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Kathleen Dubberstein

Portage's Kathleen Dubberstein watches her stone sail down the ice while playing third for the Kim Rhyme rink at the USA Curling Nationals in Kalamazoo, Mich., over the weekend.

Portage’s Annmarie Dubberstein has her team off to a strong start at the U.S. Curling National Championships, as she and her teammates picked up their second straight win of round-robin play on Monday afternoon, beating the Ariel Traxler rink 9-3 at the Wings Events Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The victory for Dubberstein improves her record to 2-1 through three draws, and has her team in a four-way tie for second place among the eight-team women’s field.

One of the teams tied with Dubberstein in the standings is the Cory Christensen rink, which has Portage’s Madison Bear playing lead. The Christensen team suffered its first loss of the tournament when it lost to Jamie Sinclair 8-7 in a battle of undefeated women’s teams on Monday afternoon. Christensen made things interesting by using the hammer to score three in the ninth end to tie the game at 8, but Sinclair scored a single in the 10th to seal the win.

Also playing in the women’s field in Kalamazoo this week is Portage curler Kathleen Dubberstein, who is playing third for the Kim Rhyme team. Rhyme fell to 0-3 in round-robin play with a 9-3 loss to Nina Roth on Monday.

On the men’s side, the Chase Sinnett rink, which includes Poynette’s Trevor Marquardt playing third, dropped to 2-3 in the round robin with a 6-5 loss to Todd Birr in 11 ends on Monday night. Sinnett scored a pair in the 10th end to tie the match, but Birr used the hammer to get the win in the extra end.

Earlier on Monday, Sinnett picked up an 8-6 comeback victory over the Mark Fenner rink. Fenner scored three in the opening end, but Sinnett rallied and took their first and only lead of the match with a steal of two in the 11th end.

Men’s and women’s round-robin play will wrap up on Thursday. The top three women’s teams and the top four men’s teams will advance to the playoffs, which will finish up with championship matches on Saturday.

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