Fall league sees upstarts make their move

For the last night of the Fall season, curlers joined randomly assigned teams to add a challenge to the evening’s events. Here Denise Cogswell of Wolf Pack prepares to sweep a stone for Dave Alessandroni of Team Nine while Barbara Mosley of On the Rocks awaits her turn.

The Fall 2019 league brought in better than a half-dozen new curlers to already-established teams, and it didn’t take long for the newcomers to make their presence felt.

Both Rock Stars and Team Nine, with three new curlers apiece, as well as a reconstituted Curlin’ Curlers, with newcomer Sharon Greene on board, racked up impressive records, either challenging for top billing or taking down more experienced squads over the course of the season.

Anne Lavin of Rolling Stones displays the curling stone sugar cookies that she baked — after creating the mold for them.

On Team Nine it was veterans Blaise Masse (skip) and Dave Alessandroni teaming up with Keith Lion, Jim McIntyre, and Doc Dougherty. The squad posted a 4-1-2 record and took a close second place in league standings.

Rock Stars, skipped by Chris Johnson with experienced help from Nancy Damboise, was manned by Anne Lavin and John Rochlis of Gilford along with Lily Chalsma, the youngest member of the LRCA. The team knocked On the Rocks from the top of the standings in the last week of regulation play, opening the way for Wolf Pack to take top honors once again.

It’s clear, though, that the competition is getting hotter. Final standings are found here.

The season closed out with the traditional awards get-together at Bayside Grille & Bar in Wolfeboro.

Registration is now under way for the Winter 2020 season, which runs for eight weeks from January 12 to March 8. There is no curling on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2.

The Fall 2019 championship went to Wolf Pack members Shirley Alessandroni, Sue Bennett, Eileen Neal, and Denise Cogswell.