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Fairbanks Curling Club hosts the Denali State Bank competitive cash spiel.

Published: Nov. 18, 2021 at 6:16 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Between November 12th and November 14th, the Fairbanks Curling Club was host to the Denali State Bank competitive cash spiel.

This event was a cash reward spiel, spiel meaning tournament, which means that the winners would receive a financial reward at the end of event.

The first two days consisted of scrimmages between the various team each made up of four players. The teams were made up of various combinations as the tournament was co-ed. Each team was named after the team captain and there were 9 teams in total. The organization of the tournament was formatted so that there were three pools of three with the winner of each pool moving onto the play offs.

The final day consisted of 7 total matches. The last four would be the semi-finals and the finals. In the final match. it would end up being the team lead by Atticus Wallace taking the win and $400 or $100 per person. The rest of Wallace’s team was made up of Jason Avery, Kevin Spillman, and Jeff Spiletta. The runner up for the tournament was the team lead by Ariel Traxler.

When speaking to Wallace he spoke on how competitive the level of competition is at the Fairbanks Curling Club stating “It’s super competitive, I’ve been a member of two other curling clubs, we have the best average league night curlers of any of those clubs. we also have five people right now that are playing in the Olympic trials to try to represent the united states in the Olympics.”

Wallace also spoke on the attendance level and quantity of participants expressing joy, “the club upstairs was full, people were watching every game which was really exciting. you make a big shot, and hear everyone wrapping on the glass upstairs giving you the salute. curling is more fun when people are watching.”

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