The “Team Alpine” team are the champions of the 2023 Rangeley Curling Bonspiel, handing team “Orange Crush” their second loss of the day in a double elimination format. Team Alpine was an all-women team consisting of Sandy McDavitt, Deb Ferarra, Val Zapolsky, and the “Hammer”, Donna Brown.

Their names will be added to the Chris Devine Rangeley Lakes Curling Club trophy which is on display at the Alpine Shop. The trophy is named for the late founder of the Club, which is now in its eighth year of play. Runner-up team Orange Crush was skipped by Pete Christensen. Teammates are Jen Atwood, Connie Copp, and Allen Wicken.

There were four teams competing this year, all from the Rangeley area. Team “Snow Source”, skipped by Gregg Andrews also played in the early rounds of the bonspiel. Other team members are Karen Seaman joined by her grandson Calvin, and the hammer thrower, Em Hancheck. Calvin, age _ _, was the spark plug for this team with unbridled enthusiasm.

Team “Stoners” was made up for Brent Quimby, Carol Nale, Jeff Zapolsky, and Keith Webber. Their shots were off and they lacked consistency in their throws. The Stoners were disappointed after suffering a loss first to Orange Crush, and were totally unprepared for the coup de grace loss dealt by Team Alpine!

Rangeley Curling Club is open to anyone who would like to try the sport of curling. They curl outside on Haley Pond behind The Rangeley Adventure Company, aka, Ecopelagicon. There is no charge for membership. Curling stones are provided. Pick up matches are held Wednesdays at 4 p.m., and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. throughout the winter as ice conditions allow. The Bonspiel is generally scheduled for the last weekend in February or first weekend in March. The Club thanks the Rangeley Lakes Skating Club, which maintains two ice skating areas and the curling sheet on Haley Pond, and particularly Pete Christensen, who is the primary caretaker of the curling sheet.

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