Americans are enjoying their quadrennial opportunity to watch Olympic curling on TV. Next weekend local sports fans can watch excellent competitive curling live at the Midland Curling Center. The Midland Curling Club is hosting February 16-18 the Great Lakes Curling Association Mixed Curling Championship. Seven teams from Michigan, Ohio and Indiana will be competing to advance to the USCA Mixed National Championship, March 23-31 at the Dakota Curling Club in Lakeville, Minnesota.
The Michael Moore team from Mayfield Curling Club in Ohio is the number one seed. Moore will be seeking to add his name to the GLCA Mixed trophy won by his parents in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003.
Bret Jackson from the Detroit Curling Club has Aaron Carlson and Maya Willertz, both from the Midland Curling Club, playing 2nd and lead. They are the number 3 seed. Carlson was on the Sidney Schroeder rink which won the GLCA Mixed Championship a year ago.
Scott Strouse from Midland skips the number 4 seed team. He has Katlyn Mulka from Kalamazoo at Vice-skip, Matt Whaley from Midland at 2nd, and his daughter Delaney Strouse at lead.
Mixed Curling teams are comprised of 2 men and 2 women and the male and female players must deliver their rocks alternately. It is not to be confused with the 2-person Mixed Doubles curling game which debuts this year as an Olympic-medal sport.
The Midland Curling Club is located at 2009 S. Jefferson Avenue on the campus of the Greater Midland Community Center. Draw times are 2 PM and 7 PM on Friday; 9 AM and 2 PM on Saturday, with a 7 PM tie-breaker if required. The Championship game will be at 10 AM Sunday.
After watching curling on TV, then watching it live, you can try it in person. On Saturday February 24 the Midland Curling Club will offer a Learn-to Curl session from 1-4 PM. Cost is $10. Register in advance at the front desk of the Greater Midland Community Center, or take your chances and show up. Wear warm, loose-fitting clothes and please carry in a clean pair of rubber-soled shoes.