Ariel Traxler curling

Ariel Traxler is among three Fairbanks women competing in the USA Curling Junior National Championships, which run through Saturday at the Eau Claire Curling Club in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

Two of the three squads with Fairbanks curlers stayed unbeaten after Tuesday’s round-robin matches of the USA Curling Junior National Championships in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

A squad skipped by Fairbanks’ Cora Farrell is in a three-way tie for third place heading into today’s round-robin play at the Eau Claire Curling Club.

Team Farrell is 3-0, along with Team Samantha Jones, of Endeavor, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis’ Team Christine McMakin, which includes Fairbanks’ Anne O’Hara.

A squad skipped by Fairbanks’ Ariel Traxler lost 9-8 in extra ends to Team Jones. 

Traxler’s team scored three points each in the seventh and ninth ends, and single points in the first and second ends. Team Jones was aided by a four-point run in the eighth end and singles in the 10th and extra ends.

Traxler’s squad is seeking its first win after an 0-3 start, which put the group in a four-way tie for fifth place Tuesday.

Traxler and teammates, however, have qualified for the USA Curling National Championships on Feb. 8-15 at the Eastern Washington University Recreation Center in Cheney, Washington. Traxler’s group qualified based on its 3-1 finish last week in the USA Curling Women’s Challenge Round at the Heather Curling Club in Mapleton, Minnesota.

Also Tuesday in Eau Claire, Team Farrell prevailed 7-6 over Team Anya Normandeau, of Burnsville, Minnesota.

Team Farrell tacked on two points each in the second and fourth ends, and produced three points in the seventh end.

Team McMakin stayed unbeaten with a 9-7 win over Team Dakota Crotty, of Pardeeville, Wisconsin.

Round-robin matches continue through Thursday. Playoffs for the junior nationals start Friday and the women’s championship match is scheduled Saturday.

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