Stone Chuckers slip past Curlin Curlers on season win

The fight to win top honors in the LRCA’s Fall 2016 curling league came down to a third tie-breaker on Sunday, December 18, as the Stone Chuckers and the Curlin Curlers ended the final match in a 7-7 tie on Susan Weeks’s hammer throw in the final end.

With no time for a tie-breaking shot, the teams next looked to total points scored during the tournament itself. The result: each team had scored 17 points!

Finally, organizers turned to the only head-to-head match between the two teams during the regular season. That wasn’t a tie. The score was 6-3 — and the Stone Chuckers had won.

There are no dynasties in the LRCA. The organization has played three seasons, and in each case there was a different champion.

Fall 2016 champs — The Stone Chuckers, from left: Bud Booth, Rick Weeks, Susan Weeks, Bill Connors, and Mike Turner.

Here are the results of the fall league’s tournament play:

Lake Winnipesaukee Division — 1st and 2nd place *
Stone Chuckers 7, Curlin Curlers 7

Lake Wentworth Division — 3rd and 4th place
Golf Nuts 4,  Late Broomers 9

Crescent Lake Division — 5th and 6th place
Irish Stoner Rovers 9, On the Rocks 7

Rust Pond Division — 7th and 8th place
Stone Agers 8, Wolf Pack 6

* Stone Chuckers take first place by virtue of having won the head-to-head match during the regular season.

Registration under way for Winter 2017 curling league

The Lakes Region Curling Association has opened registration for an eight-week curling league that will run from January 15 to March 12 (no matches on Feb. 5, Super Bowl Sunday).

LRCA members will provide will provide a learn-to-curl session for new curlers in early January.2016-10-30-17-57-57

All curling matches are held on Sunday evenings from 5:20 to 7:20 p.m. at Pop Whalen Ice Arena in Wolfeboro. The league is open to the public, and participants can join either as part of an established team — with four to six members — or as individuals and couples who are looking to join other players in a new team. LRCA organizers will help with the creation of new teams.

Curlers joining the LRCA for the first time must pay a $100 membership fee before registering for the winter league. Current LRCA members need only register. Registration fee for the eight-week league is $120 per person, and all registrations are due by Monday, Dec. 12.

Membership and registration forms are available on this site. Visitors to the site can also view informative videos, access information about curling rules and game play, and find the latest information about LRCA events and activities.

The only equipment needed to participate in curling is a pair of clean-soled sneakers. All other equipment is provided.

Annual Meeting elects three directors, hears Fall plans

Lakes Region Curling Association members, gathered for the organization’s Annual Meeting on August 31, elected three directors and then listened to a preview of the Fall 2016 season.

Elected to three-year terms on the Board of Directors were Bill Connors, Brian Gately, and Susan Goodwin. Connors and Gately were already serving on the board after being appointed by directors last winter to terms ending at the Annual Meeting. 

Director Mike Turner explained to those in attendance that the Fall league will feature a 20-minute warmup period before each match begins. In addition, he said, teams will have 10 minutes after the final buzzer to complete any unfinished ends. 

The Fall season will run for 10 consecutive Sundays, starting on October 16. There will be no break for Thanksgiving weekend. A learn-to-curl and practice session for members will be held on Friday, Oct. 14, at 5:30 p.m. The event will also serve as a trial run for this year’s setup activities.

Turner also told members that the LRCA is revising its logo, which will be revealed to the organization as the Fall season approaches. 

Members also learned that Mike Spence, who had served the organization as an incorporator and president over the past year, is stepping down from the board. He received a solid round of applause for his contributions to the LRCA’s success.

LRCA Annual Meeting set for Wednesday, Aug. 31

The Lakes Region Curling Association holds its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the Wolfeboro Public Library. All members registered for the 2015-2106 membership year, which runs from Sept. 1, 2015, to Aug. 31, 2016, is eligible to attend and participate.

The meeting provides members with an opportunity to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors and to receive updates on the organization’s finances as well as the upcoming Fall curling schedule.

Members are also encouraged to ask questions and offer suggestions for operation of the LRCA’s curling leagues.

LRCA directors are strongly encouraging all current members to attend this year’s meeting and to actively help steer the organization into its second year.

LRCA sets schedule for Fall 2016 season

The Lakes Region Curling Association has set the schedule for its Fall 2016 season. As in the previous year, all curling matches are set for Sunday evening at Pop Whalen Ice Arena in Wolfeboro. Matches are set to begin at 5:15, with a 15-to-20-minute warm-up/practice period preceding. 

One change from last year’s schedule is that matches are scheduled for the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend, thereby avoiding the need to play on two evenings in a row — Sunday and Monday — at a later time to make up for the lost date.

Dates for Fall 2016 matches are available here.

LRCA sets curling information session for July 20

If you’ve admired and enjoyed watching the graceful Olympic sport that is curling, you now have a chance to try it out._DSC1808

The sport of curling, rapidly growing in New Hampshire, arrived in the Lakes Region in 2015 with the formation of the Lakes Region Curling Association. After highly successful leagues in Fall 2015 and Winter 2016, the LRCA  is holding an informational session for potential new members on Wednesday, July 20, at the Wolfeboro Public Library in preparation for a 10-week curling league that will start in October at Pop Whalen Arena in Wolfeboro.

LRCA curling experiences are designed for participants all ages, for men and women, and for people of varied abilities.

The July 8 session starts at 7 p.m. and will offer an overview of the game of curling, display some of the equipment used in game play, and present information about how the local fall league will operate.IMG_4392

Members of the public from throughout the Lakes Region are encouraged to attend, hear organizers discuss the upcoming program, and ask questions about the sport.

