Congratulations to the Mankato Curling Club team of Todd Birr, Randy Cumming, Shawn Runing and Kevin Vetter for winning the Minnesota Club State Championship. The team dropped just one game on the way to the title. The playdowns were held in Duluth.
Led by skip Todd Birr, the team went 3- 1 in pool play to earn one of the top seeds for the playoff round. The group won its playoff round in an extra end and then won the finals on the last end.
Birr has now won a state championship at every level — juniors, mixed ( twice), men’s state and men’s club. Cumming and Vetter have previously won mixed state titles. It is the first state cham pionship for Runing.
The team now advances to the National Club Championships on Feb. 20-27 in Madison, Wis.