Mosinee outscores Raiders to end season; girls look ahead to state
For the fifth time in seven games, the Medford girls curling team pushed its opponent to the very end Thursday, but the Raiders came up short once again.
This time, the team of Karina Herrada, Karlee Westrich, Lyza Brandner and Anya Apfelbeck suffered a 6-4 loss to Mosinee at the Wausau Curling Club to wrap up their 2019-20 regular season. In its last seven games, the girls team has lost a game by one rock, a game by two rocks, two by four rocks and tied once.
Mosinee got payback for a 7-4 loss to Medford back on Dec. 10.
The Raiders are winless in their last eight games and finished the regular season 3-12-1. The team was 2-9-1 in the Northern Division.
The boys team of Dalton Casar, Tanner Cliver, Alex Wilson and Brett Lundy finished its year by getting shut out 9-0 by the Indians, who completed a season sweep of the Raiders. Mosinee won the first matchup 8-1 in December.
The boys finished their year 1-15 overall and 0-12 in the North.
The girls team will be part of the 16team field at this weekend’s Wisconsin High School Curling Championships at the Wausau Curling Center. The Raiders drew the 15th seed ahead of Kimberly and have been placed in a four-team pool with second-seeded Poynette I, seventhseeded Lodi and 10th-seeded Wausau East I.
Medford, whose roster includes Jill Mahner and Sarah Dake, will play Poynette I at 9 a.m. on Friday, Lodi at 3 p.m. on Friday and Wausau East I at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The pool champion advances to the semifinals at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The finals are set for 4:30 p.m.
The Portage I team skipped by Anna Tamboli is the top seed in the girls field, while Stevens Point is third and Pardeeville is fourth. Portage is the defending state champion. Tamboli was on that team but was not the skip.
In the boys’ draw, Poynette is the top seed, followed by Kettle Moraine, Wausau West I and Portage I. Wausau West won the 2019 state title and brings back its entire team, including skip Wes Wendling.