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

Winter Carnival will feature curling open house

This year’s Winter Carnival, sponsored by the Wolfeboro Department of Parks and Recreation, will feature a curling open house at Pop Whalen Ice Arena on Wednesday, February 24. There will be two morning sessions: one from 9:30 to 10:30, and a second from 10:45 to 11:45.

The event is free and open to the public, and there’s no registration required.

Members of the Lakes Region Curling Association will be on hand to provide an overview of the game of curling and offer participants an opportunity to learn scoring and curling skills, including the classic sliding delivery as well as the standing delivery using a specially designed curling stick.

Participants will be required to bring a pair of clean-soled shoes — sneakers work well — that they can change into at the rink in order to protect the ice surface from grit and de-icing chemicals found on walkways and parking lots.

LRCA members are back for more as Winter league opens

When LRCA organizers opened their Fall league for business in October 2015, they hoped they’d find 28 people to join them in this new endeavor. They got 43, and the league sparked enthusiasm on a level that no one had expected._DSC2294_DxO

Still, when the word went out that the LRCA was planning a Winter league for 2016 — something the organizers had never dared hope for — there was some concern about whether enough members would re-up. To their amazement, 39 did, and two new members joined, bringing the league player total to 41. 

That Winter league, with a schedule of eight games in January, February, and March, took off on Sunday, January 17, with the original eight teams largely intact. Following a brief awards ceremony for the Fall league’s eventual championship team, On the Rocks, curlers were on the ice and starting the new season’s competition.

Game results and photos

Check the results page for up-to-date game results.

You can also view Mike Spence’s photos from the Winter league here.

Practice dates cancelled

Two proposed practice session, set for Saturday, February 6 and 20, have had to be cancelled because of a shortfall in the number of curlers who signed up as well as an inadequate number of volunteers to do setup. 

The LRCA is committed to finding ways for members to have practice time outside of matches, and some options will be discussed between now and the end of the current winter league. 

Members can always check on upcoming activities by viewing the Events page

Winter league takes off on January 17

Following a highly successful inaugural season last Fall, the Lakes Region Curling Association launches its Winter 2016 league on Sunday, January 17, in its usual 5-7 p.m. time slot. _DSC1733In contrast to the Fall’s 10-game schedule, the Winter league will be limited to eight matches, including an as-yet-undeterined playoff schedule at the conclusion of the season.

With the vast majority of Fall curlers returning, the league is set to run with the same eight teams that launched the league last October. Some minor line-up changes have occurred on some teams, and a few new curlers will be placed to fill in the blanks. 

A full listing of teams and players is available here. 

Paid practice time

A number of curlers have expressed a desire for practice time outside of the weekly matches. In response, LRCA organizers have tentatively arranged for two such times. The dates are Saturday, February 6, and Saturday, February 20. Ice time on both dates is from 6 to 8 p.m. Continue reading

On the Rocks clambers to top of season’s end tourney

On the Rocks, from left to right: Rich Masse, Hugh Crawford, Zeke Bly, Barbara Mosley, Bob O'Keefe, and Andrea Dudley

On the Rocks, from left to right: Rich Masse, Hugh Crawford, Zeke Bly, Barbara Mosley, Bob O’Keefe, and Andrea Dudley

The Fall 2015 curling season came to a close on Dec. 20 with the final matches of the three-game year-end tournament.

In the climactic face-off of the tourney, Division B’s On the Rocks overwhelmed Division A’s Stone Chuckers by a score of 11-2.

In other games, The Stone Agers edged the Dirty Polar Bears by a score of 7-5,

The Curlin Curlers bested the Golf Nuts 9-1, and the Wolf Pack brushed past the Late Broomers 7-4. Continue reading

It’s down the wire in year-end tournament

After two weeks of tournament play, the Fall 2015 season comes down to four cross-division games on Sunday, Dec. 20. The matches will pit winners and losers from the first two weeks of tourney play within each division.

Division A consists of the first four teams, by rank, from the fall season’s first seven weeks. Division B comprises teams 5 through 8 in those same standings.

In the second week of tournament play, the results were as follows:

Stone Chuckers 5, Golf Nuts 3
Stone Agers 11, Wolf Pack 3
On the Rocks 5, Curlin Curlers 4
Dirty Polar Bears 8, Late Broomers 5

Those scores, combined with results of the tournament’s first week, resulted in the following standings for the tourney:


Team  Wins Losses 
Stone Chuckers 2 0
Golf Nuts 1
Stone Agers
Wolf Pack  0 2






Team  Wins Losses 
On the Rocks 2 0
Curlin Curlers 1 1
Dirty Polar Bears 1
Late Broomers 0 2






In the final week of the tournament and the season, the matchups will be as follows:

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






To see Mike Spence’s photos from the tournament, check out this gallery.