Sports briefs — Jan. 9, 2018

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Utica Curling Club hosting Mitchell Bonspiel

WHITESTOWN — The Utica Curling Club will host the 108th Mitchell Bonspiel Thursday through Sunday at its facility, 8300 Clark Mills Road.

The Linsay Curling Club from the Toronto area won the 2018 Mitchell and is returning to defend the championship.

Although the Mitchell is an invitational with 36 teams from all over the Northeast and Eastern Canada, Utica teams are determined through a club championship tournament which this year involved 14 teams. The club’s championship team was skipped by Matt Hames and team members are Mike Kessler, Jason Brien and Jason Golubski. They will be designated Utica One for the 2019 Mitchell. Seven other Utica area teams qualified.

The Mitchell Medal was donated by industrialist Alexander Mitchell to the Grand National Curling Club, an organization of Eastern curling clubs. It was first competed for in 1885 and the Utica Curling Club has hosted the event since 1910. Made of 18-karat gold, it is one of the oldest medals played for in North America.

The club invites the public to view the competition which starts at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. For more information, visit the club’s website at: www.uticacurlingclub.org.

Utica City FC’s Hall Coach of the Month

Utica City FC head coach Ryan Hall was named Major Arena Soccer League December Coach of the Month.

Utica City went undefeated at home in December, including two wins against the defending champion Baltimore Blast. Their 5-1 overall record last month has them sitting at the top of the Eastern Division.

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