New Curling Video

Curling: Chess on Ice is a new, three-minute youtube documentary produced by University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication grad student Brett Harmon.  Brett shot footage at Evergreen Curling Club and interviewed several Tuesday Night League players while making it.

You’ve probably seen many “what’s-curling-all-about?” edutainment news stories.  But this video is different, more interesting, compelling.   My favorite part starts at the 2:05 mark with a draw shot captured from an on-ice perspective with the stone in the frame during its entire path to the house.   Congratulations to Brett and all who worked on this project.


2nd Annual Bridgetown Bonspiel is in the Books

Good friends, good curling, good food and good ice made for another successful Bridgetown Bonspiel. Sixteen teams participated, and “I’ll be back” was a common theme from the departing curlers. Teams from Seattle, Columbus, Ohio, Spokane and California joined our local curlers to help make this a true “national” bonspiel! In the end, curlers from Seattle showed that they came to play. Three teams from the Granite Curling Club participated, and all three made the finals – with one team in each of the A, B and C event finals.
In the A event, the Schaak Pack from ECC (Doug Schaak, Roger Chan, Steve Liske and Dan Sorensen) prevailed over Ikelee Mobin (Kris Ikegami, Jiyoung Lee, Claire Bonine and Miyo Konno) from GCC.
The C event was the second game to be decided, with GCC’s Whatcha Talkin’ ‘bout Towillis (Bill Rugen, Lisa Rugen, Amy Towillis and Michael Towills) getting the better of Team Sattem from ECC (Jimmy Sattem, Traci Holcomb, Steve Sagi and Kristine Glanville). Though they came up short in the final, Team Sattem showed that even inexperienced curlers can win games and have fun. In fact, if we gave an award to the team having the most fun, this team who danced their way to the finals would have won hands-down!
The final game to be decided was the B event, and the very exciting ending came down to the last rock. With everyone behind the glass watching, Jason Clifford made a clutch shot with a draw to the house to secure the win for his ECC team, Red Rock’n Revival (Jason, Tim Aaron, Dave Everson, Neal Oliver and sub Karen Fairley). The Pirates of the Curlibbean (Brett Dodson – GCC, Jessica Schultz – GCC, Joe Petsche – ECC and Jennie Dodson – GCC) came away as the B event runner-up.
Thanks to all of the participants for making this a great event. A special thanks go to Scott Klinkhammer and the Ice-Ops crew for making and maintaining such great ice for the event; and to Craig Webster and the Bar-Ops crew for keeping the curlers well-hydrated!
IMG_1862[1] IMG_1858[1]

Results of Waterfall Junior Bonspiel

Whirlies!Congratulations to the Whirlies (Hannah Horten, Lily Irvin, Claire Wilson, Jane Wong and Emma Irvin) of Evergreen Curling Club for winning the 2014 Waterfall Junior Bonspiel at Evergreen Curling Club in Portland, OR.   By winning this event they also become the champions of the USWCA Western Region for 2014.   Great job, girls!

Four junior teams competed during the bonspiel, held March 1st and 2nd.   Runner-up went to the team of Steven Roberts, Jared Rutherford and Christopher Lowe.   The Turtles (Jesse Jimerson, Zachary Grubb, Marvah Gorlowulu and Patrick Casey) captured the second event title with second-event runner-up going to The Giraffes of Curling (Anna Roberts, Alli Crockett, and Rhiannon Kuns).

All of the curlers had a great time and look forward to playing again next year.  Many thanks uswca-logoto all the parents and other adults who brought food, supervised draws and helped in many ways.   They brought so much food that it took three Sunday league shifts to finish all the left-overs.      Thanks also to USWCA and especially Leslie Armstrong, chair of the USWCA Junior Bonspiel Committee, for providing the trophy and pins and for supporting and publicizing our first ever junior bonspiel!

Sonnenberg Curling School

Renee SonnenbergWe are excited to welcome three very accomplished Canadian curlers to the Evergreen Curling Club during the weekend of April 4-6, 2014 to teach some of the finer points of curling. The Sonnenberg Curling School will be led by Renee Sonnenberg, skip of one of Canada’s top women’s teams and currently ranked #15 on the World Curling Tour Order of Merit. Renee is a two-time Alberta Provincial champion, a two-time provincial junior champion, and was the coach of the 2010 Danish Olympic women’s team. Last November Renee’s team advanced to the Canadian Olympic Trials.

Click Here to view Sonnenberg Curling School poster

Renee is also one of the lead instructors at Canada’s Four Foot Curling Camp – a well-known instructional school with more than a dozen ECC graduates. Joining Renee is her husband Les, an accomplished curler is his own right who has competed against in the Alberta Provincial championships and beaten some of Canada’s best Men’s teams.   Rounding out the team is Evan Asmussen, 2012 World Junior Curling Champion.

The School is divided into two groups, with each group receiving a two-hour class on Friday evening, a five and a half hour class on Saturday (plus a dinner break for the Saturday evening class), and a two-hour class on Sunday. Registration costs $150 which includes all three days of classes.   Space is limited.

