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Cornhusker College Bonspiel Recap

By Maliik Jones, UNL Journalism & Mass Communications

With the 2023-24 College Curling season coming to a close, let’s take a look at the Emerging region’s championship results. Coming into the Cornhusker College Bonspiel, ten different universities participated at the John Breslow Ice Hockey Center on January 19-21. Even though this was an Emerging region event, some teams participated from the Midwest region. The top Emerging region team received a place in the USA Curling College National Championship on March 8-10, 2024.

Participating universities and their position within their respective region (as of 1/10/2024):

Emerging
#2 Nebraska-Lincoln – 17 Points
#4 Arizona State – 5 Points
#5 Bowling Green – 5 Points
#6 Nebraska-Omaha – 4 Points
#7 Creighton – 1 Point
#8 Denver – 0 Points

Midwest
#1 Wisconsin-Madison – 36 Points
#2 Wisconsin-Stevens Point – 33 Points
#3 Minnesota – 29 Points
#6 Michigan Tech – 16 Points

Each team played four matches in the first two days. Then, the results from those matches placed the top 8 teams into Sunday's finals matches: the 1st Event, Emerging Region Qualifier, which granted the winning team a chance to compete in the national championship, the 2nd Event, and the 3rd Event.

Each team’s final record was the following:

Pool APool B
Michigan Tech 4-0University of Minnesota 4-0
Arizona State University 3-1University of Wisconsin-Madison 3-1
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2) 3-1University of Denver (2) 2-2
University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (1) 3-1University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1) 2-2
University of Nebraska at Omaha 1-3University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (2) 2-2
University of Denver (3) 0-4Creighton University 1-3
University of Denver (1) 0-4Bowling Green State University 0-4

 

Arizona State University competed against Denver 2 for the Emerging Qualifier, and ASU came out on top to earn their spot in the National Championship. This will be ASU’s first ever USA Curling College National Championship!

The rest of the Emerging region’s positions at nationals will be decided by the top regular season points finishers. Due to the region's size, the Emerging region will only have two other teams qualify through points. The current top two points leaders are the University of Toledo with 21 points and local team the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with 17 points.

There are two more regional championships to be held for the Northeast on February 9th and the Midwest on February 10th. These regions will have the top two teams qualify for nationals through their respective events. For the remaining national championship positions, the top two points leaders from the Midwest and the top seven points leaders from the Northeast will qualify. The USA Curling College National Championship will be held on March 8th in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

If you are interested in learning more about curling or how to start college curling at your school, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

 


   
Register for Winter Leagues

The 2023-2024 curling season is here! We will have six recreational leagues plus our youth/juniors program:

Winter Leagues — Priority registration runs Monday, November 13 through Sunday, November 26; general registration opens Saturday, December 2 at 10 AM.


   
Register for Fall Leagues, 2023-2024 Season Membership

The 2023-2024 curling season is here! We invite you to sign up for our first set of leagues:

September Leagues — Registration opens Saturday, August 12 at 10am

Fall Leagues — Registration opens Saturday, August 26 at 10am


 
2023-2024 Season Preview

We're so excited for the the upcoming 2023-2024 curling season kicking off in September! Here's a preview of our upcoming season:


   
Curl at the 2023 Cornhusker State Games

CSG2023Did you know that you can earn a gold, sliver, or bronze medal in curling in Nebraska?

This summer, you can compete for gold in the Cornhusker State Games on July 29-30 at Baxter Arena in Omaha!

There will be two divisions: Novice 5&U (5 years or fewer experience) and Open (any combination of experience).

Non-Nebraskans eligible to participate provided that their state of residence does not provide a State Games Curling event.

Register for the 2023 Cornhusker State Games!

Registration will take you to the Cornhusker State Games registration page. If planning to register as a team, please email team info to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pre-Tournament Instructions: 11:30 a.m.
Competition Begins: 12 p.m.

Registration Fees
$105 per participant until Feb. 21 (includes free shirt)
$110 per participant until April 21 (includes free shirt)
$115 per participant until June 21 (includes free shirt)
$115 per participant until July 11

While Aksarben Curling helps facilitate this event, please note that this is not a traditional Aksarben Curling bonspiel. The event is run by the Nebraska Sports Council.


