Lake Region Curling Club Season Kicks OffCurlers in Devils Lake took to the ice tonight for semi-open curling, as the Lake Region Curling Club's season is starting.
By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ
Curlers in Devils Lake took to the ice tonight for semi-open curling, as the Lake Region Curling Club's season is starting. It looks to be a busy season. The club won't be hosting the Junior National Championships as it did last year, but there will be plenty of other bonspiels this year.
It was back to the ice tonight, as curlers grabbed their brooms and threw some stones. Curlers will be busy this season, the club has several bonspiels planned, including the Northern Lights Open next week.
Mark Fisher: "North Dakota playdowns are going to be here in February, so it'll be kind of a statewide tournament."
The club will also host the North Dakota State High School playdowns. A typical bonspiel can bring in as many as 150 people. They come from Canada, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and all over North Dakota.
Mark Fisher: "They really have a good time. It's what it is, it's all about fun when they come and play in these bonspiels."
Tonight curlers are getting some practice hours and on Tuesday nights during the curling season the club will be hosting competitive leagues.
Curt Bradbury: "Wednesday and Thursday we also have leagues, typically not quite as competitive."
Ice crews have been working to get the ice in perfect shape for the curlers. Crews say the club has a reputation for having good ice. They use a reverse osmosis water system that they say makes better ice than city water.
Curt Bradbury: "It makes our playing surface extra fast and really keen and we get really consistent ice."
The club may host the Junior Nationals again, possibly in 2012. After hosting it last year, it will take a few years for the club to get on the roster to put on the championship again.