Winter and Spring Leagues have finally wrapped up. Three league ended and three champions were crowned over the past couple weeks. Here’s a spotlight on each.
A League. This is why they play the game. Team Curl Dat Stone was on the verge of missing the playoffs entirely back in early April, then went on a tear for the ages. Their final loss of the season came on March 31 against Marko, dropping their record to 2-5. They then ran the gauntlet through April, beating Sampson and Pegasus before tying Bally in the final regular season game.
In the playoffs, they again beat Sampson on a DTB tiebreaker taken by James Meinert (errantly attributed to Ramon Cusi in the previous blog) and handily dispatched the undefeated top-seed Team Wicks, building up a 6-0 lead before finally winning 8-6. The final game against What a Curl Wants was tied going into the final end. Despite not having the hammer, Jon Swartz managed to hit a double-raise to sit a single stone in the house under a ton of guards, both red and blue. Opposing skip Chris Skidmore looked for another angle for a multi-raise of his own, but couldn’t find it.
C League. Like Team Wicks, Team Kelly entered the C League playoffs undefeated, despite two ties. However, they were facing a daunting Team Little, who had not lost a non-forfeited game since Week One. The game stayed close for three ends, with neither team able to get much going. But Tony and Dan figured out the wonky ice a couple of ends before Dave and Andrew did, which gave Team Kelly the championship.
Thursday League. Our inaugural Thursday League didn’t have any playoffs, but that didn’t stop it from coming down to the wire between two of our most-experienced skips. Team Markkowski entered the final game needing a win against Team Lunetta to secure the championship, with Team Kuhl waiting in the wings to steal it away should Markowski stumble.
Markowski’s team of married couples never scored more than two in an end, but managed to boat race Lunetta by winning five of the seven ends played.
Summer League Outlook. We’re back on the ice this Thursday with our first Doubles League. Following that, we have another Sunday League and our second Thursday League. Doubles is full, but Thursday is still looking for one or two curlers and Sunday League could add up to six more teams!
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