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Rookies join curling ranks in Fairbanks

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Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 11:51 pm | Updated: 12:08 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS—For 26 years, the Fairbanks Curling Club’s Rookie Spiel has attracted non-curlers to the Olympic sport.

Thirty-two teams competed last weekend, consisting of 82 rookies and participants ages 8 to 64.

It equated to 132 people throwing 100 total tons of granite, or 42 pounds at time, during the two-day event on the Fairbanks Curling Club’s sheets.

Each team was required to have at least two rookies who were first-year, non or former curlers.

The Matt Evenson Rink, with rookie curlers Andy Gryska, Erik Anderson and Tom Taube, captured the title with an undefeated run. They defeated the previously undefeated rink of Gordon Moe, Bill Scullion, Jim Wilkerson and Melissa Smith.

Winners of the second event was a rink led by skip Joanne Hufman and former curler Marissa Hajduk, with a two new players to the sport — Phyllis Enoch and Richard Enoch. The runner-up rink in the “B” competition was Jerry Zelmer and Tom Altonalong with junior curlers Jonathan Wilkerson and Brian Wilkerson.

A persistent rink led by Eamon Stack with third Audrey Luper and rookie Dave Moreno captured the title in the third event after playing in six tiring games. The Stack rink defeated the Bev Shuttleworth rink which included rookie Toni Brewer, Adie Callahan and Art Hansen.

Pre-registration is available for January instruction and leagues at the curling club. For more information, email

Contact staff writer Danny Martin at 459-7586.

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