 
Nancy Myers holding the Sigrid Festersen Volunteer of the Year Award plaque
Nancy Myers holding the Sigrid Festersen Volunteer of the Year Award plaque

Sigrid Festersen photoAksarben Curling is, and always has been, a volunteer led organization – we literally couldn’t do what we do without people stepping up to keep things going. Our new Sigrid Festersen Volunteer of the Year award provides a way for us to honor Aksarben Curling members who go above and beyond.

Throughout the history of Aksarben Curling, Sigrid Festersen led, served, and provided continuity from one generation to the next. She was a terrific curler and an advocate for women's curling everywhere. She saw our organization through successes, setbacks, building moves, and explosive growth.

All future success of curling in Omaha can be traced back to a foundation Sigrid was so deeply involved with.

Sean Morrison, past Aksarben Curling President, shared that at the time he first proposed this award, the vision was that Sigrid would be able to present it to the first winner. Sadly, we lost Sigrid in 2022 and couldn’t make that happen. But, Sigrid’s spirit lives on within our organization.

When the Aksarben Curling Board of Directors met to nominate a volunteer to receive this award, it was unanimous – we wanted to honor Nancy Myers. Nancy exemplifies all the best of what Aksarben Curling is. She's always willing to share her knowledge, and her love for the sport is evident in everything she does.

We couldn't be more honored to be able to present Nancy with our first Sigid Festersen Volunteer of the Year award. 

We asked those that have worked alongside Nancy to share a bit more about her, and what she has done for our community. If you’d like to add to this, please email your quote This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 
Register for Summer Tuesday League

Looking for a way to beat the heat? Come curl with us in our 6-week Summer Tuesday 7pm Curling League!

This will be a fun, casual league and great for newer curlers. It’s a nice way to beat the heat, keep up your curling form, and get to know other curlers at post-game broomstacking on the patio at Kinkaider Brewing Co.

Play will take place on the following dates:

  • June 13
  • June 20
  • June 27
  • July 11
  • July 18
  • July 25

Registration opens on Saturday, May 6 at 10am.

Register online!


 
Left to right: Katie Beck (Skip), Pam Montbach (Vice), Larissa Anderson (Second), Karen Goodall (Lead), Silver medalists at Junior Nationals (2000).
Honoring Katie Beck: The namesake of our Championship Cup

Katie Beck Championship Cup 2023Katie Beck, an Aksarben Curling member, was a three-time World Junior Curling Champion medalist, earning gold, silver, and bronze medals. Beck was one of Aksarben Curling's most accomplished curlers. In 2005, she was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma and died in 2006 at the age of 24.

To help honor the memory of Katie Beck and her many accomplishments, the Aksarben Curling Board of Directors decided to name our new season championship cup after her: the Katie Beck Championship Cup.

Beck is remembered fondly by many curlers, both among Aksarben Curling and across the country. USA Curling created the Katie Beck Memorial Award, which has been given to junior curlers who exemplify Beck’s characteristics, including coachability, good sportsmanship, positive attitude, and commitment to competitive junior curling.

We invited curlers to share their memories of Katie Beck so we could share them with our curling community.Read on to learn more about Katie Beck.

If you have memories of Katie Beck that you would like to share please send them to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 
Season Championship: Meet the Teams

Our inaugural Season Championship is just days away, and we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to the teams that will be playing for the Katie Beck Championship Cup!

Stop by Baxter Arena this weekend to come cheer them all on! We’ll be on the ice 12:30pm-8pm on Saturday, April 15th and from 9:30am to 2pm on Sunday.

Teams qualified for this Championship by winning their fall or winter leagues, or by opting into a lottery for open spots. In order to participate, the team needed to have at least two of its original members available to play in the spiel. We’re looking forward to seeing how the first year goes, and are hoping to be able to expand the field in coming years!

This weekend's Schedule

Season Championship Schedule

Learn more below about the teams participating this weekend. (And check out the playlist we compiled of hype songs submitted by Aksarben Curling members!)


 
Member Profile: Adam Leong

One thing that makes Aksarben Curling great is our members! We're going to periodically feature our members so folks get to know the friendly faces throughout our organization. This week: Adam Leong!

Adam has been a longtime volunteer at our Learn to Curls. You'll often see him at our Sunday 2:15pm leagues (where his team won the recent fall league and a spot in our season championship in April!)

