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Registration starts for Winter league

Registration has started for Lakes Region Curling’s Winter 2020 league. The season consists of eight Sunday matches, starting on January 12 and running until March 8. No matches are scheduled for February 2, Super Bowl weekend.

Each match, held at Pop Whalen Ice Arena in Wolfeboro, runs for two hours, starting at 5:15 p.m.

The LRCA will offer new players a learn-to-curl session on Sunday, January 5, during which experienced curlers provide instruction in the rules and game play of the sport.

Registration is open to men and women aged 14 or over. No previous experience is required, and participants may join as individuals, with a partner, or as part of a complete team. All equipment is provided, and organizers will assist unaffiliated registrants in finding a team.

Registration fee is $195 per person. Registration forms as well as waiver forms for adults and for minors are available for download from this site.

Sometimes referred to as “chess on ice,” curling originated on the marshes of Scotland in the early 1500s and came to North America with British colonists in the 18th century. First demonstrated at the 1926 Winter Olympics, it became an official Olympic sport in 1998.


 

LTC class draws 13 future curlers

A collaborative effort between Lakes Region Curling Association and the Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation Department drew a small crowd of curling hopefuls on November 6. The event marked the first session of a four-week learn-to-curl class offered for Lakes Region residents who have from zero to two years of curling experience. The program aims to take the 13 registered participants from the basics of the sport up to high-level skills such as reading the ice and developing offensive and defensive strategies. The hope is that the program, which will be offered again in January and February, can become a feeder system for the LRCA’s regular Fall and Winter leagues. LRCA members providing coaching and support for the effort were Hugh Crawford, Carl and Judy Crosley, Dan Barnard, Wayne McBride, Andrea Dudley, and Rich Masse.


 

LRCA and Wolfeboro Parks and Rec to host four-week learn-to-curl class this Fall

Lakes Region Curling and the Wolfeboro Department of Parks and Recreation are partnering to offer a four-week learn-to-curl class on Wednesday mornings starting in November.

The program, which is currently registering participants, is open to members of the public who have from zero to two years of curling experience. Sessions will take place on November 6, 13, and 20 as well as December 4. (No class during Thanksgiving week.)

Each weekly class will start at 10 a.m. and last about an hour. Experienced LRCA curlers will be on hand to provide coaching and organize matches among participants.

Cost of the program is $60.

For information and to register, visit the Parks and Rec web site. Click “Register Now”, then search for “curling,” and finally click “Register” for Session 1 on the form.

You will need to have or create an account on the Parks web site to access the registration form.

Registration is under way for our Fall league

Registration is now open for Lakes Region Curling’s Fall 2019 season. The league will mark the start of the association’s fifth year of bringing Olympic sport to the region.

Running from mid-October to mid-December, the Fall season offers eight weekly curling matches at Pop Whalen Ice Arena in Wolfeboro. Matches take place from 5:15 to 7:15 pm on Sunday evenings.

 A pre-season learn-to-curl session will be scheduled for early October.

For men and women of all ages and fitness levels, curling is a sport that combines skill, teamwork, and strategy. With that in mind, LRCA matches put a premium on friendly competition, sportsmanship, and fun.

Players can register singly, with a partner, or as full teams of four to six players. LRCA organizers will find teams for those who are not already affiliated.

No previous experience is needed, and the association provides all necessary equipment.

The $195 registration fee defrays the cost of ice time, equipment, and insurance.

To register, download and complete both a registration form and a waiver form and send them, with payment, to:

Lakes Region Curling Association
P.O. Box 606
Wolfeboro Falls, NH 03896

For more information about the upcoming curling league, send a message to info@lakescurlingnh.org.


 

Wolf Pack three-peats with Winter 2019 win

The team of Eileen Neal, Shirley Alessandroni, Denise Cogswell, and Sue Bennett — collectively the Wolf Pack — became the first group to win three LRCA seasonal championships when they took top spot in the Winter 2019 season. 

The team also won the Winter 2016 and Fall 2018 seasons. 

The foursome also plays at Ham Arena in North Conway under the auspices of the Mount Washington Valley Curling Club, although Denise is affiliated with a different team there. They are also involved in curling competition at Plymouth State University.

Learn-to-curl session set for February 26

As part of Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation’s annual Winter Carnival, Lakes Region Curling Association will hold a free learn-to-curl session for members of the public on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Pop Whalen Ice Arena, Route 109A, in Wolfeboro. Aimed at people 14 years of age and older, the event will begin at 2 p.m., with registration starting at 1:45.


Curlers should bring a pair of athletic shoes with clean soles that they can put on at the arena. All other equipment is provided.

