Cora Farrell

Team Alaska curler Cora Farrell releases the stone in their playoff game against Team Yukon on March 19, 2014, at the Fairbanks Curling Club. Sam Harrel/News-Miner 

Fairbanks native Cora Farrell is the skip for the Team USA women’s squad in the World Junior B Curling Championships in Lohja, Finland.

Farrell, 20, will be calling the shots Cait Flannery, of Mankato, Minnesota; Leah Yavarow, of Bemidji, Minnesota; Allison Howell, of Solon, Ohio, and Rebecca Miles, of Duluth, Minnesota in the week-long tournament at the Kisakallio Sports Institute. Nineteen women’s teams and 24 men’s teams are entered.

Mark Lazar, of Toledo, Ohio, is coaching the Americans in the qualifying tournament for the World Junior Championships on Feb. 15-22 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

The U.S. finished eighth at last year’s World Junior Championships.

Three women’s and men’s berths to the 2020 World Juniors are at stake in Lohja

Farrell and her teammates start the World Junior B tournament against Group A opponent Czech Republic’s Team Luisa Klimova at 9 a.m. AKST today (8 p.m. Finland time Thursday).

The Americans face Italy’s Team Stefania Constantini at 9 a.m. AKDT Thursday. The U.S. resumes group play Friday against Austria’s Team Sara Haidinger, and faces Turkey’s Mihriban Polat on Saturday and Spain’s Team Maria Gomez on Sunday.

Qualification playoffs take place Monday, and medal matches are scheduled for Tuesday.

Farrell and Flannery were teammates for the United States’ silver-medal mixed squad at 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

Contact News-Miner sports editor Danny Martin at 459-7586. Follow him on Twitter:@newsminersports.