MoPac Open (Missoula, March 27-29, 2015)

missoula curling iconGary Bollenbacher, President of Missoula Curling Club contacted us today to announce a big, new bonspiel in Montana.

MoPac Open Bonspiel in Missoula, Montana March 27-29, 2015.  They would love to have as many MoPac member club teams participate as possible.

The event is being designed for 60 teams (4 matches guaranteed) total, with competition occurring on 2 sheets of arena ice with 5 sheets of curling ice on each. This will be occurring at the Glacier Ice Rink with one indoor arena and one covered outdoor arena. (we are working toward dedicated in the future however)

The MoPac Open will have two brackets, one MoPac, where all teams must be members of MoPac, and the other bracket will be an “at large” bracket with invitations going out to all clubs in the western U.S. and Canada for participation in that bracket.   Metals or trophies will be awarded for the top teams in MoPac and a MoPac open champion crowned , as well as the top teams in the “at large” bracket. Then the top 2 teams in each bracket will compete for the overall Big Sky Spiel  Championship.

Concurrently they will hold a Big Sky Games 5-and-under open Spiel for those teams with 5 or less years of experience. MoPac membership for this event is not required.

  • Dinner provided Friday night; Saturday night Banquet; and snacks provided throughout
  • Buy a MoPac mug to get free beer all weekend
  • In addition, experience 10 Missoula area Brew Pubs
Registration is now open on the MCC web page at


Man Spiel (Seattle, Sept. 26-28)

manspiel2014Granite Curling Club in Seattle will host its annual Man Spiel September 26-28th. Man Spiel organizer Jenn Schleit told us today that the spiel still has lots of room.   Check it out if you are looking to get in some curling action before Evergreen CC’s ice opens in October.

Granite CC’s bonspiels are always a good time with food, drinks, a wonderful facility and great competition.   The 2014 Man Spiel features an Oktoberfest theme with sausage and beer for all.   Lederhosen optional.

Entry fee is $260 per team.   Three game guarantee.

Man Spiel 2014 Poster

Man Spiel web page




Coyotes CC 5-Under Bonspiel

The brand new Coyotes Curling Club, located in Tempe, AZ, will host its first 5 & Under Open Bonspiel on October 24th to 26th, 2014.  This bonspiel is presented as part of the USWCA for the Region of West II.  This is an open bonspiel which means it is open to both men and women with 5 years or less lifetime curling experience.  You can register as a team or as an individual on the Coyotes CC website.

The cost is $80 per person with a limit of 24 teams. Included with your entry fee is a 3 game guarantee, Continental Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and a Pot Luck Dinner on Saturday evening. They will also have a Halloween Costume Contest, 50/50 Raffle and a Calcutta.

The Coyotes Curling Club is located at 2202 W Medtronic Way, Tempe, Arizona, 85281.

Click Here to see the Bonspiel Flyer

Bar Renovation

Jim Smoltz with ECC bar renovation permitIn June the ECC Board of Directors unanimously approved a budget of $20,000 for a major upgrade to the Broken Stone Bar.   Craig Webster, Jim Smoltz and Matt Starr are leading the project to bring tap beer, mixed drinks and limited food items to Evergreen CC.   Surveys of ECC members overwhelmingly supported the bar project, and conservative financial estimates showed that the enhanced bar will pay for itself within five years.

After many trips to Beaverton City Hall we now have a construction permit and an OLCC full on-premise liquor license.   Contractors will work during August and September to alter plumbing and build the bar with help from Evergreen CC volunteers.

Early History of Curling in Oregon

2007 Reenactment of 1847 Curling MatchesIf you love history, Oregon history, curling history or the history of curling in Oregon, then check out the latest blog post on The Curling History Blog.   It is the finest article I have yet seen about the 1847 curling matches on the frozen Columbia River near Ft Vancouver.   The article expertly sets the international historical context, chronicles the matches themselves, and carries the story through to the present day including the Evergreen CC reenactment in 2007 and the establishment of dedicated curling ice in Beaverton in 2013. The article draws from Royal Navy records, Hudson’s Bay Company records, local newspaper accounts and a letter sent to the Royal Caledonian Curling Club in Scotland. Enjoy!

