Next generation of curling enthusiasts hits the ice

Little Rocks is a Schenectady Curling Club program for the youngest of curlers, aged 6-11. Little Rocks is held every Sunday with instructors on hand. Jack Ryan begins his approach when tossing the rock. (Marc Schultz/Gazette Photographer)Little Rocks is a Schenectady Curling Club program for the youngest of curlers, aged 6-11. Little Rocks is held every Sunday with instructors on hand. Jack Ryan begins his approach when tossing the rock. (Marc Schultz/Gazette Photographer)

Schenectady Curling Club hosts junior league at its Niskayuna facility

BY ZACHARY MATSON
Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — The first thing the Little Rocks of the Schenectady Curling Club do when they head down to the ice is show off their dance moves. In their Nike and Adidas sneakers, the young curlers shimmy, twist and moonwalk their way onto the ice.

Every Sunday since mid-October, nearly two dozen of the budding curlers have met up at the club’s Niskayuna facility for 90-minute lessons and more than a few competitive games.

After a few quick practice throws, the competitive juices quickly turned to a curling match.

“Right now it would be zero to zero, because none of them are in the house,” Michael Tchernev, 9, explained as he watched his competitors’ stone slide toward the house, a group of concentric circles that mark the curlers’ target.

“Keep going,” he urged the stone as it slid through back of the target. “Yeah!” Still no score.

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