Cora Farrell

Fairbanks' Cora Farrell, right, sweeps with Allison Howell during a recent competition for USA Curling. On Monday, Team Farrell improved to 2-0 in the USA Curling Junior National Championships in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Three Fairbanks curlers took to the ice Monday for the first two round robin games of the 2020 USA Curling Junior Women’s National Championships at the Eau Claire Curling Club in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

The six-day competition begins with seven round robin games. The playoffs begin Friday morning, with the national championship game taking place Saturday.

Team Farrell, skipped by Fairbanks’ Cora Farrell, advanced to 2-0 after day one. 

Farrell and her team of Leah Yavarow of Bemidji, Minnesota, Cait Flannery of Mankato, Minnesota, and Allison Howell of Bentleyville, Ohio, defeated Team Kitchens 10-4 in its first game Monday.

Farrell’s team faced off against Team Traxler, skipped by fellow Fairbanks curler Ariel Traxler, in the evening contest. Team Traxler was coming off a morning 6-5 loss to Team McMakin. 

Team Farrell defeated Team Traxler 9-5 to advance to 2-0 in round-robin play. Team Traxler fell to 0-2.

Traxler is aided by Elizabeth Janiak of Nashua, New Hampshire, Katherine Gourianova of Potomac, Maryland, and Elizabeth Cousins of Medfield, Massachusetts.

Fairbanks’ Anna O’Hara is a position player on Team McMakin. After beating Team Traxler in the early contest, McMakin’s squad took a 7-6 win over team Kitchens to advance to 2-0.

Four of the eight teams hold 2-0 records after the opening day. The remaining teams are still searching for a win.

The competition resumes today at 11:30 a.m. AKST. Each team is playing only one game on day two. 

Team Farrell will play 0-2 Team Normandeau. Team Traxler will take on 2-0 Team Jones. And Team McMakin and Anna O’Hara will face off against 0-2 Team Crotty.

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