Photo of Adam Leong (left) standing with his "Double for Five" teammates at the Cornhusker State Games. All four curlers are wearing blue t-shirts and bronze medals around their necks.How long have you been curling?
I did my first Learn to Curl in Kansas City in 2008. It was a 2 hour drive from where I was living in Columbia, MO but totally worth it. I didn’t start curling regularly until 2018, when my family and I moved to Omaha.

How did you first get involved with the Aksarben Curling?
As soon as my wife and I decided to move to Omaha, I looked up where the nearest curling club was. I joined a league that winter with 3 others who had just done a L2C the Friday before. Doug and I have been curling together ever since.

What is your favorite curling moment?
Watching wise, it was definitely watching Team Shuster win the US Olympic Curling Trials. That was some amazing curling. I don’t have a specific moment in mind but I love to throw lead and sweep; there’s nothing like that feeling when you sweep a stone to the perfect spot.

What do you like most about the Aksarben Curling?
I love how much everyone gets along with each other. Teams are always joking out on the ice and willing to help new members. There’s a great sense of camaraderie.

Other interesting facts about yourself that you'd like to share?
Usually, the interesting fact I like to share is that I love curling but that doesn’t seem to fit here. =0). My other interesting fact is that I don’t have any (or very little) cartilage in my nose. Ask me when we’re on the ice and I’ll show you.


 

Aksarben Curling’s Board of Directors recently voted to create two new policies: a head injury policy and a new code of conduct policy. We want to share more details about these policies, which can be found on our website’s Policy Center page.

Head Injury Policy

Following national trends, our Board of Directors recently voted to adopt a new Head Injury Policy.

The health and safety of our members is of utmost importance. Head strikes can be deceptive. What feels like a minor hit could have more of an impact than realized, and remaining on the ice could lead to further injury.

If a curler falls and hits her or his head while curling, she or he will be asked to leave the ice for the day. We ask that individuals remain at Baxter Arena for 30 minutes to make sure that you're safe to drive and that you fill out an incident report.

Injury incident reports can be found on our website’s Policy Center, at this direct link, or on site in Holland Ice in Aksarben Curling's supply cabinet near the freezers.

Code of Conduct Policy & Reporting Process

In the fall of 2022, our Board of Directors revisited our organization’s code of conduct and reporting policies to ensure that our policies and practice matched our values of kindness, respect, and a goal of building a welcoming and inclusive community through the spirit of curling.

We undertook this in light of the lack of transparency last year from USA Curling regarding their investigation into CEO Jeff Plush’s role in the reports of systemic abuse against athletes under his prior leadership of the National Women’s Soccer League.

Aksarben Curling joined many curling clubs calling for greater transparency and accountability from Jeff Plush, who ultimately resigned in October of 2022. We also recognized that we are responsible for ensuring a safe environment for everyone within our own organization and curling community.

To that end, our board explored model policies and adopted a new Code of Conduct and Reporting policy based on that of the Silicon Valley Curling Club, which they kindly allowed us to adapt for our organization.


 
Register for Spring Leagues

Registration will open for our 2023 Winter Curling Leagues on Saturday, February 18 at 10am for the following leagues:

Register online on our Event Registrations webpage.

Curlers must renew their membership for the 2022-2023 season in order to participate. Register for adult, military, or youth memberships.


 
Join us for Ladies Ice!

Calling women curlers — Join us for our next women's event, Ladies Ice, on Saturday, February 4!

It's free for 2022-2023 season members and just $20 for non-members.

We'll start with a 30-minute mini0Learn to Curl for folks new to curling and then have two hours of curling fun for women and non-dudes alike!

If you're new to curling, please arrive at 10:45 so we can get you up to speed and onto the ice for a quick overview of the sport at 11am. For those of you who already know how to curl, we'll start playing around 11:30!

Registration required to reserve a spot

Show your support—get some merch! We’re also have some special shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts available to mark the occasion and grow the game! Purchase our Gurlers Support Gurlers gear online.

Questions? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 
2022-2023 Season Championship

Aksarben Curling is excited to announce our inaugural Aksarben Curling Season Championship Bonspiel on April 15-16, 2023 at Baxter Arena!

The top performing team from each Fall and Winter League have been invited to participate in a competitive bonspiel to crown the Champion of Aksarben Curling for the 2022-2023 season.

