By Charlene Wirtz
The Schmirler Foundation Doubles Spiel was a success on Dec. 20-21 at the Wadena RE/MAX Curling Club with eight teams each for the competitive and recreational draws. While many curlers were local, others came from further afield, the farthest from Bellevue.
Organizer and Sandra Schmirler Foundation scholarship recipient, Dustin Mikush of Wadena, played on the competitive side with partner Ashley Thevenot from St. Front. Curlers ranged in experience from first-time at doubles to provincial champions, and in age from 8-year-old Kade Comfort to 75, Lawrence Haskey, who is Dustin’s grandfather. Although the ice surface suffered a little from the warm temperatures outside, there was some great curling, including a near six-ender in the championship game with Mikush/Thevenot vs Anderson/Pomedli.
“The weekend went awesome,” Mikush told the News just before the championship game. “I’m super happy; it was full for the games and lots of people came to watch.” The event raised between $3000 and $4000 toward the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.
There were several family teams entered, including the Brownlee/Brownlee team and Haskey/Mikush team.
Winners of the recreational side was Team Brownlee made up of father-son Bruce and Trevor; the competitive-side winner was Mikush-Thevenot.