Wausau Curling Club

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Wausau Curling Club
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Location1920 Curling Way
Wausau, Wisconsin 54401
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Established1925
Club typeDedicated Ice
USCA region Wisconsin
Sheets of iceEight
Rock colorsRed and Yellow         
Website http://www.wausaucurling.org

The Wausau Curling Club is a curling club located at 1920 Curling Way in Wausau, Wisconsin. The club hosts league play and several annual bonspiels, including the Men's Invitational and Highlander Women's bonspiels, and the Badger State Games. The Wausau Curling Club also annually hosts the Tietge High School Bonspiel, named after longtime Wausau West curling coach Dennis Tietge and considered to be the largest and longest running high school bonspiel in the United States. [1] The club's season usually runs from late October through March.

Curling Team sport played on ice

Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles. It is related to bowls, boules and shuffleboard. Two teams, each with four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones, with each player throwing two. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game usually consists of eight or ten ends.

Wausau, Wisconsin Place in Marathon

Wausau is a city in and the county seat of Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. The Wisconsin River divides the city into east and west. The city's suburbs include Schofield, Weston, Maine, Rib Mountain, Kronenwetter, and Rothschild.

The Badger State Games are a series of annual Olympic-style multi-sport events for amateur athletes from the state of Wisconsin, held twice per year in Wausau. It is a member of the National Congress of State Games. The summer games have been held annually since they began in 1985, originally in Wisconsin's capital city of Madison, then briefly in the Fox Cities area before being relocated to their current home in Wausau in 2012. The winter games have been held in Wausau since they began in 1989. Some sports are represented at both summer and winter editions of the games.

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History

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Former Wausau Curling Club

Curling began in Wausau in the early 1920s, although there are accounts of unorganized play occurring even earlier. The Wausau Curling Club was officially organized in 1925. One of the club's founding members, Howard Morrison, arranged for one of the fair buildings at the county park to be used during the winter for curling sheets. [2] By the 1940s it was apparent that the curling facilities were inadequate for the growing club. The county agreed to build a new multipurpose building adjacent to the existing club in the county fairgrounds, which would house four sheets, walkways and a warming room. [3] During the summer of 1951, the club installed equipment for refrigerated (or artificially created) ice, which allowed for curling to continue regardless of the climate outdoors. The new ice was ready for the 1951-1952 season. [4] During the 1950s and 60s there were several additions to the club. A dedicated clubroom, kitchen, hospitality room and improved locker facilities were added to the building, and a fifth sheet of ice. In 1976, the curling club hosted the United States Men's Curling Championship. [5] The aging of the Marathon Park facility and a host of costly repairs encouraged the organization to pursue the construction of a new building outside of Marathon Park. In October 2011, the club announced plans to build a new dedicated curling club in 2012. [6] The new club includes 8 curling sheets, and is one of the largest curling specific facilities in the United States. The club also hosts high school curling, including teams from Wausau East, Wausau West, D.C. Everest, and most recently Mosinee.

The United States Men's Curling Championship is the annual men's national curling championship for the United States. It is run by the United States Curling Association and typically held in conjunction with the Women's Championship. The champion is eligible to represent the United States at the World Men's Curling Championships if they also rank in the top 75 teams over the last two seasons in the World Curling Tour Order of Merit or have earned 40 points in the Order of Merit year-to-date rankings.

Wausau East High School

Wausau East High School is a comprehensive public secondary school in Wausau, Wisconsin. Originally named Wausau High School, it became Wausau East with the opening of Wausau West High School in the early 1970s. Part of the Wausau School District, the school enrolled 1,322 students in grades 9 through 12 as of 2007. The principal is Bradley J. Peck.

Wausau West High School is a public high school serving students in grades 9 to 12 of the Wausau School District. It was built in 1970 on the west side of the city of Wausau, Wisconsin to accommodate the growing city population. Its enrollment is approximately 1,775. Its rival school is Wausau East High School.

Leagues

The club hosts a variety of leagues for club members. Night leagues are held at either 5:30pm (early) or 7:30pm (late), aside from the Friday night league held at 6:00pm. [7] Morning leagues are held at 9:00am. League championships are held annually.

Notes

  1. Wausau Daily Herald, 19 January 2003, Mark Multer, "Tietge leaves his mark, name with bonspiel."
  2. Wausau Curling Club 1986, p. 9-10.
  3. Wausau Curling Club 1986, p. 19.
  4. Wausau Curling Club 1986, p. 23-24.
  5. Wausau Curling Club 1986, p. 27-33.
  6. WCC New Facility Announcement
  7. WCC Leagues Page

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