Palmyra-Macedon High School junior Jeremy Unterborn helped a team from the Rochester Curling Club claim the top prize at the 51st Annual Schenectady Junior Bonspiel, March 2-4, in Schenectady, New York.
The Rochester squad, consisting of Unterborn, RIT students Hannah Ely and Rebecca Andrew, and Becky Vanarsdall of Silver Spring, Maryland, won all of their games during the three-day tournament (bonspiel), including two shut-outs and a well-earned 7-4 victory in the final over a men’s team from perennial bonspiel favorite Montreal West Curling Club.
The win marks the first time in the bonspiel’s 51 year history that a team from the Rochester Curling Club has won the 1st Event Final, earning the Green Memorial Trophy, one of junior curling’s most coveted awards.
The winning Rochester entry included three members of Team Ely, New York junior ladies champions and US National competitors for the past two years, alongside Palmyra resident Unterborn, who recently led his own men’s junior team to victory in the 3rd Event Final of the Plainfield (NJ) Curling Club’s Junior Bonspiel in February.
The tournament, featured a 24-team field made up mostly of teams from New York, Quebec, New England, and the Mid-Atlantic States. This year, players even came from as far as Wisconsin and Texas to participate in one of the biggest junior bonspiels of the year, and, typically, the final junior event of the season.
Unless competing for a place at US Nationals, in which men’s and women’s teams play separately, junior bonspiels like Schenectady’s typically employ an open format, i.e., single gender or any combination thereof.