Click Here to Register for Sonnenberg Curling School

The Sonnenberg Curling School is open to all curlers, including MoPac, Washington State curlers and Evergreen CC members.   The school is best for curlers with at least one year of experience, who want to improve their skills to increase their enjoyment of the game, or perhaps to take their game to the next level in pursuit of regional, national and international competitions.

Evergreen Junior Bonspiel

The first ever Evergreen Junior Bonspiel is scheduled to begin this Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Evergreen Curling Club in Portland, OR.   Four teams are ready for action, with parents and coaches volunteering food and coordination. Visitor and Viewers Welcome!

Turtles:  Jesse Jimerson, Zachary Grubb, Marvah Gorlowulu and Patrick Casey
Team Jared:  Jared Rutherford, Christopher Lowe, Steven Roberts, ?
Giraffes of Curling:  Anna Roberts, Alli Crockett, Rhiannon Kuns, ?
Whirlies:  Hannah Horten, Lily Irvin, Claire Wilson, Maya Horten, Jane Wong, Emma Irvin, Pavlina, etc.

Team Meeting at 8:50am Saturday
Saturday 9am: Sheet A: Whirlies vs. Giraffes, Sheet C: Jared vs. Turtles
Saturday noon: Sheet B: Jared vs Whirlies, Sheet C: Turtles vs. Giraffes
Saturday 3pm: Sheet A: Giraffes vs. Jared Sheet B: Turtles vs. Whirlies
Sunday 10am: Finals
Sunday noon: Awards

Good Luck, Curlers!

82nd Annual St. Paul Men’s International Bonspiel

Feb 21-23, 2014 at St. Paul CC.
Check out the line-up for this years event in St. Paul, MN.  We’ve got lots of great craft beer lined up from Big Wood, Lake Monster & Surly.  45th Parallel Distillery is sponsoring the Bloody Mary bar.   We’ll have a calcutta auction Friday night and a raffle Saturday night.
We have a van that will take you back and forth to the Kelly Inn and will take you on a tour of local dive bars and entertainment hotspots.
Red Bull is holding their “Crashed Ice” event the same weekend, their only stop in the U.S. and the start of the course is just down the street from the club.  They will be providing free Red Bull all weekend, some great prizes for the raffle and the Red Bull girls, “Wings” team, will make an appearance Saturday afternoon.
Prizes:   1st Event winners/runner – ups will receive custom jackets, 2nd and 3rd event winners will get custom sweatshirts and the 4th event winners will win “Bottom Feeder” patches.  In addition, all participants receive a bonspiel t-shirt.
Not to mention great food and curling all weekend…All of this for a mere $300 per team.
SIgn up now while there are spots available at:
If you have any questions you can e-mail me at:
Or call:
Rik Pohlman 612.558.0155
Dave Wilson 612.385.572

Friday Night Curling

Friday Night CurlingCome out to Evergreen Curling Club on Friday night for curling!

Who:  no ECC membership required.   no need to be an expert curler.   no age limit.  must know how to deliver a stone and sweep.  Please attend a learn-to-curl class or open house first.

When:  Friday evenings at 7:00p.  Check the ECC calendar for dates.  Upcoming Friday Night Curling events in 2014:   March 14 and March 28.

No reservations needed, just show up.   First come, first served.   Doors open at 7:00pm.   Curling goes to 10p or so.Go Curling!

Cost:  $10


2014 DIY Bonspiel a Success!

The second annual DIY Bonspiel was held at the Evergreen Curling Club Jan 17-19, 2014. If you weren’t able to attend, you didn’t miss much…..other than the good ice, good curling, good friends, good times and great food!! A hearty thank you go out to Peren and his Ice-Ops crew for taking such good care of the ice, and to all of the curlers who brought so many great dishes for the Saturday potluck. The food was excellent!
I was particularly pleased to see so many people that I’d never met. I think there were more new faces at this bonspiel than any other ECC bonspiel. It’s a great indication that ECC’s membership is continuing to grow, and it was exciting to see.

– posted by Steve Liske

Congratulations to the 2014 DIY Bonspiel winners:

A Bracket: Doug Schaak, Steve Liske, Matt McVicar (not shown) and Thomas Poon
B Bracket: Brian Kuns, Karissa Kuns, Erica Jankowski and Neal Oliver
C Bracket (not shown): Arnie Iwanick, Eleanor Robertson, Craig Webster and David Milne

Help Team Shuster

Sara Shuster (wife of USA Olympic Curling skip John Shuster) sent us an email today describing some great ways to help Team Shuster raise funds for their trip to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Click HEre to Learn more about Team Shuster

Team ShusterThrough the above link you can access Team Shuster’s facebook page, individual twitter feeds, a donation button and more.   You can also browse some gear that they are selling in order to raise money for their efforts.

The page also links to some great articles about the team.   I really liked the article about them that ran in Mashable this week:  link

These are just four normal guys who worked really, really hard at curling over the past few years.  They played well on the World Curling Tour this year, beat everybody at the US Trials and then went on a glorious run at the  Olympic Qualifying Event in Germany to win an invitation to the Olympics.   They are on a roll and deserve our support.

However, they don’t have a lot of money.   But with a little bit of help from curlers all over the country they will represent USA, play well, and help curling clubs across the country by bringing more attention to the game we love.  Please consider supporting Team Shuster today!