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A must win? Squirrels eye division title, playoffs with two to go July 27, 2010

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The Squirrels are down to their final two draws of the 2010 Anthracite Curling Club Summer League.

Tonight, the Squirrels face JEMM in a non-conference game on Sheet 1 at 6 p.m. at the Ice Rink at Coal Street Park in Wilkes-Barre. At 3 wins, 3 losses and a tie, the Squirrels are just two points out of first place in the Buckwheat Division, and fourth overall in the Fell Conference.

ACC is expected to rule tonight on playoff eligibility, but many indications are that four teams per conference will make the post-season tournament. This puts the Squirrels in the No. 4 seed, but the hold on that position is strained, at best. (more…)


Squirrels use in-turns, turn that mutha out to stay in first July 5, 2010

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Things appear back on-track, and not a moment too soon.

Following a gut-checking two-game losing streak, the Blind Squirrels erased those bad memories and took care of Cracked Ice last week, 7-3. The win keeps the Squirrels atop the Buckwheat Division standings of Anthracite Curling Club’s 2010 Summer League.

Only three games remain on the regular season schedule, and since the beginning, the Squirrels have set the winning pace in the division. All along the way however, they’ve had company.

Also last week, Stone Cold (who forced a tie with the Squirrels earlier this year) defeated the previously unbeaten C&Ds squad to build a similar 3-2-1 record as the Squirrels. The Squirrels face C&Ds this week at 8 p.m. on Sheet 2 in Wilkes-Barre.

To get back to winning ways, the Squirrels jumped on their opponent early, and scored often. This is exactly what was not happening during the losing streak. In each of those games, the Squirrels got behind 4-0 in each game. Last week, it was the complete opposite.

“We played on Sheet 1 last week and we really struggled,” Skip Joshua Sophy said. “We had a plan, and we all executed our shots. We were turning in on a lot of shots. That allowed us to turn this mutha out.”

The Squirrels hung 2s on the scoreboard in the 1st and 2nd ends and Cracked Ice responded with a point in the 3rd. In that third, the Squirrels were sitting on three points, but Cracked Ice Skip Ted Karampilas was able to nestle a shot in the house for the score. He foiled scoring plans in the 5th and 7th ends, too.

In each end, the Squirrels had numerous rocks in the house, including a 5’er in the 6th end. They could only manage one point in that end.

Squirrels start slowly, lose second straight draw June 29, 2010

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No one is ready to hit the panic button just yet.

The Blind Squirrels dropped consecutive draws for the first time since the exhibition season last week in a 5-2 loss to WINOs. For the opponent, it was a third-straight win and a new lease on the season.

For the Squirrels, the loss was combined with two favorable results from division foes and team is miraculously still in first place of the Buckwheat Division.

Like countless weeks prior, the Squirrels started slowly and this week, could never fully recover. After a scoreless first end, the inability to manage a tricky ice on Sheet 1 resulted in a 3-0 deficit after two ends.

In the team’s first loss of the season the previous week, the Squirrels got behind Schoolhouse Rocks! 4-0 after the first end. Though they were able to eventually score enough to make an ill-fated comeback in that game, the offense against WINOs just wasn’t there.

The Squirrels were unable to score again in 3rd end, and found themselves down 4-0 for the second week in a row. Finally, the shooters were able to figure out what deliveries would be most successful, but they couldn’t manage any multiple-point rounds.

Getting as close as 4-2 after five ends, the Squirrels were sitting on at least two points in the 6th when WINOs Skip Lyle Kerrick stuck his first shot right on the button. Squirrels Skip Joshua Sophy was only able to bump Kerrick’s stone a few inches from that button as his last rock peeled out of the house.

“We can’t get too down after this loss. We got some help around the league tonight and we’re still in a good spot to make the playoffs. We’re going through some changes right now, and still have four more games to get this right,” Sophy said.

Squirrels recover, then get schooled in first loss June 21, 2010

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Montone (V) counts the damage in the 1st end of the June 15 draw vs. Schoolhouse Rocks! The Squirrels lost for the first time this season, 8-4.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — By the end of the night, the Blind Squirrels simply couldn’t measure-up against the competition.

