaLander Norman, sisters Martha, Shirley and Carol, as well as other family members. Donations in his memory may be made to the Dane County Humane Society or the Rawhide Boys Club
GILMORE EVENT RESULTS
Sixteen teams squared off in this popular intraclub bonspiel held January 7-8. Thank you to Craig Lee, Dave Maiers, Eric Jensema, and Ben McPhee who did a fantastic job hosting this event and providing a fabulous feast for the teams. Dave Brown assisted with breakfasts and drew up the brackets. A palate-pleasing array of 30+ pies provided by the players was truly enjoyed by all and Mary Parker’s apple pie was judged best of the lot, with Craig Cullum’s butter pecan tarts coming in second. Brian DeBaker won the turkey shoot, Craig Cullum was runner-up, and Diana Gettinger placed third. Additional monies from the turkey shoot ($105) will go to the carpet fund, plus more than $1,000 going to the club general fund. Cash prizes were awarded to the winners and runners-up in the first and second events; other tasty prizes were given to the third and fourth event winners/runners-up. This year’s winners will host next year’s Gilmore Event.
1EW: Ken Neidhart, Paul Ryan, Kevin Thies, Charlie Maring
1ERU: Mark Swandby, Bruce Garner, Zach Miller, Bruce Russell
2EW: Don Rottscheit, Mike Fonger, Pooch Blakely, Dennis Bork
2ERU: Jeff Robinson, Adam Derringer, Brian DeBaker, Cullen Werwie
3EW: Dave Michaelis, Jim Oeth, Mike Ehlenz, Phil Dean
3ERU: Troy Mayne, Al Hafeman, Bob Allen, Ellis Mayne
4EW: Larry Baeder, Mike Harried, Nate Carlson Daniel Vinson
4ERU: Dave Otterson, Doug McFarlane, Jon LaChance, Pat Rich
MEN’S SCOT TOUR DEPARTS JANUARY 26
The 20-man United States Curling Association team selected to tour Scotland will compete in more than 145 games in 20 different venues during this three-week competition. The final score will be determined by total points instead of games won or lost, with the winning country capturing the Herries-Maxwell Trophy and bragging rights for another five years. Among the U.S. team members are Mark Swandby, Rich Lepping, Dave Carlson, Dan Brunt, Bill Rhyme and Bob Dixon from Wisconsin. Mark was selected to be the team captain and Dave will be the team secretary. We wish them good health, good times and good curling!
WORLD WHEELCHAIR CHAMPIONSHIPS
They are practicing and honing their skills, and soon they will be enroute to Chuncheon City, South Korea, for the World Wheel-chair Champions running February 18-25. Members of the U.S. National team are Patrick McDonald (captain), Dave Palmer,
Jim Joseph, Penny Greely and Tim Kelly. They are coached by Steve Brown and Rusty Scheiber. We wish them safe travel, keen competition and good curling!
OTHER INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS
Nina Spatola was a member of Team North America competing
against Team World at the Continental Cup in Langley, British Columbia, January 12-15. The four-day event featured men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles skins games, with Team World besting the North American curlers by a score of 235 to 165.
Erika Brown, Debbie McCormick, Ann Swisshelm and Jessica Schultz have just returned from the Berner International Damen Cup in Bern, Switzerland, where they played nine games in three days, losing the semi-finals of the consolation bracket. They also visited friends in Grindelwald during their trip.
Craig Brown, Kroy Nernberger, Matt Hamilton and Derrick Casper will be competing this weekend in the 300-plus team Manitoba Curling Association Bonspiel in Winnipeg. The MCA will use 22 different curling clubs and more than 80 sheets of ice.
Past-president Larry Baeder is chairing this year’s nominating committee and will soon name his committee. This committee is charged with the responsibility of securing a slate of candidates to fill Board of Directors positions that will be vacated by Tim Ebert, Steve Schally and Janet Crnich. Board members serve for three years and are elected at MCC’s annual meeting which will take place Wednesday, April 18.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Members and friends of the Madison Curling Club rang in the New Year, after feasting on an array of appetizers, entrees, and desserts prepared by club members. Chief chef Ed Sheffield and hostess Mary Parker, prepared delicious pork loin, poached salmon, and lasagna for all to enjoy. There was lots of great fellowship, as well as champagne toasts all around at midnight EST. Thank you to all who came out to celebrate the occasion.
Star Pfiffner reports that club name tags have arrived and are in boxes on the counter next to the computer in the club room. Members are urged to pick them up soon.
MCC MERCHANDISE ARRIVES
A great new selection of T-shirts, hoodies, fleeces, softshells and non-apparel items featuring the traditional Madison Curling Club logo as well as two new designs by Adam Thurman will be available for purchase during the Junior Nationals and afterward. To view the items and download a PDF order form, please visit the websitehttp://madisoncurlingclub.com/merchandise/. Flyers and order forms will be available at the club. Payment may be made by cash or check payable to Madison Curling Club; write “merchandise” on the memo line. Payment should be brought to the curling club and put in the drop box just outside the office. Hannah Gaines will be happy to assist you with your purchases.
FOWLER EVENT MARCH 2 – 4
Looks like it’s a go — not that there ever was any doubt, as 32 teams have signed up and event chair Bruce Garner has promised there will be good food, beer tastings, prizes, card games and much more. Entry fee has not as yet been established, but you can be certain that whatever it is, it will be worthwhile. All participants must be at least 21 years of age, and there is no upper limit! Fred Swanson has again agreed to be beer czar and will capably handle the necessary duties. Skips have been notified that their teams are in the Fowler; any questions, please contact Bruce at 256-4227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEAK WEEK REPRISE
Coordinator Tony Wendricks reports that Madison curlers were happy to dine in to the tune of a $2,006.39 profit for the Madison Curling Foundation. Tony thanks everyone who supported this fundraiser, with special thanks to Angus McKechnie for doing the cooking on Wednesday night so Tony could curl and eat just like the rest of us.
By now, everyone should have a copy of our new MCC Membership Directory. Thank you to Joel Dietz for his efforts in getting it published. Cover art was created by Scott Templeton. Please check your listing and report any changes email@example.com.
END OF SEASON DRIVES EVENT MARCH 24-25
This mixed event, open to all MCC members, is in the planning stages. Stay tuned for further information; Donnie and Courtney Henry, Dave and Rachel Nelson will be our hosts.
WISCONSIN STATE LION’S BONSPIEL RESULTS
The Wisconsin State Lion’s Bonspiel was conducted at the Madison Curling Club on January 13-15, 2012, sponsored by the Cottage Grove Lion’s Club. Thirty-six teams competed and a great time was had by all.
Local event finalists include:
1ERU: Pooch Blakely, Linda Fonger, Dennis Bork, Ken Arndt
2EW: Mike Fonger, Tom Hicks, Arnie Gerber, Al Imm
OTHER BONSPIEL RESULTS
December 3-5: Alpine Men’s, Monroe
1EW: Jeff Robinson, Brian DeBaker, Chris Stuntebeck, Cullen Werwie
January 6-8: Appleton Men’s
1EW: Dean Zoesch, Wes Cuomo, Bob Cuomo, Jim Stephens
January 13-15: Marshfield Women’s
1ERU: Jo Lippitt, Carla Lynch, Beth Hilt, and a new curler from Marshfield
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
March 10-11: Kraut Spiel
March 12-16: St. Paddy’s Corned Beef Fundraiser
March 26-30: Mansfield Event Playdowns
March 28: New Member Appreciation Night
March 31: Icebreaker
April 14: Spring Club Clean-up
April 18: Annual Meeting
May 12: Lauren Kosovec Golf Outing