For men and women of all ages and fitness levels, curling is a sport that combines skill, teamwork, and strategy. LRCA matches put a premium on friendly competition, sportsmanship, and fun. LRCA members will be on hand during the learn-to-curl session to explain the rules of the sport and to provide instruction in basic skills such as stone delivery and sweeping.

Now an Olympic sport with a growing following in the US, curling began on the frozen marshes of Scotland during the Middle Ages. It was brought to North America during the 18th century and is played throughout Canada and the Upper Midwest.

Undefeated Wolf Pack take Fall 2018 title

Wolf Pack, from left: Denise Cogswell, Joan MaGrauth, Eileen Neal, Shirley Alessandroni, and Sue Bennett

The Wolf Pack have topped off the Lakes Region Curling Association’s most successful season yet with a flourish as they took the Fall 2018 league championship with an unblemished 8-0 record. The title was the second for the team over the course of the association’s three-and-a-half-year history. Members are Eileen Neal, Shirley Alessandroni, Sue Bennett, Denise Cogswell, and Joan MaGrauth. 

The quintet emerged from an 11-team field and a roster of 55 players, the largest to date for the curling association. The large turnout required the LRCA to purchase a fifth set of curling stones and paint a fifth sheet on Pop Whalen ice.

Here are the final standings for the Fall 2019 season.

Standing Team Wins Losses Ties Points Pct.
1 Wolf Pack 8 0 0 16 1.00
2 Hack Attack 7 1 0 14 0.88
3 Stone Agers 5 3 0 10 0.63
4 Team Nine 5 3 0 10 0.63
5 On the Rocks 4 4 0 8 0.50
6 Stone Chuckers 4 4 0 8 0.50
7 JCVD 4 4 0 8 0.50
8 Golf Nuts 3 5 0 6 0.38
8 Kilt Lifters 3 5 0 6 0.38
9 Rock Stars 1 7 0 2 0.13
10 Curlin’Curlers 0 8 0 0 0.00

2019 Winter League registration under way, learn-to-curl scheduled for January 6

With the Fall 2018 curling season largely in the rearview mirror, the Lakes Region Curling Association is now registering players for the its 2019 Winter League. The winter league brings weekly curling matches to Pop Whalen Ice Arena in Wolfeboro from January to March (except Super Bowl Sunday).

Matches take place from 5:15 to 7:15 pm on Sunday evenings.

For men and women of all ages and fitness levels, curling is a sport that combines skill, teamwork, and strategy. LRCA matches put a premium on friendly competition, sportsmanship, and fun. Participants can join individually, as couples, or as entire teams.

There’s no equipment to buy, and new members get an introduction to the basics of the game at a learn-to-curl session before the season begins.

Registration for the Winter season begins now. New curlers and the general public will have an opportunity to learn the basics of curling at a learn-to-curl session scheduled for Sunday, January 6, at 5:15 p.m. at Pop Whalen arena.

Information about the sport of curling and Winter 2019 registration forms are both available from the LRCA’s web site at lakescurlingnh.org.

New equipment floods in as LRCA preps for Fall 2018 season

Mike Turner, Carl Crosley and Bill Connors attach handles to a newly arrived set of stones.

LRCA organizers have been busy in the past few months preparing for the upcoming Fall 2018 league. With 11 teams and 55 curlers, the league has required some additions to LRCA equipment and facilities.

The first change that returning curlers will notice is the addition of a fifth sheet in the middle of the arena ice. In previous years, this space was empty.

To avoid any difficulty with getting off the three middle sheets when an opposing team member is throwing, the middle sheet is separated from its neighbor on either side by an 18-inch gap, allowing sweepers to step out of the way until they need to return to the match.

To allow use of that fifth sheet, the LRCA has purchased another set of 16 stones. Shipped from North Dakota, they arrived on September 28 and are now housed in a new cabinet built against the arena boards to keep them cold and ready for use. (Warm stones would literally melt into the ice.)

At the same time, new brooms and hacks had to be ordered, and, to keep up with the wearing effects of game play, five new brooms were ordered, and 16 others have received new brush heads.

Painting of the curling sheets, hockey markings, and the Back Bay logo takes place in the first week of October.

Watch the LRCA’s Facebook page for photos.

LRCA curlers place in Mount Washington bonspiel

LRCA curlers took their skills and experience to Mount Washington Valley Curling Club’s bonspiel on September 15, coming away with the championship of the Mount Monroe division of the event. Shown wearing their winners’ medals are, from left, Brian Gately, Andrea Dudley, Rich Masse, and Bill Connors. The quartet defeated an experienced Plymouth Rocks team from Plymouth State University, in part by scoring seven points in the third end of the match.