Schoolhouse Rocks! earned its first victory of the season in 2010 Summer League play by defeating Schuylkill Blind Squirrels, 8-4, on June 15. This marks the first loss of the season for the Squirrels.

SR! used the final two ends to avenge a three-end, four-point Squirrels comeback earlier in the match, scoring four of their own to pull ahead.

Poor first-end shooting doomed the Squirrels (2-1-1) early this night. Skip Joshua Sophy wasn’t able to maneuver any rocks into the house as he struggled with his shots all night. His failures in the first end led to four SR! (1-4) points and an early deficit. This 4-0 hole was the largest deficit the Squirrels have faced since its first exhibition draw two months ago.

Like each deficit the team has faced in league play however, the team was equal to the task and over the next three ends, proceeded to gnaw at that big lead. Lead Anne Friedman established a keen Squirrels strategy and was able to clog the guard zone, along with Second Josh Stoffregen and Vice Kimm Montone. Sophy was able to keep SR! rocks away from the shot rocks in those ends and by the 5th end, the team had a chance to make that comeback complete and send another opponent packing.

In the 5th, the Squirrels weren’t without chances to make a full-circle comeback with four scoring rocks. They however, were left unprotected and grouped together in the house and were sitting targets for SR! shooters. One-by-one, and sometimes two-by-two, the Squirrels advantage quickly became another big-scoring end for SR!

In the 6th end, a last chance for the Squirrels, the team lost its first-ever official measurement. While eyeballs can usually determine even the slightest difference in distance from the button, two rocks in the 6th were so close, the club’s official PVC pressure-measuring device was employed. The Squirrels missed salvaging a point in the end by literally fractions of a millimeter.

June 15 boxscore
1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Blind Squirrels
0 1 2 1 0 0 4
Schoolhouse Rocks! 4 0 0 0 3 1 8

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

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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. (more…)

Squirrels hold first, chase Boss Hog-Line with complete effort June 2, 2010

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When is a point against a good thing? When it’s not three points against, of course.

The Blind Squirrels allowed Boss Hog-Line its second point in the 2nd end, but never looked back after that en route to a 6-3 win Tuesday night in Anthracite Curling Club 2010 Summer League action. The win puts the Squirrels (2-0-1) atop the Buckwheat Division going into next week’s League sabbatical. (more…)

Squirrels aiming to foil Boss Hog’s plans June 1, 2010

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The Blind Squirrels return to the ice tonight seemingly with its toughest test of the season ahead of them. Tonight at 8 on Sheet 3, Schuylkill County’s curlers face Boss Hog-Line, a big winner in its only draw of the season.

The Squirrels haven’t been on the ice at Coal Street Park in Wilkes-Barre for more than 10 days when they did all they could to force a tie against Stone Cold, 4-4. In its first and only draw, Boss Hog-Line defeated Team XVI, 12-0. (more…)

What will the division do when the Squirrels are away? May 26, 2010

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The Squirrels have been forced to endure a Bye week during Week 3 of Anthracite Curling Club’s 2010 Summer League. But the team will be watching the out-of-town scoreboard this Thursday as the other three teams in the Buckwheat Division are in action. (more…)

Squirrels steal a tie against game Team Flyte May 21, 2010

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WILKES-BARRE — On a night when the Squirrels clearly weren’t focused on the button, the team was still able to manage a hard-fought tie, 4-4, with Team Flyte during Thursday’s Anthracite Curling Club Summer League division showdown. (more…)

Ready for Flyte: Blind Squirrels aim to keep perfect mark tonight May 20, 2010

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Sophy and Montone sweep during an exhibition match loss to MLC a few weeks ago.

The Blind Squirrels take the ice in Wilkes-Barre tonight at 8 with its aim on staying in first place of Anthracite Curling Club’s Buckwheat Division. The team faces a squad Skipped by John Flyte (who appeared on the WNEP story about the club two months ago). (more…)