Registered: Dec 2005
Location: St. Thomas, North Dakota
Williston is in North Dakota; but about as far away from me as you can get in North Dakota.
The Pick: Alaska: Brady Clark had many years when he'd impress us with a good Men's Nationals and a good Mixed Nationals. Now his third, Greg Persinger, looks to top his skipper by going Men's Bronze, Club Gold and Mixed Gold. Brady who? Greg has WalkerOne at third, so horsepower isn't a problem.
Top Contender: Youngsters Hunter Clawson, Sarah Anderson, Caleb Clawson and Lexi Lanigan rep Minnesota (at least Lexi is actually from Minnesota). Mixed is usually a game for seasoned skips, but this young skip is piloting a battleship.
Wildcard: Wisconsin. Day could win it...could end up below .500...totally unpredictable. If you want a longshot, this one might come through for you.
Illinois: I've predicted good results for this team in a few of these Mixed National and they've come through for me, but I'm moving on. A medal would not surprise me. Gold, however, would surprise me.
North Dakota: GO NORTH DAKOTA! Host state sends a BIsmarck team with particular strength on the female half of the team. Dakota Curling Association president, Dan Buresh, did a week for Seniors and a week for Clubs and now a week for Mixed. Methinks perhaps nobody is watching the Dakota Curling Association...nor Dan's day-job...assuming Dan has a day-job.
GNCC: I'm cheering hard AGAINST Massachusetts. Not only because my nemesis, JHcurl, will be cheering hard for them; but also because Melville wiped out TWO really interesting Mixed teams in the GNCC final and semifinal. We could be watching a team skipped by Caitlyn "St. Cait" Moroldo or one skipped by Emily Anderson. Is Bob Melville that much less interesting than St. Cait or the sister of the Tiny Terrorist Anderson twins? Why, yes. Yes he is. Is it fair for me to hold that against the team? Yes. Yes it is. Emily vs Clawson??? I'd pay to watch that.
Team No Respect: Washington. Maxie has a good team and they won this and did OK at Worlds and Mac Guy is a North Dakota boy coming home. All good reasons to pick them, but I'm not picking them. Washington winning Mixed? It has been known to happen with regularity.
Female skip: GNCC's Melville tried to ruin it, but Michigan is sending Sydney. I don't think she's ever faced opposition skips of this caliber. I'm interested in seeing the third, Aaron Carlson, throw them.
Colorado: Kizlyk has a pure shooter in Meechai at third. Pretty good team. Could upset the applecart. A decent longshot pick, but I prefer Wisconsin in that role.
California sends a couple of Mendozas but the story is Gamboa at lead. If you're looking to start a fanclub in this field, you should go with Hunter Clawson, Sarah Anderson (I'll join), Greg Persinger or Jenn Gamboa.
Good luck to all; especially Persinger (because they're my pick) and North Dakota (because they're my homies). Make your picks, curling fans.
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