Jan. 26, 2018
Detroit set to host 2018 Junior National Curling Championships
STEVENS POINT, Wisc. – The top 20 teams under age 21 will head to the Detroit Curling Club for the 2018 USA Curling Junior National Championships Jan. 27-Feb. 3.
The opening ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. ET Saturday at the four-sheet curling club in Ferndale, Mich., with the opening draw of competition following at 3 p.m. Teams will compete in a preliminary round robin to determine the playoff contenders. The winning teams will represent the U.S. at the 2018 World Junior Championships March 3-11 in Scotland.
Annmarie Dubberstein (Portage, Wisc.) and Andrew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) return to defend the titles they won last season. Dubberstein is now playing vice for Madison Bear, who won the title in 2016 and was runner-up last season. 2017 champions Jenna Burchesky (Walpole, Mass.) and Allison Howell (Bentleyville, Ohio) round out the team. Stopera returns with his 2017 championship team of Luc Violette (Lake Stevens, Wash.), Ben Richardson (Issaquah, Wash.), and Graem Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.), with Caleb Clawson (Clarksville, Md.) joining the team this season as alternate.
A live webstream and scores will be posted at www.usacurl.org
. Curtis Cup Sportsmanship Awards as well as the Katie Beck Memorial Award will be presented at the conclusion of the championship on Feb. 3.
The round robin will take place Saturday through Feb. 2. The Page playoffs featuring the top four teams per gender will begin at 8 p.m. ET on Feb. 2. The semifinals and championship finals will take place Feb. 3.
For more information, visit www.usacurl.org.