Congratulations to the Minnesota State Junior Men’s and Women’s champs!
Team Osbakken (Courtney Osbakken, Alexis Lanigan, Emma Bromenshenkel, Rebecca Miles and coach Mike Solem)
Team Vukich (Jake Vukich, Alex Fenson, Branden Scheel, Graem Fenson)
Both of these teams will represent Minnesota as MN 1 at the Junior Nationals in Devil’s Lake later this month.
Also representing Minnesota as MN2:
Team Runing (Melissa Runing, Katlyn Furst, Cait Flannery, Alyson Deegan)
Team Meyers (Ethan Meyers, Quinn Evenson, Steven Szemple, William Pryor)
Vukich and Meyers battled their way through pool one and ended up as the number 1 and 2 teams respectively after Vukich defeated Meyers in the last round robin match. The Johannson rink (Joel Johannson, Alex Vollen, Zach Erickson and Thomas Revering) came out of the second pool as the number 1 team after winning a tiebreaker against the Fenson rink (Riley Fenson, Joshua Moore, Eric Jaeger and Noah Leinen). Vukich beat Johannson in the championship game while Meyers defeated the Fenson rink in the matchup of the two seeds, with Meyers advancing by defeating the Johannson rink in the Sunday afternoon finale.
Osbakken went through pool play undefeated to take the championship title outright while Runing advanced on a 3-1 record in the pool.
For full team rosters and results you can check the Minnesota Curling Site.
Congratulations to all of the teams that participated. It was a great field and a pleasure to have all of the friends and families at Bemidji Curling Club. Be sure to cheer them all on at Nationals.
Junior teams from Bemidji Curling Club have been active this season with some great results. We have two teams competing at the 2017 Junior Nationals in Fargo this week. Emily Quello, Hannah Kroeger, Leah Yavaro and Mackenzie Ritchie return to nationals after securing a berth in the Western challenge round. Also returning to this year’s competition is the team of Riley Fenson, Zach Erickson, Zach Suther and Carson Liapis. We wish them good luck!
In other action, local juniors took top honors in their divisions in the U-14 and U-18 competition in the recent Fargo Junior Bonspiel.
Hans Berg, Haaken Vaughn, Logan Sathre and Gracia Berg won the U-14 division.
Jon Gaasvig, Aaron Sawa, Shawn Quello and Ryan Prestigard won the U-18 division.
Congratulations to our Juniors!
The Lake Bemidji Winterfest is an annual event sponsored by the Bemidji Chamber that includes outdoor Curling, Hockey, Turkey Bowling, the Brrrrrmidji Plunge and the Hard Water Ice Fishing Tournament on Lake Bemidji. The event is held the first weekend in February. More information about all the events, including lots of pictures are available at: http://www.winterfestbemidji.com/
The Bemidji Junior Curling Committee is in charge of the Bonspiel at the Winterfest event and spends many hours installing 6 sheets of curling ice on the lake and then running this event. Proceeds from the event are then returned to the Junior Curling Committee which are used for a variety of things including:
– Purchasing equipment such as brooms, sliders, curling shoes (which are available for rent for the curling season at a modest cost).
– Put on the annual Junior Curling “Curling Rocks” Bonspiel.
– Reimbursement of a portion of club dues for junior members.
– Pay the entry fee for state play downs.
– Organized travel to out of town bonspiels at a very low cost per participant.
– Partial reimbursement for competing in out of town bonspiels that require overnight stay.
In the last 8 years the Junior Committee has raised over $46,000 in support of Junior Curling including $4,500 from this years Winterfest Bonspiel.
New committee members are always welcome!