2014 PIC International Silver Medalists

PIC 2014 Team OregonCongratulations to Evergreen CC curlers Doug Schaak, Roger Chan, Steve Liske and Dan Sorensen who played as Team Oregon and finished second among 8 international teams at the 15th Annual Pacific International Cup, April 16-20, 2014, at Richmond Curling Club in Richmond, British Columbia.

Oregon finished 4-3 in round-robin play and tied Team Washington (Joel Larway, Benj Guzman, Peter Sommer, Chad Siefert of Granite CC in Seattle, WA).   Oregon and Washington then played a semi-final playoff which Oregon won 4-3.   In the final,  Team Wisconsin (Mark Olson, Paul Rudkin, Ryan Spielman and Aaron Richards of Blackhawk CC in Janesville, WI) defeated Team Oregon 8-3.

PIC international men’s teams represented Alaska, Arizona, Australia, California, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin and Yukon.   The event also included 8 club champion teams from British Columbia who played in a separate round-robin pool and playoff.   Team Wisconsin then played the Langley, BC team (winners of the BC half of the event) with Langley defeating Wisconsin, 7-3.

The PIC also included women’s pools, with the Evergreen CC team of Theresa McCormick, Karen Fairley, Kris Klinkhammer and Gail Starr playing as Team Oregon.   Team Oregon finished 0-7 in women’s pool play.   PIC international women’s teams represented Alaska, California, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Yukon.   Alaska finished 6-1 in pool play, defeated Minnesota 10-5 in the international final and then went on to defeat the British Columbia champion (from Cowichan Rocks CC) 5-4 to win the overall PIC women’s championship.   Team Alaska included Cathy Shuttleworth, Vicky Persinger, Catharine Persinger and Adie Callahan.





2014 Evergreen Curling Club Champions

Congratulations to Team Smoltz (Jim Smoltz, Cory Fiendell, Eric Hemesath and Andy Team Smoltz 2014Karsnia) who prevailed with a perfect 6-0 record in the Evergreen CC Club Championship this past weekend (May 2-4, 2014) at Evergreen Curling Club in Beaverton, OR.

Team Smoltz, who are also the reigning MoPac Men’s Champions, defeated Team Schaak (Doug Schaak, Jason Clifford, Dan Sorensen and Kathy Placek) in the finals and Team Smither (Courtney Smither, Tim Smither, Jim Smither and Jay Smither) in the semi-finals.   Schaak defeated Team Irvin (Dana Watson, Gail Starr, Eugene Carroll, Sean Barry and Sara Barry) in the other semi-final.

The ECC Club Championship included two pools of six teams and represented each of ECC’s seven weekly leagues plus one team representing the novice leagues.   Teams played four round-robin games with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the semi-finals.

Thanks to Art Placek for organizing the championship, to the IceOps crew for providing excellent ice throughout the weekend and to ECC’s bartenders for keeping everybody happy.


Upcoming Bonspiels

Looking for more curling this Spring and Summer?    Check out these great upcoming bonspiels!

Rocky Mountain Open
May 9th-11th, Ogden, UT

Golden Gate Bonspiel May 23-25, Fremont, CA

Seattle Summerspiel June 13-15, Seattle, WA

Surf City Spiel

June 20-22, Orange County, CA

The Crush
Aug 28th-31st, Roseville, CA
Registration opens April 18!  (This one fills up fast!)

Level 1 Instructor Course Offered at Granite CC

level 1 curling instructorEvergreen CC curlers, here’s your chance to get yourself certified as a USA Level 1 Curling Instructor.    Level 1 instructors are trained to work with new curlers, helping them learn the game and basic skills. They also help novice curlers improve their performance. Please note that this clinic is geared toward curlers with two or more years of curling experience.

See the Clinic Flyer

Date: Saturday, May 3
Location: Granite Curling Club of Seattle
1140 N 128th St
Seattle, WA  98133

Lead Instructors:  Em Good and Mac Guy

Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Please arrive between 15 and 30 minutes early to sign-in)
Cost:  $45 (lunch will be provided by the club)
Attire: As the course features an on-ice component, please bring curling equipment and clothing appropriate for being on the ice.
Registration: Register online by April 29 at

Questions?   Please direct questions to Christy Hering, Development Associate for USA Curling.   email: , phone:  (715) 344-1199 ext. 209.