By Jillian Behling
Curling is an enjoyable winter sport, perfect for passing the long winter months in Wisconsin. The Marshfield Curling Club is trying to spread awareness about the sport.
The local club is home of the Marshfield High School (MHS) Curling Team. The team was established in 2009 by coach Mike Behling.
“There was interest within the MHS students, and I thought it would be great to curl alongside other Wisconsin high schools,” said Behling. This year at the state championship, held Feb. 20 and 21 at the Wausau Curling Club, Marshfield teams competed against teams from Lodi, Pulaski, D.C. Everest, Kettle Moraine, and Arrowhead.
This season the boys team (5-5) was ranked fifth, and the girls (2-8) placed 16th at the State Championship.
The boys team included skip Noah Behling, third Lucas Roselle, second John Dickinson, and first Lukas Post. The girls team included skip Cassie Strebe, third Taylor Ferch, second Shawna O’Brien, and first Laura Fisher.
Seven years strong, the team has grown four times its original size and has created a legacy in the area through its activities. Two alumni from the Marshfield team, Hunter Welch and Jillian Behling, now participate in the United States Curling Association Collegiate Curling Program through University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
For more information about the local curling club contact Mike Behling at 715-305-1611.