Participants in the LRCA’s fall league will be free to organize their own teams of four to six members (game play will allow team members to rotate into a game), but organizers will also create teams for individuals who do not have one already formed.

A game of curling consists of two four-member teams, with each team “throwing” (that is, sliding) eight polished granite stones toward a bulls-eye target known as “the house.” A game consists of six to ten “ends” (think of them as innings) during which players on the two teams alternate delivering stones towards the house.

While most of us are familiar with the classic sliding delivery in curling, players may also throw their stones using a special push stick that enables the player to walk towards the delivery point and slide a stone without the need to stoop._DSC1733

This makes the game accessible to people of varied skill levels and physical abilities.

In each end, points are allocated to the team whose stones come to rest closest to the center of the house. A team is allowed to hit the opposing team’s stones in order to move them away from the center of the house. Consequently, curling, which has been described as “chess on ice,” is a game of strategy as well as dexterity.

Started in Scotland in medieval times, curling came to the United States and Canada with Scottish immigrants in the 19th century. While it has been popular in Canada for decades, the game started to explode in popularity in the US after the last winter Olympics.

More information about the sport is available on this site’s learning page.

Wolf Pack completes dash to winter championship


Wolf Pack members, from left, are Sue Bennett, Eileen Neal, Shirley Allesandroni, and Meg Ward.

The Lakes Region Curling Association’s Winter 2016 season concluded on March 13 with the Wolf Pack completing a dominant run to the championship. The team, consisting of curling veterans Eileen Neal and Sue Bennett and first-year curlers Meg Ward and Shirley Allessandroni, left opponents in the dust during the regular five-game league.

The group then proceeded to brush aside opponents in the three-game playoff, remaining the only unbeaten squad in the tournament.

The final week’s matches saw these results:

Wolf Pack 12, Late Broomers 3

Stone Chuckers 6, Golf Nuts 5

Curlin Curlers 5, Stone Agers 4

On the Rocks 7, Dirty Polar Bears 5 

The playoff standings are as follows

Team W L T Pts. Total pts. scored
Wolf Pack 3 0 0 6 28
Late Broomers 2 1 0 4 19
Stone Chuckers 2 1 0 4 19
Curlin Curlers 2 1 0 4 16
Golf Nuts 1 2 0 2 19
Stone Agers 1 2 0 2 14
On the Rocks 1 2 0 2 13
Dirty Polar Bears 0 3 0 0 15

To view Mike Spence’s photos of the Winter 2016 league, see this gallery.

It’s down to the wire for playoffs, 2016 winter season

The Lakes Region Curling Association’s Winter 2016 league is fast heading towards a finale, with the last playoff matches and an end-of-season celebration slated for Sunday, March 13. 

In the second round of the winter playoffs, Late Broomers and Wolf Pack emerged unbeaten and so are headed to the the championship face-off.

Here are all the scores from those games:

Wolf Pack 7,  Stone Agers 3
Stone Chuckers 8,  On the Rocks 4
Late Broomers 8, Curlin Curlers 1
Golf Nuts 8, Dirty Polar Bears 5

After two rounds, that left the playoff standings as follows:

Team  Wins Losses  Ties  Points   Total Points Scored
Division A
Wolf Pack 2 0 0 4 16
Stone Agers 1 1 0 2 10
Stone Chuckers 1 1 0 2 13
On the Rocks 0 2 0 0 6
Division B
Late Broomers 2 0 0 4 16
Curlin Curlers 1 1 0 2 11
Golf Nuts 1 1 0 2 14
Dirty Polar Bears 0 2 0 0 10

The standings award two points for a win, one for a tie, and none for a loss. 

In the final round, set for this Sunday, March 13, the matchups are as follows:

Matchup Sheet
Late Broomers vs. Wolf Pack B
Curlin Curlers vs. Stone Agers C
Stone Chuckers vs. Golf Nuts D
On the Rocks vs. Dirty Polar Bears A



Winter league playoffs are under way

Lorrie Taliento of the Curlin Curlers

Lorrie Taliento sets her gaze on the skip of the Curlin Curlers during a throw in the LRCA’s Winter 2016 league playoffs while David Lee of the Golf Nuts looks on




The LRCA’s Winter 2016 league playoffs are off and running. Here are the results of the first week’s matches:

Stone Agers 7         Stone Chuckers 5
Wolf Pack     9         On The Rocks   2

Late Broomers  8    Dirty Polar Bears 5
Curlin Curlers  10    Golf Nuts 6

In the second round, scheduled for Sunday, March 6, the following pairings will now square off:


Matchup Sheet
Stone Agers vs. Wolf Pack D
Stone Chuckers vs. On the Rocks C





Matchup Sheet
Late Broomers vs. Curlin Curlers B
Golf Nuts vs. Dirty Polar Bears A



Winter league standings, playoffs are set

The Winter 2016 Winter League standings are now set, and with them the playoff picture. Based on the results of the regular five-game season, here are the standings:

Team  Wins Losses  Ties  Points   Total Points Scored
Stone Chuckers 4 1 0 8 38*
Wolf Pack 4 1 0 8 48*
On the Rocks 4 1 0 8 26
Stone Agers  1 1 3 5 30
Late Broomers 2 2 1 5 22
Curlin Curlers 1 3 1 3 26
Golf Nuts 1 3 1 3 22
Dirty Polar Bears 0 5 0 0 19

* Stone Chuckers beat Wolf Pack

The standings award two points for a win, one for a tie, and none for a loss. When two teams end up with the same number of win/loss points, their ranking is determined by the results of their head-to-head matchup during the season. If that matchup was a tie, the ranking is determined by the total number of points each team scored against all its opponents over the course of the season (last column in the standings table). Continue reading