FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks’ Greg Persinger added a household contact to this yr’s championship spherical of the USA Curling National Championships in Fargo, North Dakota.
Persinger, who’s the skip for one of many 10 males’s groups, in the eight-day event at Scheels Arena, superior to the lads’s ultimate Saturday — the identical day his cousin, Vicky Persinger, and her squad, Team Jamie Sinclair, will attempt to repeat because the women’s national champions.
Greg Persinger and two of his present teammmates — Phil Tilker, of Seattle, and Colin Hufman, a local of Fairbanks who lives in St. Paul, Minnesota — have been a part of the 2016 males’s national champion workforce, which was skipped by Brady Clark, of Lynnwood, Washington.
Team Greg Persinger superior to this yr’s males’s title match after profitable Eight-Three over Team Heath McCormick, of Sarnia, Ontario, in the web page 1-2 playoff Thursday night time. The groups tied for first-place in the round-robin standings with Eight-1 data however Sarnia’s squad gained a tiebreaker to safe prime the spot.
In the playoff, Team Persinger constructed on a 5-1 lead after 5 ends by scoring as soon as in the highest of the seventh finish and tacking on two factors in the ninth finish.
Team Persinger, which incorporates Rich Ruohonen, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, performs for the title at 2 p.m. AKST Saturday towards the winner of the semifinal between Team McCormick and Team Todd Birr, of Ham Lake, Minnesota, at Four p.m. AKST at the moment.
The males’s national champion advances to the World Men’s Curling Championships on March 31 to April Eight in Las Vegas.
Team Birr gained the web page Three-Four playoff Thursday night time, edging Madison, Wisconsin-based Team Kroy Nernberger 7-6 in 11 ends.
Team Nernberger, which consists of Quinn Evenson, a Fairbanks native who lives in Duluth, Minnesota, evened the match at 6 with a three-point surge in the underside of the ninth.
Earlier Thursday, Team Nernberger gained 6-Three over Team Jed Brundidge, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in a tiebreaker to earn fourth place and safe the playoff berth.
Saturday’s women’s championshp match, at 9:30 a.m. AKST, might have a Fairbanks tone.
Team Farrell, skipped by Cora Farrell, of Fairbanks, performs Team Cory Christensen, of Duluth, in a loser-out remaining at 11 a.m. AKST at the moment. The winner meets Team Sinclair on Saturday.
The women’s national champions advance to the Women’s World Curling Championship on March 17-25 in North Bay, Ontario.
Team Farrell and Team Christensen tied for second in round-robin matches at 5-2, however Team Christensen gained a tiebreaker to take second.
Farrell’s teammates are Cait Flannery, of Mankato, Minnesota, and Lexi Lanigan and Rebecca Miles, of Duluth.
Team Sinclair additionally was the women’s runner-up final November in the U.S. Olympic Team Curling Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. Farrell and Flannery have been half Team USA’s silver-medal combined curling squad in the 2016 Youth Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
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