With Winter 2017 tournament finals set for Sunday, March 19, the Lakes Region Curling Association’s fourth season will come to a close. During that time the association has hosted 36 curling nights and a half-dozen learn-to-curl events.
This season saw the LRCA pay off its 64 curling stones, which had been purchased on a lease-to-buy basis. In the next few years, league organizers will need to deal with increasing ice-time costs and decisions about whether to prepare for the possible increase in the number of teams from eight to ten.
Those decisions are likely to be impacted by the exposure that curling will receive during the 2018 Winter Olympics as well as by an evolving fundraising effort to deal with an aging Pop Whalen Ice Arena. The LRCA expects to be in the thick of all those activities.
Here are the results of the winter tournament’s semi-final matches:
|Stone Chuckers||4||On the Rocks||6|
|Irish Stoner Rovers||8||Wolf Pack||7|
|Golf Nuts||12||Stone Agers||6|
|Late Broomers||7||Curlin’ Curlers||8|
The final matchups
Based on the results of the first two weeks, the final matchups shape up this way:
|Lake Winnipesaukee Division|
|Golf Nuts vs On the Rocks|
|Lake Wentworth Division|
|Stone Chuckers vs Stone Agers|
|Crescent Lake Division|
|Irish Stoner Rovers vs Curlin’ Curlers|
|Rust Pond Division|
|Wolf Pack vs Late Broomers|
The Winter 2017 league, as with its predecessors, ends with a party — this time at Bayside Grill and Tavern in Wolfeboro.