The Sam Strouse rink from Midland won the 8th annual Midland Open Bonspiel defeating the Sidney Schroeder rink from Copper Country and Midland. Sixteen teams from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas and Ontario participated in the 3-day competition October 19-21.
Team Strouse is prepping for upcoming Junior National Curling qualifier events. Sam Strouse is skip; Aaron Carlson played vice; Nick Soto, 2nd; and Sam Willertz, lead. Sid Schroeder was the bonspiel champion in 2016 but came up short in a close contest. Vice-skip was Allie Schroeder; B.J. Kent played 2nd; and Kaely Harmer, lead.
In the A Consolation Event, Jamie Moore of Midland defeated the Ben Randall rink from Blackhawk CC in Wisconsin. Team Moore had Brian Henry at vice-skip; Andy McCollum, 2nd; and Steve Arthmire, lead. Team Randall, which is also prepping for Junior National qualifier events, had Noah Whitte at vice-skip and Midland curlers Austin Carlson and Ian Strong playing front end.
In the B Event finals, the Chris Doremus rink from Houston, Texas defeated the AT Nieman rink from Lewiston and Midland. Sons Nathan Doremus (age 13) and Anthony (10) curled with their father, with Ryan Quinn of Midland rounding out the team. The Nieman rink had Corey Crowell at vice-skip and Midlanders Kurt Olson and John Zimmerman playing front end.
The Michael Moore rink from Mayfield Curling Club in Ohio defeated the John Wilson rink from Sarnia in the C Event finals. In the D Event finals the Dawn Brauninger rink from Detroit defeated the Debbie Dickinson rink from St. George’s CC in Toronto.
The bonspiel is the opening event of the 2018-19 season for the Midland Curling Club. Fred Strautman and Allison Spoelhof were event co-chairs.