Team Wisconsin, including Andie McDonald, Ellie Vorpahl, and Stevens Point's Rachel Kawleski and Suzanna Viau, and coached by Stevens Point's Lori Kawleski, advanced to the tiebreaker round of the Under-18 Women's National Championship at the Milwaukee Curling Club. They finished the tournament with three wins (including two in extra ends) and three losses (with one in an extra end). Their loss in the tiebreaker left them just short of the championship semifinal. The Stevens Point Curling Club is extremely proud of our team for getting so far on the national stage.
The Stevens Point Curling Club had two teams competing in the State High School Curling Championship, held at the Wausau Curling Club on Feb 17 and 18. Sixteen boys and girls teams, 32 in total, from around the state competed for the title of State Champions.
The Stevens Point boys’ team, seeded 12th, played very well playing against Eau Claire, Kettle Moraine, and Brookfield, and finished 1-2 for the weekend. The boys team consisted of: Shane Summers, Thomas Whelihan, Isko Ollech, Ben Kroening, and Morgan O’Keefe and Coach Lori Kawleski.
The Stevens Point girls team, coached by Patti Henning, won their pool by defeating teams from: Menomonie, Wausau East, and Lodi. The second seeded team consisting of: Suzanna Viau, Rachel Kawleski, Anissa Zaske, Elizabeth Rubenzer, Krista Domaszek won the semifinal game against Wausau West to earn a spot in the Final game against Pardeeville. The championship game started out very close, and after a few great ends, the Stevens Point team made key shots to win. The victory earned them the title of 2017 Wisconsin State High School Girls Curling Champions, the first high school championship for the Stevens Point Curling Club in the 58 year history of the event.
The girls team started in the Little Rocks program over 6 years ago, and truly have developed a love of the sport. The girls would curl on the weekends at the club and competed in junior bonspiels around WI and MN, and have attended summer Curling Camps together. The girls also competed this past year in the WI U18 National Playdowns. All of their hard work has paid off.
The Stevens Point Curling club offers curling experiences for youth and adults of all ages. Many of the Stevens Point high School curlers began curling as part of the Stevens Point Curling Clubs Little Rocks instructional program providing youth an opportunity to explore the sport of curling in a fun and safe environment.
Picture R-L: Patti Henning, Suzanna Viau, Rachel Kawleski, Elizabeth Rubenzer, Anissa Zaske, Krista Domaszek, and Lori Kawleski.
Winners seated: from Green Bay, skip, Karen Ronk, 3rd, Joy Pahl, 2nd, Michelle Krupp, lead, Amy Moore
Runners up standing: from Green Bay, skip, Doris Yelk-Wilberg, 3rd, Laurie Walters, 2nd, Jennifer Vandeleest, lead, Ellie Jarvie
Congratulations to the winners of the Stevens Point Sweetheart Bonspiel!
We appreciated all who played, we hope to see you again next year. Special thanks to all of those who helped make this happen without you none of this would be possible!
Photo caption: Suzanna Viau, Rachel Kawleski, Elizabeth Vorpahl, and Andrea McDonald with their hard-won trophy.
On Dec. 16-18, 2016, members of the Stevens Point High Schools Curling team competed in the Wisconsin Junior Women’s Curling Championship (age 21 and under) and the first-ever Wisconsin U18 Championship (18 and under), a dual state championship hosted at the Portage Curling Club. Stevens Point curlers Krista Domaszek, Rachel Kawleski, Jaycie Korth, Lizzie Rubenzer, Suzanna Viau, and Anissa Zaske competed in the event.
SPASH juniors Rachel Kawleski and Suzanna Viau with teammates Andrea McDonald of Madison, and Elizabeth Vorpahl of Portage cruised through the championship tournament, winning five straight games against teams from Appleton, Pardeeville and Stevens Point. Lori Kawleski of Stevens Point coaches the team. With this victory Kawleski, McDonald, Viau and Vorpahl will represent Wisconsin in the United States Curling Association’s inaugural U18 National Championships on March 8-12 at the Milwaukee Curling Club in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. You can follow Team Wisconsin on Facebook at: https://m.facebook.com/teamviaucurling/.
The Stevens Point Curling Club provides home ice for the Stevens Point High Schools Curling teams. 23 male and female curlers, who attend Pacelli, SPASH, the Charles F. Fernandez Center, and homeschool programs, compete in the Wisconsin Northern High School Curling Conference.