The representative team for the Championship Bonspiel must have at least 2 members from the team that took part in the league to qualify. Open team spots for the championship bonspiel will be filled via a lottery to be drawn in late March. More information to follow!

Qualifying League Champions (11 spots) — teams listed have confirmed their participation

Fall Tuesday 8pm: Little Raise of Sunshine
Fall Friday 7pm: Sweeping Swine
Fall Sunday 2:15pm: Sweep Dreams
Fall Sunday 4:30pm: Eh Team
Fall Sunday 6:45pm: Silver Snakes

Winter Tuesday 8pm: Stone Cold
Winter Friday 7pm: Curl Power (lottery)
Winter Saturday 4:15pm: Rolling Stones
Winter Sunday 2:15pm: Stop, Drop & Curl
Winter Sunday 4:30pm: Stone Cold
Winter Sunday 6:45pm: Sheets & Giggles

College Club Team (1 spot)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Curling Club


 
Aksarben Women curlers welcome the Scot Tour in Denver

A twenty-member Scottish women's team is chosen every 10 years to compete and represent Scotland in the United States. Tour participants are selected based upon several criteria including physical and social stamina as well as dedication to the organization and game of curling. The USWCA (United States Women’s Curling Association) sends women to Scotland and Canada every 10 years for a Friendship Tour. Bobbie Greenspan represented Aksarben in 2006 and Nancy Myers represented Aksarben in 2012 for the Canadian Friendship Tours.

The Denver Curling Club invited Aksarben women curlers to participate in this year’s Scot Tour games. Twenty women from the Royal Caledonia Curling Club Ladies’ Branch Membership traveled to the US for a month of curling at clubs in the Midwest and East Coast. Representing curling clubs from all over Scotland, these ‘lassies’ are outstanding, life-long curlers.

Sally Ashmore, Lois Imig, and Nancy Myers joined with the women of the Denver Curling Club to play against the Scots. We found the Scottish women friendly and eager to share about their families and their country. They talked about many things, noting that the Queen of England had been in Scotland at the time of her death. Much reverence and love were expressed for Queen Elizabeth, who had been an important icon for the Scots. We toasted the tour participants by singing a resounding version of Auld Lang Syne and Scotland the Brave.

We appreciate the generosity of the Denver Curling Club and are reminded that curling truly is a sport based on camaraderie and community.


 
Bone-Spiel Fun Spiel 2023

Join us for our annual fall fun spiel, the Bone-Spiel Fun Spiel! Our Halloween costume-themed event offers fun, costumes, and prizes, with broomstacking afterward. Costumes are encouraged but not required. Prizes will be awarded to the best individual and team costumes (Check out some of the costumes from 2021 and 2022). Individuals are welcome to register! We'll help connect you with a team!


 
In memory of Sigrid Festersen

Sigrid Festersen, a longtime member and former leader of Aksarben Curling, passed away last week.

Sigrid was incredibly strong while being warm and gentle. She was exceptionally organized. Her infectious smile could light up a room.

Throughout the history of the Aksarben Curling she led, served, and provided continuity from one generation to the next. She was a terrific curler and an advocate for women's curling everywhere. She saw our organization through successes, setbacks, building moves, and explosive growth.

All future success of curling in Omaha can be traced back to a foundation Sigrid was so deeply involved with.

Sigrid was loved by all and will be missed by those of us lucky enough to call her a friend.

Sigrid's family kindly shared some wonderful photos of her curling, representing both Aksarben Curling and the United States at a number of curling events throughout the years. We're pleased that we can share them with you.


2022-2023 Season Preview

We're so excited for the the upcoming 2022-2023 curling season kicking off in September! We have a lot of energy and new members coming out of last season after the Olympic Trials in Omaha and the 2022 Winter Olympics. Here's a preview of our upcoming season:


Looking for a random evening to practice throwing stones or play a pick-up game?

We’re partnering with Baxter Arena to offer drop-in and practice times for Aksarben members only on Tuesdays in August at 5:00pm and 7:15pm.

All you have to do is bring your Aksarben Curling nametag and pay either $10 for one hour or $20 for two hours to Baxter Arena at the Holland Ice concession stand.

Drop-in and practice ice will be offered at 5:00pm and 7:15pm on the following Tuesdays:


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