CHISHOLM — The annual Serrano Memorial Junior Bonspiel is scheduled for March 16 and 17, 2019, at the Chisholm Curling Club, with a possible Friday evening draw for local teams.
The bonspiel was started in 1963 under the direction of Bill Loushine. Tom Serrano was a member of the first two championship rinks in 1963 and 1964. The bonspiel was later named after Tom, who was a medic in the Army and was killed in Vietnam in 1966.
Boys and girls, age 20 and under, are invited to participate. The bonspiel is divided into a competitive division as well as a beginners division for new or younger curlers. The beginners division is now named after John Lesnak, an outstanding junior curling instructor and coach, who passed away in 2006. There will be three events in each division, with a three-game guarantee.
Past participants include former world champions Bob Nichols of Superior, Joe Roberts, Gary Kleffman and Jerry Scott of Hibbing, and Olympic winners John Shuster of Chisholm and Tyler George of Duluth.
As a special attraction in this year’s spiel, on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. bring a camera and have your photo taken with John Shuster’s Olympic gold medal! Trophies will be awarded to winning and runner-up team members in all of the events. Each curler will receive lunch and a T-shirt.
Entry fee is only $60 per team! Register by calling 218-262-3562 or 969-6154 by March 12.