PORTAGE (WKOW) — The Portage high school girls curling team has won four state championships over the last decade. In two weeks, they’re hoping to take home a fifth, after finishing as state runners-up last season.
“Especially since 3 of us are seniors and we just really want to get that win,” said Portage senior curler Halie Maier at practice on Thursday. “Our team just really has built since last year. So, I really think it’s possible.”
Sophomore Anna Tamboli joins the seniors: Ellie Vorpahl, Maier and Sam Jones on the team that’s 12-3 heading into the postseason, where Vorpahl likes their chances.
“We’ve been with the same team last year as well. So, I think our chemistry has really come together,” said Vorpahl.
“We’ve had a couple tough losses at the beginning of the season, but I think we’re just starting to peak right now,” said Portage girls curling coach Jim Shlimovitz.
No matter what happens at state, the three seniors will carry that chemistry to the USA Curling U-18 National Championships in March (held at the Chaska Curling Center in Minnesota). They’ll be joined by Poynette junior curler Abbey Marquardt, who they normally compete against.
“It really gives you a good insight on your team and helps you kind of work together more when you can play against them and then with them,” said Marquardt.
Before the state tournament, held February 15-16th, Portage has a chance to win the conference championship next week against their U-18 teammate, Abbey Marquardt, and Poynette.