For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield High School curling team fought their way to the final round to secure the Wisconsin State Championship at the Wausau Curling Club on Feb. 17.
The team, ranked No. 12 of 16 teams in the state tournament, lost to Kimberly in the first round.
Marshfield came back to upset No. 1 DC Everest, and then knocked off Stevens Point to head into the semi-finals.
In the semi-finals, Marshfield met No. 3 Portage, shutting them out with a 10-0 win.
The team met Wausau East in the finals and was down by three after the sixth end. With a total of eight ends played, the team scored three points to tie the game going into the last end. Marshfield had to steal a point to win.
Marshfield’s Northup was able to place one of the team’s stones in perfect position to score early in the end. The rest of the team was able to guard his stone and prevent the other team from knocking it out. Marshfield won 6-5, securing the state title.
Members of the championship team are Hunter Weik, Logan Schmoll, Bently Northup, and Paul Fisher.
This is the first state title for Marshfield curling. The Marshfield boys won a semifinal title in 2012, and Marshfield girls won a semifinal title in 2013.
The Marshfield High School curling team has been in operation since 2009. The team is funded by local businesses and curlers from the Marshfield Club. Mike Behling is the head coach.
To learn more about curling in Marshfield, visit www.marshfieldculing.com.