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… And we’re back! Squirrels face trap draw in return to ice June 14, 2010

Posted by Joshua Sophy in Uncategorized.
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The Schuylkill County Blind Squirrels return to the ice following another two-week hiatus and face another puzzling test against Schoolhouse Rocks!, a team searching for its first win of the season.

The teams curl at 8 p.m. Tuesday on Sheet 3 (near the penalty boxes and benches) at Coal Street Park in Wilkes-Barre.

Though Schoolhouse Rocks! remains winless on the season, they haven’t been without chances for victories. At least two losses have been decided in the final end. The team lost its last match on June 1 to Goody’s, 11-3.

“The standings and records are really deceiving,” Squirrels Skip Joshua Sophy said this week in preparation for the draw. “We learned two weeks ago that previous scores, place in the standings and all the intangibles are too premature to judge. We really just have to play our game and make our shots to threaten to score in each end.”

Schoolhouse Rocks! will be representing Anthracite Curling Club this weekend in Woodstock, Vt., at the GNCC Arena Club Championships. The team is Skipped by Allison Piatt, the Instructor in charge of three of the Squirrels during the club’s Learn-To-Curl classes months ago.

On June 1, the Squirrels turned aside Boss Hog-Line, 6-3, to take a full game lead over the rest of the Buckwheat Division. Here are the draw previews from the Club Web blog of the other teams in our division:

MLC (1-2) vs. Cracked Ice (1-1), Sheet 2, 6 p.m.

MLC has been off for three weeks coming into this draw, and will need a win to keep itself in a four-team race in the Buckwheat Division. In its last draw, MLC lost a close match, 6-5, to Fifteen.
Cracked Ice is coming off its first win of the season two weeks ago when it dropped WINOs, 7-3, in a Chestnut Division matchup. A win this week gets the team within a game of first place.

Stone Cold (1-1-1) vs. WINOs (0-2), Sheet 3, 6 p.m.

Stone Cold can assert itself near the top of the cramped Buckwheat Division standings with a win this week. The team hasn’t been on the ice in three weeks, when it defeated Goody’s, 6-3, in a six-end affair.
WINOs is looking for its first win of the season, and it couldn’t come at a better time. The top two teams in its Chestnut Division are idle. Two weeks ago, the team lost, 7-3, to Cracked Ice.

RAMROD (1-1-1) vs. Team IX (0-3), Sheet 2, 8 p.m.

RAMROD is in a similar situation to Stone Cold, and has an identical record. A win this week would go miles to cementing the team in a summer-long divisional race with the Squirrels, Stone Cold and MLC.
RAMROD also has not taken the ice in three weeks due to a Bye on June 1. In its last match, it forced a tie with Whippersnappers.
Team IX is in need of its first win of the season and can take advantage of an idle division leader. A win this week could turn the